Category: ideas

Early Chapter Books

My writing friend, Nancy I. Sanders, challenged me to find a new subject for my picture books. She said it should be something that excites me; something that might excite editors and current market readers; something that can be tied to school curricula in… Continue Reading “Early Chapter Books”

Coloring Pages

Read, Dream, and Share With These New Coloring Pages from the Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader. Inspired by this year’s Children’s Book Week theme Read. Dream. Share., these coloring pages can be enjoyed by kids and adults of all ages. Feel… Continue Reading “Coloring Pages”

Kid’s activities

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has created SCBWI CONNECTS for kids, parents, teachers, and caregivers. E-books, games, activities, coloring pages, puzzles, audiobooks, art lessons, and more. All FREE for you! Enjoy. Over 300 remote learning resources for students, parents and educatorsby… Continue Reading “Kid’s activities”

Four Gifts of Christmas

Creativity I’m reading an incredible book about creativity. I recommend Images and Idols: Creativity for the Christian Life by Thomas J. Terry & J. Ryan Lister to every person who considers themselves to be creative. Whether you express that creativity through writing (like me!),… Continue Reading “Four Gifts of Christmas”

Family Traditions

Family traditions root our children in their pasts and strengthen them to grow and branch out into their futures. Most of us think about holiday events or practices when asked about family traditions. But they don’t need to be limited to special days. A… Continue Reading “Family Traditions”

Eat Your Veggies

Summer gives us a bounty of luscious fruits and vegetables. I love them. But your kids might not be so big on treats that “come in their own packaging.” Here are a few ideas for sneaking fruits and vegetables into their diets. SMOOTHIES: Combine… Continue Reading “Eat Your Veggies”


Have a regular bedtime for the kids. Have a bedtime routine for the kids–include prayer. Plan meals ahead of time—even if 15 minutes before in your head. Keep breakfast quick and easy. Prepare before the kids are up. Play with your kids a little… Continue Reading “SANITY SAVERS FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES”


“Oh, no! I forgot Mrs. So-and-so.” Yes, I’ve said that before. Bet you have, too. Or, “Mom, I need a gift for a party I’m going to.” You’ve heard that, haven’t you? Many years ago I thought it was weird that my mother had a… Continue Reading “LAST-MINUTE GIFTS”


I opened a PINTEREST account more than a year ago. Then promptly ignored it. I’ll bet you’ve done something similar before, too. However, a couple of months ago I decided it was time to revisit, learn, conquer the beast. I’m glad I did. Now… Continue Reading “MY PINTEREST”

12 Things You MUST Remember

Yes, I’m back with my lists! If you’re not sure about any of these please leave a comment. I’ll be delighted to explain!   • How to be silly. • Ways to honor your child’s feelings. • When to be a good loser. •… Continue Reading “12 Things You MUST Remember”

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