The Power of Your Child’s Imagination by Charlotte Reznick, PhD.

Kids seem to be dealing with more and more stress these days. Problems crop up that I never had to think about during my childhood. Thankfully there are helpful books like The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success by Charlotte Reznick.

A nationally recognized child educational psychologist and associate professor of psychology at UCLA, Reznick has created Imagery for Kids, which she has used for more than twenty-five years to help children reach their full potential.

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination will help your child thrive in an ever-changing and challenging world. Using the Nine Core Tools, parents are now able to apply Reznick’s principles in their own homes. Broken down into two sections, this book will explain what the Nine Core Tools are, the benefits of using them, and how you can harness your child’s imagination to transform her life.

The second part of this amazing book shows you how to put the tools to work, using examples from the author’s own practice to help guide you along. Reznick discusses how you can use the tools to tackle problems such as:

* Stress-induced headaches and stomachaches
* Phobias, panic attacks, and social anxiety
* Bed-wetting and sleepless nights
* Hurt, frustration, and anger

And so much more!

The author also provides tips for less stress and better parenting too. This is something that I truly appreciated, because I need to reduce my own stress levels before I can help my kids.

While I haven’t put these tools into practice yet, I am eager to, and hope that my daughters’ natural love of art will make this successful for our family.

If you’re looking for how you can better prepare your children to handle life’s daily struggles, then see how The Power of Your Child’s Imagination can help.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Perigee Trade
  • ISBN-10: 0399535071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535079
  • SRP:  $14.95
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    Knowing THE TRUTH by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

    Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein the originator of The Enchanted Self(R). She has been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. She is currently in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein. 

    She is the author of The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy, Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! and There Comes A Time In Every Woman’s Life for DELIGHT.  

    Her newest book, The Truth, I’m Ten, I’m Smart and I Know Everything! is another first in positive psychology. Written by a ten year old girl as a diary, Dr. Barbara has been able to imbed lots of positive truths that we all need to remember and live by, regardless of our age. 

    The girl’s edition, titled: The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) debuted February 2008 in bookstores nationwide. You can get your copy now at http://enchantedself.com.

    “Knowing THE TRUTH” by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

    Over twenty-five years of clinical work with women in my psychology practice has convinced me that many, many women forget the truth. I want them to not forget, which is why I wrote The Truth (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything). But you ask, “Isn’t this a book for older kids, tweens and teens?”

    My answer is yes it is. But just think about it. If the young people of today are not helped to get in touch with the truth, won’t they be the women of tomorrow who have forgotten so much that is important? So where better to start than with girls, tweens and teens?

    And now you may ask, “What exactly is the truth? What is it that women seem to have forgotten?”

    Let me tell you. Often, we women seem to forget what the ten- or eleven-year-old girl inside of us once knew with such certainty. We forget how strong we are. We forget how astute we are at sizing up the world. We forget our capacity to recover from hurts and build successful new relationships.

    We forget so much of our childhood wisdom. We forget the excitement and enthusiasm that comes from letting our passionate natures come out to play. And we forget how to laugh, laugh from our bellies. We forget how to intensely react to daily life. So often we forget how to have fun. Many of us don’t allow the playful part of ourselves to come out. We don’t know how to let out, safely, the imp inside of us. And we forget how proud we can feel about ourselves.

    I see it as a tragic loss—we have forgotten so many of the simple truths known to us in our girlhood. The cost is enormous. Many of us walk around out of sorts, some of us are depressed, feeling like we’re a balloon that has pins pricked into it. Many of us don’t achieve our birth right of living out our potential. Falling by the wayside, many of us are under utilized, under educated, and marginally productive.

    Some of us spend our time ruminating, feeling bad, wishing we had made other choices with our lives, and often seeing ourselves as in hopeless situations. Too often we blame others, saying someone else is responsible for the decay of our own lives, having lost any sense that we are navigators of our lives. Like sleeping beauty, we await a prince to awaken us, rather than awaking ourselves to our own riches: our capacities for joy and fun, to create, study, invent, innovate, lead, recover, re-invent, feel, love, discover, share, etc.

    So to the girls and young women of today! Read this little book and soak in the messages of Truth that are impeded in it! Hold on to your wisdom and your strengths! Hold on to you potential. Hold on to your resiliency. Don’t sell out. Grow into each stage of life with courage and sureness! And by the way, make sure your moms read the book to. (Actually, there is an adult version. The Truth (I’m ten, I’m smart and I know everything) is also available.)

    Good luck! You can do it! You can hold on to the Truth and so can your Moms!



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    Tweet for Literacy Giveaways – Prize Package 12 Announced!

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    Our Motto: “The family that reads together has a lot of fun!”

    The Tweet for Literacy Giveaway is a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of involving the whole family in a child’s reading activities. Tweet for Literacy will be giving away literacy-related prizes every two days throughout the month of November in honor of National Family Literacy Month. Help a child to read, and let the fun begin!

    How to Enter the Tweet for Literacy Giveaways

    Step 1: Follow our 7 sponsors on Twitter. This step is required. We will all follow you back!

    http://twitter.com/ccmalandrinos

    http://twitter.com/lindathieman

    http://twitter.com/hollyhardin

    http://twitter.com/susieqtpies

    http://twitter.com/cafeofdreams

    http://twitter.com/nicole_odell

    http://twitter.com/sherikayehoff

    Step 2: Re-tweet (RT) any post about the giveaway. Use the hashtag #Tweet4Lit on each RT. Be sure to add the bit.ly URL link for this contest page. It’s .

    Sample Entry Re-tweets

    RT @ccmalandrinos Tweet for Literacy is giving away 12 prize sets and a grand prize thru Nov. Enter here. http://bit.ly/7miVdh #Tweet4Lit

    RT @ccmalandrinos Enter Tweet for Literacy giveaways here! New prize sets every 2 days. #Tweet4Lit http://bit.ly/7miVdh

    Step 3: That’s it! See the Official Rules below.

    Official Rules

    You can re-enter as many times as you like. Prizes are awarded every 2 days starting on November 8. First day to enter is November 6, 2009. Last day to enter is November 30. A prize package will be awarded on each even day of the month. Each prize package will be a set of items that are literacy related. See below for specific information on prizes.

    The name of the winner will be selected at random and will be drawn at approximately 6pm CT. The winner will have 3 days to respond. If we don’t hear from the winner, we will select another winner for that prize package. We will notify our 13 winners by Direct Message (DM) on Twitter.

    Whereas you can enter as often as you like, if you are not following all 7 sponsors on Twitter, which will be verified, your entries will be disqualified. All entries that comply with the above rules will be valid for each drawing, including the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize will be awarded on December 1, 2009.

    Open to residents of the U.S. only. Must be at least 18 years old to enter.

    If you have any questions or comments about the giveaway, please contact Linda Thieman at blog (at) katieandkimble (dot) com.

    Our Sponsors

    Authors

    Holly Hardin, author of the children’s picture book Aurora of the Northern Lights

    Twitter name: @hollyhardin

    Blog: Holly’s Helpful Hints

    http://hhhelpfulhints.blogspot.com/

    http://hollyhardin.net/

    Sheri Kaye Hoff, Life Coach and author of Keys to Living Joyfully

    Twitter name: @sherikayehoff

    Blog: Coach Sheri’s Living Joyfully Everyday blog

    http://www.lifeisjoyful.org/id1.html

    Nicole O’Dell, author of the Scenarios books for girls ages 10-15

    Twitter name: @nicole_odell

    Blog: Nicole O’Dell blog

    http://nicoleodell.blogspot.com

    http://www.nicoleodell.com

    www.scenariosforgirls.com

    Linda Thieman, author of the Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story chapter book series for ages 7-10

    Twitter name: @lindathieman

    Blog: The Katie & Kimble Blog

    http://www.katieandkimbleblog.com

    Bloggers

    Susan Buetow, homeschooling mom/blogger

    Twitter name: @susieqtpies

    Blogs: The Homeschool Messenger; Scraps of Life

    http://homeschoolmessenger.blogspot.com/

    http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/

    Cheryl Malandrinos, writer/mom/book blogger

    Twitter name: @ccmalandrinos

    Blog: The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

    https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

    April Pohren, mom/book blogger

    Twitter name: @cafeofdreams

    Blog: Café of Dreams

    http://cafeofdreams.blogspot.com

    Prizes and Winners

    The Tweet for Literacy campaign was designed to encourage family literacy. Our motto is “The family that reads together has a lot of fun!”

    Our goal is to empower children and teens, especially girls, who are so often overlooked. We also seek to teach tolerance and self-acceptance through reading and through family interaction.

    Our twelfth prize package winner will be selected on November 30, 2009, at 6pm CT. Total value of Prize Package Twelve is $109.

    Prize Package Twelve (Final Drawing before Grand Prize)

    1) 2 codes for e-books at the iTunes App Store from PicPocket Books (combined value up to $7.98). These picture book apps are downloaded to an iPhone or an iPod Touch. For children 2 to 8. Donated by PicPocket Books.

    2) Aurora of the Northern Lights by Holly Hardin (autographed — an $18.95 value), the delightful Yuletide-themed picture book by one of our Tweet for Literacy sponsors. Donated by the author.

    3) The Katie & Kimble chapter book series by Linda Thieman, for ages 6 to 10. Lexile® measures: 280L and 290L. This set includes Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish. These are stories of love and healing, and are not scary! Donated and autographed by the author, one of our Tweet for Literacy sponsors. (Value: $11.90 per set)

    4) Persephane Pendrake and the Cimaruta (autographed) by Lady Ellen. This book is the first of a planned 9 book series made up of 3 trilogies called “The Persephane Pendrake Chronicles.” For ages 9-12; a $16.95 value. Donated by the author.

    5) All that Glitters (autographed), Book 2 from the Scenarios for Girls interactive series by Nicole O’Dell. For ages 10-15. ($7.97 Value) Donated by the author, one of our Tweet for Literacy sponsors.

    6) Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Recipe & Craft Cookbook, for all ages. Creative foods kids make themselves! Value: $16.95. Donated by Barb at Gooseberry Patch.

    7) Focus on Reading Strategies: Standards-based Instruction, Level C by Perfection Learning. 3rd grade.  Value: $11.95. Donated by Tweet for Literacy sponsor Linda Thieman.

    8) I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy!: Why You Shouldn’t Say it, Why You Shouldn’t Think It, What You Should Embrace Instead by Aaron Cooper, Ph.D. & Eric Keitel, M. Ed. (Parenting), advanced readers copy (ARC). Value: $15.95. Donated by Tweet for Literacy sponsor Cheryl Malandrinos.

    Last prize package before the Grand Prize!



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    Sneak Peek: Tweet for Literacy Giveaways Grand Prize Worth $600

    Tweet-for-Lit-Logo-sidebar-sepiaIn honor of National Family Literacy Month, the Tweet for Literacy campaign extends throughout the month of November. Our Grand Prize drawing will be held on the morning of December 1, 2009.

    The Tweet for Literacy Grand Prize drawing is a little different. It is actually a two-part giveaway, open even to winners of the first twelve of the Tweet4Lit prizes.

    which elementary school is to be the recipient of the Katie & Kimble book package. Yes, the winner of the Grand Prize gets to pay it forward! We thought that would be fun and fulfilling.

    Click here to read more about Tweet for Literacy and to enter the contest. We’re giving away a set of prizes every two days for the month of November!

    Enter as often as you like. Must be at least 18 to enter and a resident of the United States.

    Grand Prize Package Sneak Peek

    Grand Prize Package Winner to be chosen Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Total value of Grand Prize Package is $600.

    Part 1 of Grand Prize

    1) Keys to Living Joyfully (autographed) and the Keys to Living Joyfully Telesummit mp3 recording by Life Coach and author Sheri Kaye Hoff ($400 value). Donated by the author, one of our Tweet for Literacy sponsors.

    2) 2 codes for e-books at the iTunes App Store from PicPocket Books (combined value up to $7.98). These picture book apps are downloaded to an iPhone or an iPod Touch. For children 2 to 8. Donated by PicPocket Books.

    3) Aurora of the Northern Lights by Holly Hardin (autographed — an $18.95 value), the delightful Christmas-themed picture book by one of our Tweet for Literacy sponsors. Donated by the author.

    4) The Katie & Kimble chapter book series by Linda Thieman, for ages 6 to 10. Lexile® measures: 280L and 290L. This set includes Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish. These are stories of love and healing, and are not scary! Donated and autographed by the author, one of our Tweet for Literacy sponsors. (Value: $11.90 per set)

    5) Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott. (Value: $5.99) For ages 10 and up. Donated by Tweet for Literacy sponsor Linda Thieman.

    6) Vocabu-Lit: Building Vocabulary through Literature, Book C by Perfection Learning. 3rd grade. Value: $9.95. Donated by Tweet for Literacy sponsor Linda Thieman.

    7) Life: Be There at Ten ‘til by Dean Johnson ($9.95 value). Words of wisdom for Mom and Dad. Donated by Tweet for Literacy sponsor Linda Thieman.

    8) Close Encounters of the Third-grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood by Phillip Done ($22.99 value). Donated by Hachette Book Group.

    Part 2 of Grand Prize

    The second part of the Grand Prize is a giveaway of a different sort. One elementary school will receive a classroom set (10 each) of both of the Katie & Kimble books: Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (a $119 value). These books are being donated by author and Tweet for Literacy sponsor, Linda Thieman. Their Lexile(R) measures are 280L and 290L, and on the Katie & Kimble blog, there are free, downloadable classroom (and homeschooling) materials to make life easier for teachers and parents while helping children learn to read. Linda is a former English teacher with experience in materials development. The Activity Packets that she has created meet the national standards for 3rd Grade reading and language skills.

    The winner of the Grand Prize will select which elementary school is to be the recipient of the Katie & Kimble book package. Yes, the winner of the Grand Prize gets to pay it forward! We thought that would be fun and fulfilling

    Sneak Peak: Tweet for Literacy Grand Prize! $600 Value!

    Tweet-for-Lit-Logo-sidebar-sepiaIn honor of National Family Literacy Month, the Tweet for Literacy campaign extends throughout the month of November. Our Grand Prize drawing will be held on the morning of December 1, 2009.

    The Tweet for Literacy Grand Prize drawing is a little different. It is actually a two-part giveaway, open even to winners of the first twelve of the Tweet4Lit prizes.

    The first part of the Grand Prize drawing is a prize package that the winner receives. The cornerstone of the prize package is author and Life Coach Sheri Kaye Hoff’s book Keys to Living Joyfully. If you knew Sheri, you would know that she really lives what she teaches. Sheri, a Tweet for Literacy sponsor, is also donating the Keys to Living Joyfully Telesummit mp3 recording. These two items combined are a $400 value.SheriHoff-Living-w-Joy-Cover

    The Grand Prize winner will also receive additional items in the prize package, including Tweet for Literacy sponsor and author Holly Hardin’s Yuletide-themed picture book called Aurora of the Northern Lights. Aurora is a beautifully illustrated book with a lesson about tolerance. Other prizes will be announced as the drawing nears.HollyHardin-Aurora-cover

    The second part of the Grand Prize is a giveaway of a different sort. One elementary school will receive a classroom set (10 each) of both of the Katie & Kimble books: Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish (a $119 value). These books are being donated by author and Tweet for Literacy sponsor, Linda Thieman. Their Lexile(R) measures are 280L and 290L, and here on the Katie & Kimble blog, there are free, downloadable classroom (and homeschooling) materials to make life easier for teachers and parents while helping children learn to read. These Activity Packets meet the national standards for 3rd Grade reading and language skills.

    LindaThieman-Katie_Kimble_2coversThe winner of the Grand Prize will select which elementary school is to be the recipient of the Katie & Kimble book package. Yes, the winner of the Grand Prize gets to pay it forward! We thought that would be fun and fulfilling.

    Click here to read more about Tweet for Literacy and to enter the contest. We’re giving away a set of prizes every two days for the month of November!

    Enter as often as you like. Must be at least 18 to enter and a resident of the United States.

    The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School by David Borgenicht, et al.

    Middle_School_Survival_HandbookYou’ve finally made it out of elementary school. How cool is that? But now you’re headed off to middle school and things might be way different than they used to be. How will you survive?

    Well, if you pick up a copy of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School, you’ll certainly be off to a better start than most.

    This quick read is full of advice on how to survive:

    The First Day,
    Homework Overload,
    Bullies and Cliques,
    Getting in Trouble,

    and so much more, including special “Girls Only” and “Boys Only” sections.

    You’ll find tips on how to:

    memorize your locker combination,
    fix a problem with a teacher,
    rescue a sinking grade,
    challenge a cheater,
    prep for a test in your toughest class,
    try out without freaking out,

    and so many tips that will make your journey through middle school easier and more enjoyable.

    One of the topics I paid close attention to is “How to Survive a Bully”. While I think it is slightly misplaced being in the “Boys Only” section, the tips found here could really make a difference for a young person trying to deal with a bully. The “Girls Only” section does cover the topic of “How to Survive Mean Girls” and those tips are great, but there are enough girl bullies out there that I felt surviving bullies should be in Chapter 3, titled “The Social Scene”.

    While reading this book, all I could think was, “Where was this book when I was entering middle school?”

    The hip cover and fun illustrations provided by Chuck Gonzales definitely get an “A” in my book, and by using silly names like “Miss Mean Jeans” the authors get their points across in a lighthearted and entertaining way.

    Buy it for yourself. Buy it for a friend. Buy it for someone you love. But make sure you buy it before that person enters middle school.

    Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811868648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811868648
  • SRP:  $10.99
  • Girlforce by Nikki Goldstein

    GirlForce-coverYoung women who read CosmoGIRL, Teen Vogue, Seventeen and Girls’ Life will feel right at home in between the pages of Nikki Goldstein’s new book Girlforce: A Girl’s Guide to the Body and Soul.

    Basing her book upon India’s ancient medical system, Ayurveda, which according to Goldstein offers a complete system of living, the author has modernized this ancient system and made it applicable to young women and the situations they are dealing with on a daily basis. Proving her knowledge of the age-group, Goldstein includes quizzes similar to those found in popular teen magazines, which allow the reader to figure out which Body Type she is, how much stress she is under and where she is on the self-esteem meter.

    The colorful front and back cover, color photographs and appealing inside design will certainly attract teens to this book and encourage them to read more.

    The basic advice found in Girlforce is all stuff we’ve heard before: be happy with who you are, eat right, exercise, and take care of yourself. It encourages yoga and meditation as ways to relax, which are parts of Ayruveda. What Goldstein, does however, is create Body Type specific applications for diet, exercise, stress management, fashion, and beauty techniques.

    I have to admit, while I found most of the advice in this book to be helpful for young women, I did have a few challenges as I read it.

    The first is that while it does tell the reader over and again how much she should appreciate who she is, most of the photos show girls who look more like professional models than average teens. In addition, Earth girls are said to be “curvaceous” and “…tend to put on weight around the hips and butt.” None of the girls photographed for Girlforce look like that.

    As with all general quizzes, you tend to find yourself not always able to locate the right answer for you, so you end up choosing the best answer of those available, even when none of them truly apply. This can skew the results. And for those who don’t land completely in one Body Type, it can be challenging to know which Body Type specific advice to follow because different Body Types, according to this book, should avoid certain things or use them moderately, whereas others should use them more liberally.

    This reader would have liked to have seen a bit more information on how certain foods interact with specific Body Types and meditation, along with a few more examples of creative visualization.

    Girlforce interested me enough that I wandered out to do a bit of additional research about Ayurveda. What I found at www.ayurveda.com is that this philosophy believes “…the entire cosmos is the interplay of the energies of the five great elements–Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.” Why the other two elements are not included in Girlforce, is not explained.

    Overall, Girlforce by Nikki Goldstein will appeal to its target market. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress management are good for everyone, not just teens. By encouraging young women to get into this type of daily routine earlier in life, they will have an advantage over those who wait until they are much older to make such lifestyle changes.

    Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
  • ISBN-10: 1599903547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903545
  • SRP:  $14.99 (U.S.)