Category Archives: Book Reviews
For many kids, we are embarking on the end of the school year. It’s a time to say good-bye to friends and teachers. Our kids will be spending time at home and maybe catching some Vacation Bible School throughout the summer, but you might be sending your kid to summer camp or to a new sitter for the summer. With this in mind, I put together a few tips to help kids prepare for new experiences.
When I was in high school, taking a second language was a requirement for only two years. At this point, I probably know as many words in French (my language of choice) as my kids know words in Spanish and Chinese (thanks to popular kids’ television shows). But I am never afraid to flex my language muscles when giving the kids reminders to say please and thank you by asking them to say it in French or Spanish. Recently, I took the big kids on a language adventure as we read two new books by Abigail Samoun.
Part of our bedtime routine is to read books with all four kids. Sometimes it is a struggle to get the big kids to do the whole “PJs, potty, and brush teeth” deal in a quick fashion. They do enjoy a asking for all.the.things right at bedtime. So, it’s no surprise that they had schema for Sleepy Kitty and Sleepy Puppy, two new bedtime story books on our shelf.
Up until recently, Arianna was one girl in the “next generation” of cousins. She’s still the only girl on my dad’s side of the family (with three other boys), but I am not convinced that bothers her…especially after reading A Dozen Cousins as a recent bedtime story.
I am staring at my phone, praying for adult interaction. I want it to buzz or ding or light up with a friend’s face. I’m craving something to do as I stare out the dining room window at the gross winter day. And I am expecting my phone to give me that. I feel alone even though my Facebook friends list is over 400 people and a “whopping” 1400+ follow me on Twitter. I’m ignoring the fact that there are photos that could be scrapbooked, booties that could be crocheted (if only I’d learn), or freezer meals to make. I just want someone to say they like me or something I’ve posted.
Back in October, just after I announced I was pregnant, we were sitting in the pool at Disney and my cousins left me with all the kids and hopped over to the bar for a drink. Admittedly, I was a little sad – not because I was left with 6 screaming and splashing kids (one who was repeatedly kicking me in the stomach) plus the two in utereo, but because I would have given anything to have a sweet, fun [non-alcoholic] drink along with them. If only I had taken my copy of MOMOSAS along as a guide to come up with a fun drink I could have asked them to bring me back.
My ‘lil Burghers love to take baths, but maybe yours do not. Getting dirty is fun, but getting clean isn’t always something they enjoy, right? InTime for a Bath, the bunnies your children may know from Phillis Gershator and David Walker’s Time for a Hug show kids how much fun the activities leading up to and including taking a bath can be.
“What’s the magic word?”
“Pardon me! Is that how we ask for something we want?”
If you are saying these things daily (over and over again) like Greg and I do, perhaps it’s time to introduce a picture book from The Wiblets
collection that will teach your children about respect and the right way to get what they want. Our kids heard about 4 pages of Demanding Dudley before they realized the message we were trying to get through to them.
When I was growing up, I remember having a fairy tale book and reading Twelve Dancing Princesses. To be honest, I loved the story, but the fact that the sisters were locked up at night and not allowed to go out made ‘lil me mad. When I received a copy of Twelve Dancing Unicorns, the same love and madness washed over me.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, however, are 100% my own.
Growing up in my own fishbowl, I really felt like eyes were always on me. What I didn’t think about is that I wasn’t alone. Other PK’s (Preacher’s Kids) were most likely feeling the same things I was. Reading Lost and Found, I got to hear the story of Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes. (If you don’t know, he is a high profile minister and author…one my dad often mentions.)