I am guilty of creating an excessive amount of Top 10 Lists but I thought I made mostly esoteric KidLit lists. This thought made me research my Top 10 Lists that were not book related. And here they are…
I was a little sad that this list didn’t make the list: Top 10: Things Autistic Children Wish You Knew (by Notbohm)
First of all, I want to confess that I am not a board game person. I do occasionally get forced into playing board games with my kids so I am familiar with some of these games but it’s always a balancing act to play with them as I am asked to modulate my play: “Play hard against me, mom, but not too hard. You’re playing too easy against 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.
I was the co-chair for my elementary school Fundraising Committee last year and also served on my preschool’s fundraising committee a few years ago. For both schools, the auction is the single biggest fundraising event and must bring in a princely sum in order for the PTO budgets to function. This is what I learned to make an school auction successful:
I am partial to coordinating a group present and buying one big ticket item for expectant parents. It’s not easy to pull off but I remember how daunting and expensive it was to get ready for a new baby. This is not to say that I am not buying cute outfits with matching socks and hats — this is my only chance to buy those these days and it’s so much fun to pick it out! But if I think back on what I really needed; items that are impactful, special, unusual, and thoughtful, this would be my secret fantasy list of what I would want.
How about you? What gifts do you particularly treasure?
My husband sent me this great article from CNN. It saddens me that teachers are bearing the brunt of negativity that bears resemblance to a Salem Witch Hunt because the U.S. education system is broken. It’s not the teacher’s fault; the roots for the demise lay in No Child Left Behind but I digress.
I realized that I have planned 27 birthday parties for my three kids thus far. It’s not professional event planning status, but it’s getting close especially if you add in more two hundred more children’s parties we’ve attended. That sounds like madness but it’s just seven parties a year times ten years times three kids. Hence, I am sharing my Top 10 Best Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas.
I found this great summary by Autumn Rain Creations who summarized the 10 things by Ellen Notbohm called Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew and I just shortened it. But do go to her blog if you want more details. Or check out the book at the library.
Seriously, I know that these books are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but hear me out please. They both ultimately seek the same thing; they just go at it (hard!) in very different ways. Amy ‘s parenting style is based on fear but the root of her happiness comes from her children’s accomplishments. Gretchen’s parenting style is based on harmony and her happiness is a choice that she consciously chooses for herself. She believes that her children’s happiness is a derivative product of her own happiness.