Here are links around the internets that caught my eye this week for your leisurely weekend.
I Wanted a Daughter, But I Needed a Son. “Reality backed me into a corner with my fear, where I got a closer look at the freckled little girl in my dreams and saw her for what she was. She was me. My re-do at my own childhood, a shot at redeeming the broken parts of my own history. Before I even became a mother, I made a grave mistake in parenting: I made my child about me. As I processed the news, I called a friend who had mothered three girls. Girl mom to boy mom, she encouraged me to resist the impulse of steering him my way when he veered onto his own path, however rough, however beaten, however unexpected. I was faced with a benediction to start my parenting journey open — with open hands, open eyes, and an open heart. Surrendered already to the gold buried in his depths. Resolved to adore those depths even if they were not a perfect imprint of mine. At thirty-eight weeks pregnant, I had been handed an invitation to a life outside myself, and my perspective slowly shifted.”
Speak With Kindness: How Your Words Literally Restructure Your Brain. “When we use words filled with positivity, like “love” and “peace”, we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action.”
The Read the World Summer Book Club. LOVE this idea for B. So much so that I got most of the first week’s books from the library already!
Image Dump: June 2016. A few scenes from our life lately. 🙂