Support the Reading Habit

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Now that school is out, encourage your children to read this summer. Perhaps you can set up a special place for reading and writing in your home. This well-lit spot with lots of books available can become your child’s favorite spot.

Visit the library often and help your child have their own library card. Let them pick out their own books.

Be a good role model for your child. By spending quiet time yourself reading, you are demonstrating its value to your child.

Consider giving books to children as presents and as recognition for special achievements. Birthdays and special events are perfect times to give a child a new book.

Let kids sail off to far-away places this summer through books. Do you remember your favorite books from childhood?

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson

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Finding Happiness in Your Own Back Yard

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I’ve been doing a series on making a difference, to spotlight Make a Difference Day on October 23.

Today I want to highlight another aspect of making a difference. This time I want to relate this to our search for happiness and how it makes a difference in our life and the lives of those we love.

People search for happiness in many places. Often times others, such as mass media, the internet, and those with whom we associate, influence us into thinking that possessions, places, or things will make us happy.

Questions here point to:

Do you think a place can provide happiness?
Do you trust all the people you listen to?
Where do you find happiness?

Taking a look at another story in Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures Mukies shirt1 300x225 Finding Happiness in Your Own Back Yardwe find that eventually the Mukie realizes happiness is working at what you like to do, having optimism and a faith in the future. It is sharing with others, and most of all, being loved and loving others. He realized he didn’t need to seek a place elsewhere – it was in his own backyard.

The author, Robert Bohlken, Ph.D.  relates lines adapted from The Man in the Mirror by Dale Wimbrow that include:

It is you alone who makes your choices
No matter what others may say or do
You may listen to other voices
But the voice of the reflected one in the mirror
is the most important to you.

This book has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. It won the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just For Mom Foundation.

Order these books for your home or school at Amazon here or at our website here. They provide the basis for an easy exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and ethical issues.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Make a Difference by Helping Children

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In his circle of peers, one Mukie in the book, Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures,Mukies Make a Difference 002 300x225 Make a Difference by Helping Children is a different color. He and his father were the only purple Mukies in the community of brown individuals.  Can you imagine the thoughts and feelings of the single young purple Mukie among a large peer group of brown Mukies?  Or of the large brown group and the single purple one?

This story examines racial bias before it becomes a prejudice. The purple colored Mukie’s identity is first one of curiosity, then distrust, and finally indifference.

Ignoring someone and demonstrating a non-caring attitude can be as hurtful as verbal abuse or name-calling. Self-esteem diminishes and the awareness that one has little or no influence upon others or the situations becomes painful.

The story points out the importance of caring associations – friends, family members, and other associates. A single event can change the mental perspective of those involved. However, often there are “fences to be mended” before mutual acceptance, respect, and friendships can develop.

These and other stories in the book, Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, make a difference by helping children become more tolerant and understanding of differences in others. By being open-minded and truly listening to one another, issues such as racism, violence and aggression can be overcome. When people know how to talk to each other and work out their differences, they are more willing to cooperate and compromise.

Make a difference by helping children understand important character building skills. Building character is not done in a vacuum. In families and faith communities, adults have long taught children about character. Children watch and observe how others act and react. The traits they develop are linked to personal experiences, beliefs, upbringing, culture, laws, and many others. Being a good role model helps to develop positive character traits in children.

This book, Listening to the Mukies and Their Character Building Adventures, has been highly recommended by parents, teachers, and counselors in bringing out important ways of making a difference in personal lives as well as those of others. It won the Mom’s Choice Award from The Just For Mom Foundation.

Order these books for your home or school at Amazon here or at our website here. They provide the basis for an easy exchange of thoughts, feelings and ideas about values and ethical issues.

These books help children share a vision for a better world.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Helping promote family well-being through knowledge and skills.
Books for home and family living
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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Apple Cookbook Choices – With or Without?

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One of our cookbooks, From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers, sold out in the plastic spiral binding format.  We only have the non-spiral cookbooks left in that title. So today we ordered a bunch with the spirals. Some of our customers have ordered the non-spirals in the past – they are a little cheaper – but most really prefer the cookbook to stay open and order the spiral ones.9780930643225 e1276203888916 Apple Cookbook Choices   With or Without?From the Apple 150px Apple Cookbook Choices   With or Without?

What are your preferences? Would you buy a cookbook without the spiral if it were $2.00 cheaper? $3? $4? $5?? Your input will help us with further print runs. Thanks!

Lee Jackson
Images Unlimited Publishing

Books for cooks and apple lovers,
kids, families and parenting professionals
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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