Suggested Reading for 7/26/13

suggestedreadingTop pick for the week, this truly beautiful post from Hands Free Mama: “The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up.'” It’s a story not only about slowing down in your life with your child (important), but also about learning from your, and allowing the ways they are different from you to be an opportunity for YOU to grow. Inspiring.

This is pretty cool. An engineer was bemoaning the fact that not many girls choose to pursue engineering as a career (only 11% of engineers are women!). So she decided to design an engineering-related toy for girls. And before you shout, “Legos are for girls too, you know!”, I agree, they are, but a lot of people don’t BUY Legos for the girls in their lives. Furthermore (this person says) girls in our society are socialized to play games that involve narratives, which aren’t intrinsicly present in toys like Legos. So anyway, she made this toy, and got it funded on Kickstarter. I wish I had heard about it earlier.

A sweet little anecdote about separation anxiety. Teacher Tom, you’re doing it right.

From How We Montessori, a post about letting her toddler use knives to help in the kitchen—calm and reasonable and excellent. Also, a great little post about “transfering” activities—pouring and spooning. A terrific example of how, often, the simplest activities are the best.

Alissa, at Creative with Kids, writes about what’s going on with discipline with her kids. It’s always great to see a professional in the field try to practice what they preach. This, in particular, is a great illustration of how you might approach discipline without resorting to any kind of punishment. Yes, it’s harder—but it’s also, you know, effective.

Here’s a little piece, from Regarding Baby, about letting babies solve problems, not rushing to help them immediately. Which is different from ignorning them. Rather, you want to be present, attentive, supportive—but not take away their agency and power. There’s a video in the post which is a lovely example—though my personal style in this kind of situation is to be less verbal about it. I might just say, “Yep, you’re stuck! … I see you … When you want to come out, just duck your head under,” and leave it at that. But this parent gets great results with her approach as well—notice the HUGE smile on the baby’s face at the end.

Have a great weekend!

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