Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…
- The Mom Edit rounds up some of the best summer beauty products.
- Working Mother has a great list of apps that actually motivate kids to go outside (OK, usually with the iPad in hand, but still…)
- The Guardian reports on new research that shows many important benefits for kids of working mothers.
- The New York Times shares survey results that found that many wealthier parents don’t share information with their kids about their salaries or net worth.
- Alpha Mom answers a reader question about being pregnant when you have a friend who’s having a tough time with infertility issues.
- Hellobee talks about parenting while dealing with depression.
- Free-Range Kids readers discuss the strict requirements to volunteer at their kids’ schools.
- Sunshine and Hurricanes gives you a way to simplify kids’ thank-you notes.
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On Corporette Recently…
- We talked about saving for retirement in Tales from the Wallet.
- Kat answered a reader’s question about decorating her office.
- We looked at upgrading weekend clothes in the latest post in the “Next Step” series.
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Philanthropy Girl says
Am I the only one who finds the Thank You note printable absurd? Thank you notes can be a very simple three sentences: Thank you for XYZ. I am thankful for XYZ because…. I look forward to using XYZ in …. manner. Checking boxes on a printout seems a bit…. lazy? Maybe insincere? Certainly we can teach our children to take five minutes to say thank you, right? Am I totally off base here?
I had the exact same reaction. Even just having your kid write “Thank you! – Name” reads more genuinely than those printables.
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Meg Murry says
I think they could work for a REALLY young kid – like kindergarten young. I think fill-in the blank would be better than “circle the answer” though. Or even “have mom fill in the blank, kid just signs name”. I remember something like these with check boxes being around when I was a kid.
My other irk is that they are labeled as “boy” and “girl”. Really? How about “pink and orange” vs “green and blue”? Not hard.
However, I’ve been through the torture that is just to get your kid to write their classmates names and their own on Valentines (1 week of cajoling and begging on my part, whining and procrastinating on theirs) in Kindergarten and First Grade – so I can see the place for fill-ins or box-checking.
I’ve used some of the Alphamom printables in the past for teacher gifts and such, but I’m not really a fan of this one.
I understand what you’re saying — I guess I had my own son in mind when I included that link. He’s a soon-to-be kindergartener and has some fine motor delays — it was hard enough to get him to write his name on 11 thank-you cards for his 5th birthday (under the short note I wrote on each one). Once a kid is old enough to write a sentence or two, I think he/she should, but I think these are helpful for younger kids, and definitely better than sending nothing. (Totally agree that it’s silly to have designated “boy” and “girl” cards…)