Dentist Schmentist. Is there a way to avoid the drama of the dentist chair? Especially for those kids who feel violated by just having to say "ah" let alone sit still for the drill? Here's a handy article about how to help kids understand the value of the dental hygiene and timely visits to regular doctors, too.
When You Give a Girl a Camera. Looking for something creative to do with that growing girl of yours? Whether she's five or fifteen, you'll be delighted to see what she sees when you look through the lens of her heart.
What Do Babies Really Need? In all the angst that mother's suffer over whether to continue breastfeeding when problems arise, it's good to keep in mind these bits about baby bonding that have so much more to do with hands on tenderness than whether or not baby gets a bottle.
What's on your weekend roster, sisters? Has spring arrived to your part of the world yet? Are your kids in the middle of spring break? Here are some links for you and yours that might be interesting and encouraging in one way or another.
Ben's Bells. Tuscon Mom Jeanette Packard is finding a way to bring hope and light to the world by offering back kindness in honor of her son Ben who died unexpectedly at age three. Click through and I promise you will be inspired not only by the goodness happening here, but also by Jeanette's kindness and courage.
Picture Hope. One of my lifelong dreams has been to travel to faraway places for a deep and hopeful purpose. Check out this video. If all goes well, I'll be off on a hopeful storytelling adventure with one or the other of my children by my side. Can't you see Carter in Nepal? Madeleine in Rwanda?
You can find me here. Here's a lovely reflection on the sweetness of a new baby and a moment in an everyday life. Do you have a new baby at your house? Leave us a link to your stories and how your other children are handling the new addition in the comments below.
This video came right at the perfect moment this week. It's the perfect pick-me-up is you want a little credit for sticking it out in the everyday moments. And if your family (like ours) is weak in the hair brushing department, you'll love how rumpled everyone looks.
And while you're at it, why not check out how one woman is making lots of kids in Tanzania extremely lucky this St. Patrick's Day. You'll feel lucky, too, when you see how little it takes to make a big difference.
Looking for something to do with your favorite girl and her cadre of friends? Learn how to teach a mermaid warrior course where little girls in your neighborhood can make art journals and feel the full weight of their princess-y power.
This weekend roundup is dedicated to the three year old princesses I love. If you are enamored, struggling, enjoying (or trying not to strangle) the little diva in your house, this one is for you. Take a deep breath, sisters, the best is yet to come.
Take that queenly energy and give your pre-schooler a world (or word) to rule. I suggest words like request, insist, believe and recognize. This may sound like a mouthful, but I promise you this power vocabulary will give your wild girl something big to say when she decides it's time to get her point across. Word Girl is your friend in all things vocabulary related.
And speaking of superheroes, maybe your mini-dictator needs a cape to fulfill her rule and conquer fantasies. While Disney tries to mold the tired old princess into a woman for a new day, plain-old superheroes get to have all their power without the pomp and circumstance. This kit from Klutz is just the thing to transform diva into dynasty in all the best ways.
Worried your girl is too high on yourself? Harboring secret fantasies for a well-mannered, "nice" girl who won't make any waves? Do a ten year review and ask yourself this question: How many times would having the confidence to say "no" have served me better? How many times has saying "yes" and bringing myself in line with the status quo been my saving moment? Then go check in and see what spitfire Maggie Doyne is doing with all that spunk and spirit in Nepal. I promise it will give you the tiniest bit of courage to let this girl of yours marinate a little bit longer in her desire to self-determine.
Still not convinced? Raising Girls is your one stop destination for giving your wild girl all the confidence and courage she needs to be her best self. You won't be sorry you stretched yourself--of this much I feel confident!
What's your sticky point when your girl won't get with the program? Feel free to confess your most common hesitations in the comments below.
Happy Valentine's Day, all you supersisters and superdads out there surfing the web on this notorious day of love! Isn't it too bad that it's not required that grownups get the names of all the other grownups on their street and have to sit down for three hours at the dining room table and sign your name to store bought (or homemade) valentines? Can you just see yourself picking the pink one for Anne and thinking that this one is waaay too mushy for Bob who always picks up your paper across the street? If only the instituted thoughtfulness of Valentine's Day could be par for the course your whole life long.
Well, there's nothing stopping you today, my friends, from sending some anonymous love to the people that you greet when you're walking down the street--thank you Sesame Street for permanently etching that song in my brain forever. Here are some love-filled ideas along with some inspiring links to help you spread the love, no matter what's going on at your house.
Love Notes to the City. This little idea sparked a lot of love and hope in not only my town but so many other cities (and countries!) around our globe. Take those leftover valentines that the kids didn't use yesterday, sign them from "the friend you haven't met yet" and leave them all over the bathrooms, bus stops, fitting rooms and deli counters in your neighborhood. I promise someone out there will be so very glad you did.
Need to salvage Valentine's Day from Hallmark? Wrench this commercial holiday free from all the store bought expectations and find out that love is alive and well at your house after all. Kindness girl (aka supersister Patience) has some great Rx to make your day great even if you-know-who is showing now signs of remembering the big Love day.
Feeling blue about all the love you lost or suspect might be permanently missing? You might be way more normal than you think. Superhero and mom Andrea Scher writes about a recent encounter with some dear friends who helped her see that when it comes to love, we're all in this together.
And last but not least, some of you out there are harboring big dreams that someday you will do something big and unexpected, something that will honor your life with your kids, something that will give you a chance to be wildly creative. Well these down-to-earth mamas in Richmond are inviting you to get out your video camera and tell it like it is when comes to love, life and most especially birth. Ricki Lake of the Business of Being Born is judging, so this is sure to be good, good, good. Not to mention filmmaker Abby Epstein.
And thank you all for participating in the Supersister Valentine Giveaway. Grand Prize Winners to be announced...
So much good happening on the web this week--the most exciting news being that Supersisters is hosting a Super Valentine's Giveaway February 2nd until the 14th. All you have to do is leave a comment, and everyday you get a chance to win something wonderful either from PBS Parents or from one of our friends around the web. On Valentine's Day we'll do the big give and send home an HP Photosmart
7280 Wireless Printer or a lovely Graco SweetPeace to two very lucky supersisters who comment from now til then.
And before I forget...Here's what not to miss around the web this week:
Why not make February the month of true love always at your house? Read your kids the legend of St. Valentine for starters or make a library run to collect your favorite books about kids and friendship? If you start now, Valentine's Day will be about so much more than candy and cards by the time the 14th rolls around.
If your kids are more techy than crafty, let them make Valentine's Day cards online with their favorite friends from PBS Kids. These card makers are easy to use and will give your kids a chance to include a wider range of family and friends.
Are you feeling the need for the kind of no-strings attached affection that often alludes mothers of babies and toddlers? Watch this video and read the true life story about how a community of kindness rallied to support our human need for an uncomplicated display of affection.
Looking for a way to help your children bring love to the whole wide world? I had the honor of meeting Greg Mortensen this week and was delighted to learn about Pennies for Peace--a very simple way even small children can help make a difference in faraway places on the planet.
Do you have a new baby coming soon? Want to cook with your kids? Need a new way to help your child overcome frustration? Come see what lovely links we've found for you.
Sometimes it takes an experience with a first baby to help you realize that you need to make a change to a new health care practitioner. Check out this playful and sage advice about how to choose an OB/GYN from Amalah on AlphaMom.
Winter is the perfect time to cook with small children. Use this guide to help you avoid common frustrations in the kitchen when you want to include your kids. You'll be delighted to see what good things start simmering in your family when you work together.
Are your kids hitting one of those developmental stages where the task at hand leads to tears more than progress? Here are some good tips to help you ease them through the transition time while they learn to conquer new skills.
Are your kids close together in age? I've always marveled at parents who skillfully navigate the sibling issues that arise when kids are overlapping in development. Check out this helpful article to help you avoid the chaos and create the ties that bond.
It's a feel-good Saturday at Supersisters Weekend Roundup. From artists to musicians to the best love letters ever, here are four delicious links you won't want to miss plus a bonus click back to Supersister secrets revealed.
For any parent who's ever had to do battle with monsters under the bed, this whimsical video will warm your heart and maybe calm your little one, too. Artist Mati Rose teams up with her illustrator husband Hugh D'Andrade and songwriter friends The Church Animals to create a creative art space for parents, kids and yes--even the monsters that live under the bed at your house.
Poet and new mom Sage Cohen writes about the loveliness of new baby love and the absurd and sweet nature of belonging. In a time where ranting and raving about the inconveniences of babies seems to saturate the blogosphere, this kind ode is a welcome relief.
This week President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in as the forty-fourth President of the United States. As someone who lives inside the beltway and where Michelle sightings are the talk of the town, the fact that this President will bring little children into the White House is big news. Read the soon-to-be President's letter to his daughters as they make the biggest transition of their lives.
Horribly nostalgic for you own days of childhood when PBS programming was the only thing allowed on the tube? You'll be thrilled to discover The Electric Company is back and it's better than ever.
And if you were waiting with baited breath for the secrets about the Supersisters to be revealed, don't miss this post here.
How's your new year treating you, supersister? Here's our raves and faves from this week in January. Enjoy.
Okay, wondering whether you should drink the koolaid and give in to the High School Musical frenzy? Check in with PBS Parenting Expert Diane Levin and get a take on how to handle the pressure on little girls to grow up way too fast.
Need a little guidance on how to help your kids handle the inevitable embarrassment of trying hard and coming up short? Meg Casey writes about taking her son Max to see a hero who happens to fall down on the job--as a professional hockey player. The experience is just the Rx for teaching your kids that we're all human and we all can be winners when we learn that failing is part of the game.
Missed the rush of New Year excitement? Having a hard time jump starting your goals for 2009? Check out this lovely essay by Superhero Andrea Scher and remember one of your tried and true secrets for gettting unstuck and motivated for the year to come.
Wondering what simple thing you can do to move our lovely green earth towards an even lovelier future? Take one night off from lights and electricity with Cecilia and her two little girls. This experiment in conservation and mindfulness makes for a smooth bedtime and a better world. Check it out.
By now you are in a holiday-induced coma, vowing to yourself you will never let yourself eat this many Christmas cookies ever, ever again. I feel your pain, sisters. I'm right there with you. While you contemplate all the nutritional changes you'll make in the New Year, let me direct you to the finest of the web this last week.
Amy Sharp of Doobleh-vay has a fantastic solution for saying thank you this holiday season. Skip the handwritten notes (which too often never make it to the mailbox anyway) and try this lovely web-friendly bit of gratitude instead. I think any grandparent in America would be pleased as punch to be thanked in this particular way.
Do you feel like you spent too much money this holiday season? Now is as good a time as any to get back on the bandwagon and recommit to becoming a picture of fiscal responsibility in 2009. If you need a sister or two to help you get back on track, join the Poverty Party and make saving (and no more frivolous spending) fun.
And last but not least, if you think this is the very last year you can pull off Santa at your house, take this good advice from Brene Brown--mom extraordinaire--who helped her own dear girl receive the truth about Santa without losing any sparkle or magic to her holiday.