I grew up in a Southern California beach town, so you’d think that I’d have known about Sanuk for a while. Well … actually no. There are nary a surf shop near where I live but luckily my sister and her family came to visit last summer and she lives near the beach and a myriad of surf shops. She had a pair on and she made me try it. It was sooo much more cushiony than Reef flip flops which I normally wear plus these were cuter. Sanuk is also ecologically friendly and are made of recycled yoga mats.
I appreciate that the author/illustrator realizes that the adult might be reading their book 2650 times so they’ve added a little twist to keep us going. And these twists are not advertised anywhere in the book; they are just there for those who need a little something because repetition is numbing their mind. I love their creativity and the fact that the hidden things are under the radar. It feels like a secret club. Here’s the secret handshake to join … tell me your favorite book like this. I am still struggling to find one more! Thanks!
It might have been a sheer coincidence (cue Twilight Zone music with video below!), but I was reading the newest Penderwicks (The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall) with my middle child and the newest book from Karen Day (A Million Miles from Boston) with my oldest simultaneously and I was struck by the myriad of similarities between both books AND YET the books are so different AND written at the same time. Coincidence? Maybe, or maybe there is a more cosmic messages afoot?!
A transition to a new grade or school, not matter how small, is difficult for children. It’s helpful to visit the new school as often as possible. Play with kids that will be at the same school if you can. And read, read, read to your child books about starting school. The familiarity of routines and activities of the new school will take a lot of the anxiety away. So, while my youngest has been visiting his elementary school for 5 years so far, we’ll take it one step at a time and read these books over and over to ensure a smooth landing in September. And a few playdates with new friends is also on the books!
Now I have to give a disclaimer: I clearly have not gotten this right because my middle daughter still asks why we thought having a third child was a good idea. She thinks that we should have stopped while we were ahead. I did read a lot of books and seek a lot of advice on how to get my older child (and then children) excited about the new baby. Here’s the list of advice from many, many moms I solicited.
Cheat sheet to learn how to pronounce Mandarin Chinese pinyin.
Thank you to Kati from Cozi.com with some great tips for spring cleaning and NOT alone. She proposes ways to get the kids involved. It finally feels like spring here in the Northeast (except for today which is a chilly 50 degrees) so I am finally starting to think about spring cleaning.
My amazing Mom Friend is now reinventing herself as a writer. Her first book is still being drafted but an excerpt is now published in Best Travel Writing by Women 2011. Her piece also ran in The Boston Globe magazine that details her flamenco dancing experience while living in Spain. It is a gorgeously written moving piece that is also so true about the work life balance that all parents juggle. Give yourself a present and read the Globe article now … and then book a trip somewhere!
2 fun and easy math games invented by 8-year-old kids for adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and exponents.