Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new children’s author, Lisa Beere. She has written several books but this one addresses a common issue with children, being afraid to go to sleep.
Here’s a little about the book…
Sam is a young child who can’t sleep, distracted by the many noises of the night. Each family member attempts to help him. Eventually, his Nan discovers the issue and sister, Junie, comes to the rescue with a solution that reassures Sam of how much he is safe and loved.
This story will appeal to children who have concerns about being alone in the dark and those older ones that will be sleeping “away” for the first time.
While written as a picture book this text is also accessible as an early reader.
Hello campbellsworld visitors and bookworms one and all.
Award-winning children’s author Wanda Luthman has dropped into the Author’s Corner today to tell us all about a recent book event she attended. I hope you’ll take a moment to read her story. Once you’ve enjoyed learning about the event, and all she experienced please read onward to find out about Wanda and her most excellent works.
The Space Coast Book Lovers (SCBL) Event 2018 was a great success!
This year is their second annual event. I attended both years. It is a two-day event held at the International Palms Resort in beautiful Cocoa Beach, FL.
One the first day, Friday, June 1st, the morning was for authors and other industry professionals. There were workshops and networking opportunities. I went to two—one on authors helping authors which I most definitely believe in and the other on using YouTube to market…
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Ladies and Gentlemen: How to Grow Them at Home
Every new birth gives hope for a kinder, gentler world. A child is not born angry, hostile, abusive, or violent; nor is he born loving, caring, kind, or considerate. Children gradually learn to become the way they are. As they interact with their environment and significant people it in, they are pushed, pulled, molded, and shaped by life experiences.
This is wonderful news, because it allows us many opportunities to be a positive influence on children. We have the knowledge, strategies, and motivation to help children fulfill their potential, become a positive force in society, and a joy to be with.
Here are ten things you can do to help children become kind, considerate, and thoughtful human beings.
Lower the Boom! Speak to each other in a quiet tone of voice. Avoid calling to your child from one room to another. Find her, make eye contact, and speak softly. Regulate the background noise from television, radio, and other audio/visual equipment; allow only one A/V or e-device on in each room.
Use the Magic Words. Set an example by asking, not demanding, your child to do things. Don’t forget, Please, Thank You, Excuse Me, and other nice words you learned from Grandma. They’ re still important!
Have Hands On Contact. We all need hugs, the more the better. Younger children enjoy cuddling and being held on your lap. Older kids may respond better to a high five or secret handshake. Teenagers may tolerate a pat on the back or a “bear hug.” Don’t force physical displays of affection if a child is resistant.
Speak Respectfully. Teach your child to speak to each person they meet, have eye contact, and use their name. Children should address adults in a respectful manner, using Mr., Mrs., Ms. or other appropriate title.
Offer Acceptance and Belonging. Home should be a safe and loving place, where we find comfort and support. Make your child feel needed and wanted by acknowledging her inner qualities, such as honesty, dependability, or trustworthiness. Each child should feel they enjoy a unique and significant place within the family unit.
Expect the Best. Assume your child will succeed and do well; look at misdeeds or failures as the exception. Focus on typical behaviors, that is, they usually have good grades in school, are home on time, and remember to do their chores, rather than dwelling on things that did not go well or pointing out how disappointed you are in them.
Show Respect. Treat your children with fairness and honesty. Ask their opinion and follow their advice when possible. Avoid dictating to them; give them an opportunity to make choices whenever possible. Never lie to a child, no mater how difficult the truth may seem. Do not violate their confidence by teasing or belittling them. Only in the most extreme situations should you intrude on their privacy by going through their personal belongings or reading their letters, journals, or email.
Problem Solving. When your child gets into trouble, use it as an opportunity to talk about problem solving skills. Give him a chance to explain the situation. Discuss the behavior and the reasoning which led up to it. Without accusation, take him step by step through the incident and explore his emotions, problem solving skills, alternative behaviors, and the consequences. The main focus should be his actions, how he dealt with the issue, not on the incident.
Be Patient. It is an eternal truth that children act their age. They are learning how to live life. It is during these formative years we are most instrumental in redirecting their behavior into adaptive and positive channels. Children make many mistakes, many times. It is important we share our moral and social values with them and lovingly tolerate their deviations without condemnation. Criticize the deed, not the doer.
Be As You Want Them to Be. Children learn by example. They will respond to stress, frustration, and anger in one of two ways: externalizing or internalizing. Externalizing behaviors are abusive tactics such as yelling, crying, teasing, name calling, temper tantrums, and aggression. Internalizing behaviors include withdrawal, isolation, pouting, and being silent. Teach your child how to react positively when life is unfair, things don’t go his way, or he is disappointed. Children are often a mirror of the adults around them.
Experts say kids are more stressed today than ever before. That’s no surprise.
We see the fast-paced, competitive, tech-savvy world they’re growing up in. We’ve heard the stories about kids getting bullied, struggling academically, being exposed to violence at home or school, dealing with economic uncertainty, and worrying about the environment or conflicts in their communities and country. That’s a lot to carry on small shoulders. There’s a lot at stake too. According to Bruce Compas, professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development and lead author of a 2017 study published in Psychological Bulletin:
Chronic stress is bad for adults, but it is particularly troublesome for children, because among many other effects, it can disrupt still-developing white matter in the brain, causing long-term problems with complex thinking…
This is my latest picture book and it’s about a flamingo who appears to be picky until he finds he food that is right for him.
It’s brightly colored pictures capture the children’s attention. The words are written in lyrical rhyme so the children who hear it read to them will learn to anticipate the words which will help them learn to read. (Shh, they won’t even know they are learning!) Plus, it’s fun to read aloud for you, the parent or grandparent or aunt or uncle or caregiver…
It’s getting a lot of praise in reviews! Here’s a few…
“Oh, this is beyond cute!! I love the amazing illustrations.!!”
“I believe this has all the makings of a classic children’s book on a par with “The Pokey Little Puppy.”
“I highly recommend this book to anyone with little ones!!!”
“My grandson insists we read it every time he comes to visit.”
“Fun book to introduce new foods and trying different foods.”
“I highly recommended this book to all parents and grandparents.”
“This was such a great book, colorful and with a great message.”
“This book has such colorful pictures that it made the children want to turn the page. They laughed and felt bad for the flamingo when he got hungry and his color was fading.”
“The story was easy to follow for the children and it has become one of their favorites to read every day.”
“I highly recommend reading this book to your children, I know they will enjoy it as much as ours did.”
“I’ve found my nieces getting my kindle just so they can look at the book again and again.”
“Great book for the kiddos.”
“I like that the author tried to get kids to understand that not everybody likes the same thing. My son was so happy that that he got to eat pink food it blew his mind!”
“My son loved it.”
With all that positivity, I’m hopeful that it will win the Mom’s Choice Award.
So, please say some prayers, send positive thoughts, cross your fingers with me that this fun and adorable rhyming picture book is chosen.
I’ll let you know once I hear something.
Oh and there’s another Franky book on the horizon. I’m working with my illustrator right now. It picks up where the first book ends, when Franky wonders “Now,what in the world is he going to drink?”
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