Children's Books

Mermaid Tears: A Michaels Middle School Story about managing your mental health

Mermaid Tears (A Michaels Middle School Story) about managing your mental health

Mermaid Tears (A Michaels Middle School Story) was released in August and tackles teens and their feelings in such a great way. I can see this as a top pick for high school counselors as this book follows Sarah as she struggles with her mental health. It is delicately written making it a safe read for this age group.

Sarah has always been a hard-working student, even if she has felt her grades don’t reflect her efforts. She is a good friend, a kind daughter, and she loves being creative. But lately she is struggling with school and friendships, and nothing brings her much joy. Her family doesn’t seem to understand what’s happening, and neither does Sarah. Everyone keeps telling her to do better, and Sarah is trying her hardest, but when her first year of middle school begins, what was supposed to be a fresh start turns into a disaster that quickly spirals out of control. Sarah, who can’t understand why she is feeling this way, begins to seriously wonder if the world would be better off if she was no longer alive. Sarah has always felt a connection with mermaids, and she now wishes she was a mermaid herself, so she could just slip under the ocean and swim away, disappearing from everyone’s lives forever. She then hits a breaking point and confides in a trusted Teacher for help.

The Author, Susan L. Read was born and raised in New Zealand. She was an elementary school teacher and principal, a writer, and an avid reader! Order this book on Amazon today or for the Holidays for the tween and teen in your life who could use such a story.

Children's Books

Red and Green and Blue and White Children’s Book about Community

Red and Green and Blue and White Children's Book about Community

Red and Green and Blue and White is a children’s book based on a true story. When Isaac, who is Jewish, decorates his window in blue and white hate finds their home. When Theresa, who is Christian, sees the effects of such hate as she is decorating her window in red and green she wants to help Isaac and his family. And she does…with a lot of help in this book about community!

This book is rated for 4-7 years old and a great Holiday tradition to read each year. The Author, Lee Wind M.Ed. writes stories to empower kids and teens to change the world. This book’s release date is October 19, 2021. Pre-order today on Amazon.

Healthy Living, Parenting

How To Inspire Your Children To Live A Healthier Life

We all want our children to live a healthier life and the truth is that a large part of this is how we, as parents, encourage healthy habits. Obviously, everything starts with your example. If you do live a healthy lifestyle, there is a pretty good possibility your child will pick up some things. But you cannot blindly rely on that. You need to have a more proactive approach. Just talking about healthy living and not doing anything about it will not help much. 

Helping With The Basics Of Healthy Living

In the US, children weigh more than in the past. This is because they eat food that has too much sugar and fat. And they are less physically active than children in the past. The big problem is that children struggling with weight issues do tend to develop more health problems in the future than those who do not. This does include things like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease. 

Here are some tips on how you could help your child:

  • Be attentive with what food you buy. It is useful to serve various healthy foods and you limit junk food. Make sure you have fresh vegetables and foods available since they are great meal sides and healthy snacks. 
  • Be careful when buying low-fat foods since they might contain some unhealthy ingredients, like too much added sugar. 
  • Use adequate portion sizes. 
  • Monitor the child’s activities to implement proper behaviors through rules like just two hours in front of a computer screen when too young. Promoting physical activity is just much better. 
  • Make sure the child drinks plenty of water. Always avoid sweetened drinks and opt for milk instead of regular-calorie drinks. 
  • Eat your snacks and meals as a family. Do this at a table to further encourage conversations. 
  • Teach the child the importance of health check-ups and health habits. 
  • Make sure the child rests as much as they need. 

Helping Children With Alcohol, Tobacco, And Drug Problems

It is possible that your child will be curious about some drugs when young. There are actually more children than you might think that try alcohol, tobacco, and even some drugs before reaching high school. Using such substances is less likely though if you do talk about them as a caring parent. 

Help your child with these tips:

  • Make it very clear that it is not allowed or okay to drink alcohol, use drugs, or use any tobacco-related product. 
  • Explain exactly why such substances are bad for them and encourage children to keep asking questions. 
  • Discuss peer pressure so it will not affect your child and make them start using drugs, smoking, or drinking alcohol. 
  • Set the best example, which does mean it is better to quit smoking or drinking if you want your child to avoid them in the future. 
  • Be aware of who the friends of your child are, and who their parents are. Try to build trust with all of these to better be aware of what happens when the child is with them. 

Final Thoughts

Children always look up to parents. This is why it is so important for you to be the best example possible. The truth is that being healthy needs to be fun. If it is not fun for your child and they do not have choices, it will be quite difficult to create those healthy habits that will do so much good in the future. Reward good behavior and remain supportive and positive to actually help the child to develop the necessary confidence for healthy habits.

Infant Toddler Products

Bring your toddler’s walls to life with Wall Stories

Bring your toddler's walls to life with Wall Stories

If you are looking to upgrade your toddler’s room, consider bringing their walls to life with Wall Stories. Choose from Paw Patrol, Elmo, Peppa Pig and the Ludo collection teaching numbers, colors and more. All you need in some wall space, a box of your Wall Stories choice and a tablet or device for the free Google Play or Apple Store app. Once you have it all ready, simply aim your device at the wall art and start learning and playing.

Elmo wall stickers

The wall stickers are easy to install. You can see that they come in large chunks which makes adjusting and placing them much easier than smaller pieces. The adhesive is removable and repositionable. If you have a silicone-based paint then you know it can be more difficult to stick to. Once the Wall Stories are in place, find the free app here: https://wallstories.com/en_ca/download-app

Wall Stories

There are 3 modes: Story Mode, Game Mode and Creative Mode. In story and game mode, you don’t need to have the device aimed at the art, but you will for the creative mode.

In story mode every story can be read or listened to in English or French. In game mode there are 3 levels of difficulty: The games will evolve as your child learns! In creative mode children can design and create their own space for play.

Sesame Street wall art

The box comes with all stickers and an activation code. Shop Wall Stories to find a set that the child in your life will love. It makes a great gift for the Holidays.