Thursday, July 31, 2014

Explore the World with Netflix #streamteam

This post is part of my partnership with the Netflix Stream Team

My oldest son is a child after my own heart. He loves science, exploration and documentaries. I mean how many first graders do you know that go as Jacque Cousteau for Halloween?

He has always gave the librarians a chuckle when as a 4 and 5 year old he would check out large non-fiction books about animals and cultures. He has had Blue Planet on his Christmas list for three years now. He loves that know he doesn't have to wait since Netflix has everything his ever growing brain could love!

Other's we love: 

Worried about kids and documentaries? Common Sense Media has a list of 12 Documentaries that will Inspire Kids to Change the World. Each documentary is lists best ages and some are good for as young as six years old. 
Don't leave your little ones out of the brain boosting fun. They may not have the attention span for ful documentaries but they can still learn something with these great titels.

My girls (7 and 3) are particularly big fans of Busytown Mysteries. 

With school starting in only 18 days (whose counting?) I think we may change our viewing habits to get them to start thinking more about learning than just giving mom five minutes of peace and quiet. 

Does your family watch documentaries? What are your kids favorites?

The Sticky: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I received a Roku and streaming membership in return for my sharing what we’re watching with you. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Saying Goodbye

Gray light filtered and soft.
Misty rain, cold and damp.
Sadness permeating the air.

The end is near and we all know it.

Halted conversation. 
Hushed voices. 
Laughter that bubbles up, quickly suppressed. 

We all do the two-step of decorum. 

Life goes on, but it doesn't.
Life must be lived in the waiting, but its different. 

It's gray and foggy. 
Wet and Slippery. 

We navigate the path the best we can,
hoping to avoid harsh falls,
sudden drops. 

Rattling breathe.
Drooping head.
A spirit hangin on to a body half gone.
A heart beating on with a soul that wants to rest. 

You've placed music in our souls.
Grown love in our hearts. 

May your soul find peace soon,
to be reunited with loves lost,
to be whole again, to be free. 

I wrote that the night I took my son to say goodbye to my grandpa, his great grandpa. He passed the next day. How we told our kids and navigated the funeral is on Chicago Parent, his sadness is infinitely more heart wrenching than my own grief. 



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