The Monday Meander has enjoyed a Summer hiatus.
I decided to give it a well-deserved break over the Festive Season but somehow we find ourselves in February.
So I’m going to pretend that the hiatus was in line with the Lunar New Year.
Being the first Monday in the Lunar New Year, it seems an opportune time to share with you some of my favourite links from around the Web.
I’m sitting here with an iced coffee (it’s HUMID here in Sydney!) and some lemon slice (leftover from a lovely afternoon tea with Peregrination Gourmande and some bloggy friends on the weekend.)
So I strongly suggest you grab a cuppa and a sweet treat and settle in.
I completed my Masters of Teaching at the University of Western Sydney. They recently had a commercial that went viral.
It centres around Deng. You need to read his story.
It will make you count your lucky stars and marvel at this tenacity and resilience.
As a teacher, parents often ask me what they can do at home to help their children’s learning.
My stock-standard response is READ. Read with them, read to them, listen to them read.
From now on, I might just hand parents a link to this TEDx clip.
Yes yes yes.
I kinda feel like parenting is kicking my butt at the moment.
We seem to be having a natural shift in routines here. Baby Bear dropping naps and The Little Ladybird taking more effort to go down for a nap.
The goalposts are forever shifting in the game of parenting, aren’t they?
I’ve been feeling a bit guilty about the amount of screen time The Little Ladybird has been getting lately as I try to buy time to get Baby Bear to sleep.
So I headed over to Bron’s site because I know she has some fab Screen-Free Ideas for the Family.
But then I found this article.
And it was a beautiful reminder that this too shall pass.
As I change nappies, offer apple/sultanas/toast and attempt to locate the twirly skirt that must be worn this very second, I do sometimes fall into trap of thinking I’m being “left behind.” (From what exactly, I’m still not sure….)
This article is for anyone who thinks they are falling behind in life.
If you want to have a laugh at my attempts to craft and parent, check out our DIY Valentine’s Bag.
Did you do Valentine’s yesterday?
We don’t really celebrate it here, but we’re all for a grand love story.
Over on Instagram, my Instabuddy Hazel and I are celebrating #4ThingsILove. Please come join the LoveFest.
Another of my Instabuddies, Claire, has just set up a blog celebrating her love of picture books. She’d love it if you could pop by and welcome her to the web!
Never fear, I shall pick myself up from the calamity of the DIY Heart Bag and am inspired to try some of these crafty projects.
White clay ornaments.
And I posted this one on my Facebook. So pretty!!