Ten Things Parent Need to Remember

AKA “Post these on your bathroom mirror.”

family-on-marry-go-round_4460x4460-2• Find fault with what your child DOES, not what he IS.
• Democracy doesn’t always work in a family.
• Always expect the unexpected.
• Kids often get injured when you’re only inches from them.
• When to say nothing and simply hug your child.
• Cool off before you react.
• Kids love it when their parents occasionally break the rules.
• One unpleasant consequence is more effective than ten lectures or 100 threats.
• It takes more love to say “no” than it does to give in.
• Your harsh or rash words cannot be erased from your child’s heart.

Photo by Nicole DeKhors

Featured Photo by Matthew Henry

Picture Book Review-Wordy Birdy

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring 2018 picture books.

59359a_1953b49319f44b048a1b1ad673a0165a~mv2Do you like silly picture books? Those that give children (and us adults) a good giggle. If yes, you’ll love Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer. The illustrations by Dave Mottram are a big part of the funny in this book. But Wordy herself is a humorous character.

BTW-Tammi Sauer is not only talented and dedicated, she’s also one of my most fave picture book authors!

The humor doesn’t start on page 1. Nope. It starts on the jacket fold ins. And Doubleday Books for Young Readers wasted no space on the endpapers, either. Wordy Birdy flies in with the humor as soon as you open the book.

Adorable, expressive forest creatures try to help Wordy Birdy learn some valuable lessons a bout communication and taking turns, but it takes something much bigger than a cute racoon to teach her the value in sometimes being still and quiet.

Kind of a hard lesson for someone whose first name is “Wordy.”

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Tammi Sauer

Wordy Birdy’s ISBN is 978-1-5247-1929-6.

I think you’ll LOVEthis book. Here’s a review of another of Tammi’s books.

Because it’s one of my favorites!

‘Cause it’s kind of a hoot!

Or is that ‘whoot?’

It could be either one if you really think about it, which is one of my favorite things to think about.

Speaking of favorites…

#FaithPitch

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Little Lamb Books sponsors three FaithPitch events each year.

The first for 2019 is on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. 8 am – 8 pm CST.

Go to @FaithPitch (on twitter) for details.

Use #FaithPitch to post your book idea!

ABCJesusLovesMe

I found an interesting YouTube channel that I want to share with you parents.

ABCJesusLovesMe YouTube Channel

Please watch Video 1 “What Has God Called Parents To Do?” I believe it will give you a great look at what ABCJesusLovesMe is all about.

This video is the first of four Parenting videos available on the ABCJesusLovesMe YouTube Channel. It is best to view in order.

1) What Has God Called Us as Parents to Do?
2) First Time-Obedience – https://youtu.be/2kqQY6vOFfY
3) Teaching a Child Self-Control – https://youtu.be/6tLDE_F5lgo
4) Teaching a Child to Follow Up – https://youtu.be/LBeHq8wZnEs

In this 10 minute video, Heidi explains what God has called us to do as parents and why discipline is important for our children.

 

Heidi’s Bio:

Heidi Franz is stay-at-home, Jesus-seekin’ momma of four, striving to empower her children to be lights in the darkness. She is the creator of the popular online Preschool Bible Curriculum website ABCJesusLovesMe and blogs at Our Out-of-Sync Life.

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You can also join their ABCJesusLovesMeGroup on FaceBook, and visit Heidi’s parenting blog “Our Out Of Sync Life.”

 

2018 Picture Book–That Fruit Is MINE!

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall.

That Fruit is MINE! was written and illustrated by Anuska Allepuz. It was published in 2018 by Albert Whitman & Company.

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Five elephants in a jungle. Five totally unique elephants in a jungle a dozen shades of greens and blues.

The theme of That Fruit is MINE! became obvious to me after the first few page turns. I think it will be that easy for kids who read it to get the point, also. And, they are going to love the cute illustrations as much as I do, I think.

Five greedy elephants going after the same fruit. Guess who’s going to get there first? To an observant young reader that answer will be both obvious AND funny.

And most kids love funny, don’t they?

GET THIS BOOK–That Fruit is MINE! Your kids will enjoy it again and again. And you won’t’ even need to have a philosophical discussion with them about the theme of

C-O-O-P-E-R-A-T-I-O-N.

P.S. This little book is a 10!

The Winner Is…

TA-DA!

 

Did this the low-tech way!

And the winner of Laura Sassi’s lovely new picture book

LOVE IS KIND

is

DIANA BUIE

Congratulations!

Thanks, everyone for your wonderful comments!

We’ll be having more giveaways soon.

Writing On Your Child’s Heart

 

There are at least five places in the Bible that talk about  writing on our hearts.

God writes on our hearts.

These verses lead me to believe that we write on each other’s hearts, too.

Especially parents on their children’s hearts.

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Our children’s hearts are soft and moldable. Just as our little ones press and squeeze into clay to make fun things, so we adults impress images and words on our children’s hearts. Unfortunately, we cannot smash the clay of their hearts together and start all over again.

The impressions we make on their hearts are permanent.

Are you leaving beautiful images? Tender words? Forgiveness? Respect?

Or, are your children’s tender hearts trampled on and crushed by your careless words and actions?

Do you make a point to daily touch your children lovingly? To hold them in your arms or on your lap every single day?

Do you applaud their efforts? Their responsible behavior? Their persistence?
Or do you only applaud their achievements?

Every word, every deed, every reaction leaves a mark.

We are writing on their hearts LOVE, JOY, WORTHINESS, TENDERNESS…
Or we are writing FEAR, SELF-DOUBT, WORTHLESSNESS, HARSHNESS?

Live intentionally, Mom and Dad.
Parent intentionally, please.

 

Scripture References:

Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 7:3 Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Jeremiah 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Hebrews 8:10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

Picture Book Give Away

We’re still taking entries for  giving away one free copy of Love is Kind to one of my blog readers. To enter you must be a US resident, age 18 and over, with a US mailing address.

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Read my review here.

To enter leave a comment below.

To be entered twice leave a comment AND share this post on Face Book (leave your Face Book name in the comment below.) OR sign up for Jean’s newsletter (leave that info in your comment, please.)

Easy-peasy!

 

 

The winner will be selected and notified Tuesday, February 12!

You can download free Love is Kind resources from author Laura Sassi by clicking on the link below. They include Little Owl coloring sheets, post cards and mask template.

ENJOY!

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Love is Kind – LAURA SASSI Interview

Another picture book review PLUS an author interview PLUS a give away of a copy of Laura Sassi’s adorable new picture book Love is Kind.

Little Owl coverLove is Kind was published in 2018 by Zonderkidz.

This little book about love is lovely indeed. Laura Sassi skillfully weaves the truths of I Corinthians 13 into a heart-shaped story just right for young children. And Lison Chaperon’s precious illustrations of Little Owl and his furry friends make Love is Kind too cute to resist.

I’ll bet you know some little person (hint-hint to grandparents, aunts and uncles) who will adore this book.

Today I’m delighted to share not only my book review, but a visit with author Laura Sassi herself.

PLUS we have a free Love is Kind book mark for you to download. Click on the image!

PLUS Laura and I are giving away one copy of Love is Kind complements of Zonderkidz. I mean, a blog post just can’t get any better than this!

It’s a joy to have Laura share with us FIVE TIPS FOR FOSTERING KINDNESS IN OUR KIDS.

WELCOME, LAURA! So, what inspired you to write Little Owl’s story? And how can his book help parents in teaching kindness to their kids?

One of the reasons I wrote Love is Kind was to show in fun story form what love and kindness in action could look like. Now, I thought it would be fun to share a few book-inspired tips to foster kindness in our kids. My hope is that they will inspire you and your little ones to follow in Little Owl’s footsteps and spread love and kindness near and far.

Tip #1

Be kind yourself. As Grammy from Love is Kind would most certainly remind us, our little owls, I mean kids, are watching our every move. They are learning from us, seeing if our words match our actions. If we want them extend love and kindness to others, we must first be intentional about being kind ourselves in ways big and small.

Tip #2

Brainstorm ways to be kind. Little Owl was kind and loving every step of the way on his quest to get Grammy those chocolates, but he didn’t realize it until Grammy pointed it out. Sometimes reminders are helpful, so after reading the story, spend a few minutes brainstorming with your children some ways we can be kind to others. Consider having an older child write down your family’s ideas, then put them on the fridge as a visible daily reminder.

Tip #3

Make “good manners” a habit. Did you notice how polite Little Owl was throughout the story? And how good manners came so naturally to him? He said things like, “Have a good day!”, “Congratulations!” and “That’s nice.” I suspect Little Owl’s mama and papa were hard at work on a daily basis instilling those simple niceties. As parents (and grandparents) and caregivers, we can do the same with our kids so that when they are out and about those kind and friendly interactions are second nature.

Tip #4

Wear “kindness glasses.” I like to wrap up author visits by challenging the kids to be kind to those around them just like Little Owl. To help them remember this, I have them first hold their hands together so that thumbs and fingers touch to form a heart shape. I explain that these are their kindness glasses and I ask them to look through them every morning when they wake up and we all try it, which generates giggles all around. Then, while looking at them through my heart-shaped glasses, I challenge them to find at least one opportunity before the sun sets to extend kindness to another in an unexpected way. The silliness is part of the magic and it sets the tone for a good day. (Note: This tip pairs nicely with tip #2)

Tip #5

Catch each other being kind! Grammy caught Little Owl completely by surprise when she pointed out that he’d shown love and kindness along the way to Grammy’s house. And what was Little Owl’s reaction? He was thrilled! He realized HE was the gift and that his kindnesses towards others were better than any store-bought gift. Likewise, your children will be delighted when you notice their kind deeds. And this, I am certain, will spur them on to more and more and more! And that should make every parent’s heart sing. It sure makes mine!

Blessings to you and your kids as you lovingly instill in them hearts for spreading love and kindness. Happy Valentine’s Day!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO THE RIGHT  OR THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD YOUR LOVE IS KIND BOOK MARKERS 

THANK YOU, LAURA, FOR THOSE ENCOURAGING WORDS TO PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS!

Now, on to our book giveaway.

P.S. Be sure to click on the bookmark above to download your copies. Print them on cardstock and share them other parents, please.

We’re also giving away one free copy of Love is Kind to one of my blog readers. To enter you must be a US resident, age 18 and over, with a US mailing address.

To enter leave a comment below.
To be entered twice leave a comment AND share this post on Face Book (leave your Face Book name in the comment below.) OR sign up for Jean’s newsletter (leave that info in your comment, please.)

Easy-peasy!

The winner will be selected and notified Tuesday, February 12!

You can download free Love is Kind resources from author Laura Sassi by clicking on the link below. They include Little Owl coloring sheets, post cards and mask template. ENJOY!

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Love is Kind-Interview with author, Laura Sassi

Tomorrow I’ll host a picture book review and interview with the author, Laura Sassi, about her new (adorable) book, Love is Kind.

See you back here tomorrow!Laura Sassi

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