Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunday Surf: Art and the preschooler

Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

adorable baby standing up in car seat and eating the handle
Nom…nom…car seat.
The boys and I went to the Seattle Art Museum this past week. I was hoping we could do something unschoolish like grab a postcard or two that appealed to Mikko and then go on a scavenger hunt to find the artwork. I was hoping we'd have an Olivia moment where he'd be so taken with one particular piece that he'd stop and stare for long unwavering moments. As it turned out, I got only a glimpse at my favorite piece from across the room, a piece that brings me serenity, but in this case was like a distant goal, visible but out of reach.

Probably it was because we were meeting up with some other friends, and therefore got pulled in multiple directions. Probably it was because my kid is four years old and the elevators interested him more than the exhibits.

It certainly didn't help that the docents were the least child-welcoming people ever ever ever. They kept yelling at our kids, everywhere, for every perceived infraction. It was like they'd just read a guidebook on "How to Make Sure Children Forever Hate Art." Bah.

Mikko said it was boring and we're not to return. And yet — his joy at seeing the Hammering Man outside was palpable and limitless. And he told me later he also liked the interior "big statue of the guy."

I think the next step will be the Olympic Sculpture Park, where I hope fewer people will be policing his happiness and he can wander at leisure. Also, we need to eat first, because he was really hungry at the SAM. Hmm.

I have a boatload of links for you this week, so hang on and start reading:

Can you tell I'm gearing up to write a post about fat acceptance and health at every size?

Poetry of a Hobo Mama giveaways

Do a poet a favor, will you? Please be super kind to these wonderful hosts who are doing their best and boldest to promote these giveaways and go and enter. Even if you don't care about poetry, will you please enter at their sites (Anktangle & Hybrid Rasta Mama — two different giveaways; you can enter at one or both) just to brighten their days? I don't mind if you never read my book — you can give it as a baby shower gift, or wrap it up as a Mother's Day present to your mama, or donate it to your local library. I just want to share these poems that have meant so much to me, and support the bloggers who are supporting my dream. I don't say this out of a place of desperation or frustration at all, just truly out of a desire to honor these reviewers for their hard work. Thank you so much!

If you entered my previous giveaway, winners have been notified. So if you didn't get an email, you're free to try, try again!

Poetry of a Hobo Mama: The First Three Years

Giveaway: Poetry of a Hobo Mama Parenting Poetry — $12 ARV — 2 WINNERS! {5.14; Worldwide} at Anktangle & Natural Parents Network

Touching review from Amy:
This is a beautiful, funny, truth-filled collection that I believe would resonate with any mother. The focus on Lauren’s experiences as an attachment-focused parent gives it a unique perspective which any parent on the natural parenting spectrum could appreciate. But it’s not just for the “crunchy” mama in your life; it’s truly about the human experience: about life and love, about laughter and loss. It’s about the joyfully heart-wrenching reality of loving someone as deeply and fully as a parent loves her child.
I love hearing Amy's words and connection, and she shares one of my favorite poems in the post.

Read more and enter to win one of two copies at NPN or at Anktangle.

Giveaway: Poetry of a Hobo Mama Parenting Poetry — $12 ARV {5.9; Worldwide} at Hybrid Rasta Mama

Love Jennifer's honest take:
If you like poetry, you will adore this collection from Lauren. If you hate poetry, you will adore this collection from Lauren. If you are on the fence about poetry, this collection will make you take notice of the beauty in poetic expression. It will also make you feel a whole lot better about your own experiences and feelings in this journey of life and motherhood.
Seriously, what better endorsement could there be?

Read more and enter to win a copy at Hybrid Rasta Mama.

I won't let you win more than once, so feel free to enter both giveaways to improve your chances.

And remember — I am not above accepting pity entries. You're good sports.

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Surf with us:

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaWe love following along with fellow Sunday Surfers. If you have your own post of reading links to share, please link up your post on Hobo Mama or on Authentic Parenting. The linky will go live every Sunday, and you can link up any day that week. If Sunday doesn't work for you but you do a links list another day, feel free to play along. You only need to add your post to one of the sites, and the linky will automatically show up on both sites.

You can get the Sunday Surf button by Jenna Designs and some code to add to your post from my Sunday Surf page.

Check out previous editions for good reading, and you can find more shared items during the week at my Tumblr blog, Hobo Mama's Shared Items.

This linky list is now closed.


Anonymous said...

Docents should now that art is for toddlers too! :) Spoken from one toddler's mom to another.
I started reading the first link right away the moment I saw the word "breathe" - lots of exciting things going on and just needed that reminder. Thanks!

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