Candy Play Dough, 16 Gifts for New Mothers, Moms Who Drink, and More | Links of the Week

Let’s be honest: Fridays are the new Sundays once you’re a parent… heading into the most exhausting part of the week.  Our fave links, to get you through…


– READ & MAKE: Letter Of The Week
How about starting a new tradition with your kid this weekend? Allison McDonald created an amazing post linking different children’s book to the letters off the alphabet. So after you read the book, you both can show off some craft skills by creating (and learning!) one new letter each week. (No Time For Flash Cards)


– COOK & PLAY: Candy Play Dough
Print this page, go direct to the closest supermarket, and have fun creating edible play dough for/with the kids! (Kids Activities Blog)

– INSPIRATION: Honey Maid Believes in Love

This makes us want to buy a whole lot of graham crackers.  Watch for their moving response to the hate mail they got when they depicted same-sex parents.

– BEHAVIOR: Moms who drink: How much is too much?
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the mother of three and author of four books, including “Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom” and her most recent, “I’m Kind of a Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy.” (Today)


– FAMILY & FRIENDS: 16 Gifts for New Mothers
Katie Clemons is a storycatcher and journal crafter that created this super-helpful list of thoughtful things that you can do to help out a friend who just had a baby. Also, don’t forget to create your own weeList of Best Gifts. (The Art of Simple)

– PARENTING: Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do Whatever They Want?
Often, parents get confused about peaceful parenting. They think that if they stop punishing, their child will do whatever she wants. But that assumes there are only two choices — being permissive or punitive. What about holding to your expectations while at the same time offering your child support and understanding? (Aha! Parenting)

Ally Downey

Ally Downey is the founder and CEO of weeSpring. She's also the author of Here's the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. You can follow her on Twitter at @allysondowney.

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