Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weekly Smorgasbord

I don't have much from last week. Not sure why. I guess I didn't do that much Internet reading. Kind of weird because usually I notice more on weeks when I don't spend as much time with my Reader. Anyway, here are my few little links:

On Parenting:
Posted: 24 May 2013 01:31 PM PDT
Several people told me that I should punish AP re: the bath time thing when she was terrified of baths. Um, we just washed her hair in the sink and did a quick rinse in the tub. We ordered a fun little spray hose thing for it, too, and that helped. Mostly, of course it was just a phase. I'm pretty sure she never took our accommodations as her "ruling the roost", but they probably did show her that we could empathize with her. With her, I *really* struggled to feel secure in my decisions and like everyone wasn't judging me for not spanking her or whatever (almost always they weren't- I was just so self conscious). It was a huge battle. With Graves, I did thing I never thought I would and I didn't care what anyone else said because that was how I was able to survive and thrive. And I became so much of a better mom when I stopped worrying about what everyone else thought. [I will say that I disagree about not seeing permissiveness. I see it everywhere. Mostly in the form of lack of attention and engagement rather than an actual conscious decision to parent a certain way. 
On Adoption:
Posted: 27 May 2013 09:23 PM PDT
"In the end, Amber and I were unsatisfied with the answers we received from the agency and those in the adoption community. And after a good bit of soul-searching, a long lot of prayer, and many nights of lost sleep (not to mention a few lost pennies), we withdrew from the adoption process. We still count it as a miscarriage of sorts."

Apparently a couple of my favorites are tackling this. I knew this was part of Seth Haines's story, but I didn't know many (any) details. It's heartbreaking and eye opening to be sure. And props to Seth for being brave enough to share. 

On America's Failing Infastructure:
Posted: 27 May 2013 09:24 PM PDT
It's a testament to the Spirit's power that I can see this and be at place above basic functioning/going through the motions. [Water was/is a HUGE trigger for my anxiety.]
On Decorating a Small Space:

Posted: 27 May 2013 09:35 PM PDT
This home tour is so cool (it's a 665 sq foot cabin that houses a family of FIVE). Be sure to click on the link at the bottom to see the Great Room, too.


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