Maybe it’s just the “home-school mom” in me, but I believe that we can learn something new every day if we keep our eyes, ears, and hearts open. I also believe the wheel doesn’t need to be recreated. So, in the interest of sharing some of what I have learned in the last week, and because I am ridiculously buried in papers preparing for the new school year, I am simply posting links to a some of my favorite “lessons” from the past week.
The first video, from the Today Show featuring Rachel Simmons, offers advice for raising daughters in the digital age. I read the book, Odd Girl Out, by Rachel Simmons several years ago. It’s powerful! It starts with us, Moms; let’s raise kind girls.
TODAY: Advice for raising girls in the digital age (I had my girls watch this one, too.)
And to the Amazon link where you can buy the newly revised book:
An oldie, but a goodie! This is one of my all-time favorite “Mom videos.” I was lucky enough to see Anita Renfroe perform live with one of my best friends. It is truly one of my very favorite memories; I laughed so hard I challenged my bladder control! If you ever get the chance to see her live, do it! Be sure to take along a close friend, or two, or 20. I publicly admit that I have actually sat my teens in front of this video and walked away with a simple, “What she said.”
The Mom Song with lyrics – YouTube. (With thanks to the site’s owner and Anita Renfroe because this is not my work!)
Be sure to check out Renfroe’s latest video (In Tha Muthahood) on her website at:
Wife (marriage) lessons:
Perhaps it’s just me, but I have been guilty of taking my marriage and my husband for granted more than once over the years.. Sometimes, a simple article like Prevention Magazine’s “10 Little Things Connected Couples Do” is all the pick-me-up, refocus-my-energy reminding I need. (Related to #3, at the end of the day my father would always ask my mom, “Have I made you feel loved today?” Great question to ask kids, too!)
Though my mom had been very social in the earlier years of her marriage, I noticed how most of her friendships fell victim to the demands of 9 children. I don’t know how she did it; I know how much I depend on my support network and how grateful I am for them. Now, I have proof my “coffee dates” are healthy! (Like I needed a reason to hang with my girlfriends!)
And a shout-out to the Love Grows Facebook page that brought my attention to this article:
They have a really neat blog site, too: 🙂
And last, but not least, this one could be classified under either:
Gardener lessons or Home-schooling science lessons:
My sister is always looking out for me, and because she knows how important both gardening and home-schooling are to me, she sent me this link. I now share it with you, because I know how important laughter is to the world. 🙂
Happy Wednesday, everyone!