How Does a Picture Book Artist Balance Working and Being a Mom?

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Ever wonder how a picture book artist balances working and being a mom? (In a small house?) (With small people?) Want to see? Hannah E. Harrison, picture book author and artist, shows us a day in the life. Watch. WOW, right? Can you relate to Hannah's dance of working and parenting?  Hannah’s new book, Bernice Gets Carried Away, tells the story of an adorably … [Read more...]

Emotional Intelligence Activities for Kids

Activities for Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Kids

Because it's an assignment from school, I've been reading aloud Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves to my 13- year old daughter. It's been exactly what she needs. It's helping her label not just the emotions that are floating around her adolescent brain, but is providing strategies to improve both her emotional self-awareness and emotional … [Read more...]

16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading 2015

chapter book recommendations for 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade

It's mid-summer and I've already got another long list of good books for your kids to read. New! Hot of the presses! I love new books, as you can tell. :) So if you need new chapter book ideas for your summer reading, check out these reviews. Hopefully something will stand out to you that will interest your kids. Happy reading! 16 New Chapter Books for Summer Reading … [Read more...]

These Learning Card Games Will Make Kids Think

Super Genius Educational Card Games for Kids

Blue Orange just released a new learning card game series called Super Genius. The card games remind me of Spot It! but are harder and more educational. They'll make your kids THINK! And by think, I both reviewing known concepts and learning new ones. For us, it's review and practice of multiplication facts. (Those darn facts are tricky to remember!) But it could also be … [Read more...]

Positive Affirmations for Kids

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Let's build on mindfulness by showing kids how positive affirmations can help improve their lives. First, help your kids be aware (mindful) of their self-talk. I didn't figure this out for myself until my thirties (in therapy) so I want my kids to start with this as a core foundation. I shared previously that we've started with mindfulness training using the MindUp … [Read more...]

Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

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I believe in the power of mindfulness and that's why I'm teaching mindfulness to my kids. What Is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is being aware of what's going on in the present moment. For kids, it helps focus attention, improve self-regulation (impulsivity and decision making,) build resiliency to stress and develop a positive mindset. "With mindfulness, we can preserve our … [Read more...]

Wild Picture Books Summer 2015

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So many new picture books, so little time . . . Here are the newly published books I'm recommending this summer, 2015. P.S. These aren't just for your littlest readers, they're great for older readers as well. Remember how much your kids enjoy reading with you. They need to hear the vocabulary, see the illustrations, visualize the story, and enjoy these stories. And, if your … [Read more...]

Review of Osmo Gaming System for iPad

Review of Osmo

Of all the Osmo Gaming System game apps, we loved Words best of all. (Go figure. I'm a writer, what can I say.) Osmo sees something physically on your table and instantaneously recognizes it on the screen. Choose from four apps about math, words, drawing, and invention. It's amazingly innovative and like that it provides the interactive experience parents want … [Read more...]