I haven’ been feeling particularly bloggy this week. Hopefully I will get some of my blog mojo back over the weekend and serve up more for you next week than I did this week. But I have some good stuff for you today, so I wanted to take a few minutes to explore more.

Before we do, you may recall my Facebook post about how my daughter’s kindergarten class was discussing careers and they asked the kids what their parents did all day while they were in school? (For the record, M said she didn’t know what I did all day besides care for Little A.) Part of that lesson was discerning “what is a good?” and “what is a service?” and which one their parents provided.

I went into their class today to serve as a “lunch reader” (James and the Giant Peach – what fun!) and spotted a Venn diagram on the wall outside the classroom door. Evidently, they had asked the kids to write out a good or service and then illustrate it. Then they organized them by good or service and taped them up in a Venn diagram format.

Here’s what M wrote, first in “kid writing” and then with some adult translation:


My heart leapt.

Not in some, “OMG I am such a good mom,” kind of way, because I don’t really think like that. It was an “OMG, it DOES MATTER” kind of way. It does matter where you take your kids and how you spend your money. They are watching and they are soaking it up.

Speaking about things that matter, you guys know body image matters a great deal to me, and I thought that this piece about the Winter Olympics and figure skating’s infatuation with the “nymphet aesthetic” was very interesting.

And, speaking of infatuation, I make no bones about my love affair with chocolate. Here’s a great piece on how to responsibly source it, as the industry abounds with ethical issues such as child labor.

“Well, I was XYZd as a kid and I turned out okay, so XYZing must be fine.”

Surely you have heard that one before?

The irony, of course, being that you cannot know how you would have been different if you hadn’t been exposed to XYZ. There’s no way to test that in a scientifically rigorous way.

One issue where those protests often arise is about spanking, and given the legislation proposed in Kansas this week, I thought it might be nice to look at some of the data. Here’s one piece that offers up some info like this:

(Spanking) is a strong predictor of vulnerability to depression, typically in girls. This is because kids internalise that they are bad or naughty, and this forms the basis of their self image. It also teaches girls that it’s acceptable for someone who loves them to hurt them.

Also, in case you’re a primary source kind of person, here’s a link to the analysis that the blog piece references.

I adore Seth Godin’s concise, simple blog posts because though brief they are always profound. This one rocks and it starts by saying

The problems you’ve got left are probably the difficult ones.

Go read the piece, then next time you want to bam your head against the wall about Congress, your child, your spouse or your job, read it again and remember that you’ve probably already solved all the easy issues. (So be gentle on yourself.)

Speaking of short and sweet, I am out. Hope you have a great one!


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