The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
- This post about this little girl with many special needs (including Chiari Malformation, which Bridget also had, without Clare’s other issues) has two features to recommend it: 1. Clare’s cheerful smile, and 2. good tips on how to help a family of a child who needs extended medical care. Even with my limited experience, I can attest to how exhausting it is to be at the hospital that is almost certainly not close to home — how hungry you get, how anxious, how sleep-deprived.
- A super-fun activity for kids: build your own epic marble-run! Is it raining where you are? Is it winter for our down-under readers? Kids just need a project? DO THIS.
- While you are sitting by the pool, sipping your iced beverage, you can be thinking educational thoughts — that is, thoughts about education. Just as we need Sunday to gain perspective over the works of the weekdays, raising our eyes beyond the horizon long enough to see who we are and why we are working so hard, so we need a break from school to think about what our goals are. This short essay by Joseph Pearce can give us some criteria about the kind of education we want for our children. Obviously, we want to read “Great Books” — but a “Great Books Curriculum” might not be the best kind of education there is.
- This article by Anne Maloney is a must read. We refuse to teach our children self control, we refuse to protect them, and then we wonder why they are so wounded. (Perhaps we are wounded too, living as we are with a “legacy” of libertine living.)
- An interesting study on the effect of telling a woman that her baby is “too big.”
- For Independence Day, make this day about more than flag-themed desserts — we need to teach our children what we are celebrating! Practical civics through partying!
- Related to the Anne Maloney piece, above: What C. S. Lewis made me think about.
- And this: Standards and solidarity: Ten ways to give your child the gift of purity.