Recommended Reads – Parenting Pointers

Every now and again I put together a list of recommended reads from around the internet. Sometimes they follow a topic, sometimes they don’t! I realised by the length of my bookmark list that I haven’t done one in a while so thought you might like some interesting links to suck your time on this Sunday evening!

Here are some great reads which I will label parenting pointers!

On Health

Why the Ritalin debate is asking the wrong question – The Huffington Post. Healing Our Kids’ Soul Fever With Simplicity.

Our kids are in crisis, victims of an undeclared war on childhood, drowning in a sensory tsunami, and because we love them so much, we worry, and we search for solutions, ignoring the voice in our heads telling us that something’s off when we greet our kids every morning with a pill to fix them. Indeed, something is wrong. But it’s not our kids.

An 11 year old takes on MONSANTO – TEDx Youtube video

Quality of Mother-Toddler bond linked to teenage obesity – Science Daily

Breastfeeding for a year cuts cancer risk for moms by a third
– Telegraph

On Creating

Creating a child-centered space – Simple Kids

How to be creative – Wall Street Journal. Creativity is not a trait that we inherit in our genes or a blessing bestowed by the angels. It’s a skill. Anyone can learn to be creative and to get better at it.

On Emotions

My Child is not OK – Janet Lansbury. Learning how to manage your own reactions to your child’s emotions as well as others.

On Academic Potential

How to unlock your child’s academic potential – TIME

On Moms

The Myth of the Mama’s Boy – TIME. We never worry about an involved father “masculinizing” his daughter. Why do such fears persist about a feminizing aspect of mothering?

10 ways to nurture positive body image – Carrots for Michaelmas. This was written for daughters but I think many of the tips can apply to sons too!

little girl lost
On Dads

You just broke your child – Be a better dad. OK so this one is seriously NB reading for Moms and Dads. Get tissues, but read it!

5 Things Fathers should teach their Boys – I can teach my child. Love the first one about rough housing.

Rough and tumble play between fathers and their young children is part of their development, shaping their children’s brain so that their children develop the ability to manage emotions and thinking and physical action altogether

On Work

How to do what you love – Paul Graham

And just for fun…

Cape Town 360

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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