How many times have your kids said, "When can I play on the phone, computer, video game, etc.?" It's enough to wear even the most stalwart parent out. For those of you who have prayed the silent (or not so silent) prayer to figure out the balance, we have an answer for you.
One of our featured bloggers, Board Certified Pediatrician Dr. Deepa Sukumar, offers up tips for parents. Today we are featuring her article on screen time titled "How much screen time is ok for your child?"
It is easy for our children to be immersed in digital media and too much media use can mean that children do not have enough time to play, talk, study or sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following recommendations that I am sure you will find useful.
* For children younger than 18 months avoid the use of screen media other than video chatting.
*Parents of children from 18 to 24 months of age should choose high-quality programming and watch with them so that they understand what they see.
*For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen time to 1 hours per day of high-quality programs. Parents should see the program with them and help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
*For children 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media and make sure the media does not take the place of adequate study time, sleep, sufficient physical activity and other behaviors essential for health.
*All screens must be turned off 60 minutes before and no TV, computers or other monitors be allowed in children's bedrooms. The blue light emitted from the screens can wake up the brain and make it harder for your child to sleep. Phones should be charged outside the bedroom or at least be in Do Not Disturb mode.
* Designate media - free times together such as dinner or driving, as well as medial free locations at home such as bedrooms
* Always talk about digital safety, not to interact with strangers. Also treating others with respect online is to be also stressed.
*Media time should not take away the child's time to interact face to face in the real world socially.Organizations like common sense media can help parents evaluate media content and make decisions about what is appropriate for their family.
*Healthychildren.org has a family media plan that you can personalize and use for your family to regulate digital medial use.
If you need to get in touch with a doctor, Dr. Sukumar offers medical care and treatment for your children from the comfort of your home via secure video. You can reach her at www.gracemdconnect.com
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Don't you enjoy meeting new people? Especially if a friend introduces you to them. There is a mutual connection that makes it more meaningful.
Well today on our blog we are introducing you to another childrens author's book. Her name is Lee Ann Mancini and, like us, she has a series of books for kids. She recently came out with a new one. This makes nine books in her Adventures of the Sea Kids series. Her newest book is titled Forever with Jesus. Our family has read several of her books and today we want to take some time to tell you about this one.
This is a colorfully illustrated book that addresses an issue not many childrens books do - death. I would recommend her book to anyone who wants to have a conversation with their kids about how to handle death and answer their questions about death.
Lee Ann has done a great job crafting the story carefully so that young readers will understand a hard topic and have a sense of peace. The dialogue between the kids and the grandparents (or should I say guppies and groupers) does not make light of death nor does it diminish the sadness of it.
The sea theme detail throughout the book, including the front cover with the seashells on the chair, are great. Details like this show the author is sincere in keeping their message and their brand consistent. Finding the hidden cross in the pages of the book is always fun to do. It teaches attention to detail, counting, and is a good exercise.
For parents and teachers who want to take a book beyond just reading, Lee Ann delivers. Her website includes additional activities for kids to do that correspond with her different books. You can check out this book, Forever with Jesus, and her entire series at www.GLMpublishing.net.
She also has a You Tube intro to the book that you can find here:
Because I have to let you know, the publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookCrash.
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Reading, writing, arithmetic, and angels. Sounds like a perfect curriculum for classrooms and schools. Are you a teacher looking to add something more to your classroom? Are you a parent look to bring a sense of comfort and peace to your child's school and library?
With all the test anxiety and bullying going around our young kiddos have a stressful environment. The feedback we have received from parents, children, teachers, grandparents, and others is 100% positive about the angels and how much they love the angel series of books.
A Curriculum Specialist and Superintendent gave us a glowing report card. He said, "this book is a wonderful, uplifting and lighthearted tale for [kids]...a delightful read...this story teaches character and values...Every library should have a copy."
Does your school bring out the Elf on the Shelf® after Thanksgiving? Then you will enjoy incorporating the Where Is Your Angel?™ series year round. This series of books helps kids focus on positive qualities about themselves. It helps foster a healthy identity, quick forgiveness, and their worth. Classrooms with angels have fewer "incidents" too! This series is great for autistic kids as well.
We have over a dozen printable activities to add value to your lesson plans. Want to go all in? We have thought of you. Our Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/whereisyourangel) has over 100 Angel Crafts, over 600 Angel recipes, and includes Angel Antics, Halo Hair, and Sound Advice. You can even add pictures from your classroom with the angel!
Interested? Start your angel's mission by going to our Angel Store. Your class will enjoy naming and engaging with the angel. A divine addition to any classroom.
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Once upon a time there were three sisters. The three sisters worked well together and were very popular. They were helpful, thrived together, and sought after. These three sisters were even a big part of the Indians' culture.
Corn, pole or bush beans, and seminole pumpkins are the three sisters. They are called sisters because they complement each other in planting, growing, and harvesting. According to an article by Lisa Mase in the Edible Orlando magazine, "the beans provide nitrogen to fertilize the soil, corn provides stalks for the beans to climb and the leaves of the squash plants shade the ground which help retain moisture." These kinds of facts fascinate me. How did they figure these things out and implement them so well for so long?
Not only did the three sisters work well in planting and growing together, their harvest was beneficial for the body. Sweet corn is high in B vitamins which is good for mental clarity and stress reduction. (I'll take two please!) Further benefits are reducing inflammation and support of the mighty mitochondrials and carotenoids (good for vision, hearing, and skin). Beans are high in fiber (for proper elimination) and protein which is good to balance blood sugar and help out the intestines.
Let's not forget our third sister, the seminole pumpkin. She does what her other sisters do (anti-inflammatory, vitamin B and help out the intestines) and she is good for bone health and rheumatoid arthritis. Her bonus is that she is also high in vitamin C and her seeds have omega 3 fatty acids and plant protein.
So next time you feel stressful, swollen, stiff or just need some good vitamins look to our popular healthy sisters!
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We all laughed when our music teacher wrote that on the board. Was Mr. McGrew trying to get the attention of a bunch of middle schoolers? Was he giving us advice on how to defuse our dads? Possibly and no, respectively.
He was imparting musical knowledge into our growing brains. This was the acronym he used so our class would remember the musical chord which so happens to be E, G, B, D, F. All these years later I still know the musical chord. Well done Mr. McGrew, mission accomplished.
Our creative brains here at Where Is Your Angel?™ were trying to think of some angel acronyms for you all. We have taken some creative license with it and may end up tweaking it some more along the way. We tossed around some ideas and have landed on this one for the word ANGEL. Here it is:
Start their mission
Do you have another acronym for ANGEL? How about BELIEVE? or DIVINE? We'd love to hear it. Send your acronyms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In some places school has either just started or is about to start. Someone sent me this poem about going back to school. The author is unknown although it says it was written by a 15 year-old middle schooler (or a 9th grader) in Minnesota. The poem is a little "heavy" but poignant and worth the read. This is not recommended reading for your elementary or preschool kids.
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule.
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate
God's name is prohibited by the State.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks
And pierce our noses, tongues, and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but first the Bible
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen
And the 'unwed daddy' our Senior King.
It's intolerant to teach right from wrong
We're taught that such judgments don't belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls
Study witchcraft, vampires, and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess
When chaos reigns this school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make
Should I be shot, my soul please take.
We all need divine intervention, especially in middle and high schools. Interested in introducing angels to your schools? We have curriculum for ALL ages - even high school. Have your teachers and principals reach out to us whether they are in a public school or private school. We will help them incorporate angels all around their schools!
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Here's your chance to catch our interview on TV or online with Barbara Beck of Welcome Home on GoodLife 45. Angels are the topic of the town in this multi-segment show. We talk about angels, favorite angel stories, and just have fun. Barbara is a gracious host and shares her own angel story too. A great interview that's out of this world!
Here's a picture of our time in the studio:
By popular demand, we now have a store on Etsy! So for those of you who love your Esty, you can find us there too. We don't have all our angel swag on Etsy just the two books. So check us out and let us know what you think. We can be found at: www.etsy.com/whereisyourangel
For anything else you want, such as the 2 book combo set or t-shirts those are only available in our Angel Store on this website. Going where you are -Where Is Your Angel?™
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Have you ever burned yourself? Whether in the kitchen cooking or roasting something over an open fire burns can happen in an instant. A couple weeks ago as I was pulling lasagna out of the oven my arm got too close to the wire rack and "ouch!" I got burned.
Recently an article was in the paper about a burn cure that was unheard of to me. The article did not mention aloe vera even though that is a good one to cool burns. It mentioned a common household item as a means to not only take the "ouch" out of the burn but to completely heal it so that the burn mark disappears. The trick was to submerse the burn almost immediately and not delay.
Are you curious as to what nondescript grocery item could do all this? It's soy sauce. Yes, soy sauce. I couldn't believe it either. Who knew burns are better with soy sauce? Next time someone in the fam gets burned we will be reaching for the soy sauce. I will report back and let you know how it tested in our house. Not that we are eager or seeking to get burned to test this home remedy out.
So if by accident you or someone you know gets burned, don't reach for the ice, the butter or the aloe reach for the soy sauce instead. Be sure and let us know if and how it worked for you. Not that we are hoping you get burned either. It's better to stay burn-free but accidents do happen.
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Think, learn, succeed, these are all things we want to do, right? Ask anyone on the street, "Hey, if you had the choice to think, learn, and succeed or have mush for brains, be a dummy, and fail; which would you choose?" Most probably all of them would say the former. Think, Learn, Succeed is the title of a new book by Dr. Caroline Leaf that I recently started reading. The subtitle reads "Understanding and Using Your Mind to Thrive at School, the Workplace, and Life."
Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of my favorite authors. One reason she is a favorite is not only because her material is that good but also because her material is multi-sensory. She has the books you can hold in your hand and read. She has books on audio and ebook format. She has a tv show on TBN. She has tons of video on You Tube and elsewhere you can watch and learn from. She has speaking engagements so she can be seen live and in person. And she has an online community for her 21-day brain detox. She also has a workbook for the Switch On Your Brain book and dvd for her new book. So many avenues to be enriched, learn, and grow from.
In the Prologue and Introduction alone of her newest book there was so much research and insight I thought it was already the first chapter! When I turned the page and saw, "Section One The Mindset Guide" I turned back to see what it was that I had just read that had so many nuggets. No neurological stone is unturned in her books and she is not shy about bucking her colleagues or the medical field when they prescribe meds as a quick fix. Read all about it and why it is detrimental to you, your family, and society as a whole. Very insightful. Very informative. Very much worthy of your time.
Here's a look at the cover:
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