A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? What a week it’s been. I had no idea how many emotional conversations were going to happen this week. Lots of heavy stuff. How are your weekend plans coming along? Will any of you be joining one of the 400+ Women’s Marches tomorrow? If yes, where?

Last year, I was out of town during the Women’s March and couldn’t attend. I remember watching reports from friends and family on social media that day and just weeping with joy. While I was gone, Ben Blair and the kids marched in Oakland and had such a positive experience.

I didn’t understand until a few weeks ago, that there were anniversary marches planned for this year. And I was so glad to realize I would get another chance! We haven’t made any signs or t-shirts yet, but we’re definitely planning to join the march.

And now, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

13 links I think you’ll love.

5 Books About Friendship & Manners

5 Picture Books about Friendship, Collaborations & Manners

Consent is on everybody’s mind these days, and parents and teachers everywhere are thinking about how to raise kids who can communicate clearly about what they want and need, and who can really consider a situation from someone else’s point of view, and adjust their actions accordingly.

On a child’s level, a lot of this ties into learning to be a good, thoughtful, safe friend. So today, I’m sharing 5 picture books about friendship, collaboration, and manners. There are so many good ones, and I hope you’ll share some of your favorites in the comments.

Five friendly recommendations. Come see.

Was it a Bad Date? Or Was it Coercion?

I’ve been obnoxiously glued to the Aziz Ansari news story the last couple of days. It’s not a pleasant story, but I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. At this point, I’ve probably read a dozen essays in response, and another 2 dozen lengthy Twitter threads dissecting the situation, and placing blame on him, or on her, or on both.

If you haven’t seen the story, it’s from a woman who is using the name Grace, and it’s about a pretty terrible date she had with Aziz Ansari. You can read the original report here.

I have a million thoughts on this, and I want to hear your take.

Living With Kids: Elizabeth Ayoub

I remember when I started getting interested in design, it was the Arts and Crafts movement that first caught my attention. I loved all the interesting shapes and patterns and different tones of wood layered on top of each other. That’s why I was so excited today to introduce you to our lovely Living With Kids family, the Ayoubs. Elizabeth and her husband live in a gorgeous arts and crafts home in Michigan with their adorable daughter. The home is full of classic charm, and Elizabeth is as warm and interesting as you would expect her to be. Welcome, Elizabeth!

You’re not going to want to miss all the Arts and Crafts goodness, so keep reading.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Do your kids have the day off of school today? Do you have the day off of work?

I was on Twitter this morning and someone suggested a great thing to do today would be to watch two of Ava Duvernay’s Oscar-nominated movies — the infuriating documentary, 13th, and the inspiring Selma. I thought that sounded like a brilliant plan.

I’m drawn to MLK quotes about justice. Four of my favorites straight ahead.



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