Slow Parenting Thru Fall, Using Legos to Teach Math and Infant Sleep Around the World (#7)

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Post We Loved

Fall and back-to-school season can seem so overwhelming after a slower-paced summer. The deluge of school papers coming home, sport seasons starting, new activities, looming holidays. If you feel stressed, check out this blog post​ we found offering some tips on slowing down this season. 

Here’s an excerpt: 

Families need to regroup and simply have unstructured time together – to play, to talk, to inadvertently create the small instances that go into the family memory bank. It is the little things that tend to bond families, and these often occur during unstructured time. 

Try to be clear about whether your own needs or anxieties about your child’s achievement are fueling a desire to over-schedule activities.​” 

What We Learned

Homework assignments have begun in full swing now, and we don’t know about you, but explaining math concepts can be a little tricky. That’s why we wanted to share one of those tools for teaching math that don’t involve any new supplies you have to purchase. Teacher Alycia Zimmerman explains how she uses Legos to explain math concepts to her 3rd grade students. Check out the post and pictures to learn more. (Source: Bored Panda)

Helpful Research

What can we learn from studying other cultural practices in regards to baby sleep? We came upon Psychology Today’s article on “Safe Infant Sleep and Breastfeeding are Partners”. This article explores years of mother-baby sleep studies to help support parents who are worried about safe sleep practices. (Psychology Today​)

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