Here are some things I read this week that made me think. (These are just snippets – click on the title to read the whole thing.)

This dad Photoshops his baby into hilariously unsafe situations. from Orli with Someecards Parenting

Stephen Crowley is a designer in Dublin with a very dark, very Dad sense of humor. On his Instagram, Crowley has Photoshopped a series of photos of his adorable daughter in scary situations. They’re so well edited, they’ll give you a heart attack.

Seven things I wish I’d known before my divorce: an optimistic guide to the future by Ariel with The Guardian

Lesson #1. Trip out on grief – it’s a hallucinogen

“Regardless of how your marriage ends, it’s a death. Maybe it’s a loving euthanasia that you both agree on, maybe it’s a violent one-sided decision that only one of you sees coming, but it’s a death regardless. This means both of you will go through grief – a powerful mind-altering substance.

In the darkest of my days, I felt like I was on a low dose of LSD at all times – time was weird, my vision was odd, I threw up for no reason, my emotions were out of control. Even eating was an intellectual exercise (chew, chew … swallow? Is that what you do next?). I generally felt like I was tripping.

This state of mind was profoundly uncomfortable, but also weirdly educational. Never a big crier, I received a crash course in what tear-induced catharsis felt like – and holy wow, it felt good. Like many mind-altering substances, there are lessons there if you want to learn them.”

“A major turning point in the Tobacco Control movement was the discovery that second-hand smoke —the experience of non-smokers being in a closed space with smokers — was harmful. We are starting to notice that environments can also be polluted by others’ screens.

Research is starting to come out that any laptop use in a college class hurts academic performance for the whole class. Even those who themselves are not using laptops are distracted by those sitting near them.

When a screen is in view of children and parents, parents spend less time engaged in important learning activities such as reading and hands-on play with their children.”

“Proof that cooking a little healthier can be pretty simple and damn tasty.

Turns out you’re not supposed to use olive oil for everything ever. Who knew? If you want a bit more information on why/how to use olive oil properly, read this.”

For understanding how to choose which oil would actually work best for that thing you want to make.

“Your days are probably spent navigating the throes of keeping restless kids’ voices down and hands to themselves, while attempting to implement new, creative ideas to keep them engaged in learning. If you are a middle school or high school teacher, your challenges rise to the resistance of attitudes, peer pressure, and fierce independence with no accountability or respect.

I can only imagine how hard it is for you.

You may not see that the end is near over the mountains of work left to do…

But it is.

And I want to tell you that I am aware of what you do, and I am grateful for it all. What you manage on a day-to-day basis is no easy feat. Your role in my children’s lives has been profoundly important to their growth and education. You have fueled their desire to learn and inspired them to do their best. My children are better people for knowing you.”

Strengthening Sibling Relationships: An Easy Idea for Summer Vacation from Gabrielle at Design Mom

“A few years ago, as summer was approaching, I was concerned with some of the one-on-one relationships my children had with each other. I’m a mother of four and my biggest concern was that my oldest (8 going on 9 at the time) and my five-year-old had NO friendship. They often bickered and fought.

So I came up with a plan based on the well-known thought “you love those you serve” and created a schedule for my children to serve each other. It worked so well we have done it every summer since.”

“It’s kind of irritating because we spend our hard earned money for her to stay in this sport. And I’m not going to keep her in something if she doesn’t like it. But she does like it, she just has her moments when “going to gymnastics” seems like a chore. And I can relate. Most times when I think about working out, I don’t want to do it. But once I do exercise, I feel fantastic afterward.

I’m not a pushy mom. I just know she’s a kid and often doesn’t want to do things. It’s my job as her mother to give her butt a little nudge in the right direction.”