Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weekend Links - December 1, 2012

Oh, my - I have so many links today. Skipping just one week = link overload. I'll share as many as I can. (Which is probably more than you can stand anyway. My apologies.)

Meanwhile, hello, it's December! For us this means not only the usual holiday season but also multiple family birthdays. Let the fun commence! (Confidential to our sweet nephew Jo-Jo: Happy Birthday, little man - can't believe you're two already!)

For The Holidays:
  • In Which I Break Up With Martha Stewart. I had a free subscription to Martha Stewart Living for the last year or two. I used to read the entries on "Martha's Calendar" to Philip and we would both laugh. Really, that's all you can do. (H/T Vanderbilt Wife)
  • Simple Solutions for the Most Complicated Time of the Year. I don't know about you, but I really needed that post. All problems are not going to be solved just because "it's the most wonderful time of the year". The very first point about setting boundaries is worth the price of admission. (Just kidding, it doesn't cost anything to read that post. Except maybe you'll be less stressed by things you can't control this holiday season.)
  • If you need some shopping suggestions for a teenage girl, here's a helpful post: Affordable Gifts for Teen Girls (a guest post by the blog author's daughter)
  • Santa Who? The Santa Claus thing does not offend me. We don't "do" it with our girls, but we do read stories and watch the old classic movies. It's like Mickey Mouse or something: fun to pretend. (We do try to keep them from ruining it for other kids, of course.) And another post from the Femina blog: The Here and the Now.
  • Which reminds me that I must share Jessie's post: A Self-Righteous Christmas? We have family that doesn't do Christmas at all. We have family who go the whole nine yards: Santa, Elf on the Shelf, Reindeer and everything. We're somewhere in the middle of that. So I love Jessie's last few sentences (but please, go read the whole thing!):
With everything, I want my decisions to be influenced only by God’s desires for me and my family. I am only held responsible for my children – not yours. So this Christmas … make your decisions. But may they be driven by a desire to please God and not played out in a self-righteous fashion. I promise I’ll do my part to do the same. I hope talking about how we “do Christmas” around here will never make you feel guilty, accused, or angry.
For Thinking:
  • I stumbled onto this blog (Borrowed Light) a few weeks ago and I've enjoyed his thought provoking posts since then.This one caught my eye because, well, Mike Leake and the Reds: Why I'm Thankful for Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Mike Leake..
  • Here's another from the other Mike Leake: From Woe to Go.
  • As Children's Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity. Children need time to be kids, to make messes, to figure things out on their own and to even be - gasp - bored from time to time. Which is one reason why we chose homeschooling but that's another post for another time.
  • Speaking of homeschooling, Heidi of Mt. Hope Chronicles made a list of what she considers Core Skill Curricula. I use some of the things she recommends and had never heard of others. (I have mentioned that I love lists like this from fellow homeschoolers, haven't I?)
  • Some Schools Now Track Students Like Prisoners. This one made me angry. And then it made me sad. Only "a handful" of families thought this was a problem? What is wrong with us?!
  • The Headmistress talked about the dangers (and the futility) of Comparisons. Laziness is one thing (and that's a spiritual problem) but other than that, we've all been given somewhat different circumstances, families, and challenges.
  • You may have already seen this one shared but I'll share it again: All Kids Have Special Needs by Jamie. Fabulous post!
  • I don't watch the show but I couldn't help but see the news about Angus Jones repudiating the CBS comedy in which he co-stars. I thought this interview was interesting: How "Two and a Half Men" Star Became a "Paid Hypocrite."
 For Fun or  "A-ha!" moments:
Pins of the Week:
For whatever reason, I've been pinning a lot of recipes lately. Like this:

And this:

And - trying not to drool here - this:

This made me laugh:

Probably because we had a rough afternoon Monday. All the girls, from oldest to youngest, were having a rough re-entry into real life after a week off for Thanksgiving. Philip came home from his tutoring jobs and asked me how things went.

"Well, I ordered five parenting books from the library while you were gone," was my answer. Yes, it was that bad.I can't imagine where they get all that stubbornness from...

I know, I know. That was a crazy long links post. If you only saw all the links I had to save for next time!
This post is linked to Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife.

1 comment:

  1. I was recalling yesterday how nice it was to have a clean house when ours was on the market. Ha! (Not to mention, I only had one baby to "mess it up" and she was in full-time daycare.) I much prefer being at home and not having that stress, but you're right, it's definitely the best method!

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