Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Surf: Running the gamut

Welcome to the Sunday Surf! Here are some of the best links I've read this past week.

In absolutely no particular order…

  • "Power, Parenting and Gentle Discipline" from The Parent Vortex: Good thoughts on the relationship between gentle discipline and power struggles: "Parental power (or lack of it) gets tricky when we talk about Gentle Discipline. What does 'gentle' mean when it comes to discipline? Does it mean avoiding the responsibilities of weilding parental power? Does it mean handing an inappropriate level of power over to our kids, so that they are calling all the shots and controlling the family life?" I'm looking forward to reading more at The Parent Vortex and also have a blog post of my own in mind after several good conversations with Sam about this very topic.
  • "No, less-than-threes do not need their moms 24/7/365" from Raising My Boychick: Our children should be attached — but not JUST to a mother.
  • "Grin and bear it? Parenting, happiness and the pressure cooker" from PhD in Parenting: On much the same topic and inspired by the same article saying mamas should be full-on responsible for their kids' care, plus a recent study that says parents are less happy than non-parents. I have a blog post in mind for the same topics (yes, as well), but since I have a loooong list of blog posts I'm meaning to write, let's let these two stand as ones I agree with!
  • "Nursing is Normal" from Honest To Betsy: From hushed and italicized to completely expected and average — a beautiful description of the maturation process when breastfeeding.
  • "On Wealth and Privilege (and being a stay at home mom)" from Tales of a Kitchen Witch Momma: Beautiful paean to choosing a stay-at-home lifestyle even when it pinches financially. She's not saying this (and I'm not passing it along) to suggest that other choices are better or worse; I just love the way she frames the choices she has made.
  • "I Will Not Buy Pampers Diapers Anymore" from A Blogger and a Father: This isn't about the latest disposable hullabaloo. It's about how brands market to women almost exclusively. Even as part of the group being marketed to (maybe especially as), I really appreciate his point here!
  • "Our Front Yard Family Room" from Playborhood: What a great use of what's usually a wasted space: the American suburban front yard. I love this! This is a link I found through someone, and I can't remember who! I should really keep a notebook handy…

And that's all the time I have today, folks! I'm feeling quite decadent, but we're going to another movie as a family, after having just been to two movies that way, and I actually have a post on the first two (with video!) all ready to go for you sometime this week! Now I'll have to add to it, I guess.

You can find more shared items during the week at my public Google Reader recommendations feed.

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Maman A Droit, and Navelgazing for more Sunday Surfing!

Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments. Happy reading!


Kristin @ Intrepid Murmurings said...

OMG! That catalog blog is hilarious!!!

Thanks so much for the link back to my water painting post! My girls were enjoying that this afternoon, in fact!

I love Playborhood, and discovered it awhile back when I was searching for info on hanging and outdoor whiteboard. I aspire to his level of coolness -- so many awesome outdoor activities! I wish I lived in CA so we could enjoy year round fun in the front/backyard, too! Alas.

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