Weekend Showcase: Link Love

My Favorite Links from the Week:

Editor’s Pick – My Favorite Simple Living Media Links:

Thanks for letting Simple Kids be a part of your week!  We’re looking forward to celebrating Spring and talking weekly, monthly, and seasonal routines this week.

Book Review: Dear Peter Rabbit

Do you ever wonder what happened to Goldilocks after she ran from the Three Bears’ house?  What if Peter Rabbit was friends with The Three Little Pigs? Take a peek behind-the-scenes of these classic stories with the imaginative letters in Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada.

This story is told through a series of letters by familiar storybook characters, all residing in Hidden Forest.  With each page turn, the stories of these beloved characters begin to intertwine.  We wonder if Baby Bear will be able to go to Goldilocks’ birthday party and whether or not The Three Little Pigs will ever get to have their housewarming party.  Peter Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood, and even the Big Bad Wolf make appearances, too.

Here’s a little bit of a letter from Goldilocks to Baby Bear:

Small Steps, Big Changes: Developing a New Routine 15 Minutes at a Time

Sometimes, as an outsider looking in at another family’s routines, it is easy to wind up feeling discouraged or overwhelmed.  If you’ve been feeling that way during our series on routines and rhythm this month,  I want to gently remind you that the routines for the families featured probably didn’t fall into place in one day or even one week.

In fact, a common trend I’ve noticed among families who have steady rhythms in place is that these routines evolved for them over time. Some of their routines are still evolving. They make small changes and adapt along the way.  They tinker. They adjust. They take baby steps.

If you are a parent wondering how to begin making changes to your child’s current routines, or if you just want to know how to get started creating rhythm, my advice to you is to keep it simple. Start small.  Set realistic goals.  Give yourself time to make changes. 

Specifically, give it 15 minutes.

You might be surprised at what a difference the adjustment of a quarter of an hour can make to your days. Making over your entire day all at once?  A daunting task.  Making small changes, with big benefits, just 15 minutes at a time?  Now that is something you can do!

Ten Changes You Can Make, 15 Minutes at a Time:

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Weekend Showcase: Link Love

Spring Forward!  Happy Daylight Savings Time, my friends.  Have you reset your clocks yet? We’re looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week, as well.  We’ll be making Christen’s Stew and Soda Bread and wearing our green – what will you be doing with your kids?

This week on Simple Kids, I’m looking forward to sharing more about family routines and easing children through transitions. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this past week:

“To me, every hour of light and dark is a miracle. Every inch of space is a miracle.” – Walt Witman

Book Review: Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

In Honor of Read Across America Day on March 2nd, my husband gave our girls the second book written by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas, Love Your Heart. It is a wonderful book highlighting a beautiful relationship between a daughter and her dad.

Katie is trying to figure out what act she is going to perform in the school talent show. Her dad watches as she tries to figure out what to do. He encourages her as she juggles eggs with her dog and cartwheels into a mud puddle. He tells her he is her biggest fan.

When the talent show finally arrives, she doesn’t perform her own act but instead helps one of her friends.