Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Weekly Smorgasbord

Here are last week's links. It's a pretty small set, but I think they're all pretty good!

Posted: 06 Feb 2012 09:31 PM PST
I've been thinking about this lately. How I can't be really good at a huge number of things. I have to pick and focus on those. I think there's a middle ground. I don't want to be good at just one thing, but I don't want to try to do five hundred and not do any of them well.
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 09:29 PM PST
I've started reading some "writing" blogs lately. Great acrostic here.
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 09:29 PM PST
I love paying off debt. Peyton loves it more. We just hit a big milestone on our house payment (since we're being honest: we have less than $100,000 left to pay on it) and I'm super excited.
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 09:26 PM PST
This was just beautiful. And it made me appreciate our frequent co-sleeping experiences, instead of feeling guilty about them. [It's not all night and it's not every night, but it's some of the night a lot of nights.]
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 08:43 PM PST
Really informative and insightful.
Posted: 06 Feb 2012 08:23 PM PST
"Could it be that teaching children how to delay gratification—as middle-class French parents do—actually makes them calmer and more resilient? Might this partly explain why middle-class American kids, who are in general more used to getting what they want right away, so often fall apart under stress?"

"After a while, it struck me that most French descriptions of American kids include this phrase "n'importe quoi," meaning "whatever" or "anything they like." It suggests that the American kids don't have firm boundaries, that their parents lack authority, and that anything goes. It's the antithesis of the French ideal of the cadre, or frame, that French parents often talk about. Cadre means that kids have very firm limits about certain things—that's the frame—and that the parents strictly enforce these. But inside the cadre, French parents entrust their kids with quite a lot of freedom and autonomy."

This was a really interesting article.  I don't agree with teaching a few week old child "patience" by sleep training (that's not to say I hate sleep training, but I think that's flawed logic).  However, a lot of the other points were good.  I think there's a balance, though, between being too detached and being these "hovers" that many American parents seem to be.

A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child By Tina Fey | Write In Color
Posted: 04 Feb 2012 10:22 PM PST
"May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it's the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach's eye, not the Beauty."

"When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer."
"For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait."

This. I have to get this book. Yesterday. One of my really good friends actually mentioned enjoying it and I was kinda shocked because Tina Fey doesn't totally seem like her cup of tea but she said she enjoyed it and then I read this and y'all I have to read it.

Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say | Babys First Year Blog
Posted: 31 Jan 2012 09:41 PM PST
Y'all, I die. Personal fave: "We chose not to mutilate his genitals." And also the constant whirring pump.

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