Links of Last Week

It’s that time again! Here are a few of the highlights from the past week on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. If you come across anything of particular interest and would like to share a link, please leave it in the comments below.

Image from Half the Sky Movement, found via A Mighty Girl. See their list of school stories for books for children and teens who love to learn.

Aha Parenting asks, “Do You Want to Raise An Obedient Child?

Obedient children grow into obedient adults. They’re less likely to stand up for themselves, more likely to be taken advantage of. They’re also capable of terrible acts, because they don’t take responsibility for their actions; they blame whoever told them to do it.

Core Parenting posted Don’t Squash My Emotions, one of the best pieces I have ever found. (I have strong emotions about it!)

It’s true. We squash our kids’ emotions. All. The. Time. But we don’t have to. And doing it differently can feel so good. In order to do it differently we need to Connect, Observe, Reflect and Engage (CORE). And say to yourself, “This emotion is not about me. This is not my emotion to squash.” Once, twice or a hundred times a day.

This video of kids reacting to a controversial Cheerios commercial is funny, inspirational, and deeply moving. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch.

I was thrilled to find this list of Simple Ways to Make a Difference in the World. You may recall that my friend Phillip’s Paying it Forward Day is right around the corner, so it seemed a particularly timely discovery.

This article on sensory play is very approachable and thorough. In keeping with that theme, here is an idea for edible sand and one for “mess-free painting,” which allow for fun and easy sensory experiences for infants and young toddlers.

Finally, I would like to share this opportunity to show some support and offer a helping hand to the wonderful Lisa Sunbury. Please take some time to read about her current situation, raising her infant niece, and spare a thought, if not a few dollars, for someone who has done so much for so many.

Have a great week!


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