Some Encouraging Reads for Your Busy Week!
How was your week, Mamas? I’m starting this post a bit early this week (as I’m writing it’s Thursday), because we’re heading off on an adventure to Great Wolf Lodge. Have you ever been there? It’s an indoor water park resort that my parents treat us to each winter. So fun! But utterly exhausting. I will need this encouragement as much as anyone this week. So here goes…
My “Mama Reads” for This Week:
- A Positive Alternative to “Don’t Touch!” – My kids – especially my boys – are touchers. Now I know that this is related to their SPD, but it was particularly frustrating before I knew this connection. I love this way of making “Don’t Touch!” something positive instead.
“There are so many ways kids can interact with something besides touch. They can look, smell, hear, imagine, notice, count and wonder. These are all amazing things to do anyway. And by focusing on what kids CAN do, you’re giving them the tools to be able to resist the allure of touching.”
- To My Wife: Why I’m Not a Super Dad – I wish this father could be cloned. That’s all.
“I love that you expect me to be a parent, not a father. There is a role for both certainly, but a parent in our minds translates to a partnership.”
- Why Getting the Aggression Out is a Myth – Interesting perspective. And great tips on what to do instead.
“…physical “releases” like punching an object doesn’t actually release the angry feelings, it creates an adrenaline rush that encourages more “angry” actions, further exciting a child rather than calming him.”
- Do I Love My Adopted Child as Much as Birth Parents Love Their Kids? – Every parent, every child, every family is unique. Lets stop assuming we know anything about another parent’s love for their child.
“Parenting is not biology or blood work, just as it’s not process of acquisition or paperwork; parenting is practice, the love you give, and the life you make.”
- You Gotta Laugh or You’ll Cry – Put it in perspective, Mamas!
“If you’re a parent, you have to laugh. You have to find ways to laugh at your kids’ antics, your partner’s shenanigans, and yourself. This parenting gig is the hardest thing in the world and if you’re not finding the honor in it you’re going to bury yourself in remorse and regret and failure and frustration.”
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What have you been up to this week? Any good reads to share?