Has your reading life come to a screeching halt due to the responsibilities of motherhood? In this month’s Voices interview, Meagan welcomes back blogger, podcaster, and book club leader Amy Clark, to discuss how a busy mom can take small steps to create a readerly life. We discuss all the hacks for finding the time to dive back in (think TikTok’s #sundayreset for inspiration!) and a neat tool for finding the perfect book to match your mood. Amy also shares how reading can help you “find your people” during your current season of life. This episode is for anyone looking to fit more reading into their lives (in little and big ways).
Settle in for a books chat! Sarah is joined by two guest co-hosts from our contributor team today: Joanna and Katherine. Both are former educators and avid readers, here with lots to say about books. We touch on our reading lives as moms, what we’re reading lately, and how and when we prefer to do our reading. Then we dive into book recommendations for kids – starting with babies and moving all the way up through teens. This episode is for anyone who loves to read or aspires to read more – grab a warm beverage and join us!
Black History Month has never been a part of my children’s school curriculum like it was when I was a student. I can’t imagine not knowing the work of Langston Hughes, the brave stories of Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks, or the life-changing courage that came from brave women like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth — all of which I started learning about as a very young student. Throughout my years as a mom, I’ve had to come up with fun ways to make the historical stories of extraordinary black men and women come alive in our home. And what better way to do that than with books? Here are some of our family’s favorites – plus a free printable activity kit that I used with my kids last year.
Having a simple framework and theme for curating activities helped me to avoid over-planning and Pinterest overwhelm. It was such a joy to spend quality time with my daughter while doing something festive and fun even when life felt crazy. I hope the ideas here will help you simplify planning holiday activities with your little one this year so you can also enjoy more intentional togetherness. Remember, it can start small: just one read-aloud book and one simple craft at a time. Incorporate your own holiday traditions and do as much or as little as you have time for— whether it’s 30 minutes during the weekend or stretching a theme over the course of a few days by adding activities and outings— it doesn’t have to be complicated to be special.
As 2021 winds down, we’re looking at the habits we picked up – intentionally or accidentally – in the past year. Some habits we stuck with and feel great about; some didn’t serve us as much as we thought they might. We celebrate some areas where we totally nailed it this year and get real about the not-so-healthy habits that crept in, too. From self-care and big improvements, to tech use and baby steps, we look at the different ways our habits showed up in 2021, acknowledging that you don’t have to stick with something for 365 days for it to make an impact. We also laugh about the things Meagan does in bed . . . and the new things she wants to try (wink, wink). We end on a hopeful note, with some early thoughts on 2022 intentions (and lots more to come).
I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite picture books which touch on the theme of emotional resilience, and learning how to thrive in school, even when the going gets tough.