Kia Ora geeks, friends, and onlookers,
Snow all over the ground at my place. Winter wonderland, etc.
Let’s get cracking with a variety of juicy links, shall we?
First: our chums from the CBC in Canada have a story here about the fun and beauty of a crocheted playground. Enjoy!
My three-year-old is currently obsessed with birthing (*specifically, umbilical cords. She keeps asking for hers back …) and she loves nothing more than to watch this amazing video from TED. I know I’ve linked to it before, but here it is again. It’s sensational. Also from TED – this summary of the ACE study, giving more reason for deliberate care of our youngest.
This is a write up from the Daily Mail in the UK about the summary of Happiness research completed by the Mayo Clinic. LOVE this. The 5-3-2 thing is revolutionarily simple and deluxe. To contrast, here is a summary from Health.com of some of the worst habits for your mental health.
A couple of treasures from Early Childhood Australia now – this one about bringing the benefits of mindfulness to the classroom, and this stunner is from the most excellent Anne Stonehouse about the challenges of documenting learning in ECE.
More from our Australian cousins: a link here to some research confirming that mandatory naps for older children (ie in childcare settings) leads to less nighttime sleep. Which is just what parents need … (how I long for a sarcastic font!)
This link will lead you to a piece that considers the ways that bullying from peers can be more damaging than abuse from parents, and meanwhile, here is some writing from Scientific American describing how harsh parenting will likely contribute to anxiety. Sigh.
From the good folks at Hand in Hand Parenting comes this little article about Sharing, here’s an article about the super power that comes from being raised in a bilingual home, and a cautionary tale about the potential damage from cellphones being more intense for children.
From Slate now: a piece about how doing good unto others will bring benefits onto ONESELF. Bonus!
And FINALLY … the Washington Post bring us the data around how the top few hedge fund managers (*which I’m pretty sure has nothing to do with topiary) earn more than all the kindergarten teachers in the US combined. We live in crazy, beautiful, messed up times.