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Hello from the author of “Raising Amazing Children (… While Having a Life of Your Own)” Deborah Drezon Carroll:
Our daughter’s wedding was a glorious event for us, as you might imagine. After it was over, though, one thing stuck in my mind. People, our friends and other guests whom we didn’t know, repeatedly came up to us and said, “Your daughters are amazing. What’s your secret?”
While that is a beautiful sentiment, and may even be true (if I do say so myself), I wondered: Are they really amazing? We have three daughters who are really just lovely people with good hearts and good souls. They weren’t exceptional students (they were good students for the most part) or outstanding athletes (they did try, though); they didn’t cure cancer in our basement, or discover the secret to solving the world hunger problem. They didn’t win scholarships or attend Ivy League colleges. They just were good kids (most of the time but certainly not without challenges along the way) who grew up to be teachers.
And that’s when I realized: maybe they are amazing.
If the goal of being a good parent is to do the job well enough for our kids to leave us someday and be happy people who are independent and live with integrity and decency, and if achieving that is amazing, maybe we were all amazing.
I thought about how we achieved such greatness. What was our parenting secret?
My husband and I had both been teachers early in our careers. We learned a great deal about how children develop. We learned strategies for facilitating growth in young people by treating them with respect, trust, faith, and high expectations. And, when we had our first child we got some very good advice.
The advice was to find ways to integrate our child into our lives rather than turning our lives completely upside down to integrate ourselves into our child’s life. In other words, we were advised to raise our kids while living life the way we loved it before our kids were born as much as possible. We were told to find ways to keep doing the things we loved so we could share them with our kids. And so we did. Whatever we did, we invited our kids to do it with us. From cleaning the house to traveling across the country on a camping trip (Yes, we did go on a cross country trip with three kids under the age of 5!), if it was something we did before we had kids, we did it with our kids. We tried not to give up any of the things that mattered to us before we became parents, we just found ways to incorporate our children into those activities.
As a result, our children learned life skills by experiencing life with us. They learned to love reading and writing as we do so they value education. They can do simple home repair, they all did their own laundry since they were very little, and each can negotiate a tight deal of any sort. They understand the value of work and the need to budget money as they watched us do both and learned by seeing our struggles and our successes. They learned compassion and caring for family, friends, and strangers as they lived both on a daily basis. In short, they learned how to live life by living it with us and witnessing the ins and outs of making a life work.
The simple tasks of everyday living provide parents with opportunities to teach children something of value each day. By inviting your kids to work alongside as you do things like shopping, housecleaning, gardening, cooking, home repair, traveling and more, you both win. You’ll save time as you’ll have helping hands to get the jobs done faster, your child will learn priceless life skills, and you’ll all have more time to enjoy life together.
By incorporating your kids into your life, you get to continue living a life that makes you happy. Happy parents raise happy children. Your kids will thank you for it… some day!
Raising Amazing Children (…While Having a Life of Your Own). The title sums up our parenting secret.
To learn more about Debby and her book, visit her website!

Brainy Baby Talking Hands Review

My kids love shows in which they are able to interact with what they see on tv. I love allowing them to watch television that helps them learn. When they received Brainy Baby Talking Hands as a gift, It was great to see how much fun they had watching the DVD. I could not believe how fast and easily they picked up sign language. Talking Hands introduces children to over 30 using American Sign Language and Signing Exact English. You will be amazed at how much your children learn in such a small amount of time by interacting with the children and adults in the DVD. Watching the DVD together as a family helps bond with your children as well allows you to learn something new together. Talking Hands DVD is great for kids ages 2-5 but would be great for all ages.

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(My children received the Talking Hands DVD as a gift from a friend. The opinions in this review are my own and I did not receive any monetary or other compensation for my review.)

I See Me Personalized Book Review

 

All kids love special personalized items. Seeing their name on things just makes them smile! My five year old daughter is starting to read and while she had a favorite book when she got her “The Super Incredible Big Sister” book in the mail she had a new one. Her excitement about having a book written about her was adorable to see and her enthusiasm to learn to read her new book was overwhelming. I See Me books have out done themselves with their high quality books!

NEW! The Super, Incredible Big Brother NEW! The Super, Incredible Big Brother

The perfect gift for a new big brother! The Super, Incredible Big Brother book from I See Me! comes personalized with big brother’s name and the name of the new baby. The book reassures big brother that he is loved and appreciated… and it rewards him for helping out and being a “super star” with his new sibling. It comes with a coordinating Super Incredible Big Brother award medal with a place on the back to write the proud big brother’s name! Written by award-winning children’s author Jennifer Dewing and Illustrated by award-winning artist Jill McDonald, this hardcover book is an adorable, whimsical and fun-filled personalized story.

NEW! The Super, Incredible Big Sister

The perfect gift for a new big sister! The Super, Incredible Big Sister book from I See Me! comes personalized with big sister’s name and the name of the new baby. The book reassures big sister that she is loved and appreciated… and it rewards her for helping out and being a “super star” with her new sibling. It comes with a coordinating Super Incredible Big Sister award medal with a place on the back of the medal to write the proud sister’s first name! Made of dense fiberboard, painted with lead-free paint, hung with a fabric ribbon with an easy-detach velcro closing. Written by award-winning children’s author Jennifer Dewing and Illustrated by award-winning artist Jill McDonald, this hardcover book is an adorable, whimsical and fun-filled personalized story.  The Super, Incredible Big Brother and The Super, Incredible Big Sister books are perfect for boys and girls ages 0-8 years of age and includes 20 pages for your little ones to adore. Each book measures 8.5″ x 8.5″.

Take the tour of The Super, Incredible Big Brother:

http://www.iseeme.com/super-incredible-big-brother-personalized-book-tour.html

Take the tour of The Super, Incredible Big Sister:

http://www.iseeme.com/super-incredible-big-sister-personalized-childrens-book-tour.html

Preschool According to Me

My favorite would have to be Preschool According To Me. It is like a little yearbook of your child’s preschool year(s). You can personalize your child’s book with pictures and their “favorites” Preschool According To Meis the perfect preschool graduation gift and keepsake that your child will cherish for the rest of their life! The book is perfect for boys and girls ages 2-5 and includes 20 wonderful and colorful pages dedicated to your child’s memories of preschool. The book measures 10″x8″.

Take a virtual tour of Preschool According To Me and see how detailed and personalized these books are: http://www.iseeme.com/preschool-virtual-tour.html

Personalized Books: http://www.iseeme.com/all-personalized-childrens-books.html

Big Brother Book: http://www.iseeme.com/super-incredible-big-brother-personalized-childrens-book.html

Big Sister Book: http://www.iseeme.com/super-incredible-big-sister-personalized-childrens-book.html

Visit I See Me’s website for all their wonderful products:

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( I received a product sample in order to write my review.  I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.)


 

 
Online Colleges are an
option for those of you who love books and kids and have thought of
becoming a teacher. People who have a passion for kids’ books sometimes
also enjoy teaching.

As a Blogger Mom, I have the great opportunities to meet other blogging moms and dads like me! We get to talk about topics of the same interest, support each others writings and most of all make each other laugh with the our parenting stories. My friend Clayton was able to do that this morning with his latest writing Children and Beer Caves:

One thing I have noticed over my years of working with children is the attitude their parents take concerning the exposure to alcohol.  Before anyone believes that I have a holier than thou approach, the truth is my ideas are fairly convoluted.  For example, I don’t drink around my children.  But, my wife will have a glass of wine with dinner occasionally and it doesn’t bother me in the least.  My friends also drink around my children at parties and I’m not put off by them either.  Not drinking around my children is simply a personal decision.  My goal for this post is for parents to simply think about their attitudes about alcohol and their children.

Last weekend, my wife ran out of wine.  Therefore (being the hunter gatherer of the house) I went out to correct this atrocity.  When I went to the liquor store though, I saw something that was a bit unusual.  A mom, dad, and two children (probably ages 8 and 5) walked out of the store’s beer cave with a cart full of beer.  While there are some people reading this thinking what bad parents they are, there are others pumping their fists thinking, “Now that’s what I am talking about.” Though I don’t want to judge this family, I question the message this act sends to their children.

To read the rest of the Article please visit:

http://www.claytonpaulthomas.com/archives/531

Free Maths of Engineering poster

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Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Pre-K to 2nd Grade With Phonics Flip Books, Workbooks, Sing-Along CD and more List Price $69.99 YOU PAY $14.99

Condition: NEW
Manufacturer: Hooked on Phonics

1 Year Warranty

Model: 16903

 

Features Include:

  • Letter recognition phonics reading method
  • Interactive and fun
  • Prepares children for success in school
  • Builds reading confidence
  • Developed with teachers
  • Tested with kids
  • 3-step method: learn, practice, play
  • 3 phonics flip books
  • 4 activity workbooks
  • 1 sing along CD
  • DVD with music and cartoons
  • 1 make-a-book kit
  • Pre-K to 2nd grade

My Precious Kid Car Seat ID Card Review

My Precious Kid Car Seat ID card is very useful! In case of an emergency the card gives emergency personnel everything they need to treat your child immediately if you are unable to. It includes everything from your child’s name, your address, date of birth, weight, height, home, cell and emergency phone numbers. There is a place to include a current picture of your child on the top left hand corner. On the reverse side it includes allergies, birth marks and medical needs. As well as your child’s doctor and dentist’s information, a place to put your child’s thumbprint and Medical Treatment authorization. When the entire card is filled out, place the card in the laminate seal to keep it safe from water. You place the Car Seat ID Tag onto your child’s car seat or booster seat with the enclosed tag holder. While these are called Car Seat ID cards I think they would be great to attach to your child’s book bag in case of an emergency as well. It helps let emergency personal know your child’s information when you are your child are not able to.

You can get your child a ID Card by going here and following the directions.

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(I received a Car Seat Id Tag free of charge from the sponsor to write my review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review and my opinions are my true opinions of the product reviewed and was in no way influenced by the sponsor.)

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