Book review: ‘How to raise great kids’

I am blessed to receive so many emails from readers, companies and generally cool people.  So many, in fact, that I simply don’t have time to review all of the products and requests that come through the pipeline.  Not the Alaska pipeline.  But the blog pipeline. Back on Thanksgiving Day 2016, I got a really nice email from Jim Gromer. And yes, you read that correctly.  It was Thanksgiving Day 2016 and I am just getting to this review.  I am embarrassed to admit this delay but I wanted to do this one and it took me far longer than it should have.  However, I am trying to raise great kids and I guess that is where the majority of my time goes.  To parenting and work, laundry, etc.  Well, you know the drill (total pun intended with the Alaska reference!)  We are all multitasking, right?

Anyway, my point is, sometimes, in a few sentences or so, you can tell someone is a kindred spirit; that you really have to take a longer look at this inquiry. That, if this person had been in your high school or was your neighbor, you would be friends.  I am like that.  I am intuitive about people.  At least, most of the time.

So let me tell you about the book ‘How to Raise Great Kids’ and how you can get it.  You can click that link ahead of time or you can wait and I can tell you what I like about it.  This book has tips for learning, games and general all around fun with your children.  What I loved about the concept was the onus was put on the children to be great…..raise great kids.  I like that.  Then some of the pressure is off… becomes a partnership and both parents and children are responsible for their greatness.  And the children are expected to be respectful, have fun, gain self-confidence and more.  Now, I know you are thinking, ‘I know everything about parenting….what could I learn?‘ Trust me, you don’t know everything.  None of us do.  And the minute we realize that, we become better parents instantly.

There is nothing better than a great book....well, a great book signed by the author!

There is nothing better than a great book….well, a great book signed by the author!

This book is filled with tips for communication, hygiene, safety, instilling faith and confidence in little ones and the list goes on.  The chapters are short and filled with great suggestions.  If you are parenting or know a parent or are invited to a baby shower, this is a gem of a book.  Here’s the link: How to Raise Great Kids…..don’t be like me and wait.  Enjoy!  Parent away!  And the author’s advice and my advice:  cherish every minute of it….yes, parenting can be really fun!  It sounds like an oxymoron but it is not!

Oh, and here’s my favorite line – “Life is messy but when you cherish the golden moments and power through the inevitable tough times, you give your family a fighting chance to leave a positive legacy.”  Sage advice from Jim Gromer!.


Happy Mother’s Day!!

It would not be an official Mother’s Day at blog headquarters without a shout out to all the fabulous Moms out there grinding it out day in and day out to make our children happy, kind, successful and yes, productive human beings!!  We love our Moms!

I want to give an extra special shout out to my MUM!  I am infinitely blessed to call her “Mum”.  Yes, I pronounce it that way.  No Mom or Mommy,  I am blessed to have her through all the stages in life.  God knows, I have needed her!

Here is the woman who taught me to be a woman and a mother!  I love my Mum!!

Here is the woman who taught me to be a woman and a mother! I love  and admire her!

So, please take a few minutes today (and yes, every day) to be thankful for your mother and also to be good to yourself, if you are a Mum.  Enjoy! Relax! Have Fun!  Mums are BLESSINGS!! xo

March is ‘Women’s History Month’ – spread the word!

Did you know that March is ‘Women’s History Month’?  I kind of vaguely knew this, but, as a woman, I should know this and celebrate it, right?  Well, I was fortunate enough that the folks over at Ray Price Honda out of East Stroudsburg, PA reminded me.  They had also reached out to me during Black History Month to honor famous African Americans but I simply couldn’t get my act together to share with my readers.  I apologize for that; while others were out spreading the word, I was spreading myself too thin.

That being said, here is a great poster they asked me to share of just a few famous women that have contributed to the world with their humor, wisdom or tenacity.  My favorite quote is from Barbara Corcoran of ‘Shark Tank’ fame.  She claims, “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”  I love this quote!  My daughter often tells me I don’t deal with loss or disappointment and to a degree, that is true.  I spend a few minutes reflecting on a difficult time and I move right on, without skipping a beat.  I am not giving out any therapy advice here but that is how I keep going and it works for me.  I like Barbara Corcoran’s style and all the women featured here and the thousands more who impact others lives positively.

Some great quotes right here....what is your favorite?

Some great quotes right here….what is your favorite?

And I have to give a shout out to Ray Price Honda and their team that supports PR programs that share insight while still out there hustling to sell cars!  It cannot be an easy day at the office, although it looks like they have some nice vehicles in stock.  If they were closer, I would stop by…..they may just give me a loaner vehicle to drive around for a week or so and blog about!  That would be cool, too!  Please take a moment to stop and reflect on a woman who has changed your life for the better!  I would love to hear some comments of who you came up with!