Read With Me: Two books that made me think, as a parent

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Little Prince offer great parenting insights.


I happened to read, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, on the recommendation of someone I don’t like too much. I started this book thinking that I will find ways to hate this book. However, the book had an effect on me. I ended up reading the whole book in almost one sitting.

Loved the “I am able” message in the book. A 15 year old child, who doesn’t like to be around people, travels on his own to London in a train. Makes his own decision and takes care of himself. Many other instances are filled with insights. I think I was conditioned to look for parenting insights so I did the same. I found many parenting insights!

Whenever a child approaches an adult with a question important for him/her, ‘I am busy now’ or ‘not now’ are few famous common lines of adults. Ever wondered how important a child’s question could be for the child, us, and the universe.

For me, ‘The Little Prince’ had many such learnings and those are stuck with me now.

This article has been republished with prior permission from the author of the blog.

This is part of the August Read With Me special series on children reading for a better tomorrow. 

As parents, educators, readers and writers, we know how important it is to get children – from infants to young adults – to be readers, and readers for life. Read With Me all this month looks to encourage children to read more. We are also talking about reading that goes much beyond a good tale – as vibrant, fun and effective ways to get children to connect to themselves, their roots, accept difference, understand people and places and be more sensitive. All of August, The Alternative says Read With Me – read more and read for change.


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Priya Alti is an educational facilitator at Genie Kids, an alternative learning space in Bangalore. more

   FOLLOW US

   SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER
  Top Stories on TA






  Top Stories in SOCIETY






   Get stories like this in your inbox

  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Priya Alti is an educational facilitator at Genie Kids, an alternative learning space in Bangalore. more
   What's Good

Discuss this article on Facebook