Daisy May & Me: Inspiration and positive living

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...

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 :)

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?

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.

March Family Book Club: An Introduction & the March book

March Family Book Club: An Introduction & the March book
Introducing the Daisy May & Me Family Book Club!
This is an opportunity for families to read together and have fun! Books are a great way to learn about other perspectives, including our own.
 
We will pick the book, we'll give you a reading schedule, discussion questions, activities, food & decoration ideas, etc. You get to read awesome books with your family! 
 
This month we are talking about online relationships, so we've chosen Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling as our book club pick. 
 
We'll read about Aven Green, a 13-year old girl who was born without arms. She moves to Arizona - to a new school with people that she doesn't know and that don't know her. She learns how to adjust and tries to make new friends. Oh, and she lives at a theme park. How fun is that?! 
 
It's 288 pages. The audiobook is 5 hours & 30 minutes. 
 
The reading level is grades 3-7 (ages 8-12), but it can easily be read aloud to younger kids. 
 
Dive into Aven's story with us! We think you'll find her pretty incredible and you'll love her just as much as we do. 
 
This post has a full explanation of family book club and all of the details for the March book. 
 
What do you think? Will you read along with us? 

Having a Healthy Relationship with Your Body: Learning from Bethany Hamilton, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Mirna Valerio

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?