This is the first month I am posting a blog rather than sending an email around my friends. I hope the format of topickwisely.wordpress.com allows you to see what I have added to the pages as well as find old picks. I have intentionally not added photos to keep it simple but if there are sections that you would like these adding please let me know.
Two ideas have stuck with me this month: you should do things that fill you up; and say hello and goodbye to loved ones with at least a 10second hug.
- I would really recommend reading the latest quarterly essay ‘Dear Life’ – especially if you have older relatives that are needing increasing amounts of care. Makes you think a lot about what quality of life means and how you can help provide it, as well as what you would want when you are older.
- Girls will be Girls is a challenging book – while I won’t be joining Emer in all of her experiments with gender it does make you think about why you think the way you do about gender. I now want to read An Unconventional Family which discusses raising ‘gender liberated’ children.
- I am very guilty of doing lots of reading and this was an interesting blog post pointing out that the more you read the less confident you can feel – 17 Modern Myths That Are Making Motherhood Miserable
- Some good blogs on Eric’s site: Pay attention to the good times; frustration is within your control.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad makes you think about how you can invest your talents to become a business owner rather than employee.
- Might be hard to find but the Wealthy Barber covers the basics of financial planning with a Canadian outlook. Have you got your will, life insurance, pension all sorted? Reading this and Dear Life above has made me think that I need to have more conversations with my loved ones about my wishes and find out what theirs are. This site has some rather exhaustive checklists – http://www.oktodie.com/
- Good reminder of teaching the importance of attention to children – http://www.everychancetolearn.com.au/attention-is-an-essential-skill/.
- This is linked to the No Regrets Parenting book take away message I mentioned in my last email – http://www.kiwimagonline.com/mindful-parenting
To listen to:
- A History of Ideas sounds very interesting based on the introductory episode.
- The Educators. Good series on education from different perspectives.
- Well worth a watch – 4 Ways Parents Teach Kids that Consent Doesn’t Matter
- Recommended by a friend – Growing Up TED talks
- I have added to the toddler activities and would be interested to hear if you want more in this section. I can continue to add to the list but wondered if some division into messiness levels/ time to prep etc would be useful?
- I am also working on creating a A4 template of play ideas around different themes/ common toys. This could be used to come up with quick entertainment ideas.
- Banana and spelt pancakes are very tasty!
- These look like some great resources – http://www.foodtolove.com.au/; http://www.budgetbytes.com/ and this one comes recommended – Italian Wonderpot
- This tip is clever – The Low-Tech, DIY Way to Vacuum-Seal Your Food
- http://www.thebaysprecinct.com.au/#/desktop/home 12 April (10AM-5PM) – this looks really good as the old power station at White Bay is one of the locations.
- http://www.mca.com.au/exhibition/light-show/ 16 April-5 July 2015
- https://headon.com.au/ 1-31st May 2015
- http://pyrmontfestival.com.au/ 15 -24 May 2015
- http://www.vividsydney.com/ 22May – 8 June 2015
- http://kaldorartprojects.org.au (Marina Abramovic – note the exhibit is 12+) 24 June – 5 July 2015
The website is still a work in progress so please let me know if you like it / would like any changes to the format. If you have any picks to share, please post a comment or send me an email.