We watched a bit of Mary Poppins yesterday, and the kids cannot get enough of the scenes of tidying up the nursery and dancing on rooftops. Plus, it’s just one more reason for me to sing extra loudly in my faux-British accent. Favorite lines I’m going to start saying all the time: “Enough is as good as a feast,” and “Don’t be all day about it, please.”
Speaking of enough, here are a few links: (Look, a segue! Classy.)
Researchers have found that cluttered houses cause measurable stress hormones in women. (Well, obviously.) Also, we should all go clean off the fridge because apparently there is a correlation between the amount of stuff on your fridge and the total amount of stuff in your house. – From the book Life at Home in the Twenty-first Century: 32 Families Open their Doors documenting the houses of 32 middle-class families in Los Angeles. You can read a summary of it at the WSJ. The images in the book of the shelves full of Barbies and stuffed animals are totally creepy. Thanks to everyone who sent me this link.
Advice on Creating a Well-Loved and Well-Used Toy Collection - from Minimalist Mom (relief from the article above).
Beating the Statistics: Tree Detective Activities - from Sit a Spell. “Sociologists point out that American kids today can identify a thousand corporate logos but less than ten native plants and animals that live around their homes.”
Outsmart your own brain and spend less money - from Simple Mom. “How to focus on your money’s future, and not on your money’s past.”
My recent parenting-related articles at Alpha Mom:
Coming up next:
I’ve been getting a lot of questions in my inbox about baby stuff lately, so I’m going to answer the most frequently-asked questions this week.
Stay tuned for Baby Week. If you’re not interested in talking about baby stuff, then let me make up for it with a video of this worldwide dance party: