Thursday, April 29, 2010
And now, a mere 18 hours before her parents leave town, Elliot is draining a gallon an hour from her eyes and nose.
Maybe she is allergic to packing suitcases?
Traveling aside, she is the picture of health year round.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
To summarize, Lenore Skenazy, a mother is proposing letting kids play at the park by themselves...saying that crime rates today are similar to the 70s and 80s. So, if you could do it then, you should be able to do it now. Of course, Elliot will not be partaking in this proposed holiday. She is three. But the premise seems sounds to me. I remember wandering far and wide sometimes with friends, sometimes on a bike. Before the advent of cellphones, my parents did not always know where I was, and had few ways of tracking me down. Growing up I was more likely to hear, "Go play outside and be home by dark". Yet, it feels dangerous to parent that way, thirty years later.
I liked this article because it questions this new norm of (over)parenting. Good food thought, especially was Elliot gets older and express a need for more freedom.
Pictures courtesy of Father-Daughter dance troupe)
Thursday, April 15, 2010
And a link to the new recipe. But you should really just check out the book.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I have found this recent happening with an adoption parent sending a child back to Russia alone heartbreaking. This parent probably had pure motives when adopting - only to find out that human psychology is fragile indeed (both hers and the boy's). I have no idea what education or information she received during the adoption process - or how known/disclosed the boy's issues were - but this is a sad case whatever the case.
According to the New York Times, "Ms. Hansen — who sent Justin back to Russia unaccompanied with a note that said the boy “is violent and has severe psychopathic issues."
This boy is back in Russia after 6 months in the United States, during which time he became an American citizen. ABC news cites that several Russian families have requested to adopt this boy - but authorities are unclear about how that would pan out as he is legally an American.
For anyone looking for more information, or if learning about this for the first time, I have included some links below.
In a Diplomatic Limbo While Waiting to Adopt
Adopted Boy Sent Back to Russia Showing No Signs of Violent Behavior, Russian Officials Say
Monday, April 12, 2010
peaceful parenting: Newborn Breast Crawl
Monday, April 05, 2010
- lil'pushing not a punishable offensive
- outrunning smaller children in a dash to a cache is okay
- 'pickbasketing' is just wrong
We probably shouldn't let her play peewee soccer. We coach too much from the sidelines.
In honor of Easter Egg Hunt fun - please enjoy a 3-year pictorial retrospective.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
We made cookies today. Thought I'd share the recipe 'cause it is consistently good. It is hard to find egg-free cookies that taste wonderful. Probably hate 9 out of every 10 we make. Thanks to Vegan Planet.
- 2c flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t salt
- 1c packed brown sugar
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/2 c corn oil
- 2 T ground flax w/6 T water
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 cups total of choc chips/coconut/nuts + whatever
Bake at 350 for 12-15 min.
And these cookies are made out of felt. I made them for Elliot's tea set and little kitchen. No recipes :) but a link to a website with lots of felt play food ideas...
And other notes:
- If March is in like a lion out like a lamb, why did it hail and snow on the 1st day of April?
- 18 weeks midwife appointment today. 20 lbs up. Baby is an active swimmer. Izaak has already felt it once or twice.