Sweet, folksy, bouncy and fun. This little album has 13 entertaining songs for young ones that even older ones will enjoy too. Laura's down to earth voice and catchy tunes will have you dancing around the room and learning about fish, drums, heartbeats, butterflies and more. She plays with passion and liveliness that inspires young ones to experience new sounds and images. You will hear many different instruments that tell unique stories. This album is sure to be played often for families to enjoy together.
From the Press Release:
Known for her warm, engaging style, Laura Doherty has a remarkable ear for a catchy melody, a passion for creating sweet, folk-inspired songs, and a one-of-a-kind ability to connect with children that earned her the moniker "Chicago's pop sweetheart for kids" from AAA Living Magazine. Time Out NY Kids declared Laura's 2009 Parents' Choice Gold and Nappa Gold Award-winning Kids in the City to be one of that year's "Top 10 Kids' Albums." Time Out Chicago gave 4 stars to her 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Award-winning Shining Like a Star and rated Laura as one of Chicago's Top 4 Children's Artists (with Justin Roberts, Ella Jenkins, and Ralph Covert).
In a Heartbeat is a collection of cozy, heartfelt children's songs to warm your little one's heart! It is full of acoustic instruments: guitar, banjo, upright bass, mandolin and ukulele. Laura also plays an electric guitar. She even brings along Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche for "Drum Kit."
*I was given a complimentary copy of this CD from Waldmania for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.*
Lunch is probably the most unplanned meal of the day! I usually end up slapping together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and open up a jar of homemade applesauce and call it good. But as much as I plan for breakfast (LOVE making breakfast food) and dinner (something that makes me anxious), I want lunch to be the no brainer. But I know that lunch can be another great meal if I make the effort.
I literally go numb thinking about what to have for lunch! I want it to be healthy, yummy and fun. I want diversity and uniqueness. It's not that I want to be exotic, but I want to be as creative as I am with breakfast and dinner. But coming up with lunch ideas leaves me a blank slate. SO, I went to one of my favorite food blogs and found a LUNCH LIST! Yes!!
Another idea that I found after I got my smartphone was a podcast for kids. We listen to Karen & Kids every day at lunch. Karen and a bunch of kids sing and tell Bible stories and make them relevant for real life. My kids love the songs and I often hear them singing these songs through the day. That gives us something positive to talk about and also it gives me a break from talking!
The other day we got a surprise from Karen & Kids! We sent them a letter and they sent us back 8 CD's, stickers and bookmarks. My kids were so excited and I was as well.
After lunch I've started a training time. I'm reading a book by the Duggar girls and they shared that their family plays The Obedience Game. Basically, you give each child a special little task and they have to say "Yes, mom, I'd be happy to!" Off they go and then they report back. Big high fives for everyone! I'm hoping as I do this, my kids will respond well in REAL situations.
Also, we are enjoying reading The Boxcar Children for a calming story time as we prepare for quiet time. We are on book 7. While I read both kids are writing or drawing in their journals.
That sums up our lunch hour. I've learned to try to make each moment count.
Home Improvement: The Parenting Book You Can Read to Your Kids
by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller is another great snapshot of eight parenting tools you can put to use right away. The unique thing about this book is that you can read it to your kids! The beginning of every chapter is a story about a family who is experiencing a situation and needs some guidance. They hear suggestions from a teacher, a neighbor, a pastor, a family member and dinner guests. All offer practical advice in how to handle these dilemmas. The second part of each chapter delves deeper into these tools. Some of the tools outlined are encouraging without yelling, making discipline time constructive, helping children make lasting changes and more. The situations are real, the tools are helpful and easily adapted. And best of all, your journey as a parent is enriched with knowledge and ways to guide your children to have a better quality of life using God's principles.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The stories of this family seem like what I confront in my own home. I really like that I could relate to the characters and that my five year old son can too as I read the story to him. The tools were extremely helpful and were broken down into steps. I felt very inspired to work on these things in my own home. If you are looking for some ways to build good relationships with your kids as well as train them, check out this book. You will enjoy seeing some "home improvement!"
One of the most complicated and awkward conversations I can think of to have with my kids is about sex. Growing up I didn't have a very good foundation in learning about this important area and I know my parents were embarrassed and honestly didn't know how to broach the subject without feeling some anxiety. And I was definitely not taught at an early age so that it would be natural and positive as I entered my teen years.
Let's face it, when they get to their teens, they don't want your input about this subject. So if you have younger children, this resource is for YOU!!
Luke and Trisha Gilkerson from The Intoxicated Life take a very direct and appropriate approach to sharing with your kids about what God has designed sex for and encourage you to have this conversation between the ages of 6-10. That may sound young to you, but like it or not, our culture demands that we inform our children and set that foundation for positive relationships with the opposite sex early in life. But how does a parent do this? What do you say?
In The Talk, there are 7 lessons to introduce your child to biblical sexuality. Each lesson has an opening thought, a focus on a specific Bible passage, a script to read to your kids to explain exactly what God means, some talking points and questions. There is also a resource page on their blog (link provided in ebook) that has extra videos and suggestions for other books you can read to your kids. The natural and simple way that is outlined in this book will help you as a parent feel confident in yourself as well as looking to God to guide you through this journey.
This ebook comes a big relief for me as a parent who is very anxious about what to say and when. The most important thing is that you keep the lines of communication open with your children on every subject. And this little book can be the beginning of many conversations you have with your kids. The life of your child depends on you being able to solidify these values in their hearts. Will you take the stand?
I highly recommend that you get this ebook if you want to have a solid biblical voice to speak about this very important topic to your children.
If you are a mother of BOYS, this is the book I HIGHLY recommend. I love the way this book goes through each stage of a boys life and gives you tons of ideas in relating, teaching, training and guiding. Check out my short video as to why I think this book is so amazing!