13 Surprising Things About Parenting in Wales

13 Surprising Things About Parenting in Wales

13 Surprising Things About Parenting in Wales

For this summer’s Motherhood Around the World series, our next stop in Europe is Wales. Bethan Griffiths and her husband James live in Cardiff with their three children — Anwen, Hywel and Rhodri. Through a child’s eyes, the country seems right out of a storybook, with its dragon flag, grazing sheep and castle ruins. Here are 13 things that have surprised Bethan about parenting in Wales…

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Isa Isa Floral

What are you up to this weekend? We’re heading upstate with our old friends, who are visiting from northern England. Their sweet kids were in our wedding — and are now teenagers! Time flies. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

The very American killing of Nia Wilson. (New Yorker)

10 useful foreign words without direct England translations. Love the Iranian one.

We recently got this weighted blanket, and it’s truly so calming.

Made me laugh.

What do 90-somethings regret most? “‘Do you wish you accomplished more?’ He responded, ‘No, I wished I loved more.'”

A touching surrogate story. (And congratulations, Piera!)

Digging this cool jacket.

Damn, elephants are amazing.

11 women remember their most embarrassing moments as 13-year-olds.

Domee Shi thinks kids can handle dark stories. (NYT)

Plus, two reader comments:

Says S. on four things: “I read an obituary once that said, ‘In lieu of flowers, please return your shopping carts to the store, don’t leave them all over the parking lot – that drove Larry crazy and it was his one wish for humanity.'”

Says Lauren on hobbies: “For the past four years, I’ve volunteered for four hours a week at the Housing Works Bookstore and the Wild Bird Fund (NYC’s only hospital for sick and injured wildlife). I wandered into them knowing no one and with few or no related skills, and my social circles and relationship with the city have exploded. Volunteering has blown the dust out of corners of my heart I tend to forget about, and in a town that can make you feel like the only person in the world, I feel like I have homes all over the place.”

(Photo by Isa Isa Floral. 90-somethings via Kottke.)


Four Fun Things

Everlane polka dots

Everlane just launched polka dot pieces, and they’re so cool and playful.

Noisy upstairs neighbors

Do you have any neighbor horror stories? (Our old upstairs neighbors always sounded like they were moving furniture in the middle of the night.) Olivia de Recat‘s illustrations made us laugh.

Sunscreen on kids

Photographer Nolan Conway captured the struggle of parents applying sunscreen in New York City parks. “You have to make sure you’re getting the whole face,” said one parent at the Brooklyn Bridge. “You don’t want to be aggressive, but you end up being a little aggressive.” Every damn time.

Kays fudge

Do you ever think about how you hope to be remembered? My friend Abbey once told me that she’d like her gravestone to say, “She was a helper, and she laughed.” (That description is very true for her.) This gravestone, above, gives you such a sense of the person and made me smile. And the rest of these, too.

P.S. More fun things, and the Grand Canyon trick.

(Sunscreen via Kottke.)