Seven Signs You’re Overparenting – I don’t generally love instructive posts about parenting, but I find this one illuminating. Helicoptering is so pervasive as to be almost passe now, but I love the concrete behaviors this writer identifies to help us parents understand what it really means.
Unsolicited Advice I’m Sharing with My Three Sons – Agreed on the coffee! Also on the notion of collecting words, the power of being self-deprecating, the mentors, the truth, and having children.
My Favorite Vacation: Summer Camp – Dominique Browning on the power of summer camp made me both smile and wipe away tears. Anyone reading here knows I worship(ped) camp and enjoy watching my children there now. “And this is being a grown-up camper in the world, forever young enough to wonder at the mystery and magic and pleasure of it all.” Amen. May we all stay forever young (Forever Young is a song that reminds me, incidentally, of camp).
Before the Fall – I can’t put Noah Hawley’s book down.
Grace and Whit are off to camp tomorrow. There are some pre-drop-off jitters at our house. I’m thinking back to Michael Thompson’s Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow and reminding myself this is precisely why they go.
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