Parenting

Be aware of those moments, and never turn one down. If you face a choice — a moment or a chore, a moment or bedtime, a moment or work obligations, a moment or your damn iPhone — always choose the moment. They seem abundant, sometimes too abundant, in those early years. But childhood isn’t linear; it seems to accelerate faster and faster as it progresses, and when it’s over that set of memories will be all too finite.
David Roberts in Vox

Frankly, Roberts’ post, by its own admission, didn’t seem so revelatory when I read it. But it’s percolated over time, and I even noticed it affecting how I act when I’m with my family.

Well, a little. Let’s just say there’s always room for improvement.

It’s not just about being a better dad and husband, it’s also about living life more deeply.

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Parenting

Research on Spanking: It’s Bad For ALL Kids

Usually academic articles couch their recommendations in dense language, but this is about a researcher who just lays it out in “Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now to Stop Hitting Our Children.”

Straight up.

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Parenting

“Three- to six-year-old children were much more likely to believe that ‘positive’ characters from TV and film existed in real life than their ‘negative’ counterparts.”
Emotion changes children’s understanding of reality and fantasy

Smart kids.

What Kids Believe

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Parenting

File this in the duh category. I just hope over-achieving parents notice this before they buy any Baby Einstein books trying to cash in on the “more is better” school of vocab lessons.

A new study by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania now shows that early vocabulary improvement is likely to have more to do with the “quality” of the interactions in which the words are used rather than the sheer quantity of speech directed at young children.
University of Pennsylvania

Quality Trumps Quantity, When Building Vocab for Kids

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Parenting, Random Musings

Snopes looks at Fred Rogers

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Screenshot of Google Doodle for Maurice Sendak
Parenting, Random Musings

Celebrating Sendak, Courtesy of Google

Amazing work by @ryangermick and his team. Now do yourself the favor of watching (again) the illustrated version of Maurice Sendak’s last interview with Terri Gross on “Fresh Air.”

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Food, Parenting, Random Musings

Angelina Restaurant, Elegant But Unfussy

Another great meal at Angelina last night. Elegant, but unfussy. Simple and rustic, but also classic red-sauce Italian. And good bread — always such good bread.

The kids actually love it too. Naturally we get them plain noodles to placate them, but last night they only nibbled at the noodles, and they absolutely shunned a luscious sweet corn soup that was completely unadventurous and straightforward. No, last night they only had eyes for Mom’s frutti di mare, particularly the shrimp (with tails) and the squid legs. That’s right, not the innocuous little rings, but the tangle of tentacles.

That’s when you know you’ve found a good place.

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