Daisy May & Me: Inspiration and positive living

Oreo Taste Test Activity

Oreo Taste Test Activity
Try this simple and fun family activity of Oreo Tasting! Includes a free scoring sheet printable.

Gratitude and Teaching It to Your Kids

Gratitude and Teaching It to Your Kids
  We've heard that gratitude is not only good for our mental health, but our physical health as well. Just like all the other things that are sup...

September Family Book Club Pick: The Gratitude Diaries

September Family Book Club Pick: The Gratitude Diaries

Annnd we're back!

Due to popular request, we're talking about gratitude this month, so what's a better book club pick than...

The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan

Janice Kaplan is a journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine. One New Year's Eve she had the desire to show more gratitude in her life for a whole year, and this book details her experiences and extensive research on gratitude in all aspects of life. She's a great writer, guys! It's very fun and insightful to read.

⏱: 305 pages (8 hours & 12 minutes for the audiobook - read by the author)

📖: Unlike our previous picks, this book is more of an adult read; however, this book has so many applications for families. We're excited to talk with you about all of the different things we can implement in our families and relationships.

Ready for your family book club meeting? This is the post for you! 

Tips for Becoming a Better Listener

Tips for Becoming a Better Listener

Sometimes, we are bad listeners. 

I think it's a skill we've lost a little because we are so busy all the time and we have the ability to be constantly distracted. 

But I'm sure we can all think of at least one person in our lives that is a good listener. 

What is it about them that makes them a good listener, do you think? Do they do anything special? 

Are YOU a good listener? 

Are you born a good or bad listener? Or is it something you become? 

We're talking all about listening on the blog today, but I have some questions for you over in our stories too so head on over there!

Tag a friend that's a good listener and tell me what makes them a good listener. I'd love to hear! 

Children's Books About Mental Health and Wellness

Children's Books About Mental Health and Wellness

Talking about mental health with kids can feel daunting. 

Sometimes we don't know what to say, or maybe we don't even fully understand, or know what to talk about, or how to bring it up, or maybe we will say all the wrong things.

Well, we've got a list of picture books up on the blog to help you talk to kids about various mental health issues and mental wellbeing too. 

Kids are so visual and this gives them a tangible way to learn more about depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, peer pressure, etc., in an inviting way. 

We're so lucky that there are incredible people in the world that are tackling hard subjects so that we can better understand and help our kids to understand too. 

These and other books will be a great opportunity to have very intentional discussions with our families about mental health and wellness.

What books have you read with your kids about mental health? We'd love to hear your suggestions! Leave a comment :)

May Family Book Club Pick: The Science of Breakable Things

May Family Book Club Pick: The Science of Breakable Things

This month, we're talking about something that only recently has been taken more seriously.

Mental health. 

We have the perfect book club pick that focuses on mental health awareness and our relationship with our mental health. 

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

Natalie is a seventh grade, quarter-Korean girl whose mom is struggling with depression. We'll follow along as Natalie works through an interesting science project, her feelings about what's happening in her family, and the internal battle she faces with how much to share and how to make things okay again. 

I read the majority of the book within two days, so that should tell you something!

It's 292 pages and the audiobook is 5 hours and 12 minutes.

Reading level is grades 3-7 (ages 8-12). This one can be read to younger kids, but some things may need extra explanation. 

This book really is an incredible illustration of mental health and it's perfect fit for a family book club. I think you'll have a pretty amazing discussion with this one. 

Family Relationships: Making Time for Your Spouse

Family Relationships: Making Time for Your Spouse

 

If you could sum up your relationship with your spouse in one word, what would it be?
 
What word do you wish it could be?
 
We have so many different relationships that we are constantly juggling, but I think our relationship with our spouse tends to take a backseat when life gets chaotic, especially with children.
 
I'm not sure if it's because we feel solid in that relationship, or we just assume there's a mutual understanding that we'll just pick up where we left off when things settle. I'm not sure why, but I definitely know that it happens, often.
 
We can't afford to put this relationship on the back burner. The relationship we have with our spouse is one of the most important relationships we have. It should be one of our biggest priorities because let's be honest, life is never going to calm down.
 
In this post, I'll tell you why this relationship is so important and how we can make it a greater priority. I think you'll find many benefits to strengthening your relationship with your spouse.
 
What's something that you and your spouse enjoy doing together?

Anger & Family Relationships: Fred Rogers & Margaret McFarland

Anger & Family Relationships: Fred Rogers & Margaret McFarland

Anger is inevitable. 

We are going to have confrontations, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, miscommunications, fighting, etc. throughout our lives, especially in our families.

It stinks, right? No one wants to be angry. But it's part of life and it really is inevitable. 

We cannot stop ourselves from getting angry.

You didn't read that wrong. We can't stop ourselves from experiencing anger. However, we can control how we handle and react to anger, which is different from the actual emotion. 

On the blog, we're talking about two people that have made careers out of helping children and their parents to understand emotions and how to be in control of our reactions to them. One of them is pretty famous, but I wonder how many of you know about the woman that heavily impacted his career?

We'll talk about these two phenomenal individuals, as well as some tips, tricks, and exercises for cooling anger rather than fueling the fire. 

Is this something you struggle with? How do you help your kids to understand their emotions? 

5 Board Games to Play with Your Family that Aren't Clue or Monopoly

5 Board Games to Play with Your Family that Aren't Clue or Monopoly

For as long as I can remember, my family has played games together. I know I did a lot of things with friends on the weekends, but we also always played a few games together too. 

Now that I have my own family, that obsession has not stopped. We are constantly looking for new games to add to our shelf and we love introducing friends and family to new games. I look forward to playing games with my own children as they get older because I hope they enjoy the opportunity to spend time as a family. 

While it's possible that there will be fighting, or crying, or even cheating, games also bring conversation, laughter, and joy. They can help with critical thinking and can even help kids (and adults...) to understand and develop sportsmanship. 

If you're tired of the classic board games we all know and love, I have a few suggestions for you in this blogpost! 

April Family Book Club: Absolutely Truly

April Family Book Club: Absolutely Truly

A new month means a new book for the Daisy May & Me Family Book Club!

We hope you enjoyed last month's book as much as we did, and we think you'll enjoy this one too. April's pick is...

Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick

We're talking about family relationships this month and Absolutely Truly is a great example of that. We'll read about Truly, a 12-year-old girl who moves from Austin, Texas to the small city of Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. She'll navigate relationships with her parents, siblings, and her aunt, as well as new friendships, all while trying to solve a mystery! And she's 6-feet tall, so that adds a fun element too. 

It's 355 pages and the audiobook is 8 hours and 1 minute.

Reading level is grades 3-7 (ages 8-12) but another one that can be read aloud to younger kids. 

We hope you'll join us. We think you'll absolutely truly enjoy it. ;)

Check out this blogpost for more information and for ideas for your family book club meeting.

Tips for Healthy Internet & Device Usage: For Kids & Adults

Tips for Healthy Internet & Device Usage: For Kids & Adults

Do you know how much time you spend on your phone daily? 

I mean the exact amount of time? 

Your phone does. It can tell you how much time you spend on each app and the total amount of time you spend on your phone each day. It can tell you how many times you unlock your phone too.

It's a sobering thing.

Do you have boundaries set for your phone/device use? What about for your kids' phone and device use? 

Do you talk about internet and device safety with your kids? 

We've got some simple tips and suggestions in this blog post to get the ball rolling for you and your family. 

It's so important to teach our kids how to use these tools properly. It's too easy to get sucked in, to be someone we are not, and to share way too much information to people we shouldn't. 

What are some things that have worked for your family? What are some things that you or your family are struggling with?

Craft Time: Paper Cactus DIY Decoration

Craft Time: Paper Cactus DIY Decoration
Fun and easy cactus paper craft activity to do with your family. Step by step instructions with free template.