Everything from the past week seems to fall under one of two categories: parenting or health. So. Why be fancy?
When you read about gentle parenting, do you feel inspired but at a loss as to what to do in your own home? When you debate the topic, do you agree that punitive methods are problematic, but can’t find another way? When you hear people online gush about gentle parenting, do you just want to know what the heck it is and how to do it?
– The Problem with Gentle Parenting (The Guggie Daily)
I have dark pools under my eyes. A valley where my belly button once was. Hips with a new amplitude that my teenage self wouldn’t recognize. I have lines mapped across the mountains of stretched skin left over on my midsection. Lightening bolts on my sides proving I once was too small to contain all of the love that filled me. Lines indicating that my daughter once lived inside of me.
Do you realize the significance in that? Every limb, finger, toe…her heart, even, developed near the very place my own heart beats inside of my chest. Those mountains of skin are all I have left to prove that we were once one and not two.
How can I be ashamed of that?
– Babies Ruin Bodies (we seek joy)
Keeper of the Home talks about Twelve Things My Children Learned While Worldschooling This Year. It sounds fantastic. And fantastical. And it would be an amazing thing to do someday. (Although I would probably settle for Scotland, to be perfectly honest.)
Hey, I know! Bring in another child because you can use hand me downs. Have another child because you can make them take care of each other. Or alternatively, refuse to bring another child into your family because you can’t give them new clothes. Restrict your family size because you want to care for each child one at a time. Whichever one floats your boat, you have to realize that they are two sides of the same coin.
– Did You Ask Your Child to Join Your Family Today? (The Guggie Daily)
Mighty Mommy Mondays! Introducing a New Linky (Farmer’s Daughter)
When your five year old pulled off her coat, revealing a Wonder Woman dress and purple sweat pants in all their glory, I could see you thinking again that it wasn’t appropriate for church. Oh, mama! First of all, I have kids with SPD and I know very well what it is like when every single item of clothing they own suddenly doesn’t feel right. Here is the most important thing: she had put on joy, love and a tender and open spirit. She has plenty of time to adapt to social conventions of what is appropriate. What I saw was a pure heart that was happy to be there, and that is far more important. Seriously–if you had pushed the issue, and forced her to change, it would only have meant that you both arrived in a bad mood (if you arrived at all!). And finally, she was totally rockin’ the sparkly shoes with her outfit!
– To the mom who brought Wonder Woman to church (Dulce de leche)
Food Co-Ops: What They Are and How to Find One Near You (GNOWFGLINS)
Five Changes Your Body Begs You For (Butter Nutrition)