The proprietor, Bruna asked me some very revealing questions.
Come and check out the interview with yours truly and link up your favourite post from the week.
Thanks for having me, Bruna!
According to the February 2011 Frontiers in Psychology article, "Get the story straight: contextual repetition promotes word learning from storybooks", children who read the same stories repeatedly are more likely to increase their vocabulary as a result. In the study, 3-year-olds were either read the same story three times or were read three different stories. Each story contained the same novel (made up) words. Children who heard the same story over and over learned the novel words and retained the words over the long term, thus increasing their vocabulary, whereas the kids who were read the three different stories did not.In addition to allowing your kids to choose the same book night after night and reading it to him two or three or four times in a row some days, you can choose books that are written to emphasize repetition.
My son's optimism. He is always so happy (except when he's frustrated - but those times are, thankfully, short-lived).
My husband's dependability. He just as steadfast as they come, and I can't thank him enough!
Avocados. I love Avocados.
Blog Hops! I have met some really great people this week and have some really fun new blogs to follow!
Sunshine! It's finally looking like spring around here. Flowers are blooming, the air is sweet, birds are singing. Sure, I could complain about the rain (we have had a TON!), but without the rain there would be none of these other things. I guess then I'm grateful for both sunshine AND rain!
Good friends. I was fortunate to have visits with several of my favourite people last week. It did my soul good!
The strength I somehow found to workout, despite being bone-tired. Yay, me!
The Barista at my favourite coffee shop for appealing to my high-maintenance nature by making me 'special' teas.
This blog. Oh, where would I be without you, keeper of my sanity?
And so many other things...How was your week? What are you grateful for?
Writing Prompt: Describe what you think your life would be like if you had never had kids.
Blogging – well, here I am writing! I’ve always wanted to write and now that I am a stay-at-home mom there is just enough time to pursue this a little bit. Thanks to Mama Kat for her inspirations (tired mommies sometimes have the desire but lack inspiration)!
Preparing food – I do it, but I don’t enjoy it (see Lunch should be a four-letter word) and that will never change. I am not much of a homemaker. Sad, but true. When I cook, I do it well. It’s just that I’d rather undergo some uncomfortable form of medical exploration than spend time over a hot stove. I’m not proud of this, but if I am being realistic my skills lie elsewhere… I hope.
Cleaning – blech.
General running of the household – What else can this be called. There are a million little things that fall under this category, including picking up stray socks, cat maintenance (you don’t want to know), cleaning paint off of the kitchen chairs, toy wrangling… You get the idea.
Making sure my son knows he is loved - Hugs. Kisses. More hugs when knees get scraped or scary monsters suddenly appear under the bed. Playing cars and other games that I would sometimes rather not, hour after hour, but do anyway with enthusiasm because it brings the little gaffer joy.
Chauffeur and errand runner – To school, home, to the grocery store, home, to play dates, home, repeat.
And from time to time: party planning, cheerleading, and soccer momming (it’s a new term – run with it).
In a mere thirty-six hours my world had been transformed from a stable, predictable tranquility into a Kafkaesque nightmare of flux and phantasm.Please visit Cookie's Book Club to read the rest of my review and interview with the authors.