It has been an odd week around here. I've been in a low-level funk ever since returning from Mom 2.0 Summit, which makes no sense. Frankly, it pisses me off because really, why? (Especially in light of the happenings in Oklahoma, it feels pretty spoiled. Donating to the Red Cross helped.)
It finally dawned on me that transitions (even good ones) usually break my stride.
This week, my husband, Rael, started a fantastic new job at charity: water and celebrated turning 45 by pledging his birthday to clean drinking water programs. I've talked about charity: water before, when Christine and I teamed up on a raffle to raise money as part of our 2011 Camp Mighty team. At the time I had no idea that Camp Mighty would be the birthplace of our decision to co-author Minimalist Parenting.
This is an amazing moment for Rael and for our family, and I couldn't be more proud of or excited for him. But it also means shuffling the work/family balance again, especially now that Minimalist Parenting is making its way in the world.
It's yet another lesson in humility: even good changes (and this is a GREAT change) take time to settle in, and we need to be gentle with ourselves during the process.
So! As you head into the weekend, I hope that you can take a moment to be gentle with yourself and enjoy this transition into summer.
I just found out that my long weekend will include BBQ, Star Trek and fondue, which improves my mood considerably.
P. S. As I finished writing this, I got news that Christine and I will be talking about Minimalist Parenting and summertime planning on NPR next week! EN PEE ARE, FOLKS! I'll post the details as soon as I have them…but talk about MOOD FIREWORKS. *hyperventilate*
[Edited to add] NPR details! We'll be on Tell Me More on Tuesday, May 28. Check the NPR website for local broadcast times.
While I calm myself down, here's some weekend reading for you:
Kiddley is back!
Hooray for returning blog friends! Not that I've ever met Claire Robertson (formerly known as loobylu) in person, but does it matter? She and her husband, Phil, have relaunched Kiddley, their wonderful site full of fun kid stuff. I talked about Kiddley a bunch of times when it launched in 2006, and am so glad it's back.
10 Shortcuts for Better Cooking
There is so much smart stuff in this post by Lindsey Johnson I don't even know where to begin. And that's not even menitoning the gorgeous photos.
15 tips for parents who travel for work
In case you missed it, here's my recent Babble post about minimizing business travel "reentry." It's getting good feedback — this is a real pain point for many families.
→ 15 tips for minimizing work travel "reentry" stress (The Accidental Expert)
The Family Dinner Challenge
Aviva's giving folks practical help and encouragement for pulling off family dinners. Four weeks of menu plans, a checklist, and resources for healthy family eating. Check it out!
→ The Family Dinner Challenge (The Six O'Clock Scramble)
Gardening with kids: grow a "petting garden"
I'm pretty proud of this project I did with the help of a Summer Stunner grant from P&G.
→ Soft plants inspire a good idea (Go Mighty)
Please help Oklahoma tornado victims
Sarah James is from Oklahoma City, and her post broke my heart AND provided direct links to organizations providing direct assistance. Please click over and help if you can.
→ How to help Oklahoma tornado victims (Whoorl)