Link Love (2013-11-30)

Thought-provoking

“Here is my radical proposition: the job of parents isn’t to restrict the candy. The job of parents is to help their children become responsible people. This process is long and slow and not always pretty. Kids will make mistakes. And we have to let them make those mistakes for themselves.” Samira Kawash: Controlling Your Kids’ Candy Stash Is Bad Parenting – Time

“If the mean people in our lives were crappy 100% of the time, it would be easy to leave them. We would shrink from becoming friends with them or jump aboard the nope rocket in the early stages of trouble, and we would feel only relief when they are gone from our lives. The problem is that very few people are evil all the time. They don’t wear villain costumes purchased at ForeverEvil. They don’t laugh maniacally and stroke their evil goatees while monologuing about their evil plans. They appear in our lives as People-Who-Would-Be-Awesome-Except-For-That-One-Glaring-Problem. They have potential to be awesome, and sometimes they are awesome, and they make us feel awesome, so we relax and let out that breath we’ve been holding in, and then BAM! They show their mean side, and we do a ton of mental work trying to reconcile the mean stuff with the awesome stuff.” #518: I broke up with my mean friend, so why do I still miss her? – Captain Awkward

“The people who are most messed-around by a system are not those who have the greatest moral obligation to do something about it. They’re the people who often end up doing so, yeah. But that’s mainly because nobody else will.
But people- even people who aren’t in a great economic situation- have the right to make decent lives for ourselves. And blaming the worst-off people for a situation that is not of their making, because in some small way they don’t have much options but to contribute to it? That’s just not okay.” Every time you spend money, you cast a vote for the kind of society you want – Consider the Tea Cosy

“I could feel something turn my insides upside down into a confused knot of rage, protectiveness, sorrow and insane empathy – oh little man I’ve been there. I know that pain. That rejection. I saw him standing there at the front of the class, excited in that wild, abandoned, fearless way only innocent little ones get excited and I saw his hopeful eyes looking around the class, waiting, for a comment, a smile, a moment of recognition. Some kindness. Some connection.
And finding none. And realizing you’re a damn idiot, standing there in front of everybody holding a fucking stuffed seal – wishing they’d see the beauty in it – perceive what you perceive – thinking for a moment these people may “get you,” – that maybe we’re connected after all…and realizing you’re a damn fool for putting yourself out. For trying. For exposing yourself like that to a room full of goddamned distant assholes.” life is a stuffed seal at show-and-tell – Renegade Mothering

Equality

Sweden theaters bring in sexism rating for movies – CBS News

“My transition to being pro-choice was neither easy nor seamless. After that day, I spent a long time wrestling with the issue before I could feel comfortable with what I believed. But I did know, after that day, that I had not been brave or morally superior. I had been wrong. Whatever “right” was, it didn’t involve shaming terrified women and girls, or shocking and traumatizing unsuspecting innocents with brutally violent images to manipulate them around to my point of view.” the day I became pro-choice – a little dose of keelium Like, OMG! Why Grown Women Speak Like Teenagers Online – Role / Reboot

““If you wear a girl’s costume, some people may ask you questions or wonder why you’re dressed like a girl. They may not have seen a boy dressed like a girl who likes girl stuff before,” I explained to C.J., so that he’d be prepared. “I know. I don’t care. It’s okay, my costume is the awesomest,” he replied, reassuring me.” My Son Chooses to Be Alice (in Wonderland) – Lori Duron – The Atlantic

“Some people may not be homophobic, racist, or otherwise discriminatory at heart, but old habits die hard. Unfortunately, offensive language and implications are cultural habits most people acquire without realizing it. Scenarios like the one described above are what I like to call Accidental ‘-isms.’ Considering that the person saying something problematic is usually open-minded, their faux pas is obviously by accident.” Accidental -‘isms’ and How to Deal with Them – Everyday Feminism

Health

Squatting Pose for Pain – Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain

Recipes

Simple Apple-pear Sauce – Nourished Kitchen

Paleo Coconut Chocolates – Irish Paleo Girl

Asian Stir Fry – Elana’s Pantry

Herb-Crusted Roast Beef with Paleo Yorkshire Puddings and Gravy – The Paleo Mom

Skin Care Gummies! – Skintervention

Vegetable Fried “Rice” – Wellness Mama

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