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Thanks to all of you who left great comments about encouraging children and entering the Hallmark giveaway. One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing ideas and encouraging each other, especially in the realm of mommyhood. I do my best day in and day out, but often it like I’m not getting anywhere or that I’m not effective in teaching my children. But here, we can share our successes and remind each other that we’re not alone.
Enough of the sappy stuff and on to the winner. Let’s have a big hand for Shooting Stars Mag! Please email me your address and I’ll have your cards and snazzy Text Bands heading your way.
I hope you are all settling into your school year routine. We’re had a good start and are just making our final adjustment to our routine – for a few weeks at least! Please share your tips for making the transition smooth as possible.
Thanks again to everyone who participated and thanks to Hallmark for providing the prize.
I remember being so excited and anxious on back to school eve, I often felt a little nauseous. It was kind of like Christmas, but with a lot more people and no gifts. I’m not sure my kiddos get anxious like I do, but I know they get excited. I don’t have a hard time getting them up on time for school. There’s a thrill that comes with the first day of school. If your children are excited, anxious or even dreading the new school year; it’s important for us as parents to listen, support and encourage them.
Hallmark was one of the sponsors at this year’s evo conference. Their suite was so much fun they had two walls of cards for us to send to our children, with messages ranging from ‘I love you’ to ‘great job’ to ‘let’s have fun together’. I liked finding the card that fit each child’s personality. Hallmark went out of their way to create a family friendly environment and helped us all to look forward to spending time with our families after our playtime was over!
I’m excited to share some of that fun with you! Hallmark has been kind enough to offer the following to one my lucky, US resident readers:
- 5 assorted Hallmark Kids Encouragement greeting cards
- A Hallmark Gold Crown coupon for $2 off of three greeting cards
- 2 Hallmark Text Bands
Entering is simple; leave a comment with your favorite way to let your children know how special they are to you. Contest ends Saturday, August 25 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday.
I have not been compensated for this post. Hallmark is providing the prize and all opinions are my own.
Happy August! Arizona started off the month with a flash – or several flash floods! We weren’t personally affected, but we see the results as we drive to school. It’s cool to see Mother Nature’s power, but it can be a little scary. So parts of the storm are included in my favorites. Here’s the rest of my favorites.
- Brave – Finally saw it last weekend and I loved it!
- ANWA critique group meeting – I received some great feedback on one of my projects!
- Princess Academy – I’m almost done reading for the second time for our family book club. My timing corresponds perfectly with Shannon Hale’s behind the scenes book club. There’s less than three weeks until the sequel, Palace of Stone, comes out!
- Mission Possible giveaway – Be sure to enter!
Other favorites I found online:
- Blogust – What to save a life simply by leaving a comment? Shot@Life is running a campaign for the month of August with 31 different bloggers. For every comment left on the hosting blogger’s site, $20 will be donated to help immunize a child in a developing nation. I urge you to leave a comment a month and make a life-saving difference in the world!
- Positively Splendid shares a touching first day of school experience that is worth the read.
- Are you planning on photographing a newborn anytime soon? I Heart Faces has some great tips to keep those babies happy.
- Even though I’ve been extremely disciplined and have only had one treat since Monday, these Reeses Rice Krispie Treats from Bakers Royale are tempting and beautiful. (There’s something I never thought I’d say!)
What’s your favorite today? Is it something fun or is it something meaningful?
Those of you who know me, know that I am passionate about two things – my kids and reading, and half of my reading is focused around my kiddos. We even have a family book club to help me catch up with a fraction of what they are reading. I just finished reading Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia; a book I didn’t read with my children, but for my children.
The story of Eva Moskowitz ‘s journey to founding the Success Academy Charter Schools is a captivating one, but this book is so much more than that. It starts off with a wake up call of how poorly our nation’s education system stacks up to countries around the world. We spend more than most countries with poorer results. It is not a matter of putting more money into the system, it’s a matter of making that system effective.
The way we make our schools successful is by focusing time and resources on our principals and teachers. We all have those teachers that remain dear to our hearts decades after we’ve completed school. Why have they stuck with us all these years? The motivated and encouraged us; they showed us we can accomplish great things. Teachers who consistently teach to the lowest level in the class feel the stagnation, which is one of the greatest source of low teacher morale.
What other profession does that? Do sales people spend 90% of their time with customers who aren’t interested in their product? No, they spend their time where it makes the most difference. Every success gives the salesperson more confidence and that confidence can be the motivation that draws in more customers. I’m not saying teachers should only work with the bright motivated students, but teaching at a higher level pulls the entire class up. The teacher and students gain more confidence with every victory and they want more. This is the motivation for everyone to see how far they can go. For that reason, every educator and parent should read this book.
I told my daughter yesterday that I wish I could give a copy to each teacher and administrator in her school. (We have lots of ‘if I had a million dollars’ wishes.) I may not be able to do that, but I do have a copy to give away to one of my readers. For your chance to win your own inspiring copy of Mission Possible, leave a comment sharing something you do to ensure your children receive a good education. Contest ends at 8pm Arizona Time, Thursday, August 9. U.S. residents only. The winner will be announced on Friday.
* I would like to thank the authors for providing copies of Mission Possible and compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.