I first heard about Claire Lerner on the Raising Good Humans podcast. Everything she talked about reminded me a lot of the RIE methodology, and so many of the pain points she talked about resonated with me and my own experience of raising a very strong-willed child. I feel like her book Why Is My Child In Charge?: A Roadmap to End Power Struggles, Increase Cooperation, and Find Joy in Parenting Young Children was basically written just for me!
I just finished reading it, and I can say it's one of the top 10 best parenting books I've read. It encapsulates a lot of the ideas throughout many other books I've enjoyed (such as those by Janet Lansbury and Dan Siegel). I especially liked how it offers concrete language and suggestions for dealing with many tricky situations (bedtime, mealtime, etc.). It gives some very concrete mindset shifts that can help resolve various problems.
Below are my main notes and takeaways. I highly, highly recommend this book to any parent of a young kid.
Happy New Year!
What a crazy year 2021 was! Epsilon3 went into full swing at the same time as continuing to support my family through the pandemic. I'm thankful for our health and the amazing Epsilon3 team and all we accomplished in 2021.
I finished 22 books in 2021. I'm disappointed that I managed to finish a fewer number of books than in 2020 (26), so my goal for this year will be to at least get back to the 2020 level if not exceed it.
The books I read in 2021 focused on sales, management, parenting, psychology, and magic. My favorites from the year:
The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
The Great CEO Within by Matt Mochary
The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
High Output Management by Andy Grove
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Here's to a 2022 filled with more reading!
My friend recommended Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, and I just finished reading it. It gave me a lot to think about and ideas to consider for "minimizing the shallow" in my life and carving out more periods of time for work on the long-term, less urgent, deeper things that matter more.
I definitely have found myself falling into the trap of shallow work. The deep vs. shallow concept also reminded me of the maker vs. manager schedule by Paul Graham. When you're a founder, there are elements of the job that are deeper and elements that are shallower, and figuring out how to balance between them isn't easy. This book gives some good advice on setting up a balanced schedule with different types of approaches offered to move back and forth.
I definitely think this book is helpful for founders and others wondering how to free up more time for deeper work. Below are my main notes and takeaways.