We usually have a family dinner almost every night. Our pediatrician has told us over and over again about the importance of a daily family meal as one key way to keep your kids off drugs. It’s funny, isn’t it? It’s the little things that really matter.
What do you spy?
We have not, however, ever attempted a family game night. Out of my three kids, my youngest loves board games the most. He’s usually the one that makes me play games with him like Connect 4, Scrambled States (my personal favorite), checkers, Sleeping Queens, and Blockus. Read more…
Please welcome my guest author, Selena Smith, who is covering the importance of body safety education for kids starting at age 3.
Parents everywhere desperately want to keep their children safe. Children are told over and over not to play in the street, always wear seatbelts, do not talk to strangers, say no to drugs, and the list goes on. However, there is one area that is often left out of these talks, and that is childhood sexual abuse.
Years ago, this was a taboo topic attached to guilt and shame; consequently, victims remained silent. This may be the reason so many adults are now coming forward. These survivors were at a loss of how to deal with this abuse as children, and now they tell their stories in hopes of helping others. I am one of these survivors, and I will be silent no more, for I am now on a public mission to help stop child sexual abuse. Read more…
Summer is starting soon and I need to get a summer reading plan for my kids! Usually, my kids are assigned an extensive summer reading project by the teachers in the next grade. One year it was five books AND a book review project!
When my girls started middle school, the summer reading assignments ceased and it was hard to get my girls to read, especially as they were away part of the summer for sleepaway camp. This year, I am going to start strong: a trip to the book store and a summer reading incentive plan. I’ve give my kids their choice since different reading programs have different prizes. (I’ve listed some at the bottom).
I might even try to sneak in a summer book club meeting for my son and middle daughter. It can be tricky to schedule with everyone away at different times, but the kids get excited to see their friends by the end the summer so one right before school starts usually works
What will you do to get your kids reading this summer? Please share!
Please welcome my guest blogger, Barbara Stapleton, who teaches middle school students about personal finance. Today, she is going to be sharing her lessons on how to teach tweens about credit cards versus debit cards because this is not the kind of personal finance lesson you want your kids to learn the hard way!
p.s. I have another related post: Top 10 Life Skills Kids Need Before College.
Do all little boys go through a Ninja phase? I was waiting at PickyKidPix‘s soccer practice and I noticed another little boy, perhaps 3rd or 4th grade, amuse himself by hurling himself at his mom using a series of martial arts moves to play ninja. Unfortunately, his mom was attempting to work from her computer so he had to find another playmate.
To celebrate the ninja spirit with us all, I’ve found a collection of picture books including Japanese traditional folk tales with young heroes. To promote learning about Japan and a Japanese culture, I’m also doing a giveaway of two more books. I would have given away a single book but the number four is unlucky in Japan so I added a Japanese poetry book to bring the total book count up to five. Five is a good number, phew! Read more…
The E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards recognize books that reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books.
E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Middle Reader
2014: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell
2013: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I discovered the first Noah Zarc chapter book a few years ago and I loved it! It has the same action adventure as a Percy Jackson chapter book but with time travel! I also like that Noah just so happens to have special needs — he’s in a wheelchair — but it doesn’t impede his ability to be a hero and it’s presented as “no big deal.”
In this first book, humans a thousand years in the future time travel back in time to capture pairs of animals now extinct so that they may be eventually be returned to future earth for repopulation after Cataclysm. It seems that humans have destroyed the earth and killed off every last species of animals in our not so distance future during a bad time called Cataclysm but can easily be imagined as nuclear disaster. Only Noah’s family is allowed to time travel back for the animal rescue mission but it’s a dangerous job, more so because of Haon, the bad guy, who wants this repopulation of earth’s animals plan to fail.
A Noah’s Arc story, of sorts, but action packed!
My book list of Top 10 Books to Teach Kids to Be More Responsible made me start to think about life skills that kids need before going off to college. That and the fact that my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, will be starting high school next fall so we have only 4 years to tackle this list!
What are the life skills that you think kids need before leaving the nest? Do you remember struggling with any life skills while in college? Please share! Read more…