Zen Tips: Daily Meditations for Happiness and Fulfillment

Zen Tips: Daily Meditations for Happiness and Fulfillment

Zen Tips: Daily Meditations for Happiness and Fulfillment From the Zen Mama by Betsy McKee Henry
2012 | EPUB | 2.52MB

Are you open to changing the way you look at things? If so, then this book, ZEN TIPS, is for you!

This daily meditation book is filled with inspirational quotes, beautiful photography and an "I AM" affirmation on each page to help you become a better person. Start your day with this book. Imagine a hope, dream or future you want and turn to a page that will answer that thought. Or just read from the beginning to end. Incorporate these meditations with your daily breathing, yoga or a cup of tea or coffee. Savor each page and let it set the tone for the day. A great book for everyone - parents, grandparents, graduates and students of life!

HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done

HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done

HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done by Harvard Business Review
2012 | PDF | 2.07MB

IS YOUR WORKLOAD SLOWING YOU—AND YOUR CAREER—DOWN?

Your inbox is overflowing. You’re paralyzed because you have too much to do but don’t know where to start. Your to-do list never seems to get any shorter. You leave work exhausted but have little to show for it.

It’s time to learn how to get the right work done.

In the HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done, you’ll discover how to focus your time and energy where they will yield the greatest reward. Not only will you end each day knowing you made progress—your improved productivity will also set you apart from the pack.

Whether you’re a new professional or an experienced one, this guide will help you:

  • Prioritize and stay focused
  • Work less but accomplish more
  • Stop bad habits and develop good ones
  • Break overwhelming projects into manageable pieces
  • Conquer e-mail overload
  • Write to-do lists that really work

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations by Nancy Duarte
2012 | MOBI | 1.86MB

TAKE THE PAIN OUT OF PRESENTATIONS.

Terrified of speaking in front of a group? Or simply looking to polish your skills? No matter where you are on the spectrum, this guide will give you the confidence and the tools you need to get results.

Written by presentation expert Nancy Duarte, the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations will help you:

  • Win over tough crowds
  • Organize a coherent narrative
  • Create powerful messages and visuals
  • Connect with and engage your audience
  • Show people why your ideas matter to them
  • Strike the right tone, in any situation

HBR Guide to Project Management

HBR Guide to Project Management

HBR Guide to Project Management by Harvard Business Review
2013 | AZW3 | 631.91KB

MEET YOUR GOALS—ON TIME AND ON BUDGET.

How do you rein in the scope of your project when you’ve got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention?

Whether you’re managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to define smart goals, meet them, and capture lessons learned so future projects go even more smoothly.

The HBR Guide to Project Management will help you:

  • Build a strong, focused team
  • Break major objectives into manageable tasks
  • Create a schedule that keeps all the moving parts under control
  • Monitor progress toward your goals
  • Manage stakeholders’ expectations
  • Wrap up your project and gauge its success

HBR Guide to Better Business Writing

HBR Guide to Better Business Writing

HBR Guide to Better Business Writing by Bryan A Garner
2013 | MOBI | 397.04KB

DON'T LET YOUR WRITING HOLD YOU BACK.

When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a nicety. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over.

The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you:

  • Push past writer’s block
  • Grab—and keep—readers’ attention
  • Earn credibility with tough audiences
  • Trim the fat from your writing
  • Strike the right tone
  • Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage

HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers by Harvard Business Review
2012 | MOBI | 467.87KB

DON’T LET YOUR FEAR OF FINANCE GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR SUCCESS

Can you prepare a breakeven analysis? Do you know the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet? Or understand why a business that’s profitable can still go belly-up? Has your grasp of your company’s numbers helped—or hurt—your career?

Whether you’re new to finance or you just need a refresher, this go-to guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to master the fundamentals, as all good managers must.

The HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers will help you:

  • Learn the language of finance
  • Compare your firm’s financials with rivals’
  • Shift your team’s focus from revenues to profits
  • Assess your vulnerability to industry downturns
  • Use financial data to defend budget requests
  • Invest smartly through cost/benefit analysis

HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across

HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across

HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across by Harvard Business Review
2013 | MOBI | 1.6MB

ARE YOUR WORKING RELATIONSHIPS WORKING AGAINST YOU?

To achieve your goals and get ahead, you need to rally people behind you and your ideas. But how do you do that when you lack formal authority? Or when you have a boss who gets in your way? Or when you’re juggling others’ needs at the expense of your own?

By managing up, down, and across the organization. Your success depends on it, whether you’re a young professional or an experienced leader.

The HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across will help you:

  • Advance your agenda—and your career—with smarter networking
  • Build relationships that bring targets and deadlines within reach
  • Persuade decision makers to champion your initiatives
  • Collaborate more effectively with colleagues
  • Deal with new, challenging, or incompetent bosses
  • Navigate office politics

Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence [Revised and Updated for the 21st Century] by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez
2008 | MOBI | 2.63MB

In an age of great economic uncertainty when everyone is concerned about money and how they spend what they have, this new edition of the bestselling Your Money or Your Life is an essential read. With updated resources, an easy-to-use index, and anecdotes and examples particularly relevant today-it tells you how to:

  • get out of debt and develop savings
  • reorder material priorities and live well for less
  • resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle
  • save the planet while saving money
  • and much more

In Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living.

The PlayBook

The PlayBook

The PlayBook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional Trader by Mike Bellafiore
2013 | EPUB | 7.2MB

Want to become a truly great trader – either for yourself or for a proprietary trading firm? This book will help you get there.

This unique approach is the closest thing to signing up for a “trader boot camp” yourself! You’ll learn by watching new traders walk through actual trades, explain what they’ve tried to do, and try to survive brutally tough expert critiques. One trade at a time, The Playbook reveals how professional traders must think in order to succeed “under fire,” how they assess their own performance, and how they work relentlessly to improve.

Using concrete, actionable setups drawn from his extensive trading and training experience, Bellafiore walks through an extraordinary array of trades, showing readers how to maximize profits and avoid disastrous hidden pitfalls. He covers support plays, bull-and-bear flags, opening drives, important intraday levels, bounce and fade trades, pullbacks, scalps, technical opportunities, consolidation, relative strength, market trades, and more.

He also presents indispensable insights on psychology and trader development, based on his work with hundreds of traders on a major commodity exchange and an elite prop firm’s trading desk. Packed with color, personality, and realism, this is an exciting guide to real-world trading.

Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat

Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat [Audiobook] by Michael Masterson
2008 | MP3@128 kbps + PDF | 12 hrs 16 mins | 673.22MB

[Read by Sean Pratt]

This audiobook was created to help people get their businesses launched quickly and profitably while avoiding the pitfalls that make starting a new venture risky. It walks listeners through a focused strategy designed to get their business ventures started and moving toward profitability as quickly as possible.

If you had the opportunity to work where, when, and with whom you wanted—all while getting paid very well—would you take it? Self-made multimillionaire and bestselling author Michael Masterson did, and with Ready, Fire, Aim he'll show you how to do the same.

Whether you're thinking about starting a new business or growing an existing one, Ready, Fire, Aim has what you need to succeed in your entrepreneurial endeavors. In it, Masterson shares the knowledge he has gained from creating and expanding numerous businesses and outlines a focused strategy for guiding a small business through the four stages of entrepreneurial growth. Along the way, Masterson teaches you the different skills needed in order to excel in this dynamic environment.

While some of the concepts covered may seem novel, all of them have been proven to work time and again. Among other things, you'll discover:

  • Why selling is your first business priority and the one thing you should never stop doing
  • The handful of numbers that are critical to every business
  • When to cut your losses short and when to let your winners run
  • The front-end/back-end method of doubling profits easily
  • Why having a Plan B is as important as Plan A, and when and how to create it
  • The difference between pushers, thinkers, organizers, and sellers, and how to attract the ones you need for your business

Over the course of his remarkably successful career, Michael Masterson has helped start and develop dozens of multimillion-dollar businesses, including one whose revenues exceeded $135 million and another still growing at $300 million. Now, with Ready, Fire, Aim, he'll show you how to make your way to the top by designing powerful marketing campaigns that will regularly outsell your competitors; implementing innovative operational procedures that will reduce costs and hassles; and using the revolutionary power of the Internet to reduce customer complaints and increase profits.

To start and grow multimillion-dollar businesses over and over again you have to master certain skills. Ready, Fire, Aim reveals what those skills are and shows you how to quickly master them. Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, this remarkable guide for entrepreneurs gives you a blueprint for business and financial success that will allow you to enjoy life to its fullest.

Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography [Audiobook]

Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography [Audiobook]

Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography [Audiobook] by Kitty Kelley
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 21 hrs 41 mins | 593.89MB

[Read by Suzanne Toren]

A shocking portrait of the 1980s, America, and the woman whose position helped shape the values and policies of the Reagan administration.

Through over 1,000 interviews collected during four years of exhaustive research and reporting, Kelley reveals Nancy Reagan as a superb public performer, a vain, materialistic social climber, a bitter foe and formidable strategist—an American phenomenon.

Do the Movies Have a Future?

Do the Movies Have a Future?

Do the Movies Have a Future by David Denby
2012 | EPUB | 3.44MB

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the movies, once America’s primary popular art form, have become an endangered species. Do the Movies Have a Future? is a rousing and witty call to arms. In these sharp and engaging essays and reviews, New Yorker movie critic David Denby weighs in on “conglomerate aesthetics,” as embodied in the frenzied, weightless action spectacles that dominate the world’s attention, and “platform agnosticism,” the notion that movies can be watched on smaller and smaller screens: laptops, tablets, even phones. At the same time, Denby reaffirms that movies are our national theater, and in this exhilarating book he celebrates such central big movies as Avatar and The Social Network as well as small but resonant triumphs like There Will Be Blood and The Tree of Life.

Denby joyously celebrates what remains of the shared culture in romantic comedy, high school movies, and chick flicks; he assesses the expressive triumphs and failures of auteurs Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Pedro Almodóvar, and David Fincher. Refusing nostalgia, he mines the past for strength, examining the changing nature of stardom and the careers of Joan Crawford, Otto Preminger, and Victor Fleming, and the continuing self-invention of Clint Eastwood. And he recreates the excitement of reading two critics who embodied the film culture of their times, James Agee and Pauline Kael.

Wry, passionate, and incisive, Do the Movies Have a Future? is both a feast of good writing and a challenge to fight back. It is an essential guide for movie lovers looking for ammunition and hope.

25 Great French Films [Ebert's Essentials]

25 Great French Films [Ebert's Essentials]

25 Great French Films [Ebert's Essentials] by Roger Ebert
2012 | EPUB | 1.93MB

Like a full-bodied Bordeaux wine, Roger Ebert's e-book original 25 Great French Films will reward you with a rich variety of full-length reviews of cinematic experiences. From such classics as Belle de Jour, Day for Night, and The 400 Blows to the sweeping drama (and beautiful scenery!) of Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon of the Spring, this e-book provides a perfect primer for those new to French films and a welcome refresher course for true Francophiles. And, as an added attraction, most of the reviews are accompanied with a clip of the movies' trailers, including gems like Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Jules and Jim.

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie by Roger Ebert
2013 | EPUB | 1.34MB

Roger Ebert awards at least two out of four stars to most of the more than 150 movies he reviews each year. But when the noted film critic does pan a movie, the result is a humorous, scathing critique far more entertaining than the movie itself.

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie is a collection of more than 200 of Ebert's most biting and entertaining reviews of films receiving a mere star or less from the only film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. Ebert has no patience for these atrocious movies and minces no words in skewering the offenders.

Witness: Armageddon * (1998) --The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense, and the human desire to be entertained. No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out.

The Beverly Hillbillies* (1993)--Imagine the dumbest half-hour sitcom you've ever seen, spin it out to ninety-three minutes by making it even more thin and shallow, and you have this movie. It's appalling.

North no stars (1994)--I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.

Police Academy no stars (1984)--It's so bad, maybe you should pool your money and draw straws and send one of the guys off to rent it so that in the future, whenever you think you're sitting through a bad comedy, he could shake his head, chuckle tolerantly, and explain that you don't know what bad is.

Dear God * (1996)--Dear God is the kind of movie where you walk out repeating the title, but not with a smile.

The movies reviewed within I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie are motion pictures you'll want to distance yourself from, but Roger Ebert's creative and comical musings on those films make for a book no movie fan should miss.

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert

The Great Movies by Roger Ebert
2002 | EPUB | 8.54MB

From America’s most trusted and best-known film critic, one hundred brilliant essays on the films that define for him cinematic greatness.

For the past five years Roger Ebert, the famed film writer and critic, has been writing biweekly essays for a feature called "The Great Movies," in which he offers a fresh and fervent appreciation of a great film. The Great Movies collects one hundred of these essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis, and history that will send readers back to that film with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm–or perhaps to an avid first-time viewing. Ebert’s selections range widely across genres, periods, and nationalities, and from the highest achievements in film art to justly beloved and wildly successful popular entertainments. Roger Ebert manages in these essays to combine a truly populist appreciation for our most important form of popular art with a scholar’s erudition and depth of knowledge and a sure aesthetic sense. Wonderfully enhanced by stills selected by Mary Corliss, film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, The Great Movies is a treasure trove for film lovers of all persuasions, an unrivaled guide for viewers, and a book to return to again and again.

The Great Movies includes:

  • All About Eve
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Godfather
  • Jaws
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Metropolis
  • On the Waterfront
  • Psycho
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Third Man
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • and eighty-five more films.

Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007

Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007

Roger Ebert's Four-Star Reviews 1967-2007 by Roger Ebert
2007 | EPUB | 3.34MB

Spanning the length of Roger Ebert's career as the leading American movie critic, this book contains all of his four-star reviews written during that time. A great guide for movie watching.

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance

Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film by Peter Biskind
2005 | EPUB | 11.28MB

Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines -- the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films -- that have powered them. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind profiles the people who took the independent movement from obscurity to the Oscars, most notably Sundance founder Robert Redford and Harvey Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, made Miramax an indie powerhouse.

Today Sundance is the most important film festival this side of Cannes, and Miramax has become an industry giant. Likewise, the directors who emerged from the independent movement, such as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and David O. Russell, are now among the best-known directors in Hollywood. Not to mention the actors who emerged with them, like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Ethan Hawke, and Uma Thurman.

Candid, penetrating, and controversial, Down and Dirty Pictures is a must-read for anyone interested in the film world and where it's headed.

The Sports Gene

The Sports Gene

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
2013 | EPUB | 3.21MB

In high school, I wondered whether the Jamaican Americans who made our track team so successful might carry some special speed gene from their tiny island. In college, I ran against Kenyans, and wondered whether endurance genes might have traveled with them from East Africa. At the same time, I began to notice that a training group on my team could consist of five men who run next to one another, stride for stride, day after day, and nonetheless turn out five entirely different runners. How could this be?

We all knew a star athlete in high school. The one who made it look so easy. He was the starting quarterback and shortstop; she was the all-state point guard and high-jumper. Naturals. Or were they?

The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?

The truth is far messier than a simple dichotomy between nature and nurture. In the decade since the sequencing of the human genome, researchers have slowly begun to uncover how the relationship between biological endowments and a competitor’s training environment affects athleticism. Sports scientists have gradually entered the era of modern genetic research.

In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle. He investigates the so-called 10,000-hour rule to uncover whether rigorous and consistent practice from a young age is the only route to athletic excellence.

Along the way, Epstein dispels many of our perceptions about why top athletes excel. He shows why some skills that we assume are innate, like the bullet-fast reactions of a baseball or cricket batter, are not, and why other characteristics that we assume are entirely voluntary, like an athlete’s will to train, might in fact have important genetic components.

This subject necessarily involves digging deep into sensitive topics like race and gender. Epstein explores controversial questions such as:

  • Are black athletes genetically predetermined to dominate both sprinting and distance running, and are their abilities influenced by Africa’s geography?
  • Are there genetic reasons to separate male and female athletes in competition?
  • Should we test the genes of young children to determine if they are destined for stardom?
  • Can genetic testing determine who is at risk of injury, brain damage, or even death on the field?

Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.

Super Joints: Russian Longevity Secrets

Super Joints: Russian Longevity Secrets

Super Joints: Russian Longevity Secrets for Pain-Free Movement, Maximum Mobility & Flexible Strength by Pavel Tsatsouline
2001 | EPUB | 5.67MB

You have a choice in life. You can sputter and stumble and creak your way along in a process of painful, slow decline -- or you can take charge of your health and become a human dynamo. And there is no better way to insure a long, pain-free life than performing the right daily combination of joint mobility and strength-flexibility exercises.

In this book, Russian fitness expert Pavel Tsatsouline shows you exactly how to quickly achieve and maintain peak joint health -- and then use it to improve every aspect of your physical performance. Only the foolish would deliberately ignore the life-saving and life-enhancing advice Pavel offers here. Why would anyone willingly subject themselves to a life of increasing pain, degeneration and decrepitude? But for an athlete, a dancer, a martial artist or any serious performer, this book could spell the difference between greatness and mediocrity.

Pilates Anatomy: A Comprehensive Guide

Pilates Anatomy: A Comprehensive Guide

Pilates Anatomy: A Comprehensive Guide by Abigail Ellsworth
2009 | EPUB | 19.01MB

Madonna does it. Jennifer Aniston does it. And so do plenty of pro football players. These days, it seems like everyone is doing pilates, a form of exercise that strengthens core muscle groups for a lean, toned body. Whether you're already a pilates devotee, or a couch potato who's ready to reform, Pilates Anatomy is for you!

Written and developed by a renowned pilates instructor, Pilates Anatomy is designed to be a thorough guide for every level--from beginner to advanced. This unique book aims to teach more than just different exercises. Detailed anatomical illustrations teach readers all about muscle mechanics and how their bodies work to encourage safe, injury-free workouts. To help reinforce students' understanding, this book also features reference sections on pilates terminology and a glossary of muscles. Discover how "chicken wings," "tiny steps," and "the corkscrew" can help you create a long, lean, strong body.

Readers can choose from a comprehensive list of individual pilates exercises designed for every level of practice. In addition to individual movements, this amazing book also includes a series of challenging workouts featuring both mats and props for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Discover powerhouse sales!

Interest in pilates continues to grow--there are over 15 million people who regularly practice pilates, and many more who would like to try this method of exercise. Includes double-sided poster of pilates techniques and muscle systems.

The Art of Baking Bread

The Art of Baking Bread

The Art of Baking Bread: What You Really Need to Know to Make Great Bread by Matt Pellegrini
2012 | EPUB | 7.69MB

A beginner's guide to baking bread perfectly every time.

Sidestep years of unrewarding trial and error and learn to bake like a master with one comprehensive book. With over 230 color photographs, more than 150 detailed step-by-step instructions covering basic to advanced techniques, over 200 tips and sidebars filled with invaluable information and troubleshooting advice, plus clear explanations of ingredients, equipment, and the entire bread-baking process, The Art of Baking Bread: What You Really Need to Know to Make Great Bread will teach you to work, move, think, anticipate, smell, feel, and, ultimately, taste like an artisan baker.

The Art of Baking Bread accomplishes what no other book has—it teaches the secrets of professional bakers in language anyone can understand. Matt Pellegrini offers home cooks confidence in the kitchen and precise, easy-to-follow blueprints for creating baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, brioche, challah, sourdough, and dozens of other delicious rolls and loaves that will make you the envy of your fellow bakers—professional or otherwise.

Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time [Revised & Updated]

Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time [Revised & Updated]

Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time [Revised and Updated] by Lora Brody, Millie Apter
1996 | EPUB | 3.45MB

Revised and Updated for the Best Electric Bread Machines
After Lora Brody and Millie Apter discovered the joys of baking bread in electric bread machines, they decided to create and swap new recipes. Lora would rave about a newly developed recipe and send it to Millie, who would have disastrous results with it. What was going on?

This mother-daughter team soon learned that the same recipe did not work in all machines, so it was back to the kitchen. After months of testing, they found that the amounts of ingredients and the order in which they are put into the machine affect the taste, crust, and the crumb of the bread. Thanks to them, now you too can discover the best ways to make bakery fresh bread at the touch of a button!

Bread Machine Baking: Perfect Every Time has two features not found in other bread machine books:

  • Each recipe is geared to a specific electric bread machine. All of the 75 recipes have been individually developed for and tested in every machine on the market.
  • The innovative sweet and savory bread recipes, ranging from Lemon Mint Bread to Olive Onion Bread, and Granola Cranberry Bread to Chocolate Pecan Biscotti, were developed especially for this book.

Minimalist Parenting

Minimalist Parenting

Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less by Christine Koh, Asha Dornfest
2013 | EPUB | 394.49KB

We’re in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on “more”: more expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment. The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, over-parented kids.

In Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background “noise.” They show how to tune into your family’s unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life.

The book begins by showing the value of a minimalist approach, backed by the authors’ personal experience practicing it. It then leads parents through practical strategies for managing time, de-cluttering the home space, simplifying mealtimes, and streamlining recreation. Filled with parents’ personal stories, readers will come away with a unique plan for a simpler life!

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother [Audiobook]

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother [Audiobook]

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother [Audiobook] by Amy Chua
2011 | M4B + EPUB | 5 hrs 52mins | 99.52MB

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way - the Chinese way - and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: "According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse. 2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices - the exacting attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons - the depth of her love for her children becomes clear.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting - and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.