Last Saturday we woke up to a freak snowstorm. The sight of snowy roads caused my husband to decide we needed to skip a field trip we had planned.
And then the snow cleared up thirty minutes later. (wah-wah, sad trombone sound here)
So, anyway, despite being home all day, not much got done. We cleaned the house (sort of) and tried to fix our attitudes (with varying degrees of success), but it was just one of those days were it felt like nothing happened and yet you’re glad for it to be over.
This Saturday is cold, but sunny. The kids have two friends over to spend most of the day. The house is basically clean (good enough for us though I wouldn’t be inviting Martha Stewart over, if you know what I mean).
- Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids by Mary Jo Madda. If you enjoy TED talks, you might want to look up Sir Ken Robinson’s. (The subject of this post.)
- Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class by Jo Boaler and Lang Chen. I found this fascinating and reassuring at the same time.
- 8 Dangerous Questions for Learning to Learn by Lindsey Brigham at CiRCE Institute. Great reminder (and great questions).
- How to Raise Changing Kids in a Changing Culture: A Conversation with Paul Tripp by Melissa Kruger at TGC. I particularly appreciated the suggestions for parenting teens.
- Somewhat related to the above: I was Not Called to Raise Godly Children by Sandra Peoples at The MOB Society.
- I Got My Word of the Year Wrong (Of Course) by Lea Ann Garfias. Great reminder about rest in this post.
- 5 Reasons Millennials Should Never Go to Church by Rachel Lu. Maybe it’s not all about you? Hmm…
- Lin-Manuel Miranda Thinks the Key to Parenting is a Little Less Parenting by Michael Haney for GQ. (F-bomb warning) Miranda singlehandedly reviatlized musicals, interest in American founders, and now he’s going to help us fix the helicopter parenting epidemic. Is there anything he can’t do? (Not sarcasm! Despite our political differences I admire him immensely.)
- Moral Outrage is Self-Serving by Elizabeth Nolan Brown at Reason. In case you’re wondering why moral outrage is so prevalent.
- The Southern Baptist Catholics of Flannery O’Connor by Joshua Gibbs at CiRCE. I still don’t think I “get” Flannery O’Connor but I appreciated the deeper discussion of art, movies, and what things mean.
- This story is twisty, tragic, and stranger than fiction: Two Sisters, One House, and a Mystery by Patricia Wen.
- Made me laugh: Artist Shows How to Repackage Junk Food So Hipsters Would Buy It. (I think I must be a closet hipster, because after I laughed, I was also thinking “Why couldn’t things be more beautiful? What’s wrong with that exactly?”)