30 Halloween Activities, The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, Quitting Intensive Parenting (#12)

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Here is this week’s “Monday Mashup”, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward to friends!The 

Article We Read

The spooky season is upon us—time to fill your weekends with family-friendly Halloween activities. Splash Learn listed 30 family Halloween activities that will bring out the spirit of Halloween for everyone to enjoy.

For families who prefer to spend the day at home, there’s plenty to do too. You can get crafty by creating your own family costumes, trying candy bag races, and movie marathons.

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What We Watched

Discover how to overcome procrastination, find clarity, alignment and focus, boost productivity, align your planning with key objectives, stay on track, all while avoiding burn-out. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, and meaningful existence.

Excerpt from The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale:

“We’ve got to put the fuel in before we can expect heat. Likewise, we’ve got to be of service first before we can expect money. Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service. Build. Work. Dream. Create. Do this and you’ll find that there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.”

(Watch here)

What We Learned

Have you heard of ‘Intensive parenting’, the parenting norm in America? It’s an approach of “concerted cultivation” and contrasted it with a vision of parenting labeled “the accomplishment of natural growth,” which entails much less parental involvement. Now why should we Quit Intensive Parenting?

Here is an excerpt from The Atlantic article:
“Intensive parenting – the dominant model of modern American child-rearing – is a bit like smoking: The evidence shows that it’s unhealthy, yet the addiction can be hard to kick. I’d like to suggest strategies that could help society quit overparenting, and they require parents, policy makers, and even the childless to pitch in. But first, we need to understand why intensive parenting-whereby mothers and fathers overextend their time and money curating their child’s life in hopes of maximizing the child’s future success-prevails.”

(Source here)

This Week’s Article

Sure, later on, when the kids are old enough you’ll be able to take more charge over your routine and fitness endeavors, but for the first couple years of that little sunshine’s life, you’ll have to work it into your toddler parenting schedule. Read more.

Helper of the Week

The Slumber Academy specializes in drawing out root issues that may be interfering with your baby’s sleep and well-being. Slumber Academy is a strong advocate of responsive and attachment parenting. They create personalized sleep plans that are evidence and science based. They incorporate factors like lactation, nutrition, and creating a safe sleep space for your baby.

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Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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