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What we’re reading today:

1. Mom Carmen submitted her 6-year-old son’s school journal entry to PassiveAggressiveNotes.com after he wrote that she’d been drunk one weekend. She said she hadn’t even had a drink! At least the teacher’s OK with it. Via Jezebel.

2. After giving birth, did you go into quarantine? Did you wash your hair? Why won’t some Chinese moms eat turnips for the first month post-partum? Check out all these new-mom traditions from around the world on Slate.

3. We’re big kindie rock fans around here, but we’re also pretty intrigued by these old kids records from 1948 on BoingBoing. Warning: from the comments we’ve learned that there’s definitely some antiquated racist terms in there. We imagine “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is PC though.

4. Does self-esteem lead to doing good? That’s what the NYT‘s Motherlode blog is discussing today. “It’s like the oxygen mask instructions the flight attendant gives you: Fill yourself up first, and then help your neighbor,” according to Dr. Richard Weissbourd.

5. GeekDad has an interview with Chris Van Allsburg (Jumangi, Polar Express) about his new book Queen of the Falls. Typically, the illustrations and storytelling look great.

Image via PassiveAgressiveNotes.com

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