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!
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 :)
This month, we're talking about something that only recently has been taken more seriously.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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?
Having a Healthy Relationship with Your Body: Learning from Bethany Hamilton, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Mirna Valerio
In today’s world, it’s tough to love our bodies.
Most of us do not fit the Hollywood mold, and we are constantly bombarded by sales pitches for products, diets, and workout regimens that will help us to get the body we’ll finally love.
But will they really? And will we really? In reality, we need self-love now in order to love whatever comes down the road, or we’ll never be content. There will always be something that isn’t quite right or perfect.
And guess what? We teach that to our kids.
Our children aren’t born with body issues. We teach them that. Either directly or through outside influences that we allow into our lives.
So what do we do?
We change the curriculum.
In this blog post, we’re looking at some incredible people that teach us how to love our bodies now along with an activity and some discussion questions to talk about with your kids.
What do you think about this? How has the world affected your ability to love your body?
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
We’re starting off #blackhistorymonth with an incredible woman: Maya Angelou.
Maya was most notably known for her writing - her autobiographies and poetry - but did you know that she was also a singer, a dancer, a streetcar conductor, screenwriter, director, actress, professor, and lecturer? She was kind of incredible, to say the least!
She also experienced some tough things in life, and yet she drew strength from her struggles rather than letting them destroy her. Maya teaches us that we can learn from what we experience in life and we can use it for good and to connect with the world. Regardless of what we go through, we can R I S E.
In this blogpost, you’ll find more about Maya’s life and a fun writing activity with some discussion questions to talk about with your kid(s). There’s also a list of additional resources to learn more about Maya and some of her works.
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