Friday link round-up

Published by Lori Pickert on December 7, 2012 at 06:56 PM

A weekly round-up of things I’ve shared on my facebook page


Michelle tells a great story about letting her daughter control her project to the point of letting her quit:

“We don’t always finish projects. I rarely (if ever) have beautiful pinterest-perfect presentations to share. We fumble. We fall down. We get back up. A lot.

I’m fine with that. In fact, it all lines up fairly well with my educational philosophy.” — NaNoWriMo Outcome and Lessons Learned

This made me think of what I call the “relentless push toward the middle” — our need to push our kids to be that archetypal “ideal student”:

“As a psychologist, I have yet to see a child brought in for therapy because he is too social and his parents are concerned that he seems to have little access to his inner life. Yet, child after child is brought in for not talking enough, only having a few friends, and enjoying time alone — for being introverted.” — Laurie Helgoe, Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts

How we think about a situation changes everything. This article made me think of how kids feel they can tackle more if they think intelligence is malleable:

“Just thinking that willpower is a limited resource makes it more likely that you’ll feel depleted after a demanding task. However, if you see challenges as motivation, you are more likely to perform as if your willpower is unlimited.” — How to Power Through Any Demanding Task

When I need to reboot my day or my work in general, I sit down in the studio and just make something. We need to build these opportunities into our life:

“Unnecessary creating changes everything because it redeems useless time into time spent doing genuinely meaningful things for yourself and others.” — How Unnecessary Creating Changes Everything

Finally, I shared a post I wrote here about my favorite children’s Christmas book — well worth checking out if it’s new to you!

“The drawings are so charming, the stories so funny, and the whole concept so loving that it has become one of our absolute holiday favorites. If you love beautiful books, if you love Christmas, you can’t possibly not love this beautiful, wonderful book.” — Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien

Hope you all had a great week!

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