What’s the Buzz? Discussion 5 from “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee”.

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Being who you are meant to be gifts the world by allowing others to see greatness that has never been until you existed. By avoiding labeling, and comparing yourself and others, you discover within yourself a unique kind of beautiful. We live in a world of differences each having its own significance which cannot be compared. Kids need to be encouraged to be themselves and to love who they are, and who they are becoming. Our main character in “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee”, vows to be himself even when he images being a bee. The love of self is the health of self. Kid Champions can model and teach self-love by offering a supportive presence, identifying, and pointing out strengths, and praising efforts and successes.

Suggested Home and in the classroom kid Activities:

·    Say or write 3 things you love about yourself.

·    Create a treasure chest by putting magazine pictures of things you like or makes you different in a cardboard box and decorating the box.

·    In a group setting kids can sit in a circle and say one thing they like about the person to their left or right. This will work best when they have had an opportunity to get to know each other. If that is not the case offering a compliant would be an appropriate substitution. 

 

 

 

What’s the Buzz? Discussion 4 from “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee”.

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Being adventurous requires curiosity to explore and discover the unacquainted. Adventure can present as being loud, spontaneous, and can be in the wide open. It can also whisper and be hidden. Whether you’re taking a journey with your eyes and ears as you read a book, or journey with your feet as you step out to discover, your world will never be the same. The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee had some whispers and shouts through his journey which made his journey truly memorable. It could be frightening for kids to try something new, but there can be a lot of fun hidden in a try.

In an article published by the Huffington Post, parents are given some helpful advice to help kids get past the fear of trying something new.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-b-pincus-phd/kids-fear_b_1725248.html. Parents are encouraged to support their child in making baby steps.

Suggested Home and in the classroom Activities:

  • Ask your child to think of a new activity (dancing, singing, sports, etc.} they would like to try. 
  • Describe an experience of trying new foods.
  • Name a place they have never been but would like to visit.
  • Tell about a new book they have read or listened to.
  • Try something new

 

 

 

What’s the Buzz? Discussion 3 from “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee”.

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My daughter like most kids have a great sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. She absolutely loves crafting, dancing, and pretend play. She wakes up with excitement often talking about what she plans to do, and how she was going to somehow include me on yet another adventure. There are no dull moments, but just enough time to take a deep breath before brilliance overtakes her with a brand new idea. Our main character in “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee”.  Imagines being a bee and all the amazing things he could conceive doing.  His inspiration and brilliance unlocked a door where the impossible was possible. In an article by Parenting. com, it is said that ” a child with a good imagination is happier and more alert, better able to cope with life’s twists and turns, and more likely to grow into a well-adjusted, secure adult.” Yo u can access the article here:

http://www.parenting.com/article/10-easy-ways-to-fire-your-childs-imagination-21354373

The article offer some inventive ideas to help spark your child’s Imagination. I am definitely going to try them out. I have listed them below, and encourage you to check them out on the site as there are more details which explains each activity. I guarantee it is worth the time investment to read.

Suggested Home and in the classroom Activities:

  • Brush-less painting
  • Reinventing the solar system
  • Hidden stories
  • Junk-drawer game
  • Art tales
  • Fold-a-creature
  • Big box
  • Nature story
  • Wacky photos
  • Unpuppets

Have an awesome time trying these:)

 

 

 

 

What’s the Buzz? Discussion 2 from “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee.

Be Brilliant

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.
Thomas Henry Huxley

A bright and happy May Day

I will define brilliance as the unrestricted ability to use what inspires you in your own unique way.  Brilliance abandons perfection. The lines don’t need to be parallel and the colors don’t need to blend.   You express your own style and creativity.  Within boundaries that offer protection children need to be supported and encouraged to confidently make choices, leaving their own unique signature.  They don’t need to be concerned about doing things perfectly but rather doing them confidently. Therefore, a healthy sense of esteem is necessary to unleash brilliance. 

A parent resource, http://kidshealth.org has two great articles; Developing Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Raising Confident Kids. They are short reads and offer some useful suggestions to help develop self-esteem and confidence.

Suggested Classroom or Home Activities to grow esteem and confidence:

  • Crafting or painting to create something independently.
  • Offer choices and the opportunity to choose.  Offer praise for the choices made.
  • Praise and encourage efforts both big and small.
  • Encourage independence with tasks that match abilities, and tasks that challenge abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the Buzz? Discussion 1 from “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee”.

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Inspiration

Inspiration can come from anywhere. We have all been inspired by someone or something we’ve seen that moves us to action. One small action can send a ripple effect to change your world as you know it. In “The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee” children’s book a toy plane inspired the main character. His inspiration fueled creativity and imagination. These will open the doors to endless possibilities. There are many articles online about ways you can find inspiration. Recently I found a site Inspire My Kids: http://www.inspiremykids.com. “InspireMyKids.com is a place where people can find inspiring, age-appropriate, real-life, authentic, stories, videos, books, quotes and projects to share with the children and teens in their lives to help them become the best version of themselves and make the world a better place”. Perhaps this site will inspire you in some way to pursue new opportunities you have not yet considered. Having a discussion with a child will also help you to find out what inspires them. I’ll just share with you a few ways I try to inspire my little one.

  1. When my daughter says I can’t, I say, “yes you can …You just need to learn how”.
  2. I encourage her to explore new children’s programing rather than the constant repeating episodes of her favorite ones. Trying something new can be inspiring. A conversation about trying something new can build confidence, and encourage that step to unbridled possibilities.
  3. I encourage her to declare her value by using positive self-talk. This started with one question. I asked, “Do you know what’s inside of you”. She smiled and giggled. I then said “greatness”.So, every day after that interaction I would ask the same question, and her answer is always the same. Yes, “greatness”.
  1. Play along and follow her script when playing pretend.
  2. Frame her art work and display it through our home.
  3. I tell my daughter that she inspires me. Despite their age Children need to know that their presence and actions produce greatness. It does not spontaneously occur when they are older. It also helps to be specific when talking about their greatness.

This certainly is not a complete list but it is meant to get you thinking about all the ways you inspire, and can inspire a child. Have fun seeking out new opportunities.

Suggested Classroom Activity

  • Reading or talking about kid accomplishments that have gotten media attention
  • Having them talk about their experience in trying something new
  • Talking about interests
  • Discussions about Kid causes.

The Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee

Writing the “Busiest Buzz Buzz Bee” was a fun experience. I wanted to write an engaging book that would match my daughter’s personality. The story captures movement and imagination to get early readers interested in reading. There are also some take-aways from the book that can be used for classroom discussions or bonding time with kid champions. In the next week I will be exploring them in more detail.

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Not For the Faint of Heart

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I’ve been thinking about my journey to become an author and what I’ve learned thus far. I am a novice, and this is a journey like no other I’ve taken. However, it seems to me that all that I’ve done and experienced prepared me emotionally for these hills and valleys. Writing is an art form that lets me and many others escape to a place of freedom to capture emotions and thoughts and lay them down on paper in such a way that makes more sense than if we used spoken words. Our language becomes comprehensible, and it can deliver a message that can be felt and understood. While that’s good and therapeutic for the writer, there is another need to consider. In fact, it’s the most important one: the reader’s need. This is an author’s major goal; otherwise, we’d be content to write in journals and simply archive our writing. The specific need may be to educate, entertain, or explore. This is not an all-inclusive list. Whatever the need you’re trying to meet be clear about your intent.
Having a four-year-old has helped me get some perspective as a children’s writer, for sure. However, I acknowledge that not all four-year-olds are the same. Still, it’s beneficial to gain perspective from children, attempt to imagine again, and see life through their eyes. We must imagine and create like we used to do before there was the pressure of time and the realization of impossibility. Besides children, there’s another audience to consider. Yes, it’s parents and others who help them read and bring the characters alive in a dramatic way, which is not a simple and easy task.
I wrote and started the process of writing my first and second books without using any writer’s tools. Since then, I’ve found a few that are quite helpful. The Author Leaning Center is the first resource I found ( https://www.authorlearningcenter.com/) They offer webinars and recorded videos from credible experts in writing and publishing. I have also gleaned tips and tools from free webinars I find through social media and writers’ blogs. There’s a lot of information out there. Focus on what you need to learn in the moment, and just keep adding to your toolbox. Another great resource is the Self-Publishing School (SPS) https://xe172.isrefer.com/go/curcust/bookbrosinc3691. There is so much value presented in their complementary webinar. I enrolled in their Marketing course after struggling with clear plan on how to market my first book. I was Immediately embraced by a community of writers who were eager to share, support, and connect. If writing of any form is your passion you will feel at home at SPS and get all the tools you need to be successful.
Now, after your research, write, re-write, edit, re-edit, and contribute to the creation of characters and images, not everyone will like what you produce. Well, that’s true for everything in life, right? We can’t please everyone. Rejection is sure to come, and it does not feel good. So, don’t be caught by surprise. Decide how you’re going to handle rejection when it comes. Stay focused and determined to learn and grow from every experience. Don’t give up. Become a disciplined writer.

What do I mean when I say I love you?

What do I mean when I say I love you?

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After I became a mom, I experienced love in a very pure way. I was smitten and overcome by something divine. I found myself telling my baby girl “I love you” quite often. It occurred to me on one occasion after whispering “I love you” that I needed to be more verbal and expressive about what that truly meant. I could not say with all certainty that she knew what I meant. I knew that she was just a toddler, but I had the thought that I could plant the seeds of my intent and keep watering it through the years until it took root.

What does love look like? My message about love would be the first that she would see and hear, and I wanted it to be a balanced message. It would also be a pure and fruitful one, just like the one she brought me on the day she was born and looked up at me with those seeking eyes. I’ve heard the words “I love you before.” Yes, I had heard them many times. More often than not, it was a complete thought or message by itself, and I was left to assume all that it meant. Also, “I love you” seemed to come when I had done something pleasing or had a praiseworthy moment.

I did not have much experience with random moments when love was being expressed clearly and eloquently with words. I assumed I was loved because of what I had done, what I was given, or how I behaved. It was a conditional kind of love that needed the fuel of performance. So I adapted and accepted the brief verbal repeats of “I love you.” I believed that it was more important to express love by doing, and that verbal expressions beyond “I love you” were not necessary. My flawed perspective contributed to some feelings of insecurities, and to an  engagement with performance to gain acceptance and more of what I defined as love. This perspective followed me for quite some time. I had to acknowledge and unlearn it so I could be a better parent to my child.

Being a parent causes a spotlight to shine on every heart issue. Chances are, there are times when you’ve feIt that you did not have it all together. As parents, we are often left to examine ourselves, and make internal and external adjustments to provide the pure sustenance that our little ones need. I did not have all my daughter needed at the time we first met, but the love she brought with her gave me the courage to seek it out. My daughter looks to me to be fed and clothed. She asks to be nourished not only physically but also spiritually and emotionally. Something about her presence demands it in a constant, compelling, and yet gentle way. I believe it is the same yearning of every child. You may not have it all together as a parent, but it is possible to seek out whatever it is.

Love, when it is conceived, changes everything and everyone. It effortlessly transforms us into a better version of ourselves. So, having been changed by love, I have the need to find random moments to say and to explain “I love you.” When I tell my daughter that I love her, I sometimes ask, “Do you know why I love you? Do you know how much you are loved?” In the moments when she spills the juice and it splatters everywhere, I am reminded of what love really looks like. What a beautiful moment to say I love you. Really? Yes, a beautiful moment to show that love is a decision, and it is not a sitting on a mountaintop experience, or skipping around on days when we feel we are at our best.

Now, I wish I could say I never had a meltdown when the “the juice was splattered everywhere.” But I would not be sincere. As it turns out, those moments of missing the mark are quite useful. I usually seize the opportunity and say, “please forgive me, I was wrong. I love you.” You’ll find so many opportunities to show and tell your little one what love really looks like. When I sat down to write my first children’s book, of course it was about love. A love that changed me. I needed to express that love that comes without condition, limit, conflict, or regret. A deep, abiding, constant love that would always embrace to dispel all shame. A love that changes everything for the better.

 

A New Beginning

 

I would like to welcome you all as I embark on my journey of being an author. My journey to writing started with poetry many years ago, and I had taken a long, break from writing. I gained inspiration to begin to write again from my 4-year-old daughter whose joy, creativity, and life compels me to live vibrantly.  Something in her demands it. We all have a unique purpose and no one can do what you do like you do it. My hope is not only to write great children’s books, and great poetry, but it is also to inspire someone to use what they already have to live the life they are purposed to live. What you need to succeed is already in you! So why children’s book? I have a daughter who absolutely loves books. Books inspire conversations. Why not find creative ways to have important conversations. I’m not sure where this journey will l lead but I have a great expectation not only for myself but also for you. .