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4 Reasons You Should Support Your Local School Library

books By September 26, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The school library, the one period of the day or week when you didn’t have to worry about “work”, because being in the library doesn’t feel like “work” because you’re surrounded by books. School libraries full of books can instill a love of travel. They can teach about social injustice. You can learn about exciting people who live amazing lives.

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AG Knapper is a Canadian wife and mother to three amazing kids. She’s been researching her family tree for over ten years and recently started memorializing it for future generations on her blog, Silly Mummy Family Tree.

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Keep Your Kids Writing and Thinking this Summer

FAM, kids By June 16, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Keep your kids writing this summer Earlier this year, a letter sent by a child to the LEGO toy company went viral.  Seven-year-old Charlotte complained about the lack of opportunities for the LEGO girls available at her local toy store.  She noticed that the girl figures only visit the beach and the shops, while LEGO boys have interesting jobs and even save lives.  LEGO wrote back, adding to the story’s viral appeal and confirming for Charlotte that her questions were worthy of a response.

Why are we so pleasantly surprised when a child chooses to speak out?  Children have a built-in sense of what’s ‘fair’ or ‘unfair.’ E-mail, Twitter and Facebook provide endless opportunities for any child who can spell to ask questions of companies, organizations and governments.

Here are five ways to your children thinking (and writing) about fairness this summer:

1)    Help them feel heard: If a child feels something they see is unfair, encourage them to share more about their feelings.  It doesn’t have to be global warming.  Charlotte’s concern was simple, personal and right in front of her.

2)    Ask them questions: Don’t end the conversation with “Yes, that’s sad.” There are many things to wonder about together.  “I wonder who made the decision for this to happen?” or “Who do you think it hurt by this?” are great ways to keep them thinking.

3)    Encourage them to write: Some questions you can answer; others you can’t.  Help your child figure out who would be best to write to.  Is it a toy company, a company that’s polluting the lake, or your municipal government?

4)    Praise them for speaking up: Writing to a group of unknown adults can take courage, and your child deserves praise for taking the leap.

5)    Broaden their horizons: Share age-appropriate news stories and issues with them.  They may develop an interest in helping threatened animals (www.worldwildlife.org) or children who work to make our clothes or chocolate (www.nochildforsale.ca).

You may receive more than you bargained for the next time you announce bedtime, but you’ll certainly be impressed with their arguments!

Disclosure: This article was made possible through a partnership with World Vision Canada. #NoChildForSale

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox

Uncategorized By January 1, 2008 Tags: , , No Comments

Who Ever You AreWritten by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Leslie Staub

Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. But inside, they are all alike.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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