Archive for November, 2010

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Top 10 Children’s Books: Trying Out New (Bad) Behavior

Top 10 Books of Kids Trying Out New Behavior

I think it’s essential for children to try out new behaviour in a safe place. Like it or not, this probably means at home, on you, the parent.  It’s a child’s way of spreading their wings; trying out new personalities and traits.  A safe way to experiment is important because your child knows that you will always love her or him no matter what.  But a book can also be a safe way to try out new behavior as a reader if you talk about the book in the context of how it makes you both feel. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Raising Kids Who Love to Read

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a nice Thanksgiving weekend.  We spent a long weekend in Montreal and while I packed many books for myself and the children, they were barely touched with the distractions of two TVs in the room, plus a considerable amount of electronics from DSi, iPhone, iPods (two), iDog (I have no idea why my middle daughter packed that), to the portable DVD player. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids Reading Everywhere

Thanks for checking out my weekly Monday feature:  Caught in the Act … of READING!  What is so great in this week’s pictures is how kids don’t let anything get in the way of reading, even kids who would say that reading is not their favorite thing to do.  And I love how Jill of MomsGoneGlobal.com is helping her son to create his own series of books.  I’m sure these will be cherished items both now at bedtime and in the keepsake box when her son is old enough to read to his own children!  Keep up the great work getting your kids to read parents!  It’s definitely working! Read more…

Your Life in Comics: 100 Things for Guys to Write and Draw, reluctant readers, make your own comic book, $10, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom, Pragmatic Mom

Make Your Own Comic Book, $10

Create Your Own Comic Book

I thought this would make a great holiday or birthday gift for boys who show an interest in graphic novels and/or comic books.  It’s an especially good and sneaky way to draw in reluctant readers and get them reading, writing, and drawing. Read more…

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Teaching Empathy to Prevent Bullying

Best Anti-Bullying Program for Schools

The best way to create a caring climate is to engage children collectively in an activity that benefits another human being.

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Read more…

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Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Getting Kids Excited About Reading

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures!! This week we have photos of kids reading in unusual places, reading  non-fiction, reading to siblings, reading in snugglies and the results of reading for a good cause! Read more…

Best Baby Parenting Books

Great Parenting Books for New Parents

I remember when my first child was born and both my husband and I were panicked at the daunting task of keeping her alive. I thought the key would be to educate myself and I read every baby parenting book I could get my hands on including books from friends that were 10-years-old and out of print.  I made myself crazy.  I read, like, 15 books.  The books gave conflicting advice.  Advice from “experts” also flip-flopped from decade to decade.  I almost made up a spreadsheet to track the different opinions on the issues.  OK, I’m anal-retentive, but not that anal-retentive.  But only by a hair. Read more…

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Do It All Mom Planner

Best Paper Organizer Planners for Old-Fashioned Moms

So here’s my question:  to be a Supermom, must you be on an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?!!  Can you be a Supermom and still track your schedule and your children’s appointments, practices, play dates, and other sundry extracurricular activities on, gasp!, paper?! Read more…

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No More Recalls Posted Here…

Update on Recall Reporting

As I tighten up my blog, I am going to be posting a lot less frequently on recalls.  If you rely on me to stay on top of those endless recalls, please follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I will be posting the recalls there.  I have buttons on the right hand column if you just want to click one button.

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