The biggest stories of the week centered around the Presidential Inauguration and the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. I still remember four years ago when my eldest was just in first grade and insisted her entire school stop classes and watch as our nation’s first African American president was sworn in – this year, my baby is in Kindergarten and we had the entire day to devote to learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the inauguration. While neither of my girls understands the difference between a Republican and a Democrat, they both recognize the President as our country’s leader and could understand the significance of watching what many would argue is Dr. King’s dream in action. Even though the nation’s students were out of school for MLK Day, the day presented the perfect opportunity to blend learning opportunities for everyone.
These two special occasions opened up the opportunity to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. with a real life illustration. As Aruni from entreMusings reminds her readers, while we are on our way to living Dr. King’s dream, there are still so many who dream of a time when another’s dream is not to hurt or change another, but rather to love. As a parent, it is our responsibility to make sure our children understand why we celebrate MLK’s birthday – to make sure we teach our children the realization of one person’s dream does not need to take away the validity or possibility of your own powerful dreams.
Since the Presidential Inauguration also took place on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday this year, there was a unique chance to share with our children the correlations between the day and Martin Luther King’s mission in life. Mairead from the Irish American Mom blog shared a great Martin Luther King Jr. infographic showing the progress made since MLK’s death, which really helps illustrate the country’s path but also serves as a reminder that we have a long way to go yet.
While the Presidential Inauguration only takes place every four years in our country, Leticia shared several resources with readers to help you teach your children about the Presidential office, the U.S. government, and what inauguration day meant to our country throughout the years.
Some families were lucky enough to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the day in person, like Smart & Sassy Mom who took her children on the adventure of a lifetime when she and her husband took them to the 2013 inauguration, experiencing all of the fun and education a trip like that can offer. The inauguration wasn’t all business and learning. Mama Pop brought out all the momentously hilarious moments from Monday’s Presidential extravaganza for their readers!
Here are a few more of my favorite posts from the past week:
- Have your children crossed over into the world of Facebook and digital life? Nikki from The Guilty Parent’s only daughter recently signed up for a Facebook account and Nikki describes for us what it’s like to be a parent struggling with their children going digital.
- Ready to up your exercise game and really get to work on those fitness resolutions you made this month? Worried you can’t because you’re preggers? Jess from the Blonde Ponytail has some super fun and safe prenatal exercises to help you stay in shape while you shape a life!
- Winter time always bring with it the dulldrums and boredom, but it doesn’t have to! Just pull out your paints and get to work! Cheri from I am Momma Hear Me Roar has some great tips for getting kids painting and expressing themselves despite the biting cold weather.
- If one of your New Years resolutions was to get your home organized, Lauren from the Mom Home Guide has got some great home organizing ideas for you. All it takes is a little added fun to your chores to make them fun and get everyone involved!
- You don’t have to spend a lot of money to transition your living room (or any room) into a Valentine’s Day oasis, you just need a little time and imagination. Try making this Valentine’s Day curtain from Jody at Mommy Moment for your child’s room or classroom and you’re sure to be a hit!
So what did I miss? Share your best posts from the last WEEK in our linky on any subject! The only requirements are:
- You should be a parent who blogs
- The post on any topic must have been published during January 18 – 25, 2013
- You MUST use the permalink to the post itself, not your blog’s homepage URL
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