Today I get to welcome back a favorite podcast guest from the past…Jessica Smartt! Jessica was with me on Episode 33, talking about “Making Memories at Christmas time.” (I LOVE that topic! And it might be a good one to bookmark BEFORE the holidays this year!)
This spring, (smack in the middle of the quarantine) Jessica released another book — one that quickly became one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE PARENTING BOOKS (I don’t say that lightly!) Her book is called “LET THEM BE KIDS” (get link below in notes) and I knew that this topic would be perfect for my summer series, which is all about CELEBRATING EVERY STAGE OF RAISING BOYS…FROM THE BABY YEARS…to ALL GROWN UP!
Jessica and I talk about the sweetness of the elementary years…and the many “gifts” of childhood: The gift of innocence, the gift of imagination, the gift of boredom, and the gift of being uncool (a personal favorite!) as well as others. We also talk about the challenges of the elementary years — which, sadly, seem to be mostly about technology 😢 (I know this is on a lot of your minds, too.) I am personally inspired by how Jessica’s family is approaching technology! I hope you’ll share this chat with your friends, and definitely scroll to the bottom to enter to win the Summer Sunscreen bundle at the end of July!
LET THEM BE KIDS: Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and other Gifts Children Need. (book*)
MEMORY MAKING MOM (book*)
Jessica’s Website:Smartter Each Day
Jessica on Instagram
The book Jessica mentioned that inspired her to homeschool: Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home-Centered Education.
(And a more recent book by the same author–>) The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
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*I’m so excited to try this week’s Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers, and the Broccoli and Apple Slaw, as well as the breakfast for this week: Poached Eggs over Sweet Potatoes and Sliced Avodado. YUM!!
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