Friday Peanuts

Friday Peanuts

Here’s what’s been happening and what I’ve been thinking about over the last few weeks….

How do I balance my kids so that they’re motivated and yet not put too much pressure on them?  This article by Drew Magary (warning, there’s some language) shows how important it is to get this balance right.  And the letter from a student at that high school paints a very scary picture of the high school culture today.

I’m so thankful for the new Frozen-inspired design in my shop.  Charlotte now has a placemat and a lunchbox that she loves and associates with Frozen without me seeing Elsa and Anna everywhere.  Now if I could just get her using her beautiful comforter again instead of sleeping under a kids sized blanket with Elsa and Anna on them!

Last Friday, one of my online mentors, Courtney DeFeo, shared a post I wrote about girl drama.  I never thought it would start so young and hopefully if you’re dealing with it too my post sharing what we’re doing to combat it will help you too.

Called “The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Child Safety”, this Mom shares her reminder that God is in control which has helped me let go of some of the fear and anxiety that has come along with parenting.

Gun safety seems pretty obvious to me and so I’ve never thought that it might not be that central to others regarding their handling of guns.  This article showed me that I need to be aware that everyone might not share the same views of the proper storage of guns as I do and I need to ask that question before letting my kids visit their home.

I have lots of differing opinions about drinking in general but drinking in high school is not a gray area for me.  I loved this “Open Letter to my Teenage Son About Drinking“.  Some of my favorite quotes are: “no good has ever come from a group of teenagers drinking”,  “Don’t every follow up a bad choice with one that’s worse because you’re afraid of disappointing us or making us angry”,  and “We love you so much we don’t care if you hate us.”

Ann Voskamp is pure gold and her recent post about good and evil made me really think about my views of God.  With the world in such an uncertain place we often question why bad things happen.  But Ann ponders if we should be instead asking (or also asking) why there is so much good in the world.

And just to throw this out there.  In addition to the blog, did you know that I’ve got a Facebook page, an Etsy shop, a Twitter account, an Instagram profile, and a Pinterest account?  I’d love it if you would join me in one or all of those communities so that we can get to know each other better.  And if there’s something that you’d like to ask me or something that you’d like me to share about, leave it in the comments or email me (just click the letter icon at the top right of the page).

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