Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Comfort of Little Things: A Book Review

About The Book:

Educators are among the most loving and nurturing people on earth. Yet those same caring adults are too often very hard on themselves. The Comfort of Little Thingsprovides strategies and tips on how to give yourself a second chance. Drawing on the growing body of brain research along with personal experience and stories from educators, Holly Elissa Bruno fills her book with ideas that will help you see the world with the wonder of a child. You can learn to open yourself to the moment, to look at yourself anew, and to let go of negativity. As she writes, "Second chances come from letting go of what holds us back. These second chances take more work. The work is always rewarded. Fear not." 

Softbound , 144pgs.

About The Author:

Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is an author, attorney, professor, acclaimed keynote speaker, and host of an online radio program. She is an alumna of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, teaches leadership courses for The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Wheelock College, and is a frequent contributor to Child Care Information Exchange and the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Young Children publication. Previously, Holly Elissa served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. Holly Elissa's books include What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice, Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs, and Learning from the Bumps in the Road: Insights from Early Childhood Leaders

My Review:

I have been an early childhood educator for over 17 years. I absolutely love children and have a passion for teaching. However, there are many times I question myself and my skills to do a great job with kids. Some of this is my personality and some of it due to criticism from others. This last year I was able to read a book that literally gave me permission to let go of this doubt and remember that I am where I am because of the gift I give children. The Comfort of Little Things is exactly that. A book that shows the reader that we, as the adult, must give ourselves second chances and let go of negativity and move forward, much like what we teach the children in our lives to do! It is a book about self care that every early childhood educator should read.

Here are some quotes from the book:

“To take that second chance, we need to notice where we are and be open to the possibility of growing.” 

“To survive the daily bumps and bruises that come with living our lives, we all need a gentle and loving home both within and outside of ourselves.” 

“Life’s too short to do anything but enjoy it daily.”

“Educators are spiritual beings—we are on earth to make a difference.” 

“Each of us each day, each moment, has a choice: give ourselves and others a second chance or turn away.” 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Comfort of Little Things online through Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of RedLeaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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