This right here? Is my 100th blog post. Hooray! (Imagine confetti coming down from the ceiling in the room where you’re sitting. See, wasn’t that fun?)
Next week there may be no blog post at all. I’m headed up to the mountains to officiate a wedding, which will be new and exciting and lovely. But there’s no internet in these particular mountains, so the blog will have to wait.
In the mean time, read some of these things, and share things you’ve read in the comments, so other people can read them.
If you’re looking for messy activities? Here’s some messy activities. Great for summer. Though also, you know, for any time. I especially love the rubber band painting idea and the paint inside a box idea.
My colleague Barbara has some tips for traveling and vacationing with children. If you’re traveling with kids this summer, I bet some of these tips and things to think about will help you.
From Picklebums, a little piece about falling (and not falling) into the trap of only thinking about and discussing the negative things about your kids. It’s a thing that’s easy to do without thinking about it.
From the always useful Laura Markham, some useful thoughts on discipline, and in particular how to say “no” to your child in a way they might respond well to. Not surprisingly, it’s about communication, listening, and respect. And on a related note, some tips for being a good listener that help your child be independent and resilient.
Finally, for a little humor, read this critical theory analysis of the children’s book genre—in particular, times when characters in children’s books are, themselves, reading or referencing children’s books. Deep stuff. Borges is referenced.
Have a great week!