Happy Friday! Do you have any weekend plans? Number one on my list: finish the Christmas shopping. I really want to be done with shopping and wrapping before the kids get out of school next week. My goal for Christmas: to sit down and just be with my kids – instead of running around like a crazy person.
‘Tis the season for gift guides. Here are four I thought were good:
- The Kid Should See This puts out very long lists filled with brainy (slightly geeky?) options – but their choices are spot on – especially for children’s books
- I always look forward to this one for beauty/clothing.
- Dad Suggests (a new-to-me-site) had a nice list for kid gifts.
- Children’s book author Jon Scieszka gives his picks for holiday gifts for kids. (NPR) More about my favorite Scieszka book here.
The competitive world of becoming an Instagram influencer. (NYT)
I’m excited to see this National Geographic documentary about a high school science competition. My friend (who is a SAG member and saw it early) said it was great.
Also, Netflix added Dumplin’ to their collection of YA lit adaptations last week. I stayed up late watching it – and it’s good (but not as good as this one). One drawback: Jennifer Aniston is always great, but I’m not sure I believed her as a Texas pageant mom?
My 7-year-old has been liking the “Who is?” series lately. I’ve read a couple…and I’m not sure about them. Maybe I am choosing the wrong ones? Any recommendations for a good one? I just read him the one about Bob Dylan and it was slightly depressing. Here is an actual quote from our not-so-cheery bedtime reading: “However, Bob’s second marriage did not last. He and Carolyn Dennis were divorced in 1992. Nothing seemed to work in Bob Dylan’s life.”
Six tips for little guys who don’t love to read.
Have a great weekend!
(Illustration by Harald Wiberg. From The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren.)