Weekend Reads 5.9.14

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A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy {NYT}

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Big Art Projects for Small Artists

big art

Any invitation to create yields wonderful benefits for children!  Self-expression, fine motor skills, and creative thinking are all brought to the table every time.  Art can even be therapeutic! But there’s something special that happens when you work on a bigger scale.  With big art projects, larger motor movements are often encouraged, strengthening both the small muscles in the hand, used in most art projects, but also inviting the larger muscle groups in the arms, and sometimes even the whole body!  With a larger project and bigger movements, kids who typically steer clear of the art table are often more easily enticed.  Big art projects also add a social and linguistic element as kids often work together to fill up such a big canvas.  And with such big projects and big movements, outdoors is often an ideal studio — perfect for this time of year! Continue reading

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Motherhood Realized and Why We All Need a Good Friend

Motherhood Realized

I have a very dear friend, whom I’ve known since I was a gangly, tree-climbing girl.  We played tee ball together, had dance recitals together, and, though we spent our teenage years in different states, ended up rooming together in college.

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The New Deficiency, Formerly Known as “Childhood”

Protect Childhood

Children have not always been seen as children.

Waaaay back in medieval times, children were simply viewed as “small adults”.  Childhood wasn’t really seen as a critical period, different from adulthood.  The same rules, expectations, and responsibilities were applied equally to children and adults.  (Hence, the child kings, child brides, child laborers, etc.)

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How To Turn Photography Into A Personalized Learning Opportunity With Your Kids

I’m so excited to introduce you to one amazing woman who wears many hats!  Beryl Young is a mom, teacher, photographer, and the brains behind the amazing Momtographie workshop.  She’s here to share some great tips for helping kids experience, explore, and learn through photography.  This is part one of a two-part series, so be sure to come back for more of her awesome advice! (And be sure to check out her FREE workshop listed below!)

Kids Learn with Photography

In my previous life, before becoming a ‘photography coach for moms’ I was a public school teacher for 10 years. I spent 3 of those years in classrooms with Kindergarten and First graders and then spent another 7 years as a technology specialist for both students and staff.

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It’s OK NOT to Share Section 4a: Kids, Power, and Action (Part 1)

RUN

It was not lost on me that I read most of this section while my three oldest boys, dressed as ninjas, ran in and out of the room, engaged in an ongoing sword fight/kidnapping plot/tickle war with my husband.

As I joined in some of the action, I could recognize what Dr. Jaak Panksepp has found in his studies, as shared by Heather Shumaker in her book,It’s OK Not to Share (*affiliate link):

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3 Basic Principles for Positive Parents

Positive Parenting

Anyone who’s had more than one child can attest that kids come with their own quirks.  Different temperaments, personalities, and needs.  It makes sense then, that there’s no ONE, RIGHT way to parent.  It takes an array of tools and approaches to be responsive when you’re dealing with different kids  — or simply the mood of the moment.

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Weekend Reads 4.12.14

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Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do Whatever They Want? {Aha Parenting}

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