Summer months in the sun means the hopeful possibility of hours spent lounging poolside. In between snack breaks and reapplying sunscreen, now is the perfect time to catch up on all the reading you’ve missed out on while the weather was too cold to enjoy the outdoors.
“Read me another chapter, Mommy” is the nightly mantra in our house as I turn off lights and tuck in covers… there is no end to the creative ways my children will find to get me to read them more stories. And I know, this doesn’t seem like it should be a problem, and it’s really not, but as we already read at least five story books and two chapters of whatever series we are currently engaged in nightly, there truly isn’t enough time. As an avid reader myself, and the progeny of a lawyer and an educator, it is no surprise my children love books. My gift from my parents for my 1st pregnancy was a full-size crib FULL OF BOOKS… and I mean full. Since then I have carried on this collection as I too love children’s books.
From the moment you announce your pregnancy no matter where in the world you are living, as a new mother you will be offered tons of unsolicited and oftentimes unwanted advice. Every person seems to have an opinion on what to eat, how to birth your child, and of course, how to raise them once born. In many societies, in addition to the advice of others, you will also have a myriad of books to choose from, books on attachment parenting, books on raising independent children, books that tell you to breastfeed or to bottle feed. You will literally be inundated with information all of which you must filter through your own belief system and decide what is best for your child and your family.
From day one, we should be reading to our children. Reading unlocks the doors to so many wonderful things in life. Reading out loud to your babies is important for brain development. Read to kids early and often as it helps with language development, literacy, social skills, and more. We all want the best for our kids and we know reading is the key to so much success later on in life. With the ever growing competition for our children’s attention from technology, how do we keep our kids interested in books? Everyone should see reading as a gift because that is truly what it is. What is better than snuggling up with your sweet kiddo with a good book, excited to see how the story ends together? If you want to instill that love of literature in your young children, Bookroo wants to help, and they even have a special discount just for Daily Mom readers.
This past year our nation experienced an unprecedented turn of events as we elected our 45th president. Not only was this election season a tumultuous one, it also marked the first time a female could be elected President of the United States. Despite the outcome of the election, parents of little girls all across the country noted the significance of this event. Little girls now know that becoming President of the United States can be a goal within their reach. They have a figure of a woman who they can use as a model for overcoming sexist boundaries in a male-dominated profession. They have a role model of a female who worked hard to get to the top, and gracefully bowed down when it wasn’t her turn. In this day and age, it’s stories about women like Hillary Clinton that will help our little girls continue to break glass ceilings.
Do you love to read? Are you looking for a new novel to curl up with when you get a moment to yourself? We have quite a few avid readers on our team at Daily Mom, and we want to connect with other readers out there. Introducing the Daily Mom Book Club! We will share with you the best in new books that we are reading and hope you will read them as well and come back and let us know what you think. Our first book club book is The Truthful Story by Helen Stine.
Girls. They are everything from sweet to sassy, pure princess to rugged explorer. Preschool girls are the first to throw on a beautiful, pink fluffy party dress, only to head outside and jump in a muddy puddle. Young girls are also the first to develop feelings of inadequacy – with some reporting such feelings as early as 9 and 10 years old. In an effort to keep those feelings at bay and help our preschoolers develop feelings of self-worth well before those formidable years of middle and high school, we created a reading list that includes fun, enjoyable books that will work to foster a high sense of self-worth, self love, power, confidence, acceptance and kindness… as well as develop a love for reading from the very beginning.
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This past week, after reading the book Hell Week: Seven Days to Be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen, I undertook the Hell Week Challenge, doing my best to push myself and follow Larssen’s instructions to make improvements in all areas of my life. If you are curious as to what Hell Week is all about, read my first post, Take Back Your Life with the Hell Week Challenge. I wrote about the first three days of Hell Week here. Check those posts out if you haven’t already. I just wrapped up my Hell Week Challenge as a stay at home/work from home mom. Here is how I pushed through the Hell Week Challenge and why, after experiencing it all, I would do it again.
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Last weekend, we announced that one of our writers would be taking the Hell Week Challenge based on the book Hell Week: Seven Days To Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen. Well, I am that writer. My name is Kristen and I have been with Daily Mom for a year. I am a stay at home/work from home mama. I am checking in with you all to let you know how the Hell Week Challenge has gone for me so far. If you want to get ready to start your own Hell Week, order a copy of this book from Amazon and you can get started next week if you are ready! If you did not read our original post, check it out here. It explains how Hell Week works.
Hell Week has seven rules to follow every day, and each day has a theme that will challenge you in a different area of your life. And by challenge, I mean, force you to take a hard look at yourself and dig deep to be better! So, go check out the first post if you haven’t already and then come back here and see how the week has been for me so far.
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If you often feel scattered, unproductive or out of control in your day to day life, you are not alone. Distractions slow you down, negativity leaves you frozen, and a lack of obtainable goals keeps you from achievement. What if you could change all that in one week? Sounds unbelievable, right? Wrong! There is a new book, just released here in the U.S., that can teach you to change your ways, create new habits and get control of your scattered life.
Motherhood comes with a million challenges. We learn a new way of living, reprioritize pretty much everything and accept that our lives are forever changed. We’re expected to accomplish it all with a smile, a sense of humor and a love for our new lifestyle regardless of what we’ve left behind. We’re grateful for Daily Mom because we see the content spreading a message of acceptance for all moms and support for all the challenges we face, including body love.
We are Peachie Moms and we’re on a mission to give you the tools to love yourself, your body and your life as a mom. We focus on body love, mental wellness and a sense of community – unabashedly and often inappropriately talking about topics others won’t touch because they’re just too… sensitive, controversial, honest, real.
Today we’re talking about loving the skin you’re in as a mother. That’s right, the “mombod.” We’re goin’ there.
Reading regularly will help stimulate your mind, reduce stress, and improve your memory. Researchers have found that hobbies, like reading, may slow Alzheimer’s, and sleep experts recommend reading as part of your evening routine for better sleep.
Even with these benefits, many adults do not read regularly. In 2013, the Huffington Post shared the results of a survey of 1,000 American adults that demonstrated that over 28% of people did not read at all and 25% read only a single book a year. In just three years since the release of that survey it is easy to assume with the increase in technology and predominance of screen time that those numbers have most likely decreased.
The best gift you can give to your child is your time, and there is no better one-on-one time than to snuggle up before bed and read. Reading is the perfect way to wind down and relax before going to bed. Reading not only helps children fall asleep faster and easier, it fosters and encourages imaginations for play time. Nighttime reading inspires daytime play.
Birthing a baby, though obviously quite normal, seems to be complicated in today’s culture. From the moment you announce your pregnancy, people will have advice to give. There are choices to be made and—once you’ve made those choices—choices to be defended at seemingly every turn. Everyone (or so it seems) has a pregnancy or birth or postpartum horror story to tell—whether it’s theirs or just someone they know. With all this information and confusion, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and scared at the very thought of giving birth.
In this digital information age, many people may dismiss the advantage of library attendance. Clearly, hopping on the internet for information while in your pajamas sounds much more appealing than wrangling everybody into clean clothes and dealing with wandering children in a public place. But there are still benefits to reap from your local library! Read on to see how you can make the most of your library visits.