A quick list of the things that have got us intrigued, excited, interested this week, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and around the web. Most of it child or parenting related. Some of it...just because.
Although I rather object to the term "Mummy Friends" (I prefer Mum Mates or Mum Friends, personally), I totally agree with their importance, as outlined in this blog post by Huff Post. I think of my mum friends as being half way between colleagues and comrades, depending on whether parenting feels more like a job or a battle that day....For the last decade they have been the people I laughed hardest with, who I have hugged and been hugged by, have shared chips and wine with. And many, many biscuits. I'm not sure I'd have survived without their support.
How could we resist the idea of making popcorn over a camp-fire? We tried this recipe from the very lovely Folklings, and can confirm it was delicious! Also, there was some flames and rapid-fire flying popcorn, which all added to the fun! Do let me know if you give it a go, too.
Have you tried Geocaching with your kids? I'd love to give it a go, and there's a great explanation of how it works here, on the always-brilliant Jump Magazine. One for the holidays, maybe?
I've been fascinated by this Channel 4 series, Born Naughty?, which is looking at children with behavioural problems, and their often distressed and desperate parents. Attempting to discover if the kids are suffering from undiagnosed issues such as autism or ADHD, or if they just need a different parenting approach, the programme's doctors work with the families and kids, 'fast-tracking' them to the needed support and advice. Though I don't much like the format of the programme (too many reminders and re-caps) it's really interesting. You can watch it on catch-up, here.
This feature, from the New York Post, is about author Wednesday Martin's time as an 'Upper East Side Housewife'. A world of competition, insecurity, toddler-tutoring and political play-dates, it sounds terrifying, unfriendly and really not at all healthy for the kids or their mothers. I can tell you, it's not like that in London's Upper East Side...or Walthamstow, as we prefer to call it! ;)
I really like the idea of checking-in with my kids each day, with carefully considered, but seemingly casual, questions like the four the blogger Jamie Harrington has developed. Sadly, most days the questions I ask are 1. Have you brushed your teeth? 2. What ARE you doing? 3. What are your pants/socks/etc doing in the middle of the floor? 4. Did you wipe and flush? Check out Jamie's four questions, I'm going to be trying to ask instead.
This article struck a bit of a cord. Although I'd like to think of myself as being a pretty light-hearted and fun parent, I find myself far more often being the Fun-Police ("Stop doing that!"). Well, someone has to prevent the accidents, do the laundry and get people to bed at a decent hour, right....?
I hope you've been having a good half term. I took the kids to the fantastic Orford Castle, in Suffolk. I'm pretty sure they enjoyed it....