Today is our 21st anniversary and what stands out most for me is my husband’s ability to hold back his own desires of golf stardom for his children and let them find their way. This is not to say that our oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, did not receive a set of miniature golf clubs on her first Christmas when she was exactly 20 days old. Or that he didn’t take the kids out to the putting green as soon as they could walk. Because we did do that. It was a great photo oppt!
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My kids had the same 5th grade teacher. One lovely tradition is this I Appreciate You Because … certificate that each student fills out for their classmates. Grasshopper and Sensei and PickyKidPix have one; here’s my son. I can’t believe that he graduated from 5th grade already!
I was also thinking that this would make a lovely gift for anyone:
- colleague departing at work
- birthday gift (for my mom who is about to turn 90!). Must think of way to do this will all party guests!
- for any grade as a graduation gift from preschool to high school
- a classroom gift to a teacher
- a gift to a coach Read more…
Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?
I’m so excited to reveal the cover of Two Truths and a Lie by Laurie Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette today! What is it about, you ask?
Have you ever played that ice-breaker game, where each person has to tell three “facts” about him or herself, but only two are true? This is a compendium of amazing stories about wacky and wonderful things in nature and history, combined with made-up stories. Kids are challenged to determine which ones are the falsehoods, thus helping them develop some discernment about what they read, encouraging them to conduct their own research, and teaching them facts about the world we live in, all in one tidy, high-interest package.
Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true, and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts! Read more…
Taking your children on vacation with you can be a rewarding experience. While you and your family make new memories, your kids can benefit from travel with an additional understanding of culture, history, and the way people live. Here are 10 great destinations that allow your kids to gain more through hands-on learning.
1. London, Great Britain
London is a great place to start with any child who is fascinated with history and architecture. Within the city limits are plenty of sites that give your child a glimpse into history. Start with the iconic Westminster Abbey, and give your kids a front row seat in learning about the history of the British monarchy. Then, spend some time learning about the history at the Tower of London. Kids will be fascinated with the stories of kings and queens and betrayal. Read more…
I was bringing two bags of groceries to our local food bank when a couple with their young daughter stepped into the elevator with me. They were loaded with bags including paper towels and food. They also had piles of toiletries to donate, so much so, that they needed to bring their car around and get some help. Where did all this bounty come from? Their little girl who looked around ten or eleven had asked for donations to this food bank instead of birthday gifts.
My son and his best friend did this for their 10th birthday. Instead of gifts, they asked for dog toys and collars for a local dog shelter. They delivered it themselves and were allowed to play with the dogs. It was the best birthday ever!
Here are five ideas for kids to change the world by donating to these charities. I picked organizations whose missions would resonate with kids. And even a very small donation can change someone’s life. These are gifts that give back more: they teach children gratitude. And it turns out that gratitude is the fastest path to happiness.
I’m so happy to welcome my guest author today, Laura Gehl, who has a Top 10: Picture Books for Finding Courage. Her list is not limited to Scared of the Dark picture books, but also includes both nonfiction and hilarious fiction books of overcoming fear. She’s also giving away 3 copies of her latest Peep and Egg book, Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating, just in time for Halloween. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
How about you? What books about childhood fears are you enjoying with your kids? I just read a remarkable one by Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, about his fear of the dark and how he overcame that in order to explore the darkness of space: The Darkest Dark.
I was a pretty fearful kid, with many of the typical childhood worries. I was scared of robbers breaking into my house. I was scared of something terrible happening to my parents. I was scared of not fitting in at school.
And then I became a mom, and between my four kids, we had pretty much EVERY fear covered: fear of the dark, fear of needles, fear of heights, fear of worms (not proboscis worms, which can grow to more than 150 feet and are legitimately creepy…just regular earthworms).
Rules of Kindness Campaign is designed to build a culture of caring and empathy among today’s youth.
I love this new Be Fearless, Be Kind campaign from Hasbro and generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light. Together they have launched Rules of Kindness, a new campaign that encourages kids and teens to create, share and act upon their own Rules of Kindness.
From September 1 through October 17, teens, teachers, parents, and youth leaders can visit Rules of Kindness to sign up, submit their Rules of Kindness, and see how others are putting their Rules into action.