The Book with No Pictures

It’s such an unassuming cover.  White with black words.  The Book with No Pictures* by BJ Novak.  (Yes, that BJ Novak). (*affiliate link)

Book with No Pictures

The kids didn’t look impressed.

“We’re going to trick Dad into reading that tonight,” I whispered to my oldest, as I bustled about the kitchen making dinner.

“What?  Why do we need to trick him?”

“Just read a little, then you’ll see.” Continue reading

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Weekend Reads 10.4.14

water

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Self-Care for Highly Sensitive Moms {Abundant Mama} 

This was an eye-opener for me!

“A group where my introverted voice doesn’t stand out in a crowd made me feel like I wasn’t really connecting with anyone at the table or in the room.  It took a long time for me to figure this out about myself.  I wanted to be that mom with a gang of girlfriends.  I wanted to do things and go places. I wanted to be a part of the action.  Because that’s what I thought self-care was for moms. That’s what the glossy magazines and movies make you think.”

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“That’s How I Was Raised” and Other Reasons We Spank Our Kids

3 Reasons for Spanking Debunked

In my last post, I wrote about the slippery slope between spanking and child abuse, the slippery slope which appears to have pulled Adrian Peterson and much of the public discussion about spanking over the edge of the precipice.  Today, I want to address the reasons we use to rationalize spanking, and talk a little about setting broken tools aside. Continue reading

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Now that We’re Talking About “Spanking”…

 Spanking

There’s been a lot written about spanking recently, brought about by current events and prominent figures.  I’ve been sitting back without writing anything about it, just observing and trying to process the kind of discussion it was bringing to the surface.  It seems that as a society, we’re ready to have a conversation about spanking.

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Six Ways You’re (Unintentionally) Telling Kids NOT to Listen

You're Telling Kids Not to Listen

Learning to be a good listener is a critical skill.  Kids need to learn to be active listeners (here’s how I teach it in the classroom) and adults need to remember to be good listeners too.  But there are also things we do as we speak to children that may increase or lessen the likelihood that children will actually be listening.

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Weekend Reads 9.5.14

Field and Sky

Whew.

This past summer has been a crazy one for us.  My better half spent the summer a few states away, and this past week the rest of us finally came to join him.  We’re enjoying a somewhat accidental experiment in minimalism as we spend the next few months in a furnished rental with only the things we could fit in one minivan (while still squeezing in 6 passengers) and some bonus crevices in my in-laws’ truck.  Fingers crossed, we’ll have a home built around around New Year’s, and we can finally settle in after about 18 months of transition.

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Standing Up for Children and Childhood: If Not YOU, Then Who?

if not you then who

A week ago I had the tremendous pleasure of being a keynote speaker at Arkansas State University’s ECE conference.  I met some absolutely wonderful people there and had a fantastic experience getting to know many people and seeing childhood from their eyes.

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How to Pull it Together When You’re Parenting on Empty

Empty

It’s been said that the days are long, but the years are short.

I try to focus on the fact that the years are short.  My fourth little guy is wearing out the footies in the pajamas I thought my oldest would never be big enough to fit into.  These years are passing so quickly, and I want to drink up every moment with my family.

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