While Jen is off to her Rwandan home away from home collecting stories for Picture Hope, I've been left to pass on the Supersister Weekend Roundups.
So here are my favorite things from this week:
All things Julie Andrews lead me to this lovely version of the ever popular song.
Moms that know how to say sorry to kids. It is the kind of stellar parenting that I take notes on.
Playing the emoticon game with my kids.
Blueberry picking which leads to a variety of baking, including to die for blueberry muffins. Enjoy!
Anything that involves hula hoops and fitness.
Tell me your favorite things in the comments. Links or no links, we'd love to read them.
Getting a little worried that school re-entry is going to be brutal with all the bike riding instead of book reading? Here are a few little activities that are a gentle, playful reminder of the kind of structured learning your kids will be asked to do in the coming school year.
And it's never too late (I promise) to get back on track with the book reading for summer--these helpful tips and a quick trip to the library are all you need to get your early readers remembering how much they love the page as much as the pool.
If your summer days are needing to dial down to something a little calmer, a little quieter, check out this sweet button hunt for all your kids who are beyond needing the heimlich maneuver every five seconds. A perfect past time for your favorite sorters and sifters.
Having a bout of doubt about the next round of development tasks for your "terrible" two, your super spilling five year old or sassy school girl at seven? Let the scariest parts be your guide all the way home with this sweet story from master storyteller and mom Meg Casey.
Knit Simply Knit mama Amy has a lovely photo essay about her summer evenings that will remind you these later bedtimes are worth it all. And if you're looking for summer nighttime fun, here's a little game that will make for lots of flash light fun.
Here's hoping your summer days (and nights) are especially sweet this weekend.
Father's day is right around the corner and what better time to throw some link love in the manly direction. Here are some fatherly picks worth checking out:
Wanna shock Dad with a super cool gift this Father's Day? How about this awesome shirt telling the truth to the world. A cold one in his hand should follow.
These got the Dad seal of approval from Jorge (who peeks over my internet shoulder) while I was shopping on etsy at our house.
Got a green dad? Check out this awesome repurposed gift. Fashion rules!
I spent the better part of last night getting lost in Matt's world. Any parent feeling alone will be inspired by his resolve and love.
Dad Gone Mad is fresh, funny and will remind you to not take anything too seriously, especially yourself.
Did I tell you about the time I interviewed my mom for a speech class in college? The assignment was to give a compelling arguement on why I deserved an A. I got the A. Kevin interviews his dad to take his youtube popularity to new levels.
Let the memories of your dad fill up the comment box. Send us your best links to anything and everything dad related too. For just one day, it is all about the guy who loves you no matter what.
Okay, it's my turn to join the ranks of the supersisters (ahem, Kristen) who are always taking their kids to the emergency room. Last night Carter had an episode of constant coughing that left him unable to breathe and the rest of us breathless wondering if he was having a dangerous allergic reaction to something.
With Madeleine in tears and Dave and I on the edge of our seats, we drove Carter to our local hospital, hoping nothing serious was the matter. Lucky for us, there's nothing like adrenaline to set your system in perfect order, because the second Carter realized he was going to see a doctor he didn't know *in the hospital* of all places, his sheer terror brought that horrible coughing to a screeching halt.
We were home in under two hours, crisis averted, but our nerves completely shot. What can compare to the fear that your kid will actually stop breathing? In any case, we're all breathing easier this morning and hoping you are safe and sound with no ER visits in your future.
Let me tell you, it was no fun.
Here's to your favorite funny face makers this sunny May weekend! If you're looking for good reading material this weekend, here are our favorites from the week:
How do you handle your media preferences for your kids when they're off at someone else's house? Movie critic and mom Sandie Angulo Chen offers this media playdate protocol for the next time screens are part of the fun.
Want to hear what our favorite media experts have to say about kids and screens? Check out this complete guide with sage advice for kids of all ages.
One Silicon Valley mom reviews famous kids and famous mothers who have something to say about where they came from and where they're going. Read her balanced perspective on the way our children view us.
Here's hoping your Memorial Day weekend is full of the stuff that makes memories for years to come. If you're looking for ideas of what to do, here are a few tips to get you started:
Free Popsicle Stand. Pull out the cooler, load it up with ice and stock it up with that all-time kid favorite Flavor-Ice. Let your kids make a handmade sign that says, "Because You're So Cool! Free Popsicles!" Your neighborhood will be delighted by the surprise and your kids will get a glimpse at the power in giving goodness away.
Bike Safari. Since Carter started riding his bike, there's nothing that makes him happier than a longer trek to the streets far beyond our neighborhood. Turn your ride into a bike safari and bring along treats to eat when you get as far as you plan to go before returning home.
Gardening Goodness. There's nothing like a three-day weekend to inspire you to get your hands dirty and invite your favorite little mess-maker to do the same. Sunflowers thrive with little assistance and provide almost immediate gratification for your favorite little farmer.
Have a great weekend!
Considering adoption? Check in with our experts as you explore concerns and possibilities for adding a new person to your family. You'll be relieved to discover what's a normal and expected part of the process.
Looking for blogs to inspire you on your search for your new family member? Boho Girl chronicles her journey from infertility to despair to peace to a new possibility--an open adoption with a loving birth mother. You'll be inspired by this honest, no holds barred approach to a very important decision. Check out each chapter of the journey on the sidebar to the left.
What if your adoption dreams include a trek to a faraway land? Check in with Owlhaven, an openhearted mama with a houseful of children who came to her from across the ocean. You'll love her stories and insight about how to make a family from a longheld dream, especially when finances are a primary issue.
Favorite adoption blogs or resources? Let us know in the comments below.
art by jenlemen
Has swine flu frenzy hit your house? Are your kids worried about getting sick or wondering what's going on? Here's a collection of helpful resources about staying safe and healthy--in your mind as well as your body.
If your kids are scared about the flu or other big things happening in the news these days, here's good advice about how to begin a conversation that will put everyone at ease. And if you're wondering what's appropriate for your five year old vs. your eight year old, here's age appropriate advice for everyone in your family.
Need to know the details about swine flu? Check out the specifics about how the virus works and then head on over to this great resource from the CDC about how to avoid germs of all kinds, especially during a time like this. And if you're looking for information specifically geared towards children, don't miss this from Kid's Health.
If you were very, very lucky you caught the "Coming Home" program on PBS this last week. I had heard from my friend Laura (who'd had a sneak peak) that it was incredibly positive and touching, and she was so right. Check out these snippets here, if you missed it.
Check out these resources designed specifically for parents and kids, whether someone you love is in the military or not. With so many families in our country affected by our involvement overseas, part of being a kind community member means being aware of this pain and also this pride.
And speaking of pride, don't miss these three military moms who are bursting with pride because of the ways their loved ones have committed their all to the conflicts at hand. Whether you're wondering about how to thrive in the store, during bedtime or in the public sphere, these women have something to say that makes a difference.
If you still have unanswered questions about your own experience--either as someone who wants to be supportive of military families or if you are a mom in the military (an often overlooked community of women), please head on over to My Crazy Amazing Military Life and let this exceptional group of mom military bloggers point you in the right direction.
illustration above by jen lemen, dedicated today to all our military families who are coming home and coming back together in new ways. winners of our last two interview giveaways to be announced on monday. stay tuned!