A Month of Links

A month of links that have inspired me over the last few weeks.

Why We Need Children to Get Outdoors – Raised Good

This article is so beautifully written, it’s got to be top of the list.

“Childhood reminds me of anticipating cherry tomatoes ripening in the conservatory, of snow peas filling their shells in the garden and craving the comforting smell of fresh bread in the kitchen.”

(Dance With Me in the Heart)

Icelandic Christmas Eve Tradition – a gorgeous article on giving books on Christmas Eve.

(Creative Child Magazine)

The Bond of Brothers – The Guardian

“What would you say if you had an hour, and no more, with someone you love and have lost? And, why don’t I have an answer? The reason is, I have already had my hour with my dead brother. I had it when he was still my brave, beautiful, dignified, dying brother.”

Is Your Child’s Worst Enemy Your Smart Phone? – I am so guilty of this. I’m reminding myself of my break from technology last December that I enjoyed so much and setting myself some limits on my usage.

On Reading Readiness – Frontier Dreams

When you really think about it, childhood is short enough as it is – why should we try to rush it even more?! Everything has its time and season. We need to slow down and enjoy it. Let the children be wild and free as long as they can. They have the rest of their lives to be adults with all the worries and cares that come with it.”

A Message from the Crone

“Child, they will never stop telling you to act your age, they do it to me often.

And my reply has always been the same: I will act the age my soul sees fit.

If you take issue with that, then I suggest you turn away and take your leave, because I’m not going to betray my heart and sacrifice myself on the fires of your expectation.”

~ C. Ara Campbell

(Photo by Natalie Grono)

8 Things to Remember Before Gathering with Family at ChristmasHappiness is Here

Christmas generally brings gatherings with family members that don’t understand home education and will do their level best to make their criticisms known. Here’s eight reminders of how to be graceful around such people.

Criticism about my parenting is not about me. I am comfortable with my choices. I am open to listening to others concerns, expressed respectfully, but my choices are not up for debate. Nor are my child’s rights. If people have a problem with that, it is about them, not me. I have a right to enforce my personal boundaries.”

(Dance With Me in the Heart)

How America’s Culture of Shame is a Killer for Boys – The Good Men Project

“Once we have been trained to be ashamed of ourselves, we don’t need active confirmation from others. We assume they are disappointed in us, even contemptuous of us. We fill in the blanks with the most damaging possible messages.”

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