Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Family Saftey Rules

Thursday Favorites

Thursdays I highlight a blogger or writer I think is amazing.  Today I am sharing a post from Dr Laura Markham and her 12 Safety Rules for every Family.  AMAZING, simple and insightful. It is a scary world out there and we parents are far too often at a lose for how to help our children be safe it it.  The steps that Dr Laura provide help to simply it for us.  I know I am putting them into practice in my home. 

"Every parent's nightmare is that phone call with the news that something has happened to her child. Rest assured that despite the prominent publicity that accompanies tragedies, they are very rare.  And even more encouraging, experts say that most abuse cases, abductions, and even accidents involving children can be prevented if parents and children know what to do to avoid them."

Check out the rest of the amazing article by clicking HERE.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Chicken Big

Teaser Tuesday

Chicken Big
Written and illustrated by Keith Graves

You’ve heard the story of Chicken Little who runs through the woods shouting the sky is falling. This is a “spin-off.”

The story begins with a huge chick hatching from an enormous egg. The barnyard chickens are baffled. “What is it?” they cry. At first they declare it’s an elephant. Then it eats the acorn, and they are convinced it is a squirrel. Then in a rainstorm the big chick spreads its wings to keep them all dry. This is a comical retelling of the familiar story with a satisfying ending.  Wonderful picture book for toddlers and up. 

“I’ve never seen a squirrel do that,”
crowed the little rooster.

“Not very squirrel-ish at all,” clucked
the small chicken

“Squirrels don’t keep you dry in the
rain,” clucked the smaller chicken.

“I see what you are saying,” peeped
the smallest chicken. “Apparently he is an UMBRELLA!”

Find it on Amazon below.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Forget what I said

Motivation Monday
As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won't forget how you made them feel – Kevin Heath

"It goes in one ear and out the other".  That is what I always heard growing up.  And it is so often true that our children do not remember the words that come out of our mouth.  They have usually forgotten the words within seconds.  However, the feelings they have as we say them will last a long time.  

When I tell my 3 year old she cannot do something she has started to telling me "you hurt my feelings."  At first this comment frustrated me because I thought she was misunderstanding what it meant to have her feelings hurt.  But the reality is that when I tell her "no" or "you cannot" or even, "do this instead" there are hurt feelings.  She had an expectation of one thing and I have said that cannot happen.  Her "feelings" are hurt.  This may not lead to a change in circumstance but I need to allow her to share those feelings we me.  In the end she will not remember what it was she was hurt by, but she will remember if I let her share her feelings about it.