We appreciate the nostalgia of this piece alone, but finally having a word for all the junk our kids love but we can’t stand (Ket!) is our favorite thing we learned today.
I’ll always take coffee to go!
“In reality, all the research we have done on motivation shows that as soon as you offer kids a reward to do something, their attention is taken away from what they are doing and put onto the reward.
Simple tactics that have been scientifically to bring more ease into life.
Another gem from McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Parenting Ideologies I Use With My Spouse That Justify My Laziness/Terrible Efficacy as a Parent..
1 – The never ending debate about kids safety vs independence became a reality show from Discovery Life. Go behind the scenes with the New York Times article “Parenting Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom.’” More about the show and its star Lenore Skenazy from Reason magazine.
2 – This video is funny. A dad gets glitter bombed for reading his kids mail. This video is uplifting. Kid President addresses the nation: “When life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade. And drink it. And then you dance.”
3 – Another New York Times link in the Well – “The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk” The mood and brain-boosting benefits of a lunchtime walk are legit. Even here in bitter, frozen Vermont I make this happen most days of the week. I’m cheating a bit though – it’s also to walk the dog.
4 – Here’s a fun and slightly educational new coloring book about robots and computers. Buy it for $10 or download and print pages for free.
5 – I love the new Guster album Evermotion. Love it. The Boston Globe calls it “terrific,” rooted in three key Bs — Beatles, Beach Boys, and Bacharach. You can play it around the kids; none of the song have swears, guns or overt sex talk, just a ton of great melodies. It also sounds great through headphones, which is how I’ve listed to it every other hour for the past couple of weeks. http://www.guster.com
Several people suggested that we share Julie Whitaker’s article “2015 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch From Home.” After all, it’s usually difficult for parents (especially of younger children) to find time to get out to a movie.
My partner and I still go to the movies, though it’s only about once a month for the latest special effects bonanza. We prefer to stream more thoughtful movies at home. You know, with a glass of wine.
With the northeast poised to be slammed by the type of snow storm that clears grocery store shelves of everything from cartons of milk to decks of playing cards, it seems likely many kids are going to be home from school tomorrow whether they sleep with their pajamas inside out or not.
We know there’s a range of emotion that occurs when you’re staring down the barrel of being snowed in with children. Panic, excitement, and anxiety, followed by a mental inventory of toilet paper, alcohol, and hidden junk food stashes. So in an effort to take some of the work off your shoulders, we’ve scheduled your ultimate snow day. And if your kids argue about any of the plans, well, tell them you’re sorry but it’s on the list.
Night before preparations
Are they asking to come in yet?
Any dissenters who aren’t old enough to stay outside alone? Haul some snow inside by the bucketful and fill the bathtub. Retrieve the sand toys you never got around to packing away properly anyway and let them have at it while you move on to warmer things.
Hopefully you’re well stocked on the essentials. And if they’re home longer than a day, remember if they’re old enough to walk, they’re old enough to shovel.
Trendy topics last week included the importance of reading to kids, and the potential overuse of technology by children.
A study discussed in The Telegraph shows that books at bedtime can help children learn more quickly. In the New York Times, a new study unsurprisingly shows that “Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own.”