Today I have decided to do something that has always been hard for me: I’m going to take a break. From blogging, for ten days.
Normally, Fridays here on the blog are devoted to a running series entitled Family Fridays. I love this series. It features a different multilingual family, their struggles, their joys, and their growth, in this adventure of raising children in more than one language. If you’re new to the blog, I encourage you to click on the link FAMILIES on the right of your screen to meet some pretty amazing people. (You can also catch a round-up of families from the first five and a half months here.)
However, today, the first of May, there will be no Family Fridays. And, next week, it’ll be pretty quiet here at Españolita…¡sobre la marcha! You can still find me on twitter (@espanolita) and on Instagram (@espanolitablog), and of course via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To take a break from blogging – and from keeping my word to post fresh content three times a week – has been a really difficult decision; yet, I believe it’s the right one.
…my heart has been heavy this week as I have watched the sad events unfold in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). Much of my mental energy has been dedicated to processing what I’ve witnessed on television and heard through social media.
…lately, I have felt slight tinges of obligation overshadow the joy and pleasure of posting updates on E.’s and my adventures. My husband, D., reminded me that blogging is meant to be fun, and that when I begin to feel stressed because of a lack of blog post ideas, well, then, it’s time for a break.
…and, as the days grow warmer and the sun shines longer, E. and I find ourselves drawn out of the house (and, consequently away from my laptop and iPhone), to explore dirt and rocks and sticks, and to chase dogs at the park, and to just lie down in the grass and BE. And, on these slow and simple afternoons, I’ve begun to think that there are just some mother-daughter experiences that, although very “blog post-worthy,” are meant to stay between E. and me.
So, in the meantime I’ll be…
…reading. A LOT!
I’m currently devouring (and, recommend!) Free to Learn by American psychologist Peter Gray, Nurture Shock by American journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, How Children Learn by American author and founder of the “homeschooling” movement John Holt, and, The Whole Brain Child by American Drs. Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.
I just finished Simplicity Parenting by Australian (former) Waldorf educator and therapist Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross. Although you’ll have to wait for more details in a future book review post, you should do you and your family a favor and read this gem. I think it encapsulates the dream and vision I have for my family.
…sewing spring clothes for E., as well as an interactive felt activity board (pictures to come!)
…brainstorming new blog post ideas (interviews, giveaways, book reviews, and more!)
…and, just enjoying being E.’s mamá.
You know, they say taking mental and physical breaks from an activity not only refreshes you, but it gets the creative juices flowing. That’s just what I hope this descanso (break) will do for me!
¡Hasta pronto, amig@s!
(I’ll be back on Monday, May 11!)