Daisy May & Me: Inspiration and positive living

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! 

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! 

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?