Wee Bits: On Raising Readers, The Best TV Episode Ever, A Life-Changing Facial Mask, And The Best Nursing Bras

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Hey guys, sorry we’ve been a bit slow in Wee Wanderland — summer always means vacations, piles of deadlines, family obligations and more general chaos than usual. But we’re back to the (mostly) regularly scheduled programming this week … until the next round of chaos, anyway!

This NYT guide to raising readers is SO inspiring, and filled with SO MUCH helpful stuff. Couldn’t love it more.

Interesting: The importance of self-directed play (a.k.a. recess). Via Education Week. 

I got totally lost in this fascinating list from Ringer (which I found via Go Fug Yourself girls) of the century’s best episodes of television — literally, 45 minutes, just GONE. You will also get lost, I’m betting. (Seriously, there’s everything: My personal favorite, Justified, to Walking Dead to Mad Men to Laguna Beach — for reals — to Price is Right to The Crown. Compelling!)

PSA! The fall session music classes at the beloved Mister John’s Music are now open for registration! 

Another heads up: Did you know that West Philly’s Lightbox Film Center features a family matinee on a Saturday each month? (Their mission? To advance “underrepresented and unexpected modes and makers of moving image art.”) On August 18, the 2 p.m. family matinee is Napping Princess, a Japanese film set in 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, featuring a young girl who must save her father, who’s been accused of stealing technology from a powerful corporation. Sounds cool.

These are the best nursing bras, according to The Strategist.

Exactly what I’ve been wondering (via the Cut): Is the Summer Fridays face mask worth the hype? 

Y’all, the featured exhibits at Please Touch are awesome over the next few months: First, there’s the ongoing “Hello From Japan” exhibit (a mini-Tokyo experience, with play sushi, Japanese writing, karaoke, bamboo forests, and more) through September. Then, they launch the Thomas & Friends exhibit — a STEM-focused exhibit with the train every toddler is obsessed with. And! August 25 and 26 is their Space Odyssey Weekend  a weekend of special space and Star Wars-themed programming, including Jedi Training, music by Wookiedelphia, intergalactic storytime, and more. 

I think you’ll enjoy the hilarious Tankini Files post on the never-ending cycle of kid-snacking. It’s almost too much truth to handle.

Hey, everyone: Phield House summer camp has been extended for two extra weeks — you can still register for a week or two of sports/games by the week or the day. The weeks; August 13 and August 20. Open for 6- to 14-year-olds!

I know this is old news by now, and I also know it has zilch to do with parenting, but I cannot help myself: If you have not already read this delicious NYT Mag profile of Gwynnie and Goop, I highly, highly suggest it. A wonderfully written piece that articulates a lot of the Goop-longing/Goop-eyebrow raising that draws us in.

A brief back-to-school announcement: August 17, from noon to 3 p.m., the Germantown Boys & Girls Club (in partnership with Messa and Associates law firm) will host its Back-to-School Bash, an event held each year to donate back packs filled with school supplies to the first 1,000 students in attendance. (There’s also food and fun for the kids and their families.) Kids in attendance will receive a ticket with which they can claim their book bag filled with supplies for the upcoming school year.

And finally: The Friends of the Wissahickon are holding their annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. in front of The Cedars House on Forbidden Drive. So — if you happen to be in the mood for a hike, you can enjoy free ice cream, live music and crafts. Sounds like a nice little outing, no?