Danny’s Magic Monster Now Available!

Look at this silly Monster!
Look at this silly Monster!

We are excited to have this book up to share! It will be offered FREE on kindle on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21. Please share with others – and, if you like it, honest reviews would be Greatly appreciated!!  http://jcy.me/mgge

Please sign up to get some Free pages for the kids to color! and you will get notified when the next Danny Book is out…  Find the sign up form on the Home page of this website. . .

We will be having lots of fun with Danny’s little monster in coming books – and asking for your ideas as well. If you suggest an adventure for the monster and we write it . . . we’ll dedicate the book to your child (or grand child). Stay tuned. 😉

Danny’s Dancing Socks hits in top 100 rank

Danny’s first little book danced into the top rankings on Amazon in two categories today – #75 in Children’s . . Bedtime and Dreaming and #95 in Children’s . . Stories in Verse. We are very pleased!

And so far we are straight 5 Stars on the reviews as well!

Thanks to all that have purchased the book and special thanks to those leaving reviews! Of course, it’s not too late for either. Just go to http://jcy.me/ipnw

You will be able to purchase or leave a review there. Love to hear your comments. My granddaughter had a grand laugh when we read the story together but she just doesn’t think her socks or panties go dancing at night.  But on the other hand, the park is just across the street . . .  😉

News Flash! Danny’s Dancing Socks is now Free on amazon kindle! Share the news … http://jcy.me/ipnw

Thank you!

Bedtime with the kids

Good news or bad news? I know parents who struggle for hours every night to get their child to go to bed, while, for other families, it’s easy peasy!

Every child and every family are different – that’s a given. And there are always ‘special’ circumstances, of course. But here’s my take on bedtime for kids. . .

Mindset is key. Going to bed is a good thing. Everybody does it. It’s a special time – special routine, special clothes, special blanket or soft toy, etc. (Special book to read, of course!)

Never, ever make going to bed a punishment! And never make it an argument – it shouldn’t be. Who’s in charge? If a parent says it’s bedtime, well, then it is! Great. Grab the toothbrush, the pajamas, the special toy, let’s read the book – and goodnight.

Don’t waver, especially with little ones. If one night their fit-throwing tactics win them extra hours then of course they’ll try it again, and again. . . Get junior used to a good healthy routine. 😉

Parents need their time too! Having a peaceful time to share together or to simply relax before your own bedtime is a good thing. You don’t need to feel guilty because you work all day and only get to spend a couple of hours with the kids at night.

Letting kids stay up late will only make you, and them, tired – and probably cranky too.

Make the hours that you do have before the children’s bedtime be good ones. Find out what they’re up to. Talk to them! Play games with them! (real games like in the old days. 🙂 Then plan some good time to do things together on the days when you’re not working.

So how about you? Do you have a special routine at night to send your child off to sweet slumber without a battle? Let us hear about it.

Thanks for reading –

Fun with Books

COVER   Oh, oh, oh … I can  hardly

wait to share the next book! A monster comes into Danny’s world – and such fun they have!

Watch for Danny’s Magic Monster within the next 2 weeks! And please like and share! Thank you!!

 

Imagination . . . Use It!

Nice word – imagination. It has “image” in it and allows us to ‘see’ things in our minds. They can be beautiful things, funny things, fantastical things -and they can be scary things too.

Children have great imaginations, at least most of them do. I believe they should be encouraged to use their imaginations in play and stories as they grow.

We used to play imagination games: can you see a funny animal? and then have the child describe what they imagined – color, features, size, sound it makes, where does it live, etc.

And then we would all go on to make up stories about this new ‘creature’ of ours . . . what was it’s name, what food did it like, what games could it play, and so forth.

If they imagined a scary or mean creature we would do the same thing. Find out all about it. Why was it scary and then, of course, we’d learn that things we just make up are not ‘real’ and certainly won’t harm us. How could we make friends with “scary” and why was it mean? Perhaps it had a toothache? Maybe it was just lonely. Maybe it wanted a friend!

I am quite astounded by the toys these days and all of the things that they do. My granddaughter has a complete (child sized) kitchen with pots, pans, dishes and even plastic food! Good grief. We “pretended” all of that – and had lots of fun without the huge financial commitment to loads of plastic junk.

When my daughter was old enough to want an “easy bake oven” I bought her a box of Jiffy mixes and let her whip up little cakes and brownies that were big enough for the whole family to have a piece. It took more interaction and supervision, yes, but the end result was rewarding for everyone – and cheaper than the easy bake stuff!

Here’s a smile memory: My oldest son wanted to bake too, and would have fun with mixes. One time when he was in 5th grade or so, he decided to bake a cake ‘from scratch’ as we were all out of mixes. He did a fine job – EXCEPT, he put in a cup of SALT instead of a cup of SUGAR!! Needless to say … that was one cake that never got eaten. 🙂

These days many families have an entire room just devoted to the children’s toys. Every other object blinks with colored lights, talks, roars or makes music. Not much is left for the children to imagine!

However, bring in a nice big empty box to cut openings and make a ‘house’ – or some old blankets to drape over chairs and make a ‘tent’ and watch the kids abandon the fancy stuff and go for the box or blankets! (Plain old wooden blocks are great too)

Truth be told, children don’t need a room full of toys. They need a few special things that they enjoy and they need the interaction of their families – play with them. Read  with them. Have tea-parties or road races with the little cars. Do puzzles. Play board games or card games. Go for walks. Let them help in the garden. Collect bugs together. . . have fun!

Teach your children that there are marvelous things to learn and do. Keep the TV watching time and computer game time to a minimal.

Life is calling – nature, friends, pets, family – it’s a wonderful life! Now, use YOUR IMAGINATION to help your children learn and grow!

If you haven’t gotten your copy of Danny’s Magic Monster yet, be sure to get it now! http://jcy.me/mgge