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Books & More Books—They’re The Season’s Must-Have Gifts!

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or the Winter Solstice, include books for everyone on your gift list, and you will make shopping easier, less expensive, and more enjoyable for yourself. I love receiving books, giving books, and shopping for books and, if you like to read, you probably enjoy all these activities, too. {Read More}

Buy Your Copy Of Murder On A Monday In Early 2018

High Tide Publications, a traditional US book publisher, will offer my mystery story, Murder On A Monday, to readers in early 2018. Is this a big deal? Am I thrilled? Yes, yes, it’s a very big deal and I’m really thrilled!

Many people, including other writers, urged me to self-publish, but I resisted the coaxing. I knew what was best for me and I’m glad I struggled through the process of finding a traditional publisher. {Read More}

Why Halloween Stories Motivate Children to Read

The big motivators that inspire children to read and keep on reading are the fascinating page-turners that tell of great adventures, exciting mysteries, heroic children, and tales that deal with monsters, ghosts, the weird, and the scary.

Yes, this is the time of year to offer children the chance to read spooky Halloween stories geared to their age and their willingness to experience fear through fictional accounts within the safe harbor of home and family. {Read More}

What Parents Ought To Know About Back-To-School Blues

The first month of school is almost over and many children are still stuck in the back-to-school blues that many parents don’t want to recognize because they don’t know what to do about it. It’s as though they believe kids ought to be happy and, if they aren’t, it is somehow the child’s fault or a parenting failure. {Read More}

What Are A Writer’s ‘Must Have’ Tools for Writing?

Environmental threats, an over-consumption of resources, and concerns related to the survival of technologies on which we have come to depend raises the question of what we writers actually need to ply our trade. What tools are needed for writing and what would we do if we lost them?

 

We need only to look to the past to realize we can always write if we have basic equipment—that is, something to write on and a tool with which to write. We may currently depend on our word processors and access to the Internet or access to a printer and paper, but we can certainly make do with less. {Read More}

Will Summer Cause Your Child’s Reading Scores To Plummet?

Studies conducted over several years report that the summer break from school can cause a child to lose an estimated two months of reading achievement. There is some variation in the degree of loss because of family circumstances, and there are children whose reading skills remain the same or improve. What should a parent do? {Read More}

Outdoor Fun And A Nature-Rich Life Pays Off For Children

With more and more children being diagnosed with various attention disorders, depression, aggression, and obesity, a series of studies that endorse the restorative powers of outdoor play and access to nature are receiving serious attention. It’s time to get your kids outside with the trees and into the garden—any trees, any garden.

Green space and outdoor fun can provide the cure for what ails many children and it is up to parents, municipalities, and the education system to move forward in that direction.

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As Writers We Can’t Edit Our Own Work—Or Can We?

As writers, we know we shouldn’t edit our own work but we have no choice when the deadline is tomorrow and there is no one else available. In this day and age of working from home, many of us have a variety of writing assignments with tight deadlines and sometimes may be writing late into the night. With no editor available (awake) for those crunch times, we have no choice but to suck it up and do our best to edit our own material. {Read More}

Do You Give Your Child Too Much Freedom Or Not Enough?

How much or how little freedom you allow your child means finding the right balance between being protective and being permissive and is the key to fostering independence. It is a fine line and a worrisome one for parents as the ramifications of both extremes have far reaching consequences. {Read More}

5 Ways To Teach A Child How To Cope With Unhappiness

It is important for parents to teach a child various ways to cope with unhappiness and other negative emotions rather than try to protect him from experiencing them. Children learn important lessons by dealing with strong emotions and it is not a parent’s job to shield him, but to teach him that he can regulate his feelings and his responses. {Read More}

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