Simple As That: End of Summer Reflection

reflectingphoto by Vik Nanda

We are fast approaching Labor Day which traditionally marks the end of the summer season.

Today’s Simple As That is very simple: schedule time this week to sit down and reflect on Summer 2009.

What was memorable about this summer for your family?  What were the sweet moments? What was difficult or challenging?   In what ways have your children grown?  How have you grown as a person?

Jot notes in a baby book or plan a scrapbook page or order prints of those pictures you have uploaded.

The freshness of summer memories may have already started to fade.  Make intentional reflection a priority this week.  Even better?  Go do it right now while it’s on your mind.

August 28th: SK Showcase and Weekend Links

bikeridephoto by Digital Plus Art & Photo

Can you believe it? Here we are, the last Friday in August.  We are on the downhill slide to the end of 2009!

I don’t have any Showcase submissions to share this week.  If you have a moment, please check out the Showcase FAQ for inspiration on what you could share in the Simple Kids Showcase!

And now, your weekend reading:

Simply Practical

Be Different . . . Act Normal: Sundae Bar Made Easy
preschool daze: r is for routine
Hobo Mama: Rainy day movement ideas for toddlers (link via Momopoly)
Digital Photography School: 8 Tips for Mom-a-raz-zo Photographers

Simply Delicious

Foodie Tots: Preserving Summer: Peach Gelato
justJENN recipes: Inari Sushi

Inspired Projects

Preschool Playbook: Word Family Strips
5 Orange Potatoes: Make a Fairy Doll
The Baby Bunch Blog: Crafts for Boys

Inspired Images

flipflops & applesauce: crawl space
[ Ali Edwards ]: The County Fair in Photos

Inspired Words

Zen Habits: How to Let Go of Hyperparenting and Learn to Relax with Your Kids
The Grass Stain Guru: Your Right to Play Outdoors

Have a beautiful weekend!

Book Talk: Free-Range Kids (Save the Date!)

frk1Recently, I read a book that has profoundly influenced my parenting philosophies.  You may be familiar with Lenore Skenazy’s book Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry, or perhaps you have read her blog – Free-Range Kids.

I think the approach to parenting that she takes is one that is very relevant to the Simple Kids community, and I feel sure that her ideas will strike a chord with many of you.

I am planning a Simple Kids Book Talk – a day we can come together as a community and share our reactions/responses to the Free-Range Kids philosophies.  The Book Talk date will be October 1st. I hope you’ll make plans to join the discussion!