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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. 

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?