This is a helpful article examining how our push for earlier and earlier academics may actually backfire.
“Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they’re reading books to babies in the womb. They pressure teachers to make kindergartens and nurseries more like schools. So does the law—the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act explicitly urged more direct instruction in federally funded preschools. Continue reading
In Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement, biomechanics expert Katy Bowman presents a holistic view of how human movement and body alignment affects our bodies all the way down to the cellular level. Continue reading
“Jesus does not say, “Come to me, all you who have learned how to concentrate in prayer, whose minds no longer wander, and I will give you rest.” No, Jesus opens his arms to his needy children and says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy- laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 , NASB). The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy.”
Paul Miller, A Praying Life
(Goes along well with my post for the start of 2015: A Call to Stop Doing)
I greatly appreciate this December article from Hannah Anderson, and like some commenters on the post noted, the application extends far beyond writing, and even beyond women. For me, it’s in my still-new-to-me days of motherhood x4 where I’m really needing to hear this. I love having four kids, and the load isn’t heavy because I’m raising minuscule miscreants, but because being the primary nurturer to four kids at these ages (who are not away at school or daycare) simply requires a lot of work. But my dreams to write and to flourish elsewhere have not died; rather, they’ve mostly expanded and grown even as I’ve grown in my understanding of Imago dei. And, so for this season, holding on to those dreams mostly means “taking a long-range vision.”
‘“People—particularly women—need to hear that you can start late.” –Ursula K. Le Guin’ Continue reading
Thus far in 2015, a high percentage of my reading has been in the field of productivity, but more that just that: it’s been about essentialism, a term I now use as a result of this book. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a great read any time, but perhaps particularly at the start of a new calendar year.
McKeown poignantly explains, “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” Continue reading