Weekend Reading: May 18, 2013

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I was a little worried that our girls would have trouble readjusting to “normal” life after three weeks in Florida and four days in Disney World, so I couldn’t help but be relieved when they woke up early on Tuesday morning and immediately headed outside to play, building a pioneer stove, riding their bikes and generally enjoying the freedom of the boonies. Although the heat drove them indoors later in the week, they continued their imaginative play with massive kitchen forts, princess and pirate dress up costumes and crafts of all kids.

It was definitely a proud mama moment to watch them jump right back into the kind of free play that is a hallmark of our values and parenting style, and I kinda want a fort like the one above just for myself!

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

Motherhood {Embrace Who You Are}

  • For the Mom Who Hates the Swings. | The Happiest Home

Family {Kids Will Be Kids}

  • Playing in the Grass May be the Key to Easing ADHD Symptoms | Inhabitots
  • Safety Second (Or Maybe Even Third) | Free Range Kids
  • Homeschool Versus Public School: A Few Thoughts | Writing and Living

Disney {On Princesses & Little Girls}

Have a great weekend!