Weekend Links

And I want to offer congratulations to one of our February sponsors, Sarah Baldwin of Bella Luna Toys.  Bella Luna was named one of the Best Websites for Fair Trade Toys and Clothing by Reader’s Digest. Congratulations!

Are you signed up for the Simple Living Monthly newsletter?  The next issue is going out early this week and I know Tsh has a few “insiders only” things to share that you won’t find anywhere else but in our newsletter, as well as a spotlight on the best posts of the month from across Simple Living Media.  You can sign up here.

Friends, I’ve so enjoyed chatting with you on the blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter this week.  You guys are a fantastic, supportive bunch and your words have been encouraging to me, but perhaps even better has been reading the encouragement you’ve given each other. Thank you!  Simple Kids readers are wonderful!

Storytelling Day: The True Story of the Tooth Fairy

The following is by contributor Robin Zipporah of The Not Ever Still Life.

It was just a few weeks ago. On the night of her fifth birthday, just before bedtime, our oldest child let out a startled shriek. I thought I knew what had surprised her but I went upstairs to check.

I found her in her bedroom staring at the parcel dangling from the ceiling. She had received her registration packet – she was successfully signed up with the Tooth Fairy Network.

Per the instructions in the packet, this was what I read to her:

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Simple As That: The Emergency Hug

Thank you all for your comments on Monday’s post.  If you haven’t taken a peek at the discussion going on over there, you really should.  Following my own advice, I decided to take a few things off of my own plate this week and so I’m re-running one of my favorite Simple Kids posts, written by Megan Tietz of Sorta Crunchy.  I think we could all use an Emergency Hug from time to time. – Kara

As you may have guessed from the article I wrote earlier this year on how to be intentional with touch, one of the primary ways I give and receive love is through affection.

I wanted to share something with you today that my mother created when we were children.  It’s so simple yet so effective when you need a time-out from the moment to reconnect with your child.  My mother called it “an emergency hug.”

I can remember when we were kids, my mom would just call to one of the four of us and say, “I need an emergency hug!”  We would stop whatever we were doing and run to my mother’s open arms. It is one of the sweetest memories of my childhood, and it’s something I’ve started doing with my own daughters.

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