Having things to blog about requires a lot of reading and I found so many great articles and blog posts this week, I had to share!
Yesterday, April 2nd, was International Children’s Book Day (ICBD). Every year, this special day falls on or near the birthday of legendary fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson. ICBD "is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books."
A few weeks ago, my fiancé and I had a friend over who brought her teenage daughter and one of her classmates. The girls sat on the couch, headphones on and eyes glued to their smart phones. They weren’t talking to us or each other. When asked what their favorite subject was in school, one replied, “None of them."
I’m not going to get on my high horse and write an essay about how technology is ruining our kids and how things were so much better “back in my day." But I would be lying if I said I didn’t find the encounter troubling. My experience with these teens may have been an extreme example, but the way kids today interact with each other and the world is…different.
Consistency is a struggle I know all too well. Once I had Maya, that became less of a problem. When you have a baby depending on you 24/7, you often have no choice but to get your act together. I was like supermom those first few months, doing it all and feeling very proud of myself. But it couldn’t last and burnout took over. Motherhood came first, but everything else seemed to take a backseat. I was pretty hard on myself, but everyone else was much more willing to give me a pass.
I’m an avid researcher and Googler, so I’ve surprised myself with the extent I avoid reading about parenting in relation to my own child. I don’t live in a special mom bubble where I don’t let any information in. However, I tend to avoid any and all parenting books if I can help it.
Yes, there are plenty of well-written and thoroughly researched books, articles, and blog posts on parenting tips written by seasoned parents, retired teachers, and respected professionals in the fields of medicine and psychology.
However, if you are ever in the market for parenting tips from someone who is just starting out and knows absolutely nothing about raising children, here are a few.