The Tween Brain And Social Media

The social media LIKE is bucking for its place in your tween's brain. It has found a firm foot hold due to the fact that the reward circuitry is thought to be a sensitive place for the tween and teenager. Shut down social media for a day to teach your child how the face to face interaction is still the best way to deliver and receive a message between to people. Help them experience how much information is downloaded in the exchange of human expressions and gestures. I promi

Tween Dating? Ugh!

Lets get real about kids and dating. First, they are children and finally they are children. What is the purpose of tween dating? Are the two going to create a partnership for life? With the adult divorce rate at approximately fifty percent I say nope. So, in my opinion with no fathomable reason to date I say, let them have fun instead! Statistics tell the tale of how NOT fun tween dating really is. Keep the conversation open and keep dating on the shelf. How to field the re

Are You A Bully?

Hey parents, am I talking to you? Yep. Are you a bull dog on social media? Finger tips ready to hit those keys if someone puts up a post that you disagree with. Do you comment intent on squashing their opinion into the next century? How about when a service provider doesn't get it right and you verbally eviscerate them for your child to witness. Hope to make a dent in kid bully behavior? Look in the mirror and make a change. Amen. Read more on the subject at

Do Something!

The tween and self-esteem. Do the two words belong in the same sentence? Yes. Do they rarely climb into bunk beds together for a fun sleep over? Yes. Come on parents lets change this! The struggle to build self-esteem in the tween kid feels like a daunting task. It was just a year or two in the past that your tween was a happy-go-lucky child. Because low self-esteem is a thinking kinda problem, change the way you think about it. Don't live in the past, by wishing to get your

Dyslexia is NOT a Problem of Intelligence.

Educating a kid with dyslexia is a unique journey. All kids are special. Educating them is like receiving a precious gift box wrapped in joyful paper. You tear off the paper, open the lid... whoa! An experience for a life time! In addition to what all kids need, dyslexic kids do require an extra dose of positive. To serve-up an enthusiastic dose, it is best to look at the world through their eyes. How you ask do I do that? With pen in hand, write the words down from a favorit

Kid Fashion A Confidence Booster!

You don't have to empty your piggy bank to keep your kid on trend. Thanks to retailers like Target and Walmart, and consignment shops that have upped their game. Is it important that your kid go out into the world wearing the latest fashions? No, it is more about the experience. Planning a day devoted to discovery! Learning how cloths look and feel. Which colors make them smile. A special accessory like a hat or necklace is truly a confidence booster! So make it a day and in

Kids Are NOT Natural Thrill Seekers.

So your talented kid decides to quit an activity they are REALLY good at. It is an exasperating situation for any parent and coach. She plays like the next Olympian, or he masters the chessboard like a boy genius. And yep, they both want to quit! What? That's right, stick a fork in them because they are done. The solution? It will come after you internalize the fact that most kids are not born to defy failure. So if yours is not talking about cliff diving from the moment they

Why Do Children Need Storytelling?

In fiction, children will find imaginary places. Reading about them will tickle the creative thinking part of their brains. Not to mention the fun far away places and interesting cultural cool stuff they will discover! Inspire them to read and they will look beyond their own limitations and fly! For more reasons why story telling for kids rocks! Go to The Child Development Institute a

The Perfectionist Kid. Worry Less & Do More.

Wouldn't we all love to worry less and do more? To possess the superpower to capture time, having more time for the fun stuff. Your perfection child feels the same way. Or, at least they understand how it feels to worry. Ugh! They worry too much and too often. As adults we can help them worry less. Which will magically free-up "worry time" to just be a kid. Get them started on their way to more fun by exposing worries. Help them put words around their feelings. For more about

Tween Fireworks...

Hey parents, Happy 4th of July! On this 4th, a tip for keeping the fireworks in the sky, and out of our home. Tweens, like adults, need to "chillax." Being a tween kid is challenging, so make sure they have enough down time to just be a kid! Want more tips into managing tween fireworks? Check out an article on the subject at verywellfamily! #tween #children #kids #teenager #gagetheflyingwhippet #thescrapper #book

The Imagination of the Dyslexic!

Actress Keira Knightly shares intimate insight into the qualities that make the dyslexic child unique. Thank you Keira for sharing your wisdom and heart with the community! Parents looking for related resources check out these Facebook pages. #dyslexia #teacher #mom #reading #imagination #education #specialeducation #school #middlegradebooks #childrensfiction #children #kids #childhoo

A Pet's Life

It is hard to find a capable and compassionate human to entrust your pet's life to. The Gage Series is happy to have found a human that treats the team like family! Checkout to learn more about why I trust mine to them. #dogwalker #petsitter #dog #rescuedog #whippet #thescrapper #gagetheflyingwhippet #thegageseries #author #childrensfiction #childrensbook #kidsbook #mom #imagination #children #kids #teachers

Freedom to Think?

Yes, on this Memorial Day I am thankful for the freedom to think. To create and express thoughts. Without it what would we be? Empty vessels that just receive information. Heck, even dogs think! So, today I feel lucky and thankful for others who have come before me. XXOO #memorialday #whippet #doglover #dog #rescuedog #gagetheflyingwhippet #thescrapper #thegageseries #childrensbook #middlegradebooks #book #author #writer #mom #teacher #school

Let Her Imagination Soar!

Parents, encourage your child to read! They will visit imaginary places they never could have imagined. In children's fiction engaging characters will greet them, tickling their dreams to create new hopes to contemplate and to share with you! #gagetheflyingwhippet #thescrapper #thegageseries #whippet #dogbook #childrensfiction #middlegradebook #dyslexia #book #imagination #reading #author #children #kidsbook #childhood #rescuedog #writer

Donations Rock!

Thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that have donated the Gage the Flying Whippet book series to their local library! These were donated to my hometown library, the Bernardsville Library in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Donate today! #donate #donation #bernardsville #library #newjersey #school #teacher #mom #parents #childrensfiction #dogbook #dyslexia #charity #whippet #rescuedog #dog #kidsbook

Beach Trip!

The Lost Dog Cafe at Folly Beach, South Carolina serves it up! Delicious food that is! Along with a variety of tasty choices, the weathered walls of this cafe are lined with pictures of cherished pets. Surrounded by dogs, this customer felt found. The perfect ending to a spectacular beach day! #dogs #whippet #rescuedog #beach #storyteller #book #childrensbook #kidsbook #author #writer