Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Thrilled to share a wonderful review of The Tool Box from Maren Schmidt, author and educator.

A valuable book by Karren Garrity is appropriately named, The Tool Box: Tricks of the Trade for Raising Teenagers. Even though Garrity wrote this book to help those working with teens, the relationship building advice works for three-year-olds or 103-year-olds. 
To read review Click Here     

Friday, June 7, 2013

Kid Talk & Self Esteem

This is a great article on how to talk with girls (although it applies to boys as well).  To help build true self esteem  with our kids we need to comment on more than the color of their hair or choice of outfit!  The building blocks for confidence are created by characteristics of substance such as, interests, skills and accomplishments; truly qualities to be proud of!   Ask questions that give others a chance to share their opinions and passions.

I went to a dinner party at a friend’s home last weekend, and met her five-year-old daughter for the first time.  Little Maya was all curly brown hair, doe-like dark eyes, and adorable in her shiny pink nightgown. I wanted to squeal, “Maya, you’re so cute! Look at you! Turn around and model that pretty ruffled gown, you gorgeous thing!”    Lisa Bloom