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No need to recreate the wheel–Wednesday’s Wisdom

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.

Mama lessons:

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:

Amazon.com: Odd Girl Out, Revised and Updated: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (9780547520193): Rachel Simmons: Books.

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!)

10 Little Things Connected Couples Do – Prevention.com

Girlfriend lessons:

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!)

The Hidden Benefits of Friendship – Oprah.com.

And a shout-out to the Love Grows Facebook page that brought my attention to this article:

Love Grows: The Relationship Consultants.

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. 🙂

Donut seeds – Offbeat.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!