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Weekend reading: August 9, 2014

Reading Harry Potter

From Instagram: I finally said yes to Harry Potter.

I finally read Harry Potter last year, and I instantly fell in love with the characters, the stories and the magic of it all (you know, like the millions of people before me who didn’t wait 13 years to pick up the first book!).

Since that moment, our oldest — who is a voracious reader — has been begging me to let her read them. I was torn, because I know she’s going to breeze through them and I’m going to stop her at #4 for now, but as she approaches her 10th birthday, I decided she was ready.

To say it was love at first sight is an understatement. She laughs out loud, reads instead of watching TV (which is a huge deal with this TV-loving girl!) and carries them with her everywhere. She’s also put together an entire Hermione costume from things she’s found around the house, and I can’t really think of a female character I’d rather see her emulate.

It’s been fun to talk about the books and have that shared vocabulary, and she’s already started to pick up on just how many references there are to Harry Potter characters, places and events in popular culture, which was also one of my favorite discoveries after reading them myself.

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading and what I’m pinning to see the other posts that make me stop and think (or, you know, drool…). You’ll find new posts all week long!

Live your life

  • Goodbye, Sunday Morning Tea – Or, On Letting Good Things Go | The Happiest Home

For every mother

  • A Surprise Party | The Offense Of Joy
  • Can I See Your Belly Button? | Momastery

How kids learn

  • Why Kids Need Dirt | Paleo Parents

P.S. Are you an introvert? Do you know an introvert? Be sure to check out A Map of the Introvert’s Heart. Ah, Railroad of Canceled Plans, how I love thee!

Have a great weekend!