Tag Archives: mom

11 TED talks for Parents listed on Christian Colleges and Universities Website

30 Sep

I was just directed to an interesting little site. It is a listing and resource for online higher education at a group of religious schools. The list is predominantly Christian, but I think they are trying to be as comprehensive as possible. So this is definitely a site that almost anyone could look into.

And their blog is fascinating. Articles of lists. What a neat concept. And that’s where I found the 11 TED talks for parents. Carl Honore and the “Slow Movement”; Gever Tulley and the Tinkering School; Ken Robinson and an educational revolution (I reviewed this video here on P&E); Laura Trice and the power of “Thank you”; Adora Svitak and what parents can learn from their kids; Kiran Bir Sethi and believing that “I can”; Cameron Herold and allowing entrepreneurship and experimenting in our kids’ lives; John Wooden and the true meaning of success; Stuart Brown and the importance of playing; Liz Coleman and exploring different interests and hobbies instead of focusing on one. It’s a jam-packed list!

The joy of learning you’re going to become a parent is usually followed by a panicked question: “Wait, how do I do this?” The parenting advice business is a big one, with thousands and thousands of available titles for parents to choose from; so many, in fact, that it can tough to know where to start. If you’re a young parent or an old hand looking for fresh advice, these talks from the TED conference might be able to help. They focus on parenting, relationships, and the best way to form and execute the kind of big-picture plans that are vital for parental success.

Read the rest of the article and watch the videos here…

Home Ec 101 hosting a give-away of the new Bissell Pro Light

10 Dec

Home Ec 101 is an awesome site. Heather’s articles are full of wit and lots of solid and practical information. I’ve been a fan for a long time. And now she’s giving away a new Bissell Pro Light vacuum cleaner. I know if you’re like me, you’ve got kids to clean up after, and it’s a never-ending job. Every new school/art project seems to make the BIGGEST mess all over my floor. I’m still cleaning up dried play clay. Now, this can help make things easier.

So, head on over to her site and check it out. Then follow her instructions and enter the contest. (I’m not hosting the give-away! I’m just sharing the LOVE)


12 Feb

I have been missing my mom. She’s not dead; we’re just not talking any more. See, my dad is a sexual pervert. He molested me when I was a child (and I just found out, my aunt-his sister), made attempts on my oldest son, and is just creepy around my oldest daughter. For the sake of my mother and my kids I tried to maintain a relationship with them. But a couple of years ago, something came to light and I just had to draw the line. I love my mom, but I won’t knowingly put my kids in danger. So I told her that dad was no longer allowed to be around the kids. But please mom, come here and visit them. She has not. Instead we no longer even talk on the phone, and if we do she just babbles about her quilting group, and what she and dad have done. She never asks about the kids any more. We saw them briefly at Christmas when they dropped off gifts, and she called me about going to Grandma’s birthday party in January. That’s it. It’s been very hard for me and I am so disappointed in my mom. I don’t have many girl friends because I’m not much of a girly-girl and I don’t like to gossip or shop. My best girl friend works a lot (she has no family so has immersed herself in work) so can be hard to reach at times. I have a great husband. But sometimes I need to talk to someone else (especially when I want to complain about my husband!)

Sometimes I think about mom and her family. She married my dad and left Japan, never to look back. She never saw her mother again and only went back for the funeral. She told me later that she married dad to get away. She never saw her family again and it’s looking like I’m never going to see mine. How does something like this happen? I don’t want this trend to continue with my kids. I want to have a relationship with my kids until I die or the world comes to an end. I work very hard at establishing a lasting relationship. I do worry sometimes that I might be working too hard at it. I don’t want to be a freaky control mom either. Sigh.

Okay. Enough whining. On with life…

Nipple Confusion

30 Jan

Hummingbird has finally learned how to make the sign for nursing. It’s so cute and she is so proud of herself. And what a stinker too! She’ll climb onto my lap and cock her head, just so, and with a little pixie grin on her face whisper “peeese” while making the milk sign with one hand and tapping my chest with the other. Who can resist that! I just love nursing. It’s such a wonderful experience. Now, Hummingbird is reaching her 18th month, so she really doesn’t “need” it. She eats regular table food for every meal. It’s just that neither of us are ready to give it up yet. Ah well, it’ll happen.

But something funny happened today. Daddy went to pick her up. She’s all snuggly and cozy in Daddy’s arms. Then she looks at him and taps him on the chest and makes the milk sign! Too funny. Daddy just looks at her and calmly tells her that he can’t do that, only Mommy can. I guess she didn’t get the memo from Safe Baby Handling Tips by David and Kelly Sopp.

Momsense & Dadsense – No Nonsense

18 Jan