My nephew and niece had their last day of school today. Whether you’ve been done for a while now, or you’re just motoring through the summer, there issomething about this time of year that reminds us to slow down a little bit and stop to smell the roses. I hope you can take some time to do so.
Around the Web
5 Reasons Why Every Child Needs a Confident Mom
Parenting is hard. And doubt about how we’re building into the kids in our lives is always there. But as this article points out, it’s good for our kids when we can be confident. So pull out the old song from The Sound of Music and check out this piece.
- Every mom has the same unspoken thought at least once: I have no idea what I’m doing! Even if the thought never wields its way into words, it’s there, lurking just underneath, until some epic “mom fail” catapults an otherwise buried sense of inadequacy to the surface.
What’s New in Middle Grade? More Good Books I’m Reading…June 2019
Middle grade books are my favorites, and Melissa Taylor has a list for me. Yay.
- Want more good middle-grade books to add to your to-read piles? I’m so excited to tell you about these new titles!
Changing the family conversation
The Fuller Youth Institute has a good podcast on breaking cycles and cultures for the next generation.
- Our final episode of this series features Ted Cosse, Dean of Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology and father of two. Listen in as Steve and Ted talk about breaking the cycle of patterns we inherit from our culture and our families, and changing conversations as kids and parents grow and mature.
How to Find Contentment: A Powerful Life Transformation
John Cortines and Greg Baumer write about money. And contentment.
- Seventy million dollars.
My friend shared the number in a matter-of-fact way, like he was giving us the time of day.
My wife, Megan, and I (John) were enjoying conversation with six Harvard MBA students in our Boston apartment in the fall of 2013.
We had just finished a fun-filled Thanksgiving celebration, and most of our classmates had gone home. A few were lingering to watch the end of a football game, and our discussion had turned to the question of “how much is enough?”
Around the Warren
Taming the Wilderness
Lindsey Murphy takes on the challenge of growing things.
- My back porch is what I have affectionately termed a “plant hospice.” Every Spring, I bring beautiful plants home and gently ease them to their deaths. I do it lovingly, and tenderly, but inevitably, by August, they have all gone to the great nursery in the sky. All that to say, horticulture is not my thing.
H.G. Warrender has a lovely poem for us this week.
- When twilight to the window creeps
And starlight, here and there,
Is seen against the night-time’s dark
That spreads now up the stair;
Something to Do with Your Kids
Looking for a good activity this summer–make your own family Ice Cream Bucket List.