Links for a sunny Wednesday

 

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An actual review of some books I’ve read will be up soon. (Amazing huh!). But here are some links that I’ve been admiring recently:

Lisa at ANZ LitLovers has a great post on The Abandoned Book

Pooja at Notabilia points us to the online bookstores in Singapore

Love the artwork and story in this children’s picture book (via Bookriot)

There are just so many books to look out for in June says A Life in Books

If you haven’t yet checked them out, Shiny New Books has been plenty of reviews of books, both brand new and reprints. That TBR list of mine is growing…

A post on how one book blogger manages to read so much. I’m in awe!

If you live in California, it’s California Bookstore Day on May 3!

 

Food-wise, a great idea for spinach and red pepper bacon wrapped eggs from How Sweet Eats. Pretty!

I tend to be a tomato sauce kind of pasta person, but this Fettucine Alfredo from Nigel Slater that Kahakai Kitchen cooked up sounds simply delicious.

Wee Reader loves these Japanese biscuits called Tamago Boro (I didn’t know what they were called till today!), I’m not sure I’ll actually make them but it’s still a fun read.

 

Neither bookish nor foodish, but something that’s been on my mind for a while now. The kids sharing a room. Currently, Wee Reader sleeps in his own room. Wee-er Reader (turning one next week!) is in the loft. No door so we installed two sets of curtains to separate the loft from the corridor and the staircase. It was a bit drafty in the winter but luckily it was a warm winter. They both sleep great in separate rooms. But I’m wondering whether they should sleep in the same room. Can they sleep in the same room? Might work better when Wee Reader no longer needs an afternoon nap (he goes to bed from 2-4 everyday, but he doesn’t necessarily nap). But it sure is good to read others’ experiences!

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5 comments

  1. Lisa Hill

    Hello, I came here to thank you for the link to my blog, but I see you have raised such an interesting topic: children sharing bedrooms. Not so long ago I was astonished to hear one of our Australian social welfare organisations listing separate bedrooms amongst its basic requirements: I think this is absurd. As a middle child, I *always* shared a bedroom, either the older one or the younger sister. It annoyed me sometimes, but most of the time I wouldn’t have had it any other way, and when I finally got my own way and had a room to myself, I hated it, and the experiment lasted only a very short while.
    I concede that it may have been different for privacy reasons as we got older if I’d had brothers. But I think that sharing a bedroom teaches sharing, compromise, and companionship. We learn to share common spaces like the desk, the dressing table and the wardrobe; we learn to accommodate differences in taste by squabbling over how the bits and pieces are arranged on the dressing table; and we learn to advise each other on how to dress, to help each other with hair-dos and with homework. These life-skills are picked up naturally and easily when a bedroom is shared, and there’s another thing too: when you wake up with the night terrors, the presence of a sibling sleeping peacefully in the next bed is very reassuring.

    • olduvai

      Dear Lisa, thanks for dropping by.

      Wow, separate bedrooms as a basic requirement? That’s something I would never expect.

      My sister and I shared a bedroom for the longest time too. It was only when I was 16 and I decided that I wanted my own room that I moved! We had such a great time sharing a bedroom, and it’s something that I want my own kids to experience.

      I really appreciate your comment. by the way, it made me think more about my growing up with my sister more. And it made me miss her (she lives in Singapore, I live in the US)

  2. Vasilly

    So many links to check out! :-) Not only do my kids share the same room but they share the same bed! My boys sleep together in a queen-sized bed and my sisters sleep together in a bed of the same size. I think it brings them comfort having someone in the same bed with them.

    Growing up, I slept in the same room with my little brother until we became teenagers. It was comforting knowing he was in the bunk below me. Let us know what you decide.

    • olduvai

      My sister and I shared a room until we were teenagers too, when I decided I wanted my own room. When she was younger she was afraid of thunder (and storms are a plenty in Singapore) so she would often hop into my (tiny) bed or we would hold hands across our beds. Sharing a room was great. I do hope to put my two fellows in the same room. It’s just a matter of when.

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