Crafting Parenting Reading Relentless Self-Improvement

…and this concludes the intermission…for now…

 

My goodness; I had never intended for the blog to go so silent for so long.  My schedule has been kicking my butt lately – I’ve been working on a Master’s in Psychology focusing on Child Development, which has been AWESOME.  The program is through a venerable (online) university and I think they didn’t bank on candidates like me when they set up the system that bills me a set fee every three months until I finish.  What better motivation could there be to crank out 55 papers in six months?  So I’ve been a bit busy with that.

Oh yes, and with a little podcast I started.

I’m so happy with how the Your Parenting Mojo podcast is going.  I started it after I wrote the long post on symbolic representation here, when I realized that I’d really enjoyed the process of writing it, but that nobody wants to read a 5,000 word blog post.  It turns out people do want to listen to a ~20-30 minute podcast on it, though – because you can do it while you’re doing something else.  Like commuting.  Or driving.  Or cleaning the house (oh wait, I don’t do that either).

When I started I figured it would mostly be me talking about things I’ve learned through my Master’s program and also just through my own reading on child development.  There are a TON of experts in this field and I always wondered “why would they want to be interviewed by little old me?”  It turns out that some of them do.  Actually quite a lot of them do.  The vast majority of the people I’ve approached have said ‘yes’ – so far I’ve released interviews with Dr. Tara Callaghan (discussing how to encourage creativity in young children), Professor Roberta Golinkoff (who wrote the new book Becoming Brilliant, which describes the skills our children will need to succeed in the world) and Dr Dina Rose (who helped us to understand that a nutritional mindset doesn’t help us to get healthy food into our children).  And I have lots more interesting people lined up for the next few months as well.

So the Master’s and the podcast have been keeping me pretty busy.  Busy enough that the reason I’m here writing right now is because I’m waiting for an assignment to be graded and can’t move ahead with the next class until it’s finished, and I’m two months ahead on recording podcast episodes so I feel like I actually have a moment to relax…

During a trip to England and Wales over the summer I picked up my knitting needles again as well.  It started when my friends Sarah and Sean had their baby Hazel; she was due a few days after we left for England and a few days before we left I realized “oh shoot!  I haven’t made her a gift yet!”.  So I found my needles and rushed off Jared Flood’s Wool Leaves blanket – mostly knitted on the plane.

 

knitted-baby-blanket

 

Carys is super interested in the whole knitting process and has loved the two cardigans I’ve made for her so far.  Soon I’ll try to get my act together and photograph at least one of them.  She likes to hold a couple of needles herself and tap them together and say that she is knitting.

We went back to the yarn store a few days ago to get some yarn for our next project and she announced that the store was her house and that she liked it a lot.  She loves to walk around the store and feel all the different yarns.

Then she took an enormous dump in her diaper and I didn’t have a spare on me or in the car.

I guess you don’t need a Master’s in Psychology to know you should always take a spare diaper, so maybe I still have a lot to learn about this whole parenting thing.

New podcast episode: "Wait, is my toddler racist?"

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    Marian
    November 21, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Way to go on the masters! Too funny about the directors of the program didn’t realize what kind of student you are!! FYI — there is NEVER time to clean the house! Love that Carys is interested in knitting. Who would guess?

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    Jen
    November 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks, Marian…I have many flaws, but lack of motivation is not one of them:-) Right now Carys is interested in pretty much everything I’m interested in, so I’m making the most of that. The main exception is walking in a straight line for more than 10 feet. But I’m reading up on rafting trips that will take kids as young as four – only a year and a half to wait!

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