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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.