Hey guys! No new news on the boy, really. He’s still just eating and sleeping and pooping and growing, as is his custom. I’m going to try to get some more pictures (and maybe video) for you soon, but I had a few links piling up that I wanted to share.
Tinkerers unite! How parents help encourage kids’ creativity – I like this idea a lot, as I’m a bit of a tinkerer myself. I am really excited for Gryff to get old enough where I can start doing all this fun stuff with him, and helping him learn all the valuable lessons that come from it. These videos are related: Teach Kids Through Tinkering and Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do
C-Sections Double Childhood Obesity Risk – If you read my food blog, you know how I feel about observational studies, but this one at least has a proposed mechanism, I guess. Anyway, it’s very interesting and I think it bears further scrutiny. What is really causing these changes? What can we do about it? Can we fix these kids’ gut health after birth to where they suffer no more long-term effects, or is there something magical about the trip through the birth canal? Fascinating ideas, all of them. Also, worth thinking about how this should influence our country’s trend toward more and more c-sections.
How to make an Amazonian shelter – This is another tinkering kind of post. You can tell I’m on a kick.
I also saw a really cool article that my wife had found on Pinterest, but neither of us can find it again. Anyway, the general idea was that a mom got some split rings and pliers for her kids and they all tried to make chain mail. They failed at it, but had fun and learned a lot. The lesson behind it was that teaching kids that failure isn’t something to be scared of is a good thing. They need to learn to fail, recover, fail again, and keep trying until they get it. being afraid of failure is a horrible way to go through life, because it keeps you from trying new things. Thankfully, I’m a spectacular failure at a great many things, so my kids will have an excellent example.
Thanks for reading!