Looking for a classic poem for Mother’s Day? Look no further. Whilst sentimental rhymes and rather sappy doggerel fills many a Mothering Sunday greetings card, these ten poems represent some of the best statements about mothers and motherhood ever written.
Ann Taylor, ‘My Mother’. Ann’s sister Jane Taylor (1783-1824) is best-remembered for having written the words to the children’s rhyme ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, but this poem, written by Ann, is also well-known and has been much imitated and parodied. It takes the form of a question-and-answer back-and-forth where the answer is always ‘my mother’.
John Greenleaf Whittier, ‘Tribute to Mother’. In this short poem, the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92) recalls the time when he was a small child and sat beside his mother’s knee. The poet’s mother restrained his ‘selfish moods’ and taught him a ‘chastening love’.
Move over mall! New smartphone apps let people to hang out online with multiple friends at once. Unlike FaceTime, there is no set agenda. Some are calling the trend “live chilling.” New group video chat apps let you virtually hang out with friends. There is no set agenda and you can watch videos, listen to…
My son came home today with a giant piece of paper with his name written in the middle, surrounded by several incredibly kind words and phrases that his friends had used to describe him. He was beaming with pride when he showed me. It was, by far, his proudest moment in school to date.
To be recognized and appreciated for who we are, and to know that we are truly seen, is something that we all need in life.
When I was in grade 4, I was the new kid in school. Early on the school year I only had a few friends, and my self esteem was fragile at best. Our teacher decided one day to make the kids in our class stand up at the front of the room one by one so everyone could take turns saying something nice about them. Most of these kids had known each…
If you’ve been following my blog, you have most likely heard me mention Carolyn Howard-Johnson. She’s a prolific and awesome author who has written several Frugal Marketing books to help authors promote their work. I love her! She’s generous with her knowledge and incredibly nice.
Recently, she started a new blog called Sharing With Writers and offered to let me post my little caveat that I discovered with my latest picture book. Maybe it will help other authors find a second audience niche too.
Here it is
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Wanda Luthman Clarifies My Marketing Nag . . .er . . .Reminder!
Ever since the first edition of my The Frugal Book Promotercame out in 2003, I have been gently reminding authors to reread their books to find the less-than-obvious audiences to reach so they could market their book to them–if not at first, then as the sales on their book slowed down. So, I was especially pleased to find this from children’s author Wanda Luthman who found a well-hidden market for her book (she’ll explain below!). I thought that it might encourage you to reread your book for a new marketing perspective. I know it will serve as an example of how you might think about that process as you read! Here is the note from Wanda:
” When I wrote my children’s picture book, Little Birdie Grows Up, I never imagined it would be used as a graduation gift for parents. Even though the inspiration behind the book was my own daughter leaving for college, I just thought it would be enjoyed by the 0-5 aged audience. It is cute and sweet and I knew little kids would love little birdie. I also knew parents, who would do most of the reading of it, would be able to relate to watching their children grow. However, I never thought about it as a gift for parents on the precipice of empty nest syndrome themselves. But, turns out, others thought of it like that. So, sometimes your intended audience may not be your only audience. Take a second look at your book and consider your inspiration for it. Maybe you’ll find, like I did, there’s a second audience that will enjoy it too.
“Let me know your thoughts. I hope this helps your #SharingwithWriters subscribers and visitors! “
MORE ABOUT WANDA
Wanda Luthman is a children’s author with these books to her credit:
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up
They are available for purchase as a Paperback, Ebook, or Audiobook on Amazon at
Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the award-winning second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor. Her latest is in the series is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page, http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers is one of her booklets–perfect for inexpensive gift giving–and The Great First Impression Book Proposal, another booklet, helps writers who want to be traditionally published. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. In addition to this blog, she helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing–grammar, formatting and more–at The Frugal, Smart,and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com)
It’s celebrate Dr. Seuss Day today and in honor of that I’ve written an original poem and I wanted to share this opportunity to change a child’s life by giving the gift of a book.
March 2nd is the birthday of Dr. Seuss
He wrote rhyme and meter like a golden goose
His words could be funny and non-sensical
But his stories were all comprehensible.
Like the antics of Things Two and One
They made a mess while they had fun.
And counting fish colored red and blue
Helped us with numbers one and two
So, let’s celebrate Dr. Seuss today
For all the laughter that he brought our way!
I would like to reach out to kid lit authors and book bloggers to get quality books into the hands of deserving kids. Throughout the month of March, I am collecting new children’s books to benefit children of incarcerated parents. Authors, I hope you will consider donating signed copies of your books. Book bloggers, please […]
I’d like to welcome back our favorite School Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen. She’s sharing with us today an important topic I call Parenting 101. Here are some great tips to help you be a successful parent in 2017!
Basic Training for Successful Parenting
Dr. Valerie Allen
The joy of parenting is often lost in the rush of day to day events. Trying to juggle the demands of work, school, shopping, piano lessons, and visits to Grandma, make parenting hard work, with little time to have fun. Here are some basic tips to keep things running smoothly on the home front while enjoying time with your children.
Rules: there should only be a few rules (God only had 10 Commandments!). Fair rules apply equally to everyone. Firm rules do not allow plea bargaining. Clear rules have specific expectations stated in positive terms (talk quietly vs. don’t yell!)
Consequences: should be brief. (do not threaten to ground a child until he is 30!). Consequences must have consistent follow up every time. It is best to use natural outcomes as often as possible rather than imposing a consequence. It is better to withhold a privilege than to impose punishment.
Transitions: should be smooth. It is best to have a daily agenda listing times and events. Provide advance notice 10 to 15 minutes before changing activities, state your expectations of what is to happen next, and explain any changes in the routine or schedule.
Choices: should be allowed, but limited to one choice within the two or three selections you have offered. (Would you like cereal, eggs, or pancakes?)You need to support your child’s choice without criticism and encourage him or her to be independent.
Respect: should be given to all children unconditionally. You need to separate the “doer” from the “deed” and remember “bad behavior” does not mean “bad child.” Have private conversations with your children about their misbehavior and avoid the embarrassment and shame of an audience.
Attitude: start and end the day with a positive comment, give hugs and kisses often, encourage verbal expression and physical demonstration of affection. Recognize that everyone is entitled to his or her own emotions.
Promises: if you make them, keep them; if you cannot, be sure to explain this to the child. Negotiate or compromise to make good on the promise for next time.
Your relationship with your youngster lasts a lifetime, so make it as positive as you can. Be sure to tell your child “I love you” every day in every way.
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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children! You can learn more about her at www.DrVAllen.com or purchase her books at www.amazon.com/author/valerieallen
I still don’t show pictures of neatly arranged books next to beautiful bud vases and interesting socks on Instagram, but I’m improving. I understand Instagram is a visual medium, and I see how others are adept at using it, but I’m really just in it to share books (@rebeccarvincent) and see what everyone else is reading.
Nevertheless, I like following others who post about books and searching through common hashtags is a good way to start. Recently I stumbled upon #NationalReadingDay. Except I stumbled upon it a day late and was unprepared. So I figured maybe I could find a few more national/international days related to book reading and be better able to participate and connect. Maybe one or two of them could help you, too?
So, with Valentine’s Day behind us, and hopefully, you celebrated that special love with your spouse or significant other, consider starting a new tradition, I like to call Family Valentine’s Day on February 15th. This day would allow us to share the love with our children. Valentine’s Day reminds us to show everyone in our lives that we love them, why not extend it another day to include our children?
It’s great to take some time away from the kids and have a special Valentine’s Day celebration with our love. We need to do that. But, we could create a Family Valentine’s Day on February 15th. It would involve making Valentine’s Day cards for each family member, sharing a special meal that everyone enjoys, baking heart-shaped cookies and watching a movie with some delicious popcorn, and of course, chocolate!
I think by having this special day set aside to show your family that you love one another sets a model for your children to demonstrate love to others now and in the future. It doesn’t have to involve presents. In fact, I think it’s better if it doesn’t involve presents. Just love notes, especially the handmade kind. This shows love by spending time thinking about the person and creating something that we feel the other person would like. I always enjoyed creating crafts with my daughter. It’s great to get out the red paper and all kind of knicks knacks and glue and glitter and lace and put it all together to make something that expresses our feelings. For older children, they can write a few words, maybe just “I love you” or for the more creative types, they can try their hand at writing a poem. You could also make tissue paper flowers. You could use different colored tissue paper to create a nice bouquet. Put on some music to play in the background and sing fun songs together while you’re being creative. You could create a playlist with iTunes, Pandora or IHeartRadio. My daughter and I always enjoyed listening to soundtracks from Disney movies.
Then, it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Let every child have a say in what they’d like for the special meal. It should be a kid-friendly meal like hot dogs or spaghetti or pizza so everyone can participate in the creation of the meal. I think some of our best family memories are made in the kitchen. Food is essential to life. So is family. This simple activity of planning, creating and serving food bonds us together. We enjoy the smells of the food while it’s cooking; the tactile sensations of the food as we prepare it (putting the hot dog buns on the plates, putting the pepperonis on the pizza, etc.); and the visual beauty of it on our plates. And making cookies is a favorite with kids! Rolling out the dough, cutting out the cookies and icing and decorating them! You could do this activity earlier in the day, so they’re ready for later or do them while dinner is cooking. Of course, if everyone wanted to create a cookie for other family members, that’s a fun thing to exchange as well as cards.
After the meal, share your created Valentine’s cards with each other. Everyone hands out their cards to each family member. You could even create little boxes or envelopes for them to be placed in (like we used to in Elementary School, eons ago) and then go around the table allowing each person to open their cards and read them aloud. Everyone has a moment in the “sunshine” basking in the love they feel from each family member. Of course, thank each person specifically after they’ve read their card. This is an important part of life, expressing gratitude and thankfulness.
Now, on to the movie. Everyone should have a vote in the movie they’d like to watch. It could be a cute Disney Movie like Lady & The Tramp or more romantic like Beauty & the Beast or anything else everyone would enjoy. Love themes are a must but they don’t have to be mushy ones. After you’ve celebrated this once, you could even have a movie that becomes the Family Valentine’s Day movie ritual. Like at Christmas, we always have to watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Pop some delicious popcorn, maybe simply with salt and butter, but you could create something special with drizzles or additional treats such as M&M’s or nuts. Of course, there has to be chocolate. There are all kinds of chocolates wrapped in red paper and heart shapes especially for Valentine’s. It’s fun to have these as part of your celebration. And enjoy your homemade heart-shaped cookies!
As the evening comes to a close, bask in the love your family has shared and know that you’ve helped paved the path for your children to express love to others in their future. This might even become your favorite holiday.
What do you think? Will you help to start a movement of Family Valentine’s Day for February 15th next year?