Tag: Positive Parenting

Juan Has The Jitters

Juan Has The Jitters is a story about inclusion, diversity, and the power of math to help one boy with autism thrive among his peers.”

Synopsis

Juan claps his hands to get his Jitters out. They make his tummy swoosh and swirl. His Jitters happen when there are too many people, too much noise, or too many changes to his day, Juan doesn’t like surprises.

Tomorrow there is an athletic event planned at school, which makes Juan very nervous. But his teacher has the perfect solution: math – Juan’s favorite subject! Counting, sorting, and matching help Juan calm his Jitters. By making math part of the day’s athletic games, and by appointing Juan the official judge, his teacher can make sure that Juan will have fun and feel included. The class is calling it the Mathletic Games!

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Juan has the Jitters is a great children’s book and one that we would recommend for all to read as it helps teach kids about neurodiversity, inclusion and how we are all unique. We loved how the teacher came up with a creative way to empower Juan and show his amazing talent that he can offer the class.

You can’t help but cheer with the whole class at the end as Juan does an amazing job. Juan claps along with his class and this time it wasn’t for the jitters but for the joy of clapping with his classmates. Simply beautiful and it tugged at our heartstrings.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 claps out of 5! A must read and a story that will empower our young readers to be inclusive of all no matter of their super powers. 🙂

If you would like to purchase this amazing book, click here. The age recommendation would be four to eight years old. This book would make a great book for teachers as it nurtures on multiple domains of scholastic development.

About the Author

Aneta Cruz is a pre-K teacher and children’s book author. She holds a credential in early childhood special education, a BA in English literature, and an MFA in creative writing. When she’s not reading, writing, or eating Nutella by the spoonful, she teaches her class of preschoolers how to love books (and other things) as much as she does. She divides her time between the Czech Republic and Southern California, where she lives with her husband, two children, and Poe, the cutest ugly dog in the world.

About the Illustrator

Miki Yamamoto has been drawing since a very early age. Most of her childhood was spent in her room sketching, coloring, and painting to entertain herself. She studied illustration at Cal State University, Long Beach and has worked for Hallmark Cards, Disney, and Amscan Party. Miki has won numerous awards as a children’s book illustrator. She resides in Southern California with her wigglebutt Aussie, Bella.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. We do not make commission on book sales.

When We Stayed Home | Book Review

When We Stayed Home is a children’s story that encompasses all that the world has been going through this pandemic. It provides a platform and a positive environment for children to speak about their feelings.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

When Covid-19 traveled the globe, we were prompted to stay home, wash our hands frequently, socially distance and wear masks to remain safe and help the helpers. For children who don’t yet grasp the concept of time and haven’t weathered enough life to understand the art of endurance, it’s been a particularly complicated and sometimes trying time. When We Stayed Home looks at one young boy’s pandemic journey and through colorful illustrations and heartfelt prose we see how he has used his trusty imagination and childlike creativity to navigate the trials of staying home day after day, becoming a super-helper in the process while missing family, friends, school and the “normal” life he once knew.

From decorating adorable toilet paper-shaped sugar cookies, building forts, painting and doing puzzles to frequent screen dates and dance parties with family and friends, young children will relate to his joys and sadnesses and how they too found connection and even serene moments of happiness while isolating. The book will comfort, entertain, and stir conversation about feelings and experiences the youngest stay-at-homers have experienced during these improbable times. Written by Tara Fass, LMFT and Judith A. Proffer, the book was inspired by Proffer’s five year-old nephew, who continued to find big moments of mirth in home, nature, adventures and activities while at times tearfully longing for the virus to go far, far away. Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist Fass has worked with families during the pandemic to navigate its bumpy road with tools, optimism and hope.

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When We Stayed Home gives us whimsical illustrations and relatable prose, When We Stayed Home helps young children navigate all of their great big feelings and cheer themselves on during the upheaval of pandemic, honoring their role as the “super-helpers” they are by washing their hands, wearing masks, social distancing and staying home. Along with the family dog as his trusty sidekick, When We Stayed Home’s super-helper builds virus-free forts, decorates silly toilet paper-shaped cookies, enjoys screen visits and dance parties with family and friends, and relies on his resourceful creativity and imagination to weather the virus storm.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5. A real story that allows children to express their feelings and to know that they have not been alone. A sensitive topic for many as these times have not been easy for many families but this story brings out the positive and allows families to talk about it in a healthy way.

If you would like to purchase a copy, click here. It is recommended for children ages three to eight.

About the Authors

Judith A. Proffer founded Southern California based and award-winning Huqua Press in 2010 as an independent publishing house to nurture talent and creativity. Previously Proffer spent twenty-five years in newspaper publishing, including nearly two decades with the alternative press (LA Weekly, OC WEEKLY, VILLAGE VOICE MEDIA) where she was Associate Publisher and Publisher, followed by co-ownership of the Sun Community Newspaper chain in the San Fernando Valley. Huqua Press publishes a diverse catalogue that includes culinary, juvenile, fiction and popular culture titles. Proffer seeks authors and works that uplift, inspire, inform and engage.

Featured titles include Caroline by Brandi Carlie, Dog & Butterfly by Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie by Patti Davis, Our House by Graham Nash, The Lotus Kitchen by Gwen Kenneally and Places by Thaao Penghlis. She is the editor of I Hope You Dance, The Power of Spirit and Song (and co-produced the I Hope You Dance documentary), and is also the Vice-Chair of Meteor 17, overseeing literary and charitable efforts for the media company.

Proffer was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as one of the leading “Women Who Make A Difference” in the Southern California Community. Additionally, she was honored by Friends of The Family for her many charitable endeavors. In 2010 she teamed with Hollywood caterer Gwen Kenneally to create Magpie Mini Pie Gourmet Pies, a pop-up bakery with proceeds from the artisanal pies going to charity. The pies remain part of the event menu for Gwen’s Back to the Kitchen Catering Company. Proffer has taught writing workshops to children, adults and incarcerated at-risk youths. She is launching The Word Garden in 2021, a non-profit writing resource for non-writers. She’ll host monthly writing workshops, offer templates and writing tools on The Word Garden website and will provide writing workshops for at-risk students in underserved communities.

Tara Fass, LMFT has treated the walking wounded of Los Angeles for twenty years as a therapist/mediator and co-parent educator through her clinical work and private counseling. She was a Huffington Post contributor for six years and blogs for “It’s Over Easy,” an online divorce support resource. When We Stayed Home is her second book.

“The work I am doing during covid through telemedicine is an attempt to sharpen inner listening, to accurately name and express pain, and thereby better regulate emotions. The impact of Covid and quarantine on families and children today is something we’ll be discussing for decades to come, attempting to make sense of it all.  It’s essential to talk about the ‘tough stuff,’ about real feelings. If we’re having awkward conversations, chances are we’re acting out less that which is not understood.  By not shutting down what feels unspeakable we get out of our own way sooner and are the better for it.”

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided by Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and we do not make commission on any book sales.

A Polar Bear In The Snow

“A Polar Bear In The Snow will take you on an intriguing journey that will be a delightful read for children. Another amazing story by Mac Barnett!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

A majestic polar bear heads out on a mysterious walk in a dazzling, playful collaboration from an exciting pair of picture-book creators.

Follow a magnificent polar bear through a fantastic world of snow and shockingly blue sea. Over the ice, through the water, past Arctic animals and even a human…where is he going? What does he want?

Acclaimed author Mac Barnett’s narration deftly balances suspense and emotion, as well as poignant, subtle themes, compelling us to follow the bear with each page turn. Artist Shawn Harris’s striking torn-paper illustrations layer white-on-white hues, with bolts of blue and an interplay of shadow and light, for a gorgeous view of a stark yet beautiful landscape.

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A Polar Bear in the Snow takes us on a polar bear journey which is intriguing through words and illustrations. The perfect combination for a delightful reading time for children.

We absolutely adored this book and it is no surprise as Mac Barnett is one of our favorite authors. He does not disappoint in this beautiful polar bear tale.

Simple and thought-provoking, illuminating and intriguing, this engaging picture book will have readers pondering the answer to its final question long after the polar bear has continued on his way.

“My favorite part was when he passed the seals. First you think that is who he is visiting and then you find out he is just passing through. I love seals.” – Nikki, Age 6

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 polar bears out of 5! The perfect story to read while cuddling on family night with a nice cup of hot chocolate!

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author

Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe – Horn Book Award; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, both also illustrated by Jon Klassen; and President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Mac Barnett lives in California.

About the Illustrator

Shawn Harris’s debut picture book, Her Right Foot, written by Dave Eggers, was named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He began his illustration career in the early 2000s when he designed the album art for his band the Matches, for whom he continues to moonlight as a singer-songwriter. He lives near Mac.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. We also do not make commission off of book sales.

Celebrating Halloween with Indoor Trick-or-Treating

This year Halloween may look really different for some as many may choose not to go out trick-or-treating. However, this does not mean you can’t celebrate Halloween at all this year.

2020 has been a year of changing traditions to make it as normal as possible for our little ones. I remember changing around Easter to make sure the magic of the Easter bunny was still much alive in our home, even if our family couldn’t be together to celebrate. Now with Halloween just around the corner, I will be bringing the fun of trick-or-treating with a little twist to my daughter.

Let me introduce you to our idea, Trick-or-Treat Hotel.

Halloween Baking

Before we undertake our spooky adventure, we will be warming up with some Halloween baking. Halloween is always much more fun when baking is involved and we can have these yummy treats once we are done.

Remember to just have fun and no need for masterpieces especially since it will all be eaten anyways. 😉

Halloween Crafts

Once your baking is complete, you can move on to some crafts as this way your child is busy creating art while you set up your trick-or-treat hotel.

We got some Halloween crafts from our local dollar store which does not need any adult supervision. A couple of the crafts that we will be doing are Halloween ornaments and a Halloween photo by using Halloween stickers to create our scene.

Trick-or-Treat Hotel

This idea came to me during our play of hotel in our home. So I have incorporated that idea with trick-or-treating. We will be transforming our bedroom floor into a hotel. We have four doors on this level and all these doors will be closed.

Each door will have a Halloween inspired sign and you can create these yourselves with construction paper and a string. You can place these on all the doors. We used words that Nikki can read on her own, this way she is practicing her reading skills along the trick-or-treat road.

As Nikki approaches each door, she knocks and says, “Trick or Treat.” Then we open the door and inside she will find a note that will either say, “Treat” or “Trick.”

Treat Note

If the door reveals a “Treat” note, then you will need to find the treat in the room. Special bonus is that the notes will have a number on it (math equation) and that is how many treats need to be located in the room. Great way to have your child practice with their math skills too. 😉

Trick Note

Halloween needs to have some tricks too as we can’t always have treats. These notes will have instructions on what trick to do. For example, do 10 jumping skeleton jacks. Keep it fun, light and a great workout. Makes up for not walking the distance to get treats in your neighbourhood.

Halloween Family Movie Night

Once all doors have been explored, you can have a relaxing night with a family Halloween movie night. Always have your child pick the movie to make sure it is one that does not scare them. There are many great options available on Disney Plus. That is our go to for family friendly movies.

That is our Halloween plan this year and one that I know won’t scare me by the end of the night. I am a bit of a scary cat so the idea of an indoor trick-or-treat is ideal for me. Either way, I know this will be a memorable Halloween for my daughter and we will make the best of it.

We would love to hear what you are doing this year in the comment section below. Remember whatever you decide, stay safe and have a Happy Halloween!

-Momma Braga

 

The Boy and the Gorilla

The Boy and the Gorilla is a beautiful children’s story that will tug at your heart strings. A story that gently depicts  the tender relationship between a young boy mourning his mother as he finds a path to healing. Articulated with words and illustrations perfectly. A powerful story in the talk of loss.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

On the day of his mother’s funeral, a young boy conjures the very visitor he needs to see: a gorilla. Wise and gentle, the gorilla stays on to answer the heart-heavy questions the boy hesitates to ask his father: Where did his mother go? Will she come back home? Will we all die? Yet with the gorilla’s friendship, the boy slowly begins to discover moments of comfort in tending flowers, playing catch, and climbing trees. Most of all, the gorilla knows that it helps to simply talk about the loss – especially with those who share your grief and who may feel alone, too.

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The Boy and the Gorilla truly tugged at my heart strings as I read the story to my daughter. It opened up more dialogues in the conversation of loss. We loved the questions the little boy asked as they are very common questions that children do ask. But sometimes as adults we may not know how to answer them as they can be tough ones for us. However, the Gorilla answers them beautifully and so simple.

In this story, the Gorilla helps this young boy find the path to healing through their shared grief and bond. This path leads the young boy to talk to his father where they both can bond and heal together. Just absolutely perfect! The author and illustrator did a superb job in articulating with words and illustrations on the toughest topic; loss.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10+++ hearts out of 5! Loss has always been a hard topic for many and one that is comforting to see in children’s literature. I truly believe this story is one that will help children better understand and will start the toughest dialogue that we as parents may be uncomfortable with. Nikki truly enjoyed this story and the answers comforted her. We have had a loss in our lives this year and we used this book to help her better understand. It did just that and Nikki knows that those special people who are no longer with us, are always in our hearts.

“When will I feel better? When you know she’s still with you.”

If you would like to purchase this heartfelt story, click here. The age recommendation is four to eight on this book.

About the Author

Jackie Azua Kramer is the author of The Green Umbrella and If You Want to Fall Asleep. She was previously an actress, singer, and school counselor. Jackie Azua Kramer lives with her family in Long Island, New York.

About the Illustrator

Cindy Derby is the author-illustrator of How to Walk an Ant and the illustrator of the poetry collection Climbing Shadows by Shannon Bramer. Before she was an illustrator, she went to theater school and performed all over the world as a puppeteer. Cindy Derby lives in San Francisco.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. We do not make commission off of book sales.

Learn About Animals with LeapFrog’s 100 Animals Book

100 Animals Book is an interactive book that will allow you to explore the world of animals while building vocabulary for your future little reader.” – Momma Braga

100 Animals Book™

Hold 100 animals in your hands with the touch-sensitive pages of the 100 Animals Book! Six double-sided, interactive pages feature animals from 12 habitats and environments. Hear animal names in English and French. Kids have a natural curiosity about animals, and this book provides lots of opportunities for exploration with illustrations and photographs of animals from the desert, savanna, rain forest and more. Fun facts about animals promote early science awareness, making this book a must-have addition to every little learner’s library.

Feature Highlights

Learn about words is 12 categories, sing along to learning songs and play fun sound effects while building vocabulary – an important skill linked to future reading success. There are five different activity modes and we break them down for you below.

Animal Names Mode

Animal names, sounds and fun facts come alive on six double-sided, touch-capacitive pages. The great part of this mode is that the words are toddler-appropriate.

Fun Facts Mode

This mode is awesome as you get to hear different fun facts about each picture.

Fun Sounds Mode

In this mode you can press the pictures to hear music and sound effects. Curious about what a sloth sounds like? You can now found out along with your little one. 😉

Music

Press the light-up Music Button to hear three learning songs.

Language Play

Slide the English/French Language Switch to hear the songs, directions and picture words in English or French.

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The 100 Animals Book is the must have interactive book that will allow your child to learn about the many animals in the world. It will help build a child’s vocabulary and help better prepare them for the wonderful world of reading. The 100 Animals Book™ will inspire young readers to learn animal names and fun facts in both English and French. This is a great introduction to the world of animals.

We loved learning about each one and it was great practice for Nikki to read the words before clicking on the picture. Nikki’s favourite animal is the Penguin, while mine is the sloth and otter. Hearing the animal sounds was very interesting too as many I personally never heard before. I guess you can say that we both learned many new things with the 100 Animals Book. 😉

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 penguins out of 5 (Nikki’s favorite animal)! For some learning fun, explore the 100 Animals Book and set your little one on the path to success to learning with this great product by LeapFrog.

If you would like to purchase your very own, click here. It would make a perfect gift idea for children ages 18 to 48 months.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this product was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Count & Win Sports Center Is The Must Have Interactive Sports Toy

“The Count & Win Sports Center is the must have interactive sports toy! You literally will be counting the fun with this great product from VTech Toys.” – Momma Braga

Count & Win Sports Center™

Win the learning game with the Count & Win Sports Center. Toddlers get their muscles moving with a soccer ball to exercise their legs and feet, and a basketball to get little arms and hands working. Make a basket! It’s easy to practice counting with a basket that keeps the score. One, two, three! Pull down the basket for a slam dunk. Score a goal! The friendly goalie will cheer you on with encouraging phrases. The animated LED scoreboard keeps the learning and the energy going. Little fingers get a fine-motor workout, too, with buttons to press, gears that turn and a trophy that slides back and forth. Learn about shapes, colors, numbers and good sportsmanship as you enjoy 65+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases. Toddlers grow fast, and this sports center grows with them with two adjustable height levels. Get your child a gift they’ll be able to use for months to come. Count on it!

Feature Highlights

Interactive sports toy with goal, goalie, soccer ball and basketball encourages counting and gross-motor skills. Here are some highlights.

  • Score a basket or make a goal and the smart sports center responds with cheerful sounds and phrases to keep the fun going.
  • The scoreboard displays the number of points on the animated screen to reinforce learning and encourage the action.
  • Growth spurts are no problem with this two-level, adjustable-height basketball hoop.
  • 65+ songs, sounds, melodies and phrases keep the fun and learning going, encouraging gross and fine motor skill development.

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Count & Win Sports Center is the must have interactive sports toy of the year! It truly provides “countless” hours of fun and learning. 😉 We love how interactive it is and it gets kids moving. That extra physical activity is amazing for the little ones and they can really build their fine motor skills.

The Count & Win Sports Center is perfect for toddlers from 12 to 36 months. We tested it out with my goddaughter, Adriana who was very excited to try it out. She loved being able to play basketball and count along as she got the baskets in. We can’t forget to mention her love for kicking the soccer ball and scoring a goal! Not only did the sports center cheered for her but we all did too! We all became sports fanatics for Team Adriana and Team Nikki. 🙂 The confidence shined brightly through each activity that Adriana tried and that was amazing to see.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give the Count & Win Sports Center 10 goals out of 5! With loads of learning, this basketball and soccer sports toy makes the perfect baby or toddler gift for any occasion. If you would like to purchase this awesome play center, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This product was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

VTech Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor is Must Have For New Parents

“VTech Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor is the must have item for all new parents. Get some rest and peace of mind knowing that you can see your little one with a click of a button.” – Momma Braga

VTech Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor

The VTech Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor allows you to check in on your little one from virtually anywhere – at home or remotely on your smart device. The HD camera uses your home’s Wi-Fi connection to capture movements and sounds. Watch your child in real time on the parent unit, or on the MyVTech Baby app in high definition. When viewing on your iOS or Android device, experience crystal-clear, high-definition video. The two-way talk back feature allows you to comfort your baby from the parent unit or your smart phone.

The VTech Wi-Fi Remote Access Video Baby Monitor features a built-in night light, soothing sounds and lullabies that play right from the camera unit to help baby sleep tight. This fixed baby camera has a wide-angle viewing up to 110 degrees to watch over your little one from anywhere in the house or out in the yard. Even after dark, you’ll be able to see your baby clearly thanks to automatic infrared night vision. Plus, the built-in temperature sensor will let you know with an alert if the nursery is getting too hot or too cold so you can adjust the thermostat.

Highlights

  • Free live remote access via smartphone and tablet
  • High-Definition, 5-inch color LCD screen
  • 1080p full HD video quality
  • Built-in night light on camera
  • Wide-angle viewing up to 110 degrees

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The VTech Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor is truly the must have gift for all new parents as it provides you with that extra peace of mind when your child is asleep. The video quality is above any quality that we have ever seen, even in the dark as it offers you top of the line light vision! This baby monitor is convenient as you can see your child right from your phone/tablet. Just like with many amazing things from the VTech brand, the monitor can grow with your baby.

You can easily place the monitor in a room where you can view your child to ensure that they are safe. Therefore, this monitor can work for children too. Did we mention the sound quality is amazing and you can program the monitor to record when motion is being detected. We also love the lullaby feature that it offers. It sure comes in handy when you are tired and are on the 20th lullaby to get your little one to sleep (been there and done that!). 😉 It offers everything that a parent would want in a monitor and more. You can adjust the sound and you are even notified of the room’s temperature. So many amazing features and all at your fingertips! VTech has done it once again by taking everything a parent would want and deliver it with style. We do love the look and style of it and it goes so well in a baby or child’s room.

Our Rating

Therefore, it is no surprise that for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 stars out of 5! It is the must have technology for your home as it gives you amazing features and the peace of mind knowing you can easily see your baby during the night. I know as a parent, I spent many sleepless nights to check on my daughter to see if she was ok. If I had this baby monitor at my fingertips six years ago, I know that my night sleep would have been so much better. 😉

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a new parent, then this is a great gift idea.  The VTech Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor will be available soon and it is exclusive to Babies’R’Us. If you would like to learn more, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Improving Your Parental Prowess: Incorporating Self-Improvement Into Your Life

There are things that we wish would make motherhood easier. Perhaps we need certain hacks to help us get by during a difficult week. But arguably, one of the best gifts we can receive as a parent is the one that we give ourselves. Self-improvement is one of those things that some view with a raised eyebrow. Some feel it doesn’t benefit them, whereas others wholeheartedly embrace it. But there is a case to be said for having aspects of self-improvement in your life as a parent. But how can you incorporate aspects of self-improvement into your life, and how can they benefit you?

Get Into the Habit of Reading

As simple as it sounds, learning about personal development can help you unlock so many different abilities as a parent. While reading too many self-help books can make us over critical and overthink everything there’s a lot to be said about reading the right materials about personal development. It can provide new insights so you can alter your behavior for everybody, not just yourself or your children. But it’s simple to get into the habit of reading on a regular basis. The best thing we can all do is take a little bit of time every day just to read something, no matter how brief it is. Take the opportunity to invest in a pair of glasses on a website like

https://www.eyeglasses.com, and even reading a page every night will point you in the right direction.

Find People You Can Relate To

When we try to improve ourselves, there will always be naysayers and they can be closer to home than you think. Learning to improve your life is about getting insights from others. But finding people you can relate to will help you to stay motivated so you can keep pursuing your goals. We encounter so many people in our lives that don’t have any respect for what we’re trying to do, and when they are relatives or people we encounter every day, it can prove difficult to keep our distance from them. This is why we need to surround ourselves with people who are on the same wavelength. There are benefits to be had for encountering people who don’t think the way you do, because this can encourage the debate and learning to look at things from other people’s perspectives, but when you find people that operate on the same wavelength you have a support network. As a parent, usually this is other parents, but sometimes all the parents want to do is talk about their own children. We have to understand that if we want to be a better parent, we need to view ourselves objectively. 

Practice Being Calm

Being a parent means that we are sometimes running around so much that we end up feeling out of control and stressed. If we ever want to learn the fine art of personal development, being calm should be one of the first things that we understand. When you understand your own attitudes towards stress, you may have a new-found perspective. You may find that you’ve been a stress head your entire life but people didn’t want to broach the subject with you. If you can practice being calm, it won’t relieve everything straight away, but this art of practicing it slowly seeps into every aspect of your life. But when we feel that we don’t have the time to do it, this is when we have to find quick and effective hacks. There is a handy list on https://greatist.com to get you relaxing quickly. Because when we are relaxed we are able to solve problems better and understand how to improve issues.

Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Self-improvement can be about the lessons we learn from others. While we can’t “carbon copy” the issues someone else has gone through and apply it to our lives directly, when we see other people overcome problems, such as in terms of postpartum depression or learning how to take control of their lives, this can inspire us to ask for help. Some people think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But when we understand that help can come in many forms and we learn a lesson effectively, this will give us a foundation to build upon. Help can come in many ways, whether it’s a counselor or advice from a friend.

When we feel we can improve on things, it shows that we care. As a parent, we can learn so much about ourselves by looking in the mirror and figuring out what we can improve upon. Life is a constant lesson, especially as a parent.

My Favorite Color | Book Review

My Favorite Color will captivate readers of all ages to a pallet of colors that intertwine so beautifully. An absolute masterpiece at your fingertips.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

People always ask for your favorite color. But who said you can only have one? Open this gorgeous board book to find an ode to ever-changing colors, offering a spectrum of hues evoking the sun, the sea, clouds, and dew-dappled fruit. In colorful grids of small squares – some translucent inserts, some painted on the pages – Aaron Becker uses layering to make colors shift and transition from spread to mesmerizing spread. As fun to look at as an alluring paint-chip display and as inspiring as an artful concept book can be, My Favorite Color promises to be a favorite, well-thumbed read and a prized art object in itself.

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My Favorite Color exemplifies art in board book form and we absolutely love it! We found the concept of the book and the way colors changed and connected were brilliant. All the colors in the story captivated our eyes and hearts. It made me start to think how I can incorporate those colors in my interior design at home. 😉

Nikki and I love talking about colors as we discuss how each of our favorite colors is better than the other. It has been an epic battle since Nikki was able to tell me that her favorite color is pink (mine is Purple). I am happy to say that this book allowed us to see beyond our favorite colors and appreciate all the colors that surround us.

As we read the story and came to the question, “I can only have one favorite color?” Nikki shouted, “You can have as many as you like.” As we turned the page to get the response, Nikki smiled with glee as it truly is impossible to just pick one. Nikki’s favorite color (today) is Pink and Blue. It may change as she grows but one thing that won’t change is her love for all the colors.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give this book 10 rainbows out of 5! It truly brought color to life for us during reading time and it can definitely be treasured as a masterpiece of art.

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About the Author

Aaron Becker is the Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator of the Journey trilogy and of A Stone for Sascha, as well as You Are Light, the acclaimed companion book to My Favorite Color. His favorite color is bluish-green. And reddish-orange. And also yellow. He lives in western Massachusetts with his family.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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