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From the playroom to the boardroom

Can you take the skills you learned convincing your toddler to eat peas with you to work? That’s the question Shari Storm poses in her book: Motherhood Is the New MBA: Using Your Parenting Skills to Be a Better Boss, and she answers it with a resounding, “Yes!” Storm’s thesis is that all of the interpersonal strategies mothers hone while managing their kids are equally effective with adults.

As an example, let’s compare getting a child dressed and out the door to school on time, with launching a major change within a company. With your five-year-old, you need to give explicit, advanced warning about what’s to come. “We are leaving the house in ten minutes. Please put on your shoes.” In the workplace, advanced warning and clear instructions help transitions flow smoothly too.

Storm builds her book with an abundance of comparisons of things that help at home working equally well in business. Kids don’t like to hear “I told you so,” and neither do employees. Storytelling helps finesse action at home–and is also a clever way to communicate at work.

I found Motherhood Is the New MBA to be extremely readable and witty. I think it would be a great gift book for a new mom heading back to work. But it was also enjoyable for me to read as a SAHM/working mom hybrid.

Talking with children about diversity in books


Longtime Teaching My Baby to Read followers will remember that I have been building my collection of diverse children books for years. If you want to read some previous posts on the subject, check out:

Today I pulled some books from my shelves to create a Sunday School lesson for our Untied Methodist Church. This was my question for the kids: Have you ever thought about diversity in children’s literature? It was a simple question, but the 3rd-6th graders had deep thoughts on the subject and I learned a lot from them.

For example, they brought up the diversity differences between DIARY OF A WIMPY KID and BIG NATE. One series has many more diverse characters than the other, which I had never before considered.

One thing that saddened me about the conversation was that nobody had read–or even heard of–Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Taylor by Mildred D. Taylor. She was one of my favorite authors growing up.

Unfortunately, my time ran out this morning before I was able to complete the lesson. I had passages marked in several books that would have furthered the conversation. If this had taken place in a school classroom, instead of church, I would have then challenged the kids to search through their classroom library for books that were worthy of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag.

But in a way, I’m glad we ran out of time this morning before the lesson was complete. This is a conversation that shouldn’t end.