Archive for January, 2011

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING!

How to Get Your Kids Reading for Pleasure

Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures.  I publish them in the order I receive them and I ALWAYS need more photos.  What are your kids reading and can you catch them in the act of reading?! If you do, please send them to me at Thank you! Read more…

bullying, cyber safety, internet bullying, internet safety, social media for kids children and bullying,, Pragmatic Mom

Top 10 Tips To Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying

 Tips To Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying


Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Judge Tom Jacobs

Written from a legal point of view, Judge Tom Jacobs puts cyberbullying versus the First Amendment into perspective. While this is a dense book full of case studies and tragic stories of cyberbullying, it would be most helpful as a handbook for someone who child is being cyberbullied OR someone studying or perhaps crafting guidelines on do’s and don’ts of internet communication and bullying. It’s must read for school adminstrators, teachers, and PTO/PTA board members. Read more…

One Crazy Summer, National Book Award Pragmatic Mom One Crazy Summer Award Winning Books Pragmatic Mom

National Book Awards 2010

Best Books for Kids: The National Book Awards

The National Book Awards

Kathryn Erskine’s acceptance speech.

Reviews of books from Six Boxes of Books. Read more…

Book Giveaway: A Small Child’s Book of Prayers & more

Free Books for Kids

Congrats to Alicia and Dawn for winning the books!

I received both of these books from Scholastic, the publisher, and reviewed both books here for Prayer book and here for dragon book. Read more…

Winter Boots for Slogging Through Snow ON SALE!

Best Winter Boots for Moms Who Deal with Snow

I have a list of criteria for my annual winter boot purchase:

  • Must be weatherproof (i.e. can walk in dewy grass with dog and not get wet, cold feet).
  • Must be flat (i.e. must be able to walk 2 miles in comfort AND be able to sprint short distances in case need arises to  chase after kid or dog).
  • Must be around $200 AND on sale!  This might be a one season only purchase, not so much because the boots don’t last but because the winters are long.
  • Can’t be ugly. Read more…

Important Home Heating Safety Tips

Space Heaters, CO2 & Fire Prevention Safety Tips

My husband sent this to me and as he takes care of the safety issues, I thought we were ok in this department. But then I remembered my middle daughter’s room which is always 10 degrees colder or hotter (depending on the weather and the swing is to the more extreme end) and thought of the mini space heater we added after she complained that her room was the coldest in the house. We are not sure why and my husband who is handy has been caulking and sealing in her room like crazy. Read more…
Burma Pagoda from Department of State, Teach Me Tuesday Burma Pragmatic Mom

Burma (Myanmar) for Kids: Books and Culture

Burma or Myanmar for Kids Though Books and Activities

Why Burma? A trio of serendipitous events collided:

  • A Mom Friend from Burma hosted a Mystery Dinner School Fundraiser and 8 parents from my school went to her dinner.
  • I had brunch with one set of parents who raved about her dinner, a Burmese Noodle Dish — recipe below –, and reminisced about his own travels to Burma.  He was there during the student protests (see history bullet points below) which was a crazy and somewhat unsafe time to be a tourist in Burma.
  • I was at a U2 concert a year ago, and Bono dedicated a song to Aung San Suu Kyi, who was I barely aware of. Read more…

Kids Caught in the Act … of READING

Raising a Reader

Thank you again for contributing photos to this weekly Monday feature, Caught in the Act … of Reading.  Thank you also to multiple photo contributors, Mama C and the Boys, and parents of Issie and Lucie.  It’s really fun to see your children loving to read as well as making steady progress! And please take a minute to view the video of older sister Riley reading to her little brother. Blue Hat, Green Hat has never been more fun and how exciting that Riley can read to her brother and does it so nicely!  I have to bribe my daughters to read to their little brother; they view it as a chore! Read more…

Little Bear Second Hand Saturday Easy Reader Pragmatic Mom

Second Hand Saturday: Little Bear Collection & The Monkey King’s Daughter

Free Books for Kids

Here’s how my Second Hand Saturday winner selection works.  You leave a comment within 7 days when the post first goes up (you have from Sat until Sat, so really 8 days because I am not that on top of it).  You tell me WHAT BOOK YOU WANT and WHY YOU WANT IT.  Whoever makes a compelling argument will win because I am all about getting the right book into the right hands.  If no one wants the books, I’ll tweet like mad until someone comments.  My Twitter handle is @PragmaticMom.  If you follow me, I’ll follow you back. Read more…