Every two weeks I like to share my favourite discoveries from around the internet — great articles or blog posts, pins, videos, and sometimes a treat or two!
Oh, and a candid shot from our everyday life — this is what happens when you make a tutu for a three year old:
Oh, and those bangs… let’s just say Grandpa has lost his scissor privileges. She’s happy with them, though, so that’s all that really matters.
After publishing my pieces, What is Permissive Parenting? and 10 Steps to Stop Permissive Parenting, I was so happy to read The Legacy of a Narcissistic Parent, one of the best parenting articles I’ve read this year.
I loved this piece, Ballet is Boring by “Miss Erin” — yes, I used to dance, but I think her points are so relevant to life and learning in general.
Have you ever considered giving up sugar? I did the 21 Day Sugar Detox last year, and actually experienced withdrawal symptoms on the third and fourth days, and I have a few strict Paleo friends. This family gave up sugar for a year, and I’m curious if such an experiment would be worth it.
Love this praise piece by Steven Nelms about how fathers can’t afford a stay-at-home mom.
Jarrod Green wrote a thoughtful piece on whether or not we should teach children to say “please.”
This post by Tonya GJ Prince gives some questions that parents should consider asking after picking up their child from any group event or play date to keep the lines of communication open (and avoid missing abuse).
How to Mentor a Kid with Big (Possibly Unrealistic) Dreams. We’re not here yet, but I can see us travelling down this path, and I’m glad to have read this piece by Lori Pickert (author of Project-Based Homeschooling) to start exploring this train of thought.
We surprisingly don’t have a tinker tray set-up in our home. We have an open-ended art room which would be the perfect place to put one… but I’ll admit, after my daughter strew her mosaic pieces around her room, pretending she was Cinderella feeding chickens, I’m a bit nervous at the prospect!
I found reading about these 10 unique travel sites fascinating, as we’re starting to plan our yearly big vacation. (Any destination suggestions??)
Have you read about the education reform changes in Finland? Similar to project-based learning, children are being encouraged to pick an interest or vocation at 16 to study from a variety of angles. It’s a very interesting concept to me, as long as children are still given flexibility to explore other options, and sufficient time is spent selecting what each child will explore. If done right, I think there will be a lot to gleam from this model.
My daughter and I are loving this video by Maroon 5 for their single, Sugar. I am actually not a Maroon 5 fan, but I just love what they did for this video.
This is an ad from the awesome moms at What’s Up, Moms, but it makes me laugh as I start to foray into making bento lunches and as someone who does occasionally make cute lunches for special occasions. This Blank Space parody from them is also gold.
Pins of the Week
I love Pinterest WAY TOO MUCH — I’d even describe myself as a Pinterest Parent. Here are my top five pins from the week:
- 10 Essentials for our Homeschool Room
- Wet Felted Easter Eggs
- 20 Ideas for a Fabulous Outer Space Party
- Van Gogh Projects for Kids
- Mega Collection of Preschool Botany Unit Studies
It was my birthday this past Friday, and I am seriously coveting a name ring. I don’t wear necklaces or bracelets in my day-to-day life (the kids would destroy them!) but rings I can do! I’d probably get one in my daughter’s name, and it would be cute to have a stack of them if you had more than one child, or
I also need a new tea bag/spoon rest, and love this melted mason jar option… only maybe in blue. (I’ve gone without one for a couple of months now to test if I really need one, and there’s just something that doesn’t work for me about setting tea bags or spoons directly onto a counter in between uses, and I need something more versatile and less delicate than a tea cup saucer.)
What links have you been loving this week?