Take time with your child(ren) to look at what the pictures of books are telling you. The images tell you a lot about what is happening and give children cues for the words being read. Talking about the images also increases oral language skills which has been found to be an important part of academic success. Pictures in storybooks are important for many reasons and help to bring out the joy of reading.
As September is just around the corner, it means for most of us, so is school! If you have a nervous- or excited- little one, a fun gift for you to share with your child is a signed book that's all about the first day of school to read together and calm- or excite- your child.
You've probably read articles about how healthcare costs for retirees being astronomically high. The last projection that I saw pegged this cost at $280,000.
“About 2,180,000,000 results” is the response you get when you type “time management tips” into Google. It’s a hot topic we’re all familiar with, and one that definitely serves a great purpose. However, in spite of all the talk about making good use of time, your kids might STILL need some personal guidance as they enter the busy teen years.
Are you unconventional? That's ok! Embrace everything that you are and shine. When I meet my husband, I never thought I would end up with someone younger than me, and he was a single dad with an infant to boot. People love to give you advice because of their version of "normal."
Have you ever heard your athlete say something like this?
“I wasn’t chosen for the varsity team, but she was. It’s not fair.” or “The Ref called me out as I slid into 2nd base. He wasn’t close enough to see. It’s not fair.”
When a group of men are asked to sit and discuss “courage”, the conversation will almost always focus on physical courage. Physical courage is the type of courage required to sacrifice your physical body in hopes of reaching some desired outcome. In modern life physical courage can be witnessed in a hockey arena, a boxing ring, or with the direst consequences, on a battlefield.
A friend's son recently moved back home so that he could afford to go back to school. He would often leave the kitchen a mess after making a meal. Once they had a conversation about the importance of cleaning up after yourself so everyone could enjoy the space, they have been able to enjoy time together with few disagreements. He recognizes the importance of cleaning up after himself and keeping the shared space enjoyable!
As a parent, that IS your mission—whether or not you accept it. And it might seem to be, everything, but simple.