Do your kids take you for granted? For example, if you’re sick or hurt, so they “feel” for you, or do they still demand the same attention they’re used to? Click to read 5 tips on how you can explain sensitivity to your children - and more…
When you ask your child for help, say to help you with an armful of groceries, how would they respond? Please click on the arrow to read more about tips to discuss with them about the right way to be available to help others. Also read about the giraffe who demonstrates availability every day, and see which subscriber will win the September giveaway this month, and more…
Join me in making “rocks” a priority! Make the most of your time and teach your kids to do the same.
Family, friends, health (spiritual and physical). These are things that are most important. None of these requires MONEY, but they all require TIME. To be sure, work, school, and our hobbies (passions) are very important, but pale in comparison. When we spend most of our time on: the least important things like television, video games, social media, cleaning, shopping, and so on, we are never satisfied, or really happy. (click the arrow to “read more” for all the good stuff)
Behind the Scenes:
I have been thinking a lot about what I’m going to do for my new series of picture books. These will be shorter than my last series and are meant to appeal to younger kids. I will also be designing all-new characters and watercolor illustrations.
It’s amazing how much goes into one of these simple, short stories. They SEEM simple. But they’re really not. I’m learning a lot from classes from Arree Chung of Storyteller Academy. One of the things he says to do is a morning journal, or think about things on a long walk, and then write your thoughts down afterward. I’ve been doing this and it’s lots of fun thinking about times from long ago - when I was a kid. Some of these memories will likely become stories! But there’s more to expression than just memories… How can you encourage your kids to express themselves?
Most ideas for the character part of this blog come from my observation of people. I listen to others when moms speak of concerns they have at home. It’s not uncommon for kids to have difficulty is social situations with other kids. Although younger kids have issues sometimes with sharing, working, and playing together with other young kids, it seems some have to deal with bullying issues - a really hot topic today. And, as they grow into tweens and teens, they have increased group vs individual issues. It seems all is peaches and cream when your kids are together, and not-so-kind when the wavering friend is with other people. Jealousy, and other ugly problems rear their heads. I am not, nor pretend to be, a psychologist which may be exactly what the wavering friend needs - in addition to compassion and understanding.
Recently, I overhead one mom say, “I can never do enough.” She was frustrated because her children have high expectations of her talents, her time, and her generosity. Even though she loves providing good things for her kids and their friends, she frequently finds herself drained from the effort, feeling unappreciated. Sound familiar? Here are some tips for both parents and kids.
This time of year, as winter ends and spring begins, kids many times lose enthusiasm for pushing ahead and finishing strong in school. That’s why there’s a “Spring Break”. But after this break, students need to still buckle down and give their school time 100%. Do your kids understand determination?
It’s so easy to be negative, to judge, to demand, to label, or blame, isn’t it? It takes effort, and practice, to frame sentences positively, to praise, and react calmly without attacking a person. This not only applies to children, but to adults as well. We would do well to think about how we speak to anyone. Following are 3 tips from first-hand experience and some highly relatable, short videos.
I recently read an article by "I Can Teach My Child" and have simply summarized some of the points, using my own words. It is an excellent article and you are invited to check it out at the link at the end.
Plus a coloring page, subscriber submitted photos, and the announcement of our WINNER of a free book this month! Check it out…
Happy New Year! I hope this note comes after lots of family fun during Christmas and school break and finds you well.
Sometimes after a long break like this, students have a hard time getting back into the swing of things - and then with the anticipation of spring, attentions drift. That’s why I’ve chosen January as the month to talk about attentiveness. Why is it important? Much of the content has come from Character First Education’s elementary curriculum which is excellent and should be checked out if you’re a parent, homeschool, or a private or public teacher.