Random stuff

Ok here are a few random things from this week.

A walk on the weekend. Hood River has a cool trail that winds across town.

Dad ignoring camera in orchard. He just pulled out a hill of Lapins and is planting more peaches.

A snuggle after nap. One of my favorite times of the day. We’re focusing on earlier nap and bed times again since he’s been showing a bit of cranky tiredness at times. And because I read a study that is mind blowing about how important sleep is.

13 thoughts on “Random stuff

  1. Please share the article. We strongly believe in sleep for the brain for E. Nurture Shock (that book I mentioned before) also discusses a lot of studies about sleep and the effect it has on the brain development.

  2. I was really strict about naps and good rest for L & E until they were bigger than me. Even when she no longer slept I had Lena lay down for an hour, but mostly so I could have a nap.

  3. The naps and the sleep are really a no-brainer, for all involved. I don’t think I need a researcher or a journalist to tell me that, but maybe I’m just more in love with my own sleep to have wondered at all about it. The hard part is figuring out what kind of schedule your own child needs. And that’s not something any expert can really tell you. I had to frankenstein advice from other parents mostly and from a select few books on how to get it done and even now the sleep thing varies depending on growth spurts, teething, colds, new stimulation, etc. And then I have to relearn that she is not a robot and won’t adhere to the experts view of “normal” and predictable. Life is life and sometimes you work around it. Besides the fact that sometimes no matter what you do, the child will go through their own learning curve before they get to the point when they *will* sleep through the night or take their naps easily. And some kids never do no matter what you do or don’t do.

    It’s a lesson in patience, adaptability, compromise and acceptance. Sigh.

    And Aunt Nette, I’ve heard good things about instituting that “quiet time” and have also heard that it’s mostly for mommy (though you can’t let the kids know that). I know *I’m* not looking forward to the time when Maddie gives up her naps.

  4. I’d also love to read the study if you have a link, Em. If it’s short, that is. I need to take a nap. : )

  5. The research was from Tricia’s Nurture Shock -fascinating book that summarizes all the latest research on kids. I just picked it up while babysitting for neighbors and read as much as I could before they got home. : ) But I have it ordered and will be sure to pass it around.

  6. I really like the t-shirt! Reminds me of 2nd grade in – oh – about 1974 (sheesh!). We tie-dyed shirts at school as a class project. So fun and VERY stylish.

    Gotta love Eugene. I went to Francis Willard Grade School in South Eugene. Good memories. And there was a mobile book library in those days, too, in something like a suped up VW or something like that. We walked to school everyday – I think it was 2 miles at least – by ourselves. Biked everywhere without a care. Guess I got off on a tangent – all due to Gus’ shirt.

  7. I remember babysitting when I was 8 or 9 years old (which seems so young to me now) and biking everywhere from the time I was about 8 too. I think half the time none of our moms knew where we were! And most of the parents didn’t think twice about it. Hopefully we can send our kids to the park on their own or let them bike or walk on their own without being brought up on charges of negligence. I understand some schools now don’t allow kids to ride bikes on their own to school (or walk to school) until they’re at least in 3rd or 4th grade!

    There’s definitely something cool about a tie-dye shirt. Just don’t make me wear bell-bottoms again.

  8. Do you all think the world has changed that much or our perceptions of the world? I can’ tell. When we were kids, we roamed all over The Dalles, made friends with other adult and kids and as long as we were home by 6 pm when the church bells rang at 10th and Union, everything was fine. The freedom was fabulous and I think created quite a lot of self confidence in exploring the world. I just don’t have an accurate sense at how much has changed, or even if it has. I do know we were warned to stay away from certain houses that had what were called bad men, one called crazy Kelly, and nothing happened bad to us. What do you all think?

  9. And there was also Billy somebody, who walked through our neighborhood. He wasn’t dangerous but he was, by 50s terminology, retarded. I remember our mom coming out to make sure all was well when he tried to take me home with him.

    I think our folks were okay with us roaming all over the place because we traveled in a pack of other kids and probably felt more sorry for the old people we would descend upon to let us watch cartoons in their house, since we didn’t have tvs yet.

  10. Ours was a pack, too, and I think that made us safer and kept our parents from worrying too much. We definitely had those people we were warned against, but I think we tried to watch out for one another.

    I don’t think the world has become more dangerous (I’ve read some statistics, for what that’s worth, that support that fact as well). I think the constant exposure to news stories about horrific child kidnappings fuels the fire. But most of those evils are actually coming from people the children know already. I know that I think about letting Maddie do what we did and I get a catch in my throat and my stomach tenses up, but I think that’s pretty normal. What parent doesn’t worry??

    I love hearing both Lani & Nette’s experiences and knowing that they were similar to ours! How great.

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