In which Brianna reviews Women in Science, a book that attempts to restore women in history as the scientific pioneers that they were or are. This article contains affiliate links, by using them to purchase the items we describe, you're helping to support Busy Nest News. Thanks!
Women in Science, by Rachel Ignotofsky
Women’s History Month exists because the default version of history tends to leave women out. Of course women throughout time have made substantial contributions to the world. We must always remember that history (as my professors drummed into my brain on a daily basis for four years) is not what actually happened, but rather what we write about what happened. A logical first step to put women back into history is to examine- in writing- their contributions to various subjects, and allow them to regain their place in the timeline. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World is Rachel Ignotofsky’s attempt to do just that.
In which Ariel and Brianna discuss The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell - a book which outlines how to apply the five love languages philosophy to our relationships with children. This post contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News up and running. Thank you for your continued support!
The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
Summary: The 5 Love Languages of Children
As a parent, caregiver or teacher we communicate love to our children the best ways we know how. But are they receiving it? The Five Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, teaches us how to apply Chapman’s love language philosophy to our relationships with the school-aged children in our lives. In this book Drs. Chapman and Campbell help us to understand how to convey unconditional love, how to use all five of the love languages to communicate love and model best practices, and how to effectively discipline in harmony with the philosophy.
In which Brianna shares some articles that have enlightened or amused us recently. What are these "soft skills" everyone is on about, and how crucial are they to our children's success? How are millenials making life difficult for their elders again? How can I make any ensemble look expensive? Will I ever learn the keys to being a tidy person? These are the big questions in the second edition of Links We Learned From.
Links We Learned From in February
As Ariel said in our first round-up of links, we love reading as much as we love sharing what we read. We're always sending each other links to fun or thought-provoking articles. We have such a good time sharing, we've decided to share our favorites with you, our beloved readers, on a regular basis. Read on for the newest batch of knowledge and amusement!
In which Ariel summarizes the Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman's philosophy that seeks to explain how each and every one of us communicates love differently and why it is that often our loved ones cannot hear us when we do.
The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
In this – the month of love – Brianna and I chose to read The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell as our parenting book. As a long-time advocate of Chapman’s love languages, I was excited to explore how to apply his philosophy to parenting young children. I was not disappointed! Though I do believe Chapman and Ross assumed a basic knowledge of the philosophy that not all of us possess. What follows is a brief overview.
In which Ariel admits to openly weeping over a picture book. Love is by Diane Adams and illustrated by Claire Keane is simply that poignant. This post contains affiliate links. By using them you keep Busy Nest News open. Thank you for your continued support!
Love is by Diane Adams and illustrated by Claire Keane
This book made me cry. And no. I was not hormonal at the time. Love Is written by Diane Adams and illustrated by Claire Keane is simply one of the simplest, most poignant descriptions of love you will ever read.
In which Brianna reviews yet another book great for Valentine's Day. Or for teaching children about love and empathy generally. This article contains affiliate links, so you can help support Busy Nest News with your purchase of this and other great books. Thanks!
Plant a Kiss, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
I can’t let February slip by without one more sweet book about love. This one is Plant a Kiss, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
“It goes like this. Little Miss planted a kiss.” Those are the words on the first three pages. Rosenthal and Reynolds have interpreted this action in the most literal sense. The illustrations depict a girl literally planting a kiss in the ground. In the following pages she nurtures the kiss with love, water, and sunshine- just like a plant! At last her kiss grows into a glowing, sparkling vine, which kids from all around come to wonder at. Against their advice, she chooses to share her twinkling harvest with people everywhere, and learns that sharing love only produces more.
In which Ariel admits a rookie parenting mistake and a major parenting win: the Cook's Corner Play Kitchen from Melissa and Doug. This post contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News up and running. We truly appreciate your continued support!
Cook's Corner Wooden Pretend Play Kitchen from Melissa & Doug
I was on the fence about purchasing a play kitchen. Did I have one as a kid? Yes. Did I love mine as a kid? Absolutely. But – and it’s a big but – I live in a small apartment at the moment. Where was I going to put it? So when Nana Bear and Aunt Titi offered to buy one for Christmas my first question was “But where is it going to go?” At Nana’s house of course! With that crisis averted, my next question was “Oh boy. Oh boy! Which one?” Melissa and Doug’s Cook's Corner Wooden Pretend Play Toy Kitchen.
In which Brianna describes an app that has captivated and educated her daughter. This article contains both affiliate and non-affiliate links.
Endless Alphabet by Orginiator
There are loads of apps and games out there for kids. A lot of them are…not great. At best, they’re mindless and repetitive. At worst they can be harmful. There are dress-up games with questionable story lines and bizarre let-the-toddler-perform-a-c-section games. Then there are the ads for things that have nothing to do with the game you’re in. We don’t let Monkey play endlessly with her tablet, but it does have its uses, especially for long car rides. To avoid all the pitfalls mentioned above, I’ve carefully curated a collection of games and apps for Monkey’s tablet. This is about one of her favorites, Endless Alphabet.
In which Ariel explores a few articles that will have an impact on how she parents. Should we be more conscious of what we post on social media as parents? Is competition a bad thing? How can saying "Yes," encourage our children to learn and perfect new life skills? What books can we turn to to help our children digest challenges? How can we use a toy to teach our children to pay it forward with kindness? Read on!
Links We Learned From in February
Brianna and I are readers - readers of books, readers of articles, readers of blogs etc. We read. When we find something interesting, absurd or promising, we share it with the other. That is the beauty of sharing this crazy wild journey that we call parenthood. Twice the resources! This is a curated list of links (in no particular order) that I think will have a significant impact on how I parent.
In which Ariel goes on and on (and on) about how awesome Lego's Duplos are. This post contains affiliate links. By using them you help keep Busy Nest News going strong. Thank you for your continued support!
Duplo: Everyone's Favorite Building Block
Duplos! Where do I even start?! They are everyone’s favorite building block for a reason. Many reasons in fact. For those unfamiliar with Duplos, they are Legos more robust cousin. Legos - the tiny building blocks always featured in parental editions of the floor is lava videos on youtube. And yes – if you haven’t experienced it – stepping on Legos is roughly equivalent to walking across a field of hot coals. Are you picturing a Lego? Enlarge that image to five times it’s normal size. Now you are picturing a Duplo. Duplos are designed to be the ideal building material for young hands still learning fine motor skills. Also, they are too large to be swallowed. Though I swear Bean tests this every time she plays with them.
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