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I remember the Dukakis vs. Bush election of ’88… It is so vivid in my mind–I was able to get the entire school bus of fourth and fifth graders to vote for my guy! I learned to persuade, educate and stimulate the minds of my fellow elementary age friends. You see, we voted for the next President at my little ole elementary school located in rural Florida. And that memory has stuck with me! I have never, ever missed a single opportunity to vote these past [insert number here] years.
Get your kids involved in what’s going on today in our elections! Have them read the paper, listen to talk radio and watch news clips. Let them form their own opinion on the “best candidate.” You can also teach them about the importance of government, the role of government and the history of democracy!
Here are some book suggestions to encourage your children to be life-long voters!
Voting in Elections by Terri DeGezelle: A look at U.S. democracy and how voting works.
Election Connection: The Official Nick Guide to Electing the President by Susan Ring: A fun book (created by Nickelodeon) that explains everything and anything surrounding an election!
And, of course, some great internet sites:
Inside the Voting Booth by PBS
Election Process from Ben’s Guide
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/americavotes/ This is neat! This site illustrates the nation’s presidential elections in letters, sheet music, leaflets, buttons, and bumper stickers!
Wow! What a holiday season I had… So much fun and now I’m back at work. And, it’s time to start saving money for next Christmas!! Speaking of money, what do you do to teach your kids about the importance of saving, earning or even investing? I remember getting a weekly allowance for completing five chores (and these were chores outside of cleaning my room or bathroom). I would receive my age in allowance. My mom also taught me to save (or, in other words, get a great deal!). She was the queen of bargain shopping and that has been passed on to me (I could tell you right now, as I type this, that everything I’m wearing was bought on sale!). The most memorable money saving experience I had as a kid was coupons! My mom would write up her list of groceries and hand it on over to me. I would then match coupons to the items on the list. For every coupon she used, she would pay me the savings (and if I could convince her to shop on double coupon days, I could get twice the money!!). I was rolling in the change!!!
Here are some great websites, books and even a movie that will help you to teach your kids about saving:
Millennium Mom’s Blog: 15 Ways to Teach Kids How to Save
New York Times Article “For Those Born Rich, Lessons on How to Stay That Way“
New York Times (again!) “Teaching Teamwork, but with Real Money“
The Everything Kids’ Money Book: From Saving to Spending to Investing–Learn All About Money! This book is super popular here at the West Palm Beach Public Library.
Growing Money: A Complete (and completely updated) Investing Guide for Kids! I love this book… it’s actually helped me and I’m not a kid!!!
I would love to hear what you do to teach your kids about money… Please share with us!
Check out this very cool website: http://www.kidvidlit.com
This site is all about bringing books alive using the things kids love… the internet, video, sound, music and animation! If your kid thinks reading is boring, dumb or dull (or like I hear everyday, “I don’t like the cover, this book looks lame!”) then you’ve got to have them visit KidVidLit. Each video is it’s own movie-trailer to promote a featured book. Very cool concept.
Now, if you’re one of those adults that think “I don’t have time to read…or I can’t find any interesting books to read” then you can just break down and visit the adult version VidLit.
Happy watching…then reading!
I recently wrote about the new baby in my family (check out my July 17th post). And I wanted to share with you what the new mom, Wendy, has been reading (and did read) to prepare for the newest addition! Wendy even gave me permission to post a picture of the two of them! Aren’t they adorable??Okay, so what exactly can Wendy share that may just contribute to one becoming a successful, confident, relaxed and down-right great mommy (or daddy!)?? It all starts here with Part 1 of the Got Baby? series: Top Books and Websites for Before and After Baby:
First, she highly recommends subscribing to and viewing online Mothering Magazine. Specifically, Wendy stated that this magazine, which promotes natural family living “offers advice, information, and products from a different perspective than the plastic corporation backed magazines like Parenting, etc.” FYI: Wendy is an anthropologist (soon to be Dr. Wendy) and does LOTS of research when it comes to anything that has to do with feeding, bathing, and raising babies…She is one informed momma!
Wendy then went on to share with me some of her favorite book resources that she read before giving birth to the little one. She read What to Expect When You’re Expecting… which she felt was a useful book. She explained that it incorporated “scenarios that were different from the medicalized and institutional hospital birth experience.” FYI: Wendy chose an entirely natural birth at a birthing center called Labor of Love.
Wendy also recommends the book Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide because she felt it explained the birth and delivery stages in more depth than the What to Expect book.
Wendy also enjoyed reading the Sears Series on Pregnancy books. And she finds that the Sears website “provides some of the most comprehensive and balanced information and resources” for new moms and babies. And now that little baby is here in the world she is currently reading How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Pediatrician. This book was actually recommended to her by her chiropractor “who does not believe in traditional pediatrics (except in extreme cases or obvious sick-child cases) and has not vaccinated his children.”
(To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That’s a tough question. I thought I should throw in some extra resources here from both sides of the coin. Here’s an article from the CDC entitled “Concerns about Vaccine Safety” and a question/answer forum from Mothering Magazine on vaccinations. And check out the National Vaccine Information Center’s website for more information for consumers to use to make an educated and voluntary decision on vaccinating.)
So, that ends Part I of the Wendy inspired series Got Baby?. Stay tuned for Part II: Breastfeeding! (please send me any information you may have to add to this upcoming post).
Oh, and I just found a very cute blog entitled Musings of a Crunchy Domestic Goddess. She’s all about natural childbirth, breastfeeding, cloth diapers, etc… and she’s funny! Her August 7th post is actually about breastfeeding and I will probably refer to it in Part II of Got Baby? (and she even recommends lots of books…she’s definitely a favorite of this librarian!).
Happy Mothering and Fathering!!
I saw this on the Kids Lit blog (terrific blog, by the way)… and I just had to pass it on. I’m super excited because I (and most of my readers) live within driving distance of Orlando!!! And by the time this opens, hopefully gas prices will be cheaper.
Universal Studios is opening a theme park based upon the Harry Potter books and movies!!! How cool is that? It’s being billed as a “theme park within a theme park.” It will be called “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Very cool. Read all about it on Comingsoon.net (a site dedicated to movies, music, tv, etc…that are coming out “soon”.)