Because aesthetics are an essential component of experiencing happiness, peace, and tranquility, and because it is essential to being inspired, I thought it might be fun to share some of last year’s setups with you. Hopefully, they might provide a few design tips. Or, better still, they might inspire you to create some set-ups of your own.
“The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”.
Chances are that your children will either see or hear the word “love” hundreds of times during the month of February. This will provide the perfect opportunity for you to explore with them the extremely important concept of love and how it relates to being a good (moral) person.
If you’ve given up on making New Year’s resolutions, there’s a good reason to change your mind. In reality, there is nothing like a new year and a clean slate to initiate some changes that can enhance your life. This is also true for your kids. Let’s begin with the basic premise that New Year’s Resolutions usually fall into two categories: bad habits to break and good habits to make.
More often than not, there have been times in my life when, for one reason or another, I have not had a lot of monetary wealth and material possessions. However, there has never been a time in my life when I did not have the basic necessities that I needed to survive and grow. And because this is true, I have always qualified as a person “To whom much is given, much is required.”. It is from this perspective that I want to talk about inspiring an attitude of gratitude in kids.
Generally speaking, children play together in one of two ways–parallel play and integrated play. When a child plays in close proximity to another child and the two children do not relate to each other, they are engaging in parallel play. When a child participates in an activity with another child, they are engaging in integrated play.
Holiday celebrations involving both adults and children, provide perfect opportunities for both parallel play and integrated play. At times, it works for children to be off playing together while the adults interact with each other. But in a function that includes both adults and children, it is also good to have some integrated play involving both adults and children.
The countdown has started! Only 12 days left until Halloween and here’s my second newsletter about one of my favorite holidays.
In addition to my book about Halloween, I have two books that are perfect for parents to review with their younger children before trick-or-treating begins. Both books can help stave off two temptations that are certain to plague young trick-or-treaters.
October is one of my favorite months of the year. For one thing, it is the month I gave birth to my son. For another thing, it’s the month in which HALLOWEEN occurs.
HALLOWEEN is so special, I wrote a book about it called, Taking the Scary Out of Halloween. The book contains a plethora of tips and activities that can help make Halloween safe and fun.
Helicopter parents “hover overhead” in order to oversee every aspect of their children’s lives. They are often overprotective, and their parental involvement is often excessive.
I live in a virtual heliport for helicopter parents, and I encounter tightly wound helicopter parents every day of my life. My heart goes out to them – it really does – because I know exactly what it takes to keep the helicopter in the air.
FINALLY! They’re back in school and we have exactly what you need to help your children get back into the swing of things and make the most out of the school year. However, keep in mind that it’s your children who are going to school—not you. So, they need to step up and do the heavy lifting.
That said, before your children can do their jobs well, you will need to help them access the information and skills they need to be responsible students.
So, why is an author of self-help books for kids writing a newsletter about Human Dignity, Humanitarian Law, and War? It’s because in one way or another, these subjects impact the lives of children and therefore, children need to understand them. This is especially true at this time with everything going on around the 20-year Afghanistan War.
It’s time for BACK-TO-SCHOOL and buying school clothes and supplies are not the most important things parents can do to prepare their children for going back to school. Far more important is preparing children to survive, and even thrive at school. To that end, I want to share with you some of my TOP THREE MUST-HAVE BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES that I have to offer to help make getting your children back to school less stressful and more rewarding at every grade level.
Recently, a dear friend from the past reached out to me. During our family updates he shared that his daughter was now his son. I was not surprised.
I recall my friend’s son being a brilliant little girl who seemed to be uncomfortable in her own skin. My observation was bolstered by her strong gravitation toward everything usually relegated to boys. For example, she preferred playing with “boy things,” and her interests and abilities fell into the “boy category.”
When I was a teen, my mother believed in several old wives’ tales. One postulated that shaving increases the number of hair follicles causing hair to grow back thicker and darker. As a result of her belief, my mom prohibited me from shaving my legs.
My hairy legs were a painful source of embarrassment that fueled in a horrific and ongoing battle between my mother and me. Then one day out of desperation, I asked my science teacher about shaving and hair growth. Based on scientific facts, he shot down the misguided wives’ tale.
If ever there was a two-steps-forward, one-step-back situation, the launch of the Official Joy Berry website is it! When we launched the website about a year ago, our books were available in digital formats only.
However, we soon learned that parents and teachers want printed books. Consequently we added 154 Print-on-Demand books with “Look Inside” features. And while we were accomplishing that daunting task, we added an offer of FREE songs with the purchase of every printed book or eBook.