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Thoughts on the Elves and the Shoemaker (and fairy tales in general)

admin / February 11, 2017

Bubba recently got given a set of the Ladybird classic fairy tale book collection.  She loves, loves, loves it and spends a vast majority of the day pulling each book out of the box that it comes in and flicking through the pages (amongst poking my eye out with the sharp edges).  Tonight, she chose the Elves and the Shoemaker for her bedtime story.  I must admit, I’ve never come across this story before; it’s obviously a gaping hole in my fairytale education.  So I was just as intrigued with the story development as she was. The start of the…

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Unexpected Gem

Lately, our little girl has been not loving the car.  Perhaps, it’s the heat, the sun glare?  Or perhaps she’s bored or lonely sitting all the way back there by herself?  We’re not really sure.  To make things even more interesting, she’s not a huge fan of the pram either.  This makes getting to places somewhat of a challenge.  I’m determined however, to get out a little each day – – our living room is great but is not the best classroom for learning.  I want her to see trees, flowers, dogs, people! Luckily, she seems to do okay in…

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Kindness as a Muscle.

I recently read an article which outlines the science of lasting relationships – basically it all comes down to kindness.  Without being disrespectful (one always follows this sentence with something which is disrespectful :-/), I feel like saying duh.  As a society we spend a lot of time and money researching things which should be intuitive……perhaps it’s not that intuitive? I  find it comforting that the key to a lasting relationship can be learnt; the article makes interesting comments about kindness being a muscle: There are two ways to think about kindness. You can think about it as a fixed trait:…

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