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I have to tell you about my new favorite cookbook! Necessary Food has been such a wonderful addition to my shelf!
I suppose “cookbook” is a misnomer because I don’t recall cooking anything yet. I’ve mainly made ice cream and smoothies — every single one has been a five-star success around here. I look forward to attempting some of the baked goods someday soon.
As you know, I’ve got a gluten-free girl and a sugar-free boy. This means that fun food is hard to come by around here. I had hoped this cookbook would change that, and it really has! Tonight, we’re watching The Incredibles and I’m serving chocolate peanut butter smoothies!
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Our summer is officially OVER! That’s right: lessons begin bright and early Monday morning. Of course, I use the term “lessons” loosely. Our first day of school tradition is to go through everything — books and spreadsheets, etc. I explain the schedule and how all of it is supposed to work and then we head out to buy treats and go to the park for some photos and fun.
What do you do on your first day of school?
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The translation was overseen by the one and only Silvia Cachia and you can hear all about it (in Spanish, of course):
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I was reminded this week that we need to teach our older children about masterly inactivity, too. My oldest was watching my two youngest children out the window. I had asked them to move an old, beat-up desk to the curbside because the garbage company was going to pick it up. By the time he saw them out the window, they had the desk awkwardly loaded on a dolly upside down and were trying to figure out what to do.
“Should I just go out there and do it for them?” he asked.
Can you say hashtag teachable moment?
I watched them for a while, too, and then said I thought they were going to be okay, and besides the desk was trash so if they dropped it, there weren’t really any consequences to that. I went an additional step and told him that children often learn by having to figure things out for themselves, and I could see the wheels of understanding turning in his own mind.
Older children can be like us: bossy and doing things for the younger ones because it’s more efficient. To have masterly inactivity happening in our homes, it has helped to teach more than just myself about the concept. 🙂
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This month in 2016:
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This week’s links collection:
- What we know about the newly released JFK assassination records—and those yet to come from boston.com
- “Suffice it to say that for decades now, a few government agencies have been less than forthcoming about this sensitive subject.”
- You can thank Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for North Korea’s nukes from The New York Post
- Count me not surprised: “[I]n 2002, the North Koreans ’fessed up: They’d begun violating the accord on Day One. Four years later, Pyongyang detonated its first nuke.”
- Google Fires Employee Who Dared Challenge its Ideological Echo Chamber from National Review
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