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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

tidbits from Parents - January

Great ideas from the latest issue of Parents magazine, here for your leisurely read. I hope you have enough time to pick up the magazine itself, it's a great one! But just in case you don't, here are the highlights I enjoyed:

Books I must read:
The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality. Mom bloggers and writers constructed their own responses for this book. Looks pretty interesting - with a dirty laundry closet on the cover of the book! Perfect!

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan, Ph.D. Sounds interesting!

Art Supplies List
They included the ULTIMATE art supply list... lOVE this! Things including:
wallpaper samples
aluminum foil
magazines and newspapers
packing peanuts
drinking straws
cotton bolls
ribbon, yarn, string, beads
wax paper
tissue paper
scissors and glue
colored tape
cotton swabs
plain and colored paper

I'm seeing a future birthday gift for my oldest niece... this would be awesome, to put all of this together in an art box for a gift. Very creative ideas!

Love this quote!
Dr. Michael Thompson, an amazing psychologist and author (and someone I shook hands with two weeks ago at a conference!) said, "When we deprive children of independence, they never get the excitement or pride of accomplishment of discovering things all on their own." The author of the article wrote that we think we're doing the right thing when parents keep watch over their kids, making sure they are safe and OK at all times. We need to let kids work things out on their own more often, they wrote.

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