Show me the Money, Honey!

Otherwise known as “What You Will Make as a Blogger”… I am writing a mini-series on how to become a blogger, and what the benefits are to being one. If you missed the beginning of the series, feel free to start reading it here. If you just missed yesterday’s blog, you can find it here. Okay, so I held off discussing the money portion of this job because I figured if I told you what you would make as a blogger up front, you would say, “Great, I’ll just apply and skip the rest of this stuff!” And … Continue reading

Historical Fiction of the Modern Time Period

Whether you use the Charlotte Mason Method of Homeschooling, or a more relaxed approach of reading your way through history, historical fiction books are wonderful tools. By reading historical fiction, children more closely associate with children or people of the time period they are studying. This will help them to remember facts and dates long after the books are put down. My children are currently studying the modern time period in their history class, and it has been a struggle for me to find age appropriate historical fiction books for them to read. There is just a whole lot more … Continue reading

Little People in the Big Apple: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Living in New York City with five children under the age of seven, I can tell you that New York City is the perfect place to take a little trip–even with little kids. The trick is to know, what to see, what play ground is nearby, where the bathrooms are, and where the nearest McDonald’s is. It is with this idea in mind, that I offer some guest blogs on “doing” the Big Apple with your littlest crowd! The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of my kids’ absolute favorite places to go in the city. I think this is … Continue reading

“Superfudge” by Judy Blume

For eleven-year-old Peter Hatcher, life is just complicated. Not only does he have a little brother named Farley Drexel who prefers to be called Fudge, but his parents have just announced that they are going to have another baby! Between dealing with a new baby sister and moving to Princeton, New Jersey, Peter finds himself in even more uncertain situations that ever in “Superfudge.” Fudge is always a problem for Peter. After Mr. and Mrs. Hatcher announce the pregnancy, Fudge asks where babies come from. Once Fudge is graced with this new knowledge he decides to tell everyone he sees, … Continue reading

Combatting Stereotypes in Children, Part Two

In recent blogs we’ve talked about whether economic pressures and anti-immigrant sentiment will have an effect on our transracially adopted children. I wrote one blog on how adults can explore our own feelings about diversity. The blog Combatting Racism in Children, Part One talked about how children form attitudes and the importance of creating a diverse environment for young children, including diversity in pictures and in dramatic play props such as dress-up clothes and food. This blog will talk about some books and films that encourage an understanding of other cultures and of immigrants to America. There are many more … Continue reading

Tips for Starting Conversations

The two situations I wrote about yesterday started me thinking and I suspect I’ve also been guilty in the past of shutting people down with my answers. So, here are a couple of guidelines for initiating conversations 1. Don’t ask people – ‘What do you do?’ Even though experts say this is a good question, I disagree. It sounds to me too much like pigeonholing and tacking a label on. This question was one that used to make me run for cover when I was a stay-at-home Mom. It made me feel in the eyes of professional men and women … Continue reading

Author Interview – Janet Kay Jensen

Today we are joined by Janet Kay Jensen, author of “The Booklover’s Cookbook” and “Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys.” Janet, your new book “Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys” came out at a time that was very significant in our current affairs. Warren Jeffs was on the front of every newspaper. Did his story inspire you to write the book at that time, or was the book already in the works and came out coincidentally at the same time the Jeffs story broke? I actually started the book in 2000, when Warren Jeffs was not on the FBI’s Most … Continue reading

Star Weekend Weddings

And you thought all of Hollywood “it” couples got married last week Saturday (7-7-07)… Turns out some celebs waited an extra seven days to tie the knot (either because all their reception venues were booked or they figured any number divisible by seven was good enough). Such is the case for Hollywood heavyweights Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell (who only seem like they have been dating for seven years). According to PEOPLE Magazine, the pair was married yesterday in Los Angeles. The actress’ rep tells the magazine, “Rebecca and Jerry were married on Saturday evening in an intimate ceremony at … Continue reading

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

It just doesn’t get any better than this – sitting at my computer, sharing with you all the reasons I love certain movies, and getting to relive each magical moment in my mind. “Fiddler on the Roof” caught my heart from the opening credits and has held me tight ever since. A little background on me – I have always been fascinated with Russia and was able to go there as a teenager. “Fiddler” takes place in a pre-Revolutionary Russian Jewish village called Annatefka, a poor, isolated village where the people depend on each other for their welfare. One such … Continue reading