We cannot underestimate the power of fatigue to crush the life out of even the strongest of us! Take a nap, swing in a hammock, snooze.
The most difficult resource to keep in stock is rest.
Yet rest changes everything!
It affects our:
ability to respond to crisis
tolerance for chaos and noise
generosity toward childishness
ability to concentrate
When you find yourself short, disorganized, bored, sounding the alarm that the world is ending, ask yourself when last you got 6-8 hours of sleep without constant interruption.
It’s difficult to catch up when you breastfeed or have a chronic bedwetter. I know. That’s why taking naps, having a partner who can swap sleeps with you (so you’re not on call every night), and even resorting to booking a room at a hotel for a night just for you can change your life.
When in doubt, assume you need more sleep. Then find a way to get it.
(Also: throw in a dose of sunshine. Get outside where the sun can kiss your skin… it helps.)
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The key to fostering a love of learning in children is giving up our need to control the outcome.
Today: let’s be present to what shows up.
When you give your kids something to do, what would it take to stop the automatic image that pops into your mind—the mental yardstick of how the task should turn out?
How can you be with the real child today?
Notice—does my child need:
If you stay open to what the child offers and then respond with curiosity, you’ll get in sync with your child and learning will be the natural result. Sometimes that means noticing that now is not the time for that lesson. Sometimes it means being astonished by the child’s alternate vision!
Make space today to be surprised by your child and drop resentment. Begin by taking a deep breath, noticing where your feet are, and living in today (not tomorrow or next year).
You got this!
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September’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerangselections show what’s possible with courage and the support of a trusted sidekick or family member—all while exploring the writing, mechanics, and literary devices featured throughout these stories.
And this month’s Quill is designed to spark interest and ingenuity! Get inventive as your family reads picture books, sizes up schematics, and explores biographies!
Join Maggie and a snow leopard named Rumpus in Wildoak Forest. This beautifully written story—a triumphant celebration of the interconnectedness of the human, animal, and natural worlds—is a perfect read aloud.
September’s literary device is Alternating Points of View.
In this Arrow we’ll also:
pause to ponder the prologue;
savor the suspense that hooks us as readers;
keep things short and sweet with sentence fragments;
listen to the rhythms of alliteration, assonance,and consonance;
sniff out the power of sensory details;
immerse ourselves in the imagery and lyricism of the writing; and so much more!
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