13 March 2013
I have been racking my brains for a while now trying to decide what to knit for a friend who is expecting a baby at the end of next month. The reason for my dilemma is that the baby has three grandmothers who are all knitters, his older brother (the baby is a boy) received lots of jumpers when he was born, but what else to make? The lovely Yarn Along provided me with inspiration, socks. There were lots of posts about socks last week including socks made for little ones. I knew that none of the grandmothers were sock knitters so my present was sorted. I knit several pairs of socks for Christmas presents so I have a few ends of balls of sock yarn waiting for a small project. I trawled Ravelry and decided on a pattern called Cozy Little Toes. These socks knit up a lot quicker than large adult ones! I have knit one sock, nearly completed another and have now cast on a third.
I have been reading a book that I was given for my birthday last year, it has been waiting in a pile on my bedside table, Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. I had read and heard so much about this book, I have already read and enjoyed Punished by Rewards by the same author. I an a few chapters into the book and it has been a cathartic read so far. My parenting was called into question recently and has led me to do some soul searching about the way I parent. When I read....
When we make children obey by force, threats or punishments, we make them feel helpless. They can't stand feeling helpless, so they provoke another confrontation to prove they still have power. And where do they learn to use that power? From us.
....I hold my head high and know that I am doing the right thing.
Joining in with Tami for this weeks work in progress and Ginny for this weeks sharing of knitting and reading.