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5 Things for Parents to Do With Their Kids
One evening, when I was in middle school, my mom and I were watching the news. It was one of the few evenings when we didn't have to run in, drop our books and run to soccer practice, band, scouts, or theater practice. I don't recall what the news was reporting, but I do remember that my mom muted the TV, looked at me, and asked, "What do you think about that?" I was surprised. Prior to this exchange, I don't remember my mother asking my opinion about anything that didn't involve me directly. But, her comment sparked a conversation, and it opened a channel for communication that I didn't know existed. Of course I had opinions, but I never shared them with my parents.
That conversation was part of a larger strategy. Like most parents, my mother wanted to be involved in our lives. She encouraged each of her kids to pursue their interests and through our enthusiasm, she frequently became interested in similar things. I learned how to make hemp bracelets, so she took up beading.
If you could have any conversation with your kids, what would it be? Would you talk about how to celebrate the differences in others? Would you want to give them examples of true heroes? Would you like to tell them stories about where they came from so they can write their own story? Would you want to teach them about stewardship by planting seeds or taking care of animals? Would you want to talk about history?
Here are some books for you, so you can get your conversations started. And be sure to check out Sarah Westeren’s post for books for your kids.
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Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies, and a thriving ecosystem that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart. Gardening with ch more...
Turn your garden into a hummingbird hotspot, a haven for butterflies, and a thriving ecosystem that will delight and inspire the young and young-at-heart. Gardening with children is a pleasure in itself, but when you learn to include wildlife in your plans, gardening becomes an even more joyful family experience. Creating a garden that invites wildlife opens up a wider world of nature for investigation, inspiration, and delight. Begin to see your yard from an animal’s perspective; discover plants that attract colorful birds and bugs; embrace sensory experiences that native plants and creatures bring; and understand how your yard fits into the surrounding landscape. Along the way you will discover simple ways you can actively support wildlife in your immediate environment, no matter where you live. This family-friendly guide to wildlife gardening leads you on a path to discovery, where trees are transformed into bird and animal habitats, where sunny spots are revered for dragonfly viewing, and where your entire garden becomes an animal-welcoming kingdom. less...
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Genealogist Laura Best follows up her well-received Genealogy for the First Time® with a colorful volume dedicated to techniques for preserving precious ancestral memories more...
Genealogist Laura Best follows up her well-received Genealogy for the First Time® with a colorful volume dedicated to techniques for preserving precious ancestral memories through scrapbooking. Scrapbooking can be more than just a craft: it can become a window into important family history. Use those vintage photos, uncovered documents, and newly-found family stories to create scrapbooked family trees and pedigree charts, eight generation treatments, depictions of holidays and family reunions through the years, and histories of family homesteads. Inscribe notes on ancestors' occupations and hobbies, anecdotes, celebrations, and sad moments: every memory worth passing on to children, grandchildren, and generations to come. The page designs all draw on color schemes and images common to various time periods, and there are also techniques for displaying the scrapbooked material in shadow boxes and frames. less...