Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, by Joann Deak
My best friend bought this book after her five-year-old daughter asked her, “Mommy, does this shirt make me look fat?” She’s loving it.
From Publishers Weekly: Deak, a speaker, school psychologist and educator, offers a practical and reassuring guide for parents of daughters. The introduction explains why the message of this book is so important: “Girls face an extraordinary challenge in our changing world. They are dealing with more sophisticated issues than ever before, and they are doing so with less adult contact and guidance than ever before. Statistics tell the story of a population at risk both physically and emotionally: one in four girls shows signs of depression. Compared to males, twice as many females attempt suicide….” As any parent of an adolescent or teen daughter knows, even the most straightforward conversation can quickly deteriorate into an argument, tears and frustration on both sides. Deak offers a variety of scenarios along with suggestions for improving the communication: for example, when one girl immediately says she hates her school and the family must move, the parents are sympathetic and schedule visits to some other schools. Within a few weeks, the student has adjusted to the school and in fact chooses to stay there. The approach of “Listening and acting as a sounding board can always be part of the equation….” Deak discusses the differences between fathers and daughters and mothers and daughters and also some of the more common problems faced by teens, such as body image and peer pressure. While there are no instant fixes in these often trying times, this book provides an intelligent and reasonable plan that many parents will want to consider.
I fondly remember my pre- mama New Year's Eve celebrations but am also really excited to celebrate the holiday as a family! There are so many fun ways to celebrate New Years Eve with kids! Now that the the new year is almost here I am planning how we will celebrate this year and in the years to come.
Here are twenty fun ways to celebrate the New Year with kids!
Dress up and have a dance party- this one is so fun for the kids! Let them dress up in their best attire, decorate the living room, and dance the year away! Little ones get a kick out of playing adult roles so if your little one has a tuxedo or fancy dress (perhaps from a wedding) that would be great! Or even boas, tutu's, silly hats, and such!
Loner Miles Halter, (later known as Pudge,) leaves his public high school to seek “The Great Perhaps,” which may or may not include shenanigans, mischief, and much learning. He is a smart boy, who has a fascination with last words. He culls these from the biographies of famous persons. At Culver Creek Boarding School, Pudge meets The Colonel and Alaska, two friends who change his life and the way he looks at things, forever.
I think I've read all of Green's books out of chronological order. I just finished "Looking for Alaska"--his first YA novel. I feel as if I go through a grieving process every time I finish one of his books. The books are so touching and profound...I don't want them to end.
My girls received a melted snowman boxed cookie kit
for Christmas. I am no Martha Stewart, but could never have imagined them turning out so UGLY. We laughed so hard, though. They were so awful looking
and tasting that the girls licked some of the icing and then dumped them into the garbage can. However, our baking experience is going down in the books as one of
the funniest memories. If we had an ugly snowman contest, I'm not sure which would win. I think it would be a tie between all of them on our cookie sheet! I wanted to share several fun snowmen stories. The children at my school love "Snowmen at Night" and "Snowmen at Christmas" by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. Told in sweet rhyme, both stories give logical reasons why the snowmen look a little bedraggled after a while. It is not because of the sun, but because of the snowmen having too much fun while kids are sleeping. As an added bonus, kids can search for various shapes hidden within the illustrations. Don't forget about the classics "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs and "Frosty the Snowman." I assume that the kids are familiar with the original favorites. I am often surprised by how many have not had the chance to enjoy them yet. Sometimes we focus on finding the newest and cutest of whatever, and forget that the kids haven't seen the old favorites. Take the time to find both.
My two year old spent the past year toddling around and getting into everything. She never sat still enough to truely sit and enjoy a book...even during our going-to-bed reading ritual with my older daughter. I must admit that I am thrilled that my little ones newest vocabulary word is "read." She has just discovered the pleasure of flipping through a book...and wants to incorporate this time into nap and going to bed. I think she is enjoying it, but I also see that it is becoming a manipulation tactic to stall the process of sleep! Oh well. I'll take it, even if her requests aren't always "sincere." Since she has taken more interest in her bookshelf, I have been sitting down and pulling out some of our favorite titles. I came across the Indestructibles series.
I love this product. I think it should be a baby's first book. I was first introduced to the books when I stopped at my hospital's gift shop after a maternity check-up. Indestructibles are exactly that...indestructible to small, curious hands. They are non-toxic so if you little one chews on the pages, it is perfectly safe. The books can be wiped off or thrown into the bathtub. The illustrations are vibrant and stimulating. The Indestructibles that I purchased are wordless. The creator believes that the wordless format will encourage dialogue between parent and baby. Parents who carry on conversations with their infants at a young age are said to have greater language acquisition later on. My favorite independent bookstore carries these titles. I also see that Barnes and Noble sells them on-line. I know a lot of people who are expecting or have a new baby. These little books would make fantastic gifts.
As parents, we’ve all been locked in more than one battle with a stubborn kid who doesn’t want to eat the food we’ve prepared. More often than not, these clashes arise over that one thing that kids seem to universally revile: vegetables.
No matter how much we cajole, punish, and beg, the broccoli will just sit on the plate, untouched. Which isn’t just worrisome because good food is going to waste – it also means your child isn’t getting the nutrients and vitamins that vegetables are naturally packed full of.
To help you win the battle between your child and vegetables, here are some unique ways to make sure your children are getting their vegetables, and enjoying them.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays — Turkey on fire? No plans for New Year’s Eve? Obnoxious relatives headed your way? The authors of the best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook are here to help you survive the dangers of the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Learn how to rescue someone stuck in a chimney, survive the office holiday party, and escape a runaway parade balloon. Expertly deal with a meddling parent, silence a group of carolers, and treat a tongue stuck to a frozen pole. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions guide you through these and dozens of other festive scenarios. With a helpful appendix of holiday excuses, last-minute gift ideas, and creative drink recipes for when the liquor runs out, this is truly the perfect gift. Gleaming silver cover. Fits all sized stockings. Joshua Piven , writer, editor, and fixture on the holiday party circuit, is co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series. He lives in Philadelphia. David Borgenicht is a writer, editor, husband, and father who has survived dozens of holiday traumas. Co-author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, he lives in Philadelphia
One of my best friends gifted this to me for the holiday season. Love this series! Friends, don't take the holidays too seriously...I know many people are in desperate need of knowing how to save oneself from a charging reindeer...so get this for a laugh.
I am sad to report that I am often a cover snob. If the cover of a book doesn't catch my eye, I often walk away from it and do not give the book a chance. Although "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" by Eric Kimmelwon the Caldecott honor...there is something about the cover that never appealed to me so I didn't take a second glance at it. My friend and co-worker shared with me how much she loved reading the book with a group of older elementary children. Her enthusiasm caught my interest...so I took the book home. This book is about Hershel of Ostropol; he must outwit a series of goblins that haunt a little town's synagogue. He must usurp their evil so that the village can celebrate Hanukkah. His task is trickier than one might expect. He must outwit and trick the biggest and most evil goblin to light the menorah. Brain over brawn prevails. Hershel tricks each goblin. Fans of goblins and monsters will enjoy the various grotesque figures. I was more intrigued by the renderings of light. At different points of the book some scenes represented evil (monster's eyes, greed of the shiny coins, etc.), whereas other illustrations illuminated peace (menorah, oil lamp of hope, and the heavenly stars). I'm glad I disregarded the cover because this was a very sophisticated story that celebrates Hanukkah. I enjoyed the multiple layers of symbolism.