Smiling like Sunshine: Sunday Surf

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sunday Surf

I am joining Mamapoekie this week and sharing some of the best links I have come across this past week:

Brands and plants:Which can you name?Which can your kids name?
An interesting post and food for thought. My kids are too young to name those brands yet. They are still very young so I can still control what they are exposed to but I am proud to say my almost 5 year old won't recognize any fast food chains as she has not set foot into any of them.

A silicon valley school that doesn't compute
An article about high-tech parents who work for  Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewitt-Packard, but who believe that computers and TVs have no place in schools. 

Breastfeeding through aversion  Sometimes breastfeeding is just not easy and enjoyable. Amy shares her tips over at Code Name Mama.


  1. Oh, I SO disagree with that article about the school. I don't use a whole lot of screen time in my classroom, but I do think it has benefits. Why not use all the tools we have access to?

  2. Karen,I also believe using technology in moderation is beneficial but I found it interesting so I added it here. I love a good discussion and it is interesting to learn what other parents/carers think. Thanks for your feedback.x

  3. I read those this week, too. But, just reread them. Living near silicon valley & being enmeshed in the culture through work, I find it good that they seek balance for their kids. Having been involved in a bit of the formation of the new Waldorf school that is being overseen by the SJ waldorf school, all of the parents I spoke with use limited, educational screen-time and a few admitted to more.

    But, the all or nothing thinking about television feels limiting (and marginally elitist) to me. We avoid junk food and junk entertainment generally, but use it with mindfulness when warranted.

    As for Occupy, I'm in full favor of it, but the picture analogy holds little water. Leaves were not specifically designed by professionals to evoke archetypes. If you look at those designs, they are inspired by the ratios and designs that instinctually hit human brains: original source of those designs? Nature.

    Aside from that, I wholeheartedly believe in the cause and the message they are trying to convey with this image. If they can continue to steer clear of the sound and image bytes so confounding the media, they'll do well. But, things like this will be glommed onto and used to discredit the movement. I hope they stay away from them.

    And the last link, I'll just say (because my comment is turning into a NaNoWriMo entry!!!) is wonderful and I hope the information is spread far and wide to help moms who might be struggling.

    Thank you for sharing these powerful links!


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