Showing posts with label FAMILY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FAMILY. Show all posts

Monday, June 1, 2015

Fifty Words To Use To Help Children Feel Loved and Valued


Of course every parent wants their children to feel valued, but sometimes we don't know the exact words to say to make them feel valued and loved.  During my training as a preschool teacher, I learned some valuable lessons about helping a child feel valuable, respected, and loved unconditionally. During training, the instructor gave everyone a sheet of paper that names at least  fifty ways to help your child feel good about themselves, but remember, your comment to that child needs to be a  sincere one. I started purposely using some of these words instead of negative ones with my child and grandchildren, boy, I really get better results from them when I do.  I wanted to share them with all of you because one of our roles as parents is to build up our children and their sense of self value and self worth, and these words will be an investment that will be well worth the effort because we want to raise positive children, don't we?   Please feel free to leave comments to let me know of any more words that may help children feel valued and loved.
  1. WOW
  2. WAY TO GO
  3. SUPER
  4. YOU'RE SPECIAL
  5. OUTSTANDING
  6. EXCELLENT
  7. GREAT
  8. GOOD
  9. NEAT
  10. WELL DONE
  11. REMARKABLE
  12. I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT
  13. I'M PROUD OF YOU
  14. FANTASTIC
  15. SUPERSTAR
  16. NICE WORK
  17. LOOKING GOOD
  18. YOU'RE ON TOP OF I
  19. BEAUTIFUL
  20.  NOW YOU'RE FLYING
  21. YOU'RE CATCHING ON
  22. NO YOU'VE GOT IT
  23.  YOU'RE INCREDIBLE
  24. BRAVO
  25. YOU'RE FANTASTIC
  26. HURRAY FOR YOU
  27. YOU'RE ON TARGET
  28. YOU'RE ON YOUR WAY
  29.  NOW NICE
  30. HOW SMART
  31. GOOD JOB
  32. THAT'S INCREDIBLE
  33. HOT DOG
  34.  YOU'RE DYNAMITE
  35. YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL
  36. YOU'RE UNIQUE
  37. NOTHING CAN STOP YOU NOW
  38. GOOD FOR YOU
  39. I LIKE YOU
  40. YOU'RE DARLING
  41. YOU'RE A WINNER
  42. REMARKABLE JOB
  43. BEAUTIFUL WORK
  44. SPECTACULAR
  45. YOU'RE SPECTACULAR
  46. YOU'RE PRECIOUS
  47. GREAT DISCOVERY
  48. YOU'VE DISCOVERED THE SECRET
  49. YOU FIGURED IT OUT
  50. FANTASTIC JOB

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Take a Trip To The Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo






On May 11, 2002 Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, "10 Best Zoos," (2009); and Child, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004).

Earlier this year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling - the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13 year history. Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the "new Wallaroo" can expect this Aussie area to be even more "Auss-ome" with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:

* a female Queensland koala named "Ceduna" (a mate for our male "Heathcliff");

* "Bushland Birds" habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas;

* more water features in "The Billabong" splash ground;

* redesigned cafe with "grab and go" food and beverage;

* expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies;

* a new nursing mothers area with baby-friendly features;

* a new and fun ride for young children - Lil' Joeys Caravan;

* new midway games and activities;

* ponies on parade (twice daily) and a goat show; and

* livestock training demonstrations with ponies and llamas.

EXPLORE

Take a trip to the "Land of Oz" and visit a variety of animals of Australia and its neighbors including koala, wallabies, cockatoos, emu, singing dogs and flying fox bats. Help welcome the newest Aussie additions - a female Queensland koala named "Ceduna," colorful birds and Fiji-banded iguanas, and take a walkabout with the wallabies in their walk-thru exhibit. The petting area features a herd of friendly goats that children can brush, pet and feed. Adjacent to the petting area, families can step into a barn that houses Haflinger horses and llamas. Don't miss the new daily pony parade, goat show and livestock training demonstrations!

PLAY

The newly upgraded "Billabong" water play area takes kids "down under" to an interactive splash zone with in-ground fountains and free standing water features. Try your hand at new midway games with the chance to win prizes and souvenirs, or go mining for gems and fossils at the new Hopper's Mining Company.

RIDE

Children can take a spin on one of five fun rides: the NEW Lil Joey's Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Overland Express Kiddie Train, Boomer's Flyin' Bananas and Outback Bumper Boats.

REFRESH

Parents can enjoy added shade while their little joeys cool off in the water play area. Next door is Boomer's Cafe, a redesigned grab-and-go restaurant offering a variety of freshly prepared foods and drinks. A "mommy center," designed for nursing mothers, provides shade and privacy for infants and caregivers.

About Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has been rated No. 1 by Parents magazine, "10 Best Zoos," (2009) and Child magazine, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy the Savings! Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has offered to give my readers $3 off Zoo Admission! http://floridaparentsguide.com/coupon.php?regionid=405&bid=12004&lid=16613&dealid=1941 @L
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD ACTION PLAN BOOK REVIEW


Motivate your child action Plan Book Review



I’m doing a book review for a book called Motivate Your Child Action Plan by Dr. Scott Truansky and Joanne Miller, RN,BSN.  After reading this book, I sincerely believe they wrote this book because they have a heart to help revolutionize parents and provide with tools that will build internal motivation in the hearts of their children.

Would you like to see a positive change in your child and can use some help?   If so, then, I recommend this book to you because number one, this book is about crafting unique strategies, tools, and ideas that  helps you see things from a different perspective and help your child to move from where he or she is right now to where he or she needs to be.  Number two, this book shows you how to develop godly strategies that will maximize the work you will do with your child in order to bring about a heart change because change in the heart is much more powerful than behavior adjustment.  According to the author, their methods have worked for thousands, but the book doesn’t guarantee change will take place because children are not robots under your will.  However; it assures that you will learn how to position yourself in such a way that you will be doing all you can to influence a more positive change in your child’s behavior, and it has many illustrations that you can choose from. 

Throughout the book, you will find a lot of scriptures quoted from the bible because it’s based on biblical facts, the teachings of Jesus, and Christian principles, so if you are a parent who does not practice the Christian faith, then this probably wouldn’t be a book that you may want to read, but then again, you never know.   If you’re a person who hates to read, then I would recommend that you get the audio sessions from their website. Also, you will find a lot of other resources that provide hope and encouragement for families. It also has some church solutions as well and live seminars that are helpful. http://www.biblicalparenting.org/actionplanaudio.asp

Personally, I’m happy to learn about this book because it offers so much for so little! This book to has already served as a wonderful resource for me as I’m always on the lookout for information that can help me with my parenting skills as I raise my intelligent, energetic,  autistic son because as we all know, children do not come with instructions.    

PS. You can get the eBook for only $2.99 at this website. www.biblicalparenting.com/motivateyourchild.

Recap:  You will learn:
• How to build a strong conscience to strengthen internal motivation
• How faith changes kids in practical, down-to-earth ways
• Ways to help self-focused kids think of others
• A strategy to help kids who tend to blame, rationalize, or defend
• Ways to use consequences for heart change
• Specific heart-based strategies to develop responsibility and initiative
 


 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

THE BUTTERFLY LESSON

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We can learn some of life's greatest lessons by watching the struggles of a butterfly leave the cocoon, said the teacher, as she sent each of her biology students home for the weekend with a cocoon-in-a-bottle.

Not all of the butterflies hatched from their encasements that weekend, but eventually, they all did emerge.  One student noticing the struggles of his butterfly in trying to work free from its encasement, decided to snip off the end of the cocoon in order to help the insect succeed with less effort.  Out it plopped, but only the top half of it looked like a butterfly.  The bottom half was large and swollen. The insect crawled about dragging its listless wings and a short time later was dead.

The butterfly struggles to get through the tiny opening is necessary in order to force fluids from the swollen body into the wings so they will be strong enough to fly. Without the struggle, the wings never develop.

Lesson:  Most our personal development comes not from normal growth and exercise but from struggles against challenges, trials, and opposition.  Whether we win or lose each battle, it is the conflict itself that sharpens our wits, increases our stamina, and matures our inner selves and strengthens us for the challenges of the future.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Over 50 Craft Ideas For July Fourth


 
                      
 
50 Memorial Day  and Fourth of July Craft ideas
On Memorial Day, we take a moment to honor all fellow Americans who fought and give their lives in battle while serving our country.  It’s also a day to celebrate freedom and show patriotism.  Here are some craft ideas I rounded up   that parents can make with their little ones for Memorial Day.  I want to share these lovely ideas with you in hope that you’ll be inspired to make with your child or children.
1.    Kiddie Matter   website has shared 10 cute crafts that caregivers and parents can make with their little ones.
2.    Apples 4 the Teacher   is a resource site for teachers and homeschoolers.  This site has some beautiful crafts for older kids to make.
3.    Crafty Morning  website shows kids how to make fireworks with a one kitchen tool, and I think the project turned out so cute!
4.    Craftaholics   Anonymous   website has some cute patriotic push-up pops that school age children can make.
5.    The Kid’s Fun Review website has a cute hand craft that can be made by a classroom of kids.
6.    My Sister’s Suitcase website has 10 fun and easy shirts to make for Memorial Day parades!
7.    Artsy Momma’s website has 15 patriotic craft ideas for kids to make for Memorial Day!
8.    My Blessed life website has twelve pretty crafts that teenagers can make!
I hope you find a few ideas that you can use.  Please leave me a comment and let me know which one you like the most.
Minnie L Douglas

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Happy Mother's Day printout/printable (on cardstock or stationery)





There are Angels
who care for us and guide us
You can feel their love and gentleness
As they walk through life beside us.
They do great things for us every day
They whisper in our ears,
They even hold us in their hearts
When we are filled with all our fears.
They are always there to give a hug
And try to make us smile.
They treat us with respect and love,
They treat us like their child.
God blessed me with an Angel,
I’m proud to call my own.
She’s guided me the best she can,
She’s taught me like no other,
 And I’m thankful I’m the lucky one
Who gets to call her ………….   
            Mother    

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

HERE'S A FREE MOTHER'S DAY PRINTABLE YOU CAN USE

DON'T FORGET MOTHER'S DAY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! I HAVE A PRETTY MOTHER'S DAY PRINTABLE TO SHARE. IT FITS A 5X7 FRAME.   HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL!


 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ten Must Read Books For older Toddlers and Early Elementary age children

Reading jogs your mind, you're out front not left behind, the world's an
open book, jump in and take a look!
Adventures on the shelf,
reach out help yourself!
Reading, You've got me reading.

I don't know what it is about dinosaurs, but these are books that my preschool children and  older toddler boys love for  me to read over and over with them, and I enjoy reading them because they not only holds their attention, they help teach kids valuable lessons about life.  So, I decided to share my experiences of them with you. I know your little boys will be thrilled to have some of these books on hand!





  1. How do dinosaurs clean their rooms?
  2. How do dinosaurs say good night?
  3. How do the dinosaurs say I love you?
  4. How do dinosaurs play with their friends?
  5. How do dinosaurs love their dogs?
  6. How do dinosaurs say I'm mad?
  7. How do dinosaurs go to school?
  8. How do dinosaurs count to ten?
  9. How do dinosaurs learn their colors?
  10. Hoe do dinosaurs eat their food?
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The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague present their second original dinosaur board book, a playful "how-to" tale about making a mess and then cleaning it up.

Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs learn to pick up and put away their toys. How do dinosaurs clean their rooms? With trash cans and dusters and brooms!
Now Jane Yolen's playful, read-aloud text and Mark Teague's hilarious illustrations show your own little dinosaurs just how fun and easy it can be. Brimming with the same infectious humor as the other HOW DO DINOSAURS tales, this new board book is a perfect companion to the immensely popular picture books and a great baby gift as well.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EASTER

EASTER IS ABOUT JESUS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD BEING RAISED FROM DEATH!



ST. MARK 16:1-8

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
and very early in the morning , the first day of the wee, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.
And they said among themselves, who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?
And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side clothed in a long white garment, and they were afraid.
And he said unto them, " Be not afraid.  Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth which was crucified; He is risen! He is not here, behold the place where  they lay him Rather, go your way and tell his disciples and Peter that he go
 before you into Galilee.  There shall ye see him, as he said unto you."  And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulcher for they trembled and was amazed! Neither said they anything to any man for they were afraid.





























Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Easter, Easter Baket




Want to let your little ones make a beautiful Easter basket or two? I decided to get creative for this coming Easter, so, I made a beautiful Easter basket out of a green strawberry basket that was a savings in itself! during the Spring, I go through lots of strawberries, so I just started collecting them and use them with my Preschoolers, and my young grandkids always tell me that out of all the grandmas, I'm the only one who do crafts with them. That just melts my heart even the more because I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity and the mind to invest in these youngsters. I don't always have money to go out and buy expensive stuff, but I make good use of what I do have, and I usually have something that I can use when these holidays roll around.  here's the pictures of the first Easter basket I made because I always make a sample of what I want my little ones to make, and I tell them, they can decorate it with whatever color they like so it will have their own personal taste. '

Directions 

Rule number one thru ten,  when working with children, always gather your materials first, and have a demo of what you want them to make.

What’s needed?

  1. colored gift tissue sheets ( I got all my stuff from mine from the dollar tree, they have some pretty colors )
  2. scissors without sharp ends
  3. the green strawberry basket
  4. ruler to measure the sheets before cutting them
  5. two hands
  6. a package of fuzzy sticks










Monday, March 16, 2015

Lesson about not quitting




When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
when the road you're trudging seems all up hill;
When the funds are low and the debts are high
and you want to smile, but you have to sigh;
When care is pressing down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit!

Life is strange with its twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns;
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won , had he stuck it out;
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow,
 You might succeed with another blow!

Often the goal is nearer than it seems,
To a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure, turned inside out,
The silver tent of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
 It may be near, when it seems afar;
S, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst, that YOU MUST NOT QUIT!
Lesson:
"Endure to the end" are words that we bear countless times in the scriptures.  What do they really mean to you?"

Scriptures:  Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto a perfect day.
Hebrews 11:6  For without faith, it is impossible to please him;  for he that cometh unto God must believe he is God and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him.
                                                                    author unknown
Minnie L Douglas (publisher)
 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

GOD'S LOVE FOR HIS CHILDREN

GENESIS 1:1-31
This passage of scripture helps us to see why God created a help meet for Adam. He created and for eve, not Adam for Steve, and he loves us all unconditionally.


God loved his creations, but he was lonely.  He wanted a friend to share his new world, someone who would be like him. After careful consideration, he formed a man from the dust of the earth and called his name Adam unlike any of God's other choices. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ONE PAIR OF HANDS




"One pair of hands formed the mountains,
One pair of hands formed the sea,
One pair of hands made the sun and the moon,
Every bird, every flower, every tree.

One pair of hands formed the valleys,
The ocean, the rivers and the sand,
Those hands are no strong, So when life goes wrong,
put your faith into one pair of hands.

One pair of hands heal the sick,
One pair of hands raise the dead,
One pair of hands calm the ragging storm,
And thousands of people were fed.

One pair of hands said I love you,
And those hands were nailed to a tree,
Those hands are so strong, so when life goes wrong,
Put you faith into one pair of hands.

Those hands are so strong, so when life goes wrong,
Put your faith into one pair of hands.
Put your faith into one pair of hands."

Lesson:  who in their right mind wouldn't want to put their hopes and trust in one who is so powerful and mighty?
author unknown
Minnie L Douglas (publisher)