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Four Thoughts About the Bestselling Books of 2018 - 20 Jul 2019 06:37

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<p>Publishers Weekly recently released target=&quot;_blank data on the best selling books of last year. Here are a few things that stood out to me.</p>
<p><strong>Only one book in 2018 sold more copies than <em>The Wonky Donkey</em>.</strong></p>
<p>Congratulations to <em>Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown</em>, you were the only book that managed to best the Scottish granny:</p>
<p>This viral read-aloud moved nearly <em>a million</em> copies. I wonder how many people tried to read it with a Scottish accent after they bought it.</p>
<p><strong><em>Wonder</em> dethroned.</strong></p>
<p>Wonder dropped from #1 in the hardcover backlist bestsellers (it’s still riding high at #4 though).</p>
<p><strong>People like stories they can read in 5 minutes.</strong></p>
<p>5-Minute Mickey Mouse Stories,&nbsp;5-Minute Princess Stories,&nbsp;5-Minute Pete the Cat Stories,&nbsp;Disney 5-Minute Snuggle Stories, and Fancy Nancy: 5-Minute Fancy Nancy Stories were all among the top sellers of 2018.</p>
<p>MILLION DOLLAR IDEAS</p>
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<li>Stories you can read in <em>one</em> minute.</li>
<li>Stories that are just one illustration and when you show it to a kid they say “Got it.”</li>
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<p><strong>Non-illustrated middle grade is hard to find.</strong></p>
<p>The true unicorns of this list are non-illustrated middle grade fiction books. While illustrated books like Wimpy Kid, Dog Man, and Dork Diaries are all hanging out near the top, non-illustrated middle grade fiction was scarce (aside from <em>Wonder</em>).</p>
<p>What jumped out to you?</p>

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Identifying Ancestor Photos: Tintypes - 16 Jul 2019 02:06

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<p><span style="background-color: white; color: #555555; display: inline; float: none; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; Photography arrived in the United States in 1839 thanks to Samuel F. B. Morse, an American artist and inventor.The earliest type is the Daguerreotype. Ambrotypes followed, coming into use circa 1854. By 1855 Tinytypes had begun to replace Ambrotypes&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br/&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;h4&gt; Tintypes (circa 1855) &lt;/h4&gt; The Ferrotype process (tintypes) was introduced in the United States in 1855. It substituted an iron plate for glass and was even cheaper than the ambrotype. Because tintypes were placed in albums along with CDVs, they were often trimmed at the sides and corners.&lt;p&gt;Tintypes were produced in various sizes &lt;br/&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt; Full plate 6 1/2" font-family:="" inherit;="" <span="" x="" 8="" 1="" "="" <="" i=""> </span></p>
<li> Half plate 4 1/2&quot; x 51/2&quot; </li>
<li> 1/4 plate 3 1/8&quot; x 4 1/8&quot; </li>
<li> 1/6 plate 2 1/2&quot; x 3 1/2&quot; </li>
<li> 1/9 plate 2&quot; x 2 &frac12;&quot; </li>
<li> Gem approximately 1/2&quot; x 1&quot; </li>
<b>Examples of Tintypes</b>

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<p>Read more about target=&quot;_blank Tintypes on target=&quot;_blank Lost Faces website </p>
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Birthday Celebrations Around the World - 13 Jul 2019 02:05

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<p> <span class="pibfi_pinterest &lt;img class=" alignnone"="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/2018_06-Birthday-Celebrations-Around-the-World-blog.jpg" alt="" width="900" height="300"></span><span class="xc_pin" onclick="pin_this(event, 'http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://www.kiwico.com/blog/2018/06/26/birthday-celebrations-around-the-world/&amp;media=https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/2018_06-Birthday-Celebrations-Around-the-World-blog.jpg&amp;description=Birthday Celebrations Around the World') &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt; &lt;br/&gt;In honor of our Atlas Crate launch, we’re looking at common connections between kids all over the world. One of the most important things we have in common are birthdays! No matter how we celebrate them, growing up is a time for family and friends to come together.&nbsp;Let’s take a look at different traditions for birthday celebrations around the world!&lt;span id=" more-15861"=""></span></p>
<p><strong>United States</strong></p>
<p>Here in the United States, we celebrate birthdays with cake, ice cream, a party with games, and presents.</p>
<p> <span class="pibfi_pinterest &lt;img class=" alignnone"="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/istock_000010784713medium.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="200"></span><span class="alignnone" onclick="pin_this(event, 'http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://www.kiwico.com/blog/2018/06/26/birthday-celebrations-around-the-world/&amp;media=https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/istock_000010784713medium.jpg&amp;description=Birthday Celebrations Around the World') &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;India&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Annaprashana is a Hindu ceremony held for babies when they are old enough to eat their first solid food. A morsel of rice is fed to the baby by his or her maternal uncle (Mom’s brother). Then, the baby gets to pick from an assortment of objects like a pen, books, some food, soil, or gold. It’s said that whatever the baby grabs represents their future!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; &lt;span class=" pibfi_pinterest="" <img="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/Annaprasana_Ceremony_Photographer_Bolpur_08.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="200"></span><span class="alignnone" onclick="pin_this(event, 'http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://www.kiwico.com/blog/2018/06/26/birthday-celebrations-around-the-world/&amp;media=https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/Annaprasana_Ceremony_Photographer_Bolpur_08.jpg&amp;description=Birthday Celebrations Around the World') &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;China&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;For a child’s first birthday, they get to choose between objects, similar to the&nbsp;Annaprashana. But in China, this event is called&nbsp;Zhuazhou, which literally translates to “pick” and “anniversary.” The objects are thought to predict the child’s future career path, and can include things like a stethoscope, musical instruments, scissors, money, and a calculator. Afterwards, a dish known as “longevity noodles” are served. If you can eat them without biting through the strands, it’s considered more lucky!&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; &lt;span class=" pibfi_pinterest="" <img="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/grab-021_editweb2.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="200"></span><span class="alignnone" onclick="pin_this(event, 'http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://www.kiwico.com/blog/2018/06/26/birthday-celebrations-around-the-world/&amp;media=https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/grab-021_editweb2.jpg&amp;description=Birthday Celebrations Around the World') &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Russia&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In Russia, it’s bad luck to&nbsp;celebrate or wish someone happy birthday before their actual birthdate! So when you celebrate, it’s important to do it on or after the day. Another fun tradition is that bags of little treats and small prizes (party favors) are hung up on a clothesline. Children are blindfolded and they pick a bag at random, which they get to cut down and keep to take home 🙂&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; &lt;span class=" pibfi_pinterest="" <img="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/russian_8-birthday-traditions-from-around-the-world.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="200"></span><span class="alignnone" onclick="pin_this(event, 'http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://www.kiwico.com/blog/2018/06/26/birthday-celebrations-around-the-world/&amp;media=https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/russian_8-birthday-traditions-from-around-the-world.jpg&amp;description=Birthday Celebrations Around the World') &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Australia&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In Australia, grownups make a delicious treat called “fairy bread” for kids’ birthday parties! Fairy bread is white bread covered with butter and topped with rainbow sprinkles: the perfect sweet treat for a special day.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; &lt;span class=" pibfi_pinterest="" <img="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/IMG_4326.JPG" alt="" width="280" height="200"></span><span class="alignnone" onclick="pin_this(event, 'http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://www.kiwico.com/blog/2018/06/26/birthday-celebrations-around-the-world/&amp;media=https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/IMG_4326.JPG&amp;description=Birthday Celebrations Around the World') &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/span&gt; &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Mexico&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The pi&ntilde;ata is a fun tradition you’re likely familiar with, as it’s become a popular birthday party game here in the United States. Pi&ntilde;atas today are typically made of cardboard, and come in all shapes and sizes. Another fun tradition is “&lt;em&gt;la mordida”, &lt;/em&gt;where the birthday girl or boy’s face is shoved into the cake for their first bite, resulting in a face full of icing.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt; &lt;span class=" pibfi_pinterest="" <img="" src="https://icdn.kiwicrate.com/blog/7b2a8bd83311ce96dd207486213c68d0.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="200"></span></p> - Comments: 0

In Conversation: Sharon M. Draper and Jason Reynolds - 10 Jul 2019 02:17

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<p class="article &lt;em&gt;Sharon M. Draper is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, whose books for young readers include &lt;/em&gt;Out of My Mind&lt;em&gt;, &lt;/em&gt;Copper Sun&lt;em&gt;, and &lt;/em&gt;Stella by Starlight&lt;em&gt;. In 2015, Draper received the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime literary achievement. Draper’s new book, &lt;/em&gt;Blended&lt;em&gt;, tells the story of 11-year-old Isabella, a biracial girl struggling to define her identity after her parents’ divorce. Jason Reynolds is the author of several books for young readers, including &lt;/em&gt;When I Was the Greatest&lt;em&gt;, for which he earned the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; and the Coretta Scott King Honor books &lt;/em&gt;All American Boys&lt;em&gt; (co-written with Brendan Kiely), and &lt;/em&gt;The Boy in the Black Suit&lt;em&gt;. This month, Reynolds wraps up his bestselling and award-winning Track series with &lt;/em&gt;Lu&lt;em&gt;, about an outwardly confident yet inwardly insecure young track athlete who was born albino. We asked Draper and Reynolds to interview each other about their latest works and the similarities between their two characters.&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" <strong="">Draper: First question—an easy one. If you had to draw a picture of Lu, how would he look? Facial features, hair, arms and legs, etc. The fact that he’s albino is simply how he looks, not who he is (and it’s cool that that’s only mentioned occasionally). So who is Lu and how did you go about creating him? </p>
<p class="article &lt;br/&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Reynolds:&lt;/strong&gt; That’s a good question. I guess when I imagine him, he looks like Caleb McLaughlin, the black kid from the show &lt;em&gt;Stranger Things&lt;/em&gt;. Except… albino. He’d be dressed in the coolest, most current style, and would walk with an overconfident bop to mask his insecurity. He’s the kind of young man who sneaks a spritz of his father’s cologne, is constantly fidgeting with the hemline of his shirt and the bottom of his jeans to make sure they fall onto his sneakers just right, and probably even practices clever things to say in the shower every morning.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" i="" have="" some="" friends="" who="" are="" albino="" (and="" nothing="" like="" lu)="" and="" i’ve="" always="" been="" interested="" in="" the="" complexity="" of="" being="" black,="" but="" without="" melanin,="" which="" is="" often="" very="" thing="" we="" use="" to="" qualify="" “varying="" degrees="" blackness.”="" our="" outsides="" attempt="" insides—or="" at="" least="" pretend="" to—but="" that’s="" just="" not="" way="" culture="" identity="" works.="" so="" wanted="" figure="" out="" how="" address="" insecurity="" most="" times…="" <em="">most times we use outside elements like skin and clothing to actually <em>hide</em> what’s happening inside. </p>
<p class="article I see some of this same motif in &lt;em&gt;Blended&lt;/em&gt;. So I’ll ask you the same question. Where does Izzy come from? Furthermore, how and why did you choose to have her be so attached to playing piano?&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" <strong="">Draper: Izzy is biracial. Dad is black and mom is white, which makes Izzy, uh, what? She spends most of the book trying to figure that out. </p>
<p class="article Physically, she’s a peanut-butter colored girl who’s probably way too thin. Kids with lots of internal issues often manifest their confusions through their body image, often by overeating or undereating. She hasn’t hit her adolescent growth spurt yet, so she’s still “little girl skinny.” Her hair is a big issue to her because it’s got that wild thing going on—never smooth, never straight, often bunched up and confused just like she is. I think her efforts to control her hair are probably subliminal efforts to make her life smooth and easy, which it isn’t and never will be.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" it’s="" interesting="" that="" both="" lu="" and="" izzy="" are="" seeking="" ways="" to="" address="" their="" insecurities="" while="" maintaining="" an="" outer,="" often="" shaky,="" sense="" of="" control.<=""></p>
<p class="article The piano playing came from me. I guess I started playing when I was six or seven. My mother (who is one day going to be the subject of an unbelievable book) insisted her children be “cultured” and “proper.” So we took piano lessons. Classical only (BTW, I can still sort of play that sonatina—badly!). I liked playing the piano, and got to be pretty good at it, but I always yearned to learn boogie and rock. But my mother gasped at the impropriety (she also had the most amazing vocabulary). So after I finished &lt;em&gt;Blended&lt;/em&gt;, Isabella inspired me to go back to my music. I bought myself a keyboard—a Casio just like Izzy’s! It’s been a real pleasure to go back to the old pieces (I kept all my old sheet music) and I bought some new pieces as well. The music has been hidden in a very deep part of me for a very long time. I am &lt;em&gt;very&lt;/em&gt; rusty, but I’m really enjoying digging back in my brain and finding lost music. Truly a joy.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" okay,="" next="" question="" for="" you—i="" like="" lu’s="" family,="" and="" his="" extended="" track="" especially="" coach.="" none="" of="" them="" is="" perfect,="" but="" all="" are="" supportive="" the="" young="" people.="" hospital="" scene="" at="" end="" really="" cool.="" write="" a="" description="" your="" definition="" “family,”="" however="" that’s="" defined,="" why="" it’s="" important="" to="" include="" family="" in="" novels="" adults.="" <=""></p>
<p class="article Also, since I’m in an airport and have lots of time before my flight, here’s another question… Lu seems to have a very good self-image, but he doubts his abilities as a hurdler. He second-guesses himself, pulls up short, and disappoints himself and his team and his coach. Talk a little about how this is so very typical of adolescents, and how every single one of them thinks they are the &lt;em&gt;only&lt;/em&gt; one who has doubts or fears or uncertainties. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" <strong="">Reynolds: Yes! I should’ve mentioned Izzy existing in two worlds, but I have to say that I’m surprised you didn’t mention the metaphor of the black and white keys of the piano also being in relationship to her identity. Or am I reaching? Because it definitely seemed like the piano, an inanimate object that serves as a confidant, this black and white thing that makes beauty when tended to, is representative of—or at least an appendage of—her. Sort of how Lu’s hurdles are. </p>
<p class="article Those hurdles serve as not just “hurdles” and also not just insecurities. They also represent, quite simply, something new. He’s been living his life a certain way for a long time and has figured out how to posture and position himself as untouchable. His excellence as a sprinter matched with his fancy clothes has created a kind of force field, but this new race has put him in a vulnerable situation. So does his new sibling. So do his new discoveries about his family. Suddenly everything feels new, and his normal defense mechanisms are being challenged. I went through this as a kid, and sometimes still go through it now. We crave consistency because it helps us manage, and sometimes mask, our insecurities. But when our level ground tilts, our insecurities are often exposed. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" as="" far="" writing="" family="" in="" novels="" for="" young="" adults,="" i="" think="" it’s="" imperative.="" you="" know,="" there’s="" this="" whole="" thing="" about="" killing="" off="" parents,="" or="" somehow="" separating="" them="" from="" the="" people="" so="" that="" story="" can="" be="" “more="" theirs.”="" but="" actually="" more="" important="" to="" write="" complex="" loving="" families="" into="" books="" remind="" there="" a="" member—biological="" and="" chosen—who="" love="" support="" while="" still="" allowing="" fully="" themselves.="" if="" some="" reason="" they="" truly="" have="" no="" one,="" well,="" then="" at="" least="" they’ll="" know="" me.="" <=""></p>
<p class="article Family is just as important in your novel, in all your novels, but in &lt;em&gt;Blended&lt;/em&gt;, Izzy’s family is also, just that—blended. I personally think it’s great to see the world reflected, and lots of kids grow up in households where their parents aren’t together, but usually people write blended families as objects of resentment on behalf of the child. Why write Izzy as a girl who happens to actually like the new loves of her parents’ lives? Does this intentionally say anything about her personality, perhaps her ability to accept a certain change that, say, someone like Lu might not be so comfortable with?&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" <strong="">Draper: Izzy didn’t plan to like her parents’ new romances. I think she’s thankful that the fighting is over. Maybe now they can focus on her instead of each other. She’s actually happier in a divorced situation. Her “blendedness,” if that’s a word, has made her stand out in ways that make her feel very uncomfortable. But she ultimately claims who she is with pride. And she learns to accept her blended family—at least it comes with love. Lots of kids only see the hatred in families of divorce, never the love. So Izzy perhaps can give them hope.</p>
<p class="article I see so many kids who live in unconventional households. Actually, there’s no such thing as conventional any more. Adults make decisions and kids simply have to abide by those decisions. In most states, children have no say in custody decrees. It varies by state at what age a child can decide who to live with. But in most states they have to be at least 12. By that time their lives and attitudes about life have been sealed. Many children are unhappy, even mistreated, but the law favors the parents in most cases. Lu has a notably strong family—a mom and dad who love each other and love him. That’s not true for so many kids. I hurt for those who have no voice and no choice. &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" about="" the="" black="" hite="" piano="" keys,="" i="" think="" pretty="" subtly="" mentioned="" several="" times,="" but="" also="" show="" that="" blending="" of="" separate="" individual="" notes="" can="" create="" a="" symphony="" possibilities="" in="" her="" life.="" whether="" it’s="" one="" chord="" or="" whole="" sonatina,="" beauty="" and="" power="" white="" keys="" help="" to="" heal="" from="" conflicts="" will="" arise="" all="" elements,="" both="" musical="" social,="" hopefully="" make="" life="" work.<=""></p>
<p class="article I think Lu and Izzy would like each other. They’ve got different problems but strong personalities to persevere, and both have supportive families. I think readers will find enough similarities to see a connectivity between the two.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p class=" article="" <strong=""><em>Lu (Track #4) </em><strong>by Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Dlouhy, $16.99, Oct. 23 ISBN 978-1-4814-5024-9 </strong></p> - Comments: 0

Five Tips for More Grateful Kids - 07 Jul 2019 02:36

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<p><strong>“Oh, what fun” … queue the holidays.</strong> ‘Tis the season to be thankful – right? Yes.</p>
<p>But raise your hand if you’ve ever cringed at the “how do I tackle my kid’s holiday wish list” scenario it invokes! We’re all in, right?</p>
<p>We’re all on board with the holiday tradition of saying what we’re grateful for around the family table, yet we wonder how we’ll get through the “I wants” and “I gotta haves” that the holiday season inevitably brings.</p>
<p>We hope to instill an attitude of gratitude this season – to give thanks for the blessings and wonderful things we have. We’ll talk to our kids about children who go without. About kids who don’t have enough to eat or shoes on their feet or a place to lay their head. And sometimes we see the glimmer of understanding, and then, poof – the spell is broken by the latest, greatest video game or hot new fashion must-have.</p>
<p>Don’t despair. <strong>There are some absolutely doable strategies for cutting through the distractions and fostering gratitude and mindfulness in your family, not just through the holidays, but all year around.</strong></p>
<span id="more-25330 &lt;/span&gt; &lt;h3&gt;Here are 5 things you can do right now to foster an attitude of gratitude:&lt;/h3&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;1.&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Be generous and vocal about your thanks.&lt;/strong&gt; Step-one in almost all parenting strategies is to model the behavior we want our kids to adopt. That means stepping up and being even more generous in our own thankfulness.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Don’t miss an opportunity to say thank you. From the cashier and bagger at the grocery store, to the teacher when you’re dropping off your kids, to the nurse at the pediatrician’s office – &lt;strong&gt;give thanks and be specific about how that person made a difference for you.&lt;/strong&gt; Better yet, ask for that person’s supervisor and share your gratitude.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;And don’t forget your family members. Give thanks to your kids when they hang up their towels without being asked. And be sure to generously give thanks to your partner and your kids even for the “expected” jobs they do on a daily basis. Everyone wants to feel appreciated.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;When your kids see you generously giving thanks, they’ll notice what a difference it makes to the receiver and learn what it feels like to make someone else’s day with that praise. They’ll naturally want to get in on that good feeling and follow suit.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;2.&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Deliberately schedule service.&lt;/strong&gt; We all have good intentions to bake cookies for the neighbors, stock the local food pantry, or collect donations for the underprivileged… unfortunately, regular life edges out those activities when we let it.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Consider making acts of service a priority in your family. Have a family meeting and let everyone brainstorm ideas for service activities that are near and dear to them. Then, schedule one or two per month – all year long.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;When you do, the benefits abound. Your kids will develop a stronger sense of community and connection to service work. They’ll experience the joy that comes from making a difference in someone else’s life. And you’ll feel more connected as a family.&lt;/p&gt; That’s truly something to be grateful for! Serving others is a gift that will hopefully keep them eager to continue giving all year around. &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;3. Make do with less.&lt;/strong&gt; It’s easy for kids and adults to get accustomed to the good life. The ease of things. The expectation that all our favorites will be in the lunchbox, or the next new gadget or gizmo will be a given gift.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Unfortunately, that can lead to a life of expectation, and taking our blessings for granted. Try this idea on for size. Once a month, &lt;strong&gt;choose something your family can do without for a time.&lt;/strong&gt; Things like ditching take-out for a week, or going without television for a spell, or walking instead of driving somewhere close. When we “shut off” some of the conveniences, even for a short time, we can all better appreciate what we have.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;4.&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Look for the silver linings.&lt;/strong&gt; In the greater scheme of things, most of our problems are truly first-world dilemmas, right? Forgot the phone charger, a long line for ice cream, a series of stop lights when you’re running late – none of it is really cause for a meltdown. The next time an unfortunate situation comes up, nip the doom and gloom in the bud by finding the silver lining.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Rained out game? No problem, you have time to do something together now. Missed the bus? You can have a sing-off in the car on the way to school. &lt;strong&gt;Be careful not to let the lesson get lost in a sermon.&lt;/strong&gt; Just recognize that every setback has a silver lining. Your job is to help your children not only find it – but make a regular practice of looking for them.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;5.&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;strong&gt;Practice gratitude often&lt;/strong&gt;. Studies tell us that the most grateful people are the happiest. Bring a regular practice of gratitude into your home by adding a ritual to your daily routine. At dinner, have everyone share one thing they are grateful for that day – or add that practice to your bedtime routine. Or, get a big jar and encourage everyone to jot their “gratitudes” on slips of paper throughout the week and read them aloud together each weekend. Making thankfulness part of your family rituals will help foster a sense of gratitude in your children that they will carry with them throughout their entire lives.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Make this season filled to the brim with positive reinforcement for all the wonderful things you share as a family. From our home to yours – wishing you a magical season ahead, and fond family adventures all year around.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;div readability=" 8.0204865556978="" <h3="">About the Author [[image https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/images/amy-small.jpg&quot; alt=&quot;Amy McCready&quot; class=&quot;authorPhoto&quot; /&gt;</span> - Comments: 0

Over 60 Words to Describe Your Ancestor's Hair - 04 Jul 2019 03:24

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<p>In previous posts, we've discussed thetarget=&quot;_blank importance of writing about your ancestor's physical appearance and how to find details about their physique, if you don't have photos to aid your writing. Today, let's give you a quick list of adjectives that can help you describe your ancestor's hair color and style if perhaps you have a photo to draw inspiration from.</p>
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Walgreens: Printbooks and Framed Photo Magnets ONLY $2. - 01 Jul 2019 04:06

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Safety First: Why You Absolutely Can’t Skip Background - 28 Jun 2019 05:32

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