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My life with my three boys can best be described as a whirlwind. They never stop moving. They’re loud. They’re physical. Someone bleeds every day. I once visited the emergency room three times in one month (one visit per boy) and by coincidence had the same doctor twice. He informed me that I should have purchased a monthly parking pass. I would have saved myself money. Holly Pevzner wrote 10 things I wish I’d known about raising a boy but my heady first-time pregnant self would’ve never heeded the advice. Sometimes you just have to live it.
Last year I discovered What If Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped to Look Like Fashion Models? Lauren Wade took iconic paintings featuring nude females and morphed their bodies to reflect the current body image en vogue. My reaction surprised me – what do you think?
And while we are talking women’s bodies, Christine Burke writes about a hilarious conversation she had with her toddler about her naked body. Oh, from the mouths of babes!
To finish off my round up, in the spirit of humour month, here’s Jerry Seinfeld’s take on trying to sleep with kids in your bed.
If, like me, you cannot get enough of children’s books, check out this list of 100 Great Children’s Books from The Guardian. There were many on here I’d never seen.
If you are a mother of a teen or nearly teen, I can’t recommend this article on parenting teens by Rachel Cusk enough. Her memoir of early motherhood, A Life’s Work, is one of my all-time favourite reads.
Be forewarned, there is adult content in this next link, which takes “book lover” to its literal extreme. An animated felt short film set in the famed Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company in which books come to life.
April is Poetry Month, and if you live in Toronto, you can locate yourself poetically with this poetry map from the Toronto Public Library.
And here’s a poem about motherhood by Chantel Lavoie that’s not yet on the map: “The Lane.” It riffs on this poem by bpNichol that’s inscribed into the pavement on bpNichol Lane.