Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book Review: Motivate Your Child

Book Review: Motivate Your Child by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
                                               *I received the book free and also received compensation but the opinions are my own.

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When I read the following words on the back of the book I knew this book would be perfect for my family. “God's Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live. This practical book explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.”
I have noticed that yelling, taking privileges away, or even using rewards does not help my children become motivated to do things on their own. I have tried to figure out different methods to get them to do things without being told.  

I am so glad I found this book. It is a practical guide that I can use along with the Bible. Instead of having to use some type of reward or punishment to externally motivate my children, they can learn to be internally motivated. There are many ideas in this book that one can easily implement. The book also uses examples of many different types of families.

I have read and discussed parts of this book with my children. So far, I have been shocked at how implementing just a few of these ideas has already made such a big difference in my children’s behavior. For example, instead of telling my children that they had to clean their room now, I asked, “What is your plan to clean your room?” They came up with their own plan. I trusted them with it and the room was cleaned at the time they told me it would be.

This book points out that we need to get kids on “level two” and even “level three” thinking. According to the authors, level one thinking is what kids engage in everyday, thinking about themselves and their own activities. Level two thinking focuses on responsibility and other people. Level three thinking considers God. The book even goes further by helping you teach your children to do more than what is expected.

 A great benefit to this book is that you can start using it on children of any age. They are not too old or too young to benefit from the teaching in this book.

This book gives me the tools to train my children to motivate themselves to do what they are supposed to do in all situations. It will stay in my list of references to share with other parents.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday "Yes! We Want to Build A Snowman!"

" Yes! We Want to Build A Snowman!" 

Last night  around 11:00 we had a surprise 5 minute blizzard!  I woke the boys up so they would not miss it!

This morning when they got up they asked to go play in the snow. We delayed our normal morning routine to have fun in the snow before it melted away.

They measured the snow! One of the boys said, "It's not even an inch!"

And yes, they even built a snowman!

I love surprise memory making times like these!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Big Green Giveaway!

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I am so excited to get to be apart of this exciting give away! Living green, healthy and organic is more than the products you buy or the lingo you use. It's about the day to day choices we make. Buying from a company that has our family's health at the core of their being or choosing to recycle. Simply taking a moment to pick trash off the ground or buying used are small steps that make a huge difference. The #BigGreenGiveaway is one more step. Each of the companies listed here are all living green, healthy and organic and they want to help you as you make those green or greener choices.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't Complain

Philippians 2:14-15New American Standard Bible (NASB) 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.

I at The Multitaskin Mom talking about ways to be more proactive instead of complaining. I am also talking about ways to handle people who complain to or about you. 


Friday, January 30, 2015

The Big Green Giveaway

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Multicultural Children's Book Day: Review of "The Rainbow Files: The Day I Was The Only Kid in School"

 I received a free copy of this book for MCCBD 2015. I was not paid for this review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

                                    Multicultural Children's Book Day
                                               January 27, 2015

I am very excited to be participating in my first Multicultural Children's Book Day. I think reading to children is very important, even when they are old enough to read themselves. It is equally important to discuss these books with your children after you read them.

The book I was chosen to read and review for this special day is, The Rainbow Files: The Day I Was The Only Kid in School. After reading this book you will realize that it facilitates great discussion. 

Included in this post is a great activity to do with your children and some important information about Multicultural Children's Book Day.

Review: The Rainbow Files: The Day I Was The Only Kid in School by Maria Kelly with April E. Kelly
  I am sure as a child you imagined a day when you would go to school and actually get to take over the classroom and teach whatever you wanted. This book is about that type of day. 

One night Shai Keshet awoke to a strange storm.  She was able to go back to sleep; but, the next day, when she arrives at school, she in the only student. It is decided by the principal that she, Shai Keshet, will get to be the teacher for the day. She can teach whatever she wants--and the teachers will be the students!

She chose some very interesting classes, which led to a day of fun and adventure. My children laughed out loud numerous times at the class choices and they loved the illustrations.

  Since we homeschool our children, they are almost always the only students in class. But even though this concept wasn't unusual to them, the amount of discussion that we had from this book still made a great homeschool class.

I asked my boys if they had a whole class all to themselves, what they would choose to teach. My older son said, "I wish I could do that because the whole day we would just have recess and gym." My younger son said, "I would teach a class on light-saber fighting."

This book can reach the reader on an even deeper level. I asked my kids several discussion questions related to this book.  

  • How would it feel to be the only person going through something?
  • What are some issues that you might face that would make you feel alone?
  • How would you handle those situations?
  • How could you take control of the situation? 
  • How would you treat someone who felt he or she was going through a situation all alone?
  • How could you help that person? 
I recommend this book, whether your child is in public school, private school, homeschool, or not yet in school. It engages children by being funny and interesting and encourages them with some very creative discussion.

So you may be asking, "Why are we having Multicultural Book Day?"

                The mission of Multicultural Children's Book Day:

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.”  (Founders: Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom

Did you know?  Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

So now you may be asking, "How can I help?"
Here are some ways you can help us celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day:


First Book
We’re also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.

Children’s Book Council
A Special Thank You to the Children’s Book Council for their contribution and support.MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

I plan to donate the book I reviewed to Hempstead County Library.

If you would like more information, or have questions regarding Multicultural Children’s Book Day, please contact Valarie Budayr at Valarie@AudreyPress.com or Mia Wenjen at pragmaticmomblog@gmail.com