It’s never too early to teach kids how to handle money and I actually think that they need these skills before they go off to college and this is not a topic that is covered at school! How about you? How are you teaching your children about money? Please share your great ideas!
One of my favorite blogs, The Fourth Musketeer, just covers KidLit Historical Fiction. I pretty much file every book review of hers into an email folder labeled “Books I Want to Read.” She posted on the Historical Association Awards Young Quills from Great Britain here. I have listed the winners as well as the short lists for this year and last year. Historical fiction is a great way to get kids excited about history! If you want to find more great books, be sure to subscribe to The Fourth Musketeer’s blog. She’s a librarian and the go to person on that!
I just saw the Museum of Science of Boston’s presentation on weather for 5th graders today and I remembered how difficult it was for me to help my fifth grader figure out how to study for her weather unit. I spent hours googling weather terminology to help her with flashcards but then, trying to put together all the casual relationships was confusing, even to me.
When I was trolling for ideas for posts and I, myself, don’t watch that many movies because the blogging thing gets in the way, DesignTrackMind told me to get this mom’s list of movies with meaning. She keeps a list of movies with mean for family movie night? Of course she does.
It was probably the 60 hour power outage that me and my my neighborhood suffered through, though not in silence, that is prompting this post. Thus, an homage to cozy winter items.
Top 100 Young Adult (YA) Novels: From Persnickety Snark based on a poll she ran all year.
Rana DiOrio’s book tackles all the safety issues that kids face in suburbia. She does it in a calm and gentle way, raising the right points but without any scariness. I like how she touches on listening to your inner voice and standing up to bullies. This is the kind of book that reinforces the messages that we parents give. It allows for dialogue should an issue come up, but it can also just be an easy reminder of how to stay safe. And that’s exactly the message that I want to impart to my kids.
My mind wanders this week from reading The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan which compares gods from Ancient Rome and Greece. This naturally leads to togas. Animal House comes to mind, but let’s look at red carpet toga inspired gowns on celebrities instead. Gywneth, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel and more. Please vote for your fav gown. Then a chart of the gods, Roman and Greek, to keep them straight. And lastly, an Italian (Hey, it’s Roman!) recipe for a pasta sauce that is easy to make, delicious and easy to freeze for emergency dinners.
We have the same pressures to achieve an impossible standard of beauty as those that seek 3 inch feet or a 12 inch neck. I think it takes a rare genetic mutation to reach the highly desirable Barbie doll proportions without breast augmentation. And, it turns out, these pressures for an idealized standard of beauty are so strong, that no woman that I know, no matter what cup size, thinks that her breasts are the right size. There is just something that is not right about this.