Here are links around the internets that caught my eye this week for your leisurely weekend.
Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? “The parent I used to be and the parent I am now both have the same goal: to raise self-reliant, self-assured, successful children. But 12 years of parenting, over five years of living on and off in Japan, two years of research, investigative trips to Europe and Asia and dozens of interviews with psychologists, child development experts, sociologists, educators, administrators and parents in Japan, Korea, China, Finland, Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, Brazil and elsewhere have taught me that though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.”
Saying yes. “At some point, it just became my default: “No.” Sometimes I added an optional exclamation point (or four!!!!). Sometimes it was uttered in complete exhaustion or repeated for the 100th time.
And at some point, the automatic response from my children became, “Mommy!! Why is it always noooooo?!??!”
I don’t exactly know when this became my go-to answer.
With a 6 year old and a 3 year old in tow, there are a lot of decisions to make every day: what to feed them, where to take them, how to dress them, etc. And to be honest, there were moments that I took pride in being the “firm” parent, even if it meant that I was more often the one to say no to something.
In essence, I became the Debbie Downer of the family.”
25 books to read when you feel like the world is falling apart. I love that Anne Frank and Corrie ten Boom are on this list. Also, Station Eleven (which I’m re-reading right now) and Everyone Brave is Forgiven, are two of the best books I’ve read in recent years! Everyone Brave is Forgiven wasn’t particularly uplifting, so I’m not sure what the criteria for this list were, but it’s definitely thought-provoking.
The Free Font Bundle By TheHungryJPEG. Hello. My name is Reb and I’m addicted to fonts.
Charlotte Mason “Ourselves” Quotes (Part 3). “We live in a world that values “the best, newest, most striking, and cheapest” above all else, including the lives of others, our health, or morals, etc. Does it really just boil down to a bad case of ‘keeping up with the Joneses,’ or even just conforming to whatever everyone else is doing or believing so as not to be different? If we became more thinking people, perhaps we would see how this conformation and need to be better than the neighbors doesn’t benefit anyone except maybe marketing firms, executives of multi-national companies, and people of that ilk. If we think for ourselves, we rise above the pettiness of the status quo.”