We've all been there one way or another. Observed or struggled with a wee one who reaches a breaking point and has a melt down in the grocery store or restaurant. Help is on the way.
I'm pleased to partner with iRead book tour and introduce you to author Madeleine Matthews, and her new picture book, Matt's Swirly World. Her book is a brilliant tool for helping parents show children how to manage feelings, control their impulses, and more.
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Meet the Author:Aspiring contemporary ballerina, commercial poet, grateful wife and mother. Certified Life Coach, BA Finance, MA Statistics ( don't judge, I was young ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ), now IT Product Manager. When I was pregnant with my now 3 y/o boy, I was worried of how I can raise my child to cope in a world of bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse, screen time etc. My husband told me that if we want our son to thrive in this world, all we need to do is build his self-confidence & firm limits. So that's how I started reading parenting books, and read a lot. I read tons of books on the latest research discoveries in interpersonal biology and brain development. I love anything that Daniel J Siegel ever wrote. I am also a fan of "How to talk so kids would listen" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
For "Matt's swirly world," I worked with a psychologist who specialized in child development and attachment parenting. That's because, I am above all, convinced of the immense potential every child has and their absolute innocence. I know from experience that raising kids can often feel quite differently, and challenging. I am convinced that the way to turn that potential into peaceful family lives and well balanced kids - is both intuition and science (and patience). Being emotionally available as a parent, being present for them and for yourself, to keep your own emotional highs & lows in check. Because they are good at triggering us, aren't they? When I was 8, I had no money to buy my mother gifts; I really wanted to create joy in her heart, so I started dedicating poems to her. That's what got me started writing.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
ENTER MATT'S SWIRLY WORLD GIVEAWAY HERE
Giveaway ends 16 August
Celebrate Book Lovers’ Day and Bibliophiles Everywhere with My R*A*P - Really-Awful Poem to Bookishness
To celebrate International Book Lover's Day on 9 August, my writerly pals and I are having fun by sharing all the ways we adore reading with our #BookLuvHop. Please enjoy my first (and likely last!) R*A*P, Really Awful Poem, an Ode to Books. Apologies to Gertude Stein, the Bard, Dr. Seuss and true poets everywhere.
Also, be sure to visit my #Gr8Blog pals/bibliophiles linked at the end of this post to find more ways to share your bookish passions. And hey.... if you blog, add a note and share your family-friendly post link about book love in the comment section, and we'll spread blog love your way.
btw....Today's post is an updated R*A*P from the original penned in 2016. My poetry hasn't improved [wink].
Ode to Books
a R*A*P, Really-Awful Poem
by Cat Michaels
How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
Hmmm: Cat least thrice:
A book, is a book, is a book.
Alas, I could not read them on a boat
....I get sea sick.
Nor on a goat
....I am a city girl. I only do goat cheese.
But I read books
... here and there.
Books in print are longtime pals
Ever since elementary school locales.
Dick and Jane started it all.
Then on to Dr. Seusss and Nancy Drew
as I grew tall.
Today, it's ....
And what an over-the-moon
to share prose
With that special little one who knows
A great kidlit story
And my deepest readerly secret?
No way I can rhyme it,
so I'll just say instead...
I love to read in bed!!!
Tis quite peculiar-ist -:D
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