I’m so excited for next week — some great give-aways on the blog and we’ll hopefully be passed the majority of the moving and school-related craziness and I can get some great series and units up that I have been slowly working away at for a little while now!
Some link love from this past week…
I did extended breastfeeding past 2.5 years old, even throughout some major health issues and so resonate with and love this story about a mom’s decision to breastfeed her toddler throughout her daughter’s leukemia treatment, despite the medical community that surrounded her recommending otherwise.
As we leave one nest for another, I’m trying to embrace the concept of accepting the imperfections.
When college professors are noticing troublesome “preschool” behaviour in their undergraduates, we need to step back and question what the deficit of play is doing to our children. (And yes, I recognize that this is not the experience for every parent or school, but it is an issue that is more prevalent today.)
If you’re curious about the Montessori and Reggio approaches to giving children real tools and what that looks like, I’m so inspired by Gever Tulley’s Tinkering School featured during his TED talk. I hope that this is what my backyard looks like one day 🙂
As someone entering the field of Abnormal Child Psychology, I appreciate dissenting voices such as Dr. Allen Frances who is bringing to light the new diagnosis of “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo” which seems marked for rampant over-diagnosis. It speaks to the larger issue of 81% of under-21 year old Americans qualifying for one diagnosis of mental disorder, which to me says more about our definition of mental disorders.
I’m implementing this better way to say sorry with my daughter. I’m finding as we near three years old that she needs to really be given more opportunities for self-reflection. I feel like this method helps children better understand what being sorry means, rather than just repeating a word to avoid trouble.
And finally, I laughed at this TED talk by Ursus Wehrli and couldn’t help but wonder how many parents and teachers feel this way when looking at their children’s art? I feel so privileged to witness the artistic process in these wonderful children that join us weekly.