TGIF! Have an awesome weekend everyone!
I subscribe to an awesome monthly newsletter called Parental Intelligence. The editor Bob Collier, puts together a great collection of resources and links every month that invite you to “explore the psychology of happy and successful parenting, connect with bright minds, discover new ideas and sail outside the mainstream for a while without running aground.” For the March 2008 issue I was excited to see the fourth resource down was my article on Parenting Styles That Go Against the Grain. Woot! The mere mention of my article in a newsletter about parental intelligence has given me a big head. I will be much to busy kissing my reflection to blog much anymore…sorry. ;) Ah okay…all kidding aside thanks Bob for the link love.
In Bob’s last newsletter I found an article about a British school that is taking a lot of heat for “breaking all the rules”. It is a very liberal boarding school in England that allows self government. The kids make the rules and regulations and they attend lessons when they want to. They also get to choose what they want to learn. Many want the school to be closed but the problem is that exam results for these students are above the national average. ;) How can you argue with that?
“Summerhill is all about your individual rights, your rights to make your own decisions and to develop into the person you want to be. Those are fundamental rights, but children are never normally offered them. Because of traditional child-rearing expectations, people make the assumption that children can’t be in control of their own lives, but at Summerhill we see that they can be. They can take decisions and they can run the school.”
It is a great article in defense of self government for kids and unschooling too.
Here is an article with ideas for recycling worn out blue jeans. Pretty cool.
If your anything like me you like some jammin music playing when you work out. I have my Shuffle filled with high powered, upbeat music just for this purpose…Pump Up the Jam, Ride On Time, etc. In the mail last week I got a CD called Skinny Songs. This CD basically takes that same idea but goes a step further and adds a weight loss theme to the music. It has original music sung by great musicians with titles like “I’m a Hottie Now” and “Use It To Lose It”. They are songs intended to help you tune in, tone up, and trim down. It is a pretty cool concept I must say and the songs are good.
I am giving away a copy of the Skinny Songs CD to a reader. Just leave a comment if you want it!
And I have even more to give away. I do a fair amount of book reviews on this blog and usually when I am done reading I gift my books to friends, I keep them for reference, or I send them along a chain of Internet friends. Last night my book shelves got cleaned up a bit and I have some used books to giveaway. Some of them I reviewed here and some are just miscellaneous books from my collection. If you want them just comment below and tell me what book(s) you want. One book will be awarded per person (US or Canada only).
Here is my list of books to gift away:
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Shopping Our Way to Safety by Andrew Szasz
How to Eat Like a Hot Chick by Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent
Diaper Changes – The Complete Diapering (cloth) Handbook and Resource Guide
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens
Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr
The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends
You know what to do. Winners will be announced next Friday. Have a great weekend!