Spreading Good News (Post 679 – EXCERPTS FROM MY BOOKS: Mother’s Dozen: An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.

CLICK THE “FOLLOW” BUTTON ABOVE TO RECEIVE AN E-MAIL ALERT FOR EACH NEW, DAILY POST!!

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CONSTANT QUOTE

 

 

IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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YOU DON’T WORK FOR OTHERS—YOU REPORT TO THEM.  YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF.  ~ Joyce Fields

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ANNOUNCING MY NEWEST NEW BOOK!!  My Simple Quotes to Live By.  Many have asked me to put together a book of my quotes that I post here on my blog and on social media.  This book contains 169 of them on 90 pages.  

It’s available through http://www.GoodShortBooks.com

My “Constant Quote” (above) was chosen to appear in the 2013 Women’s Advantage Shared Wisdom Calendar that is available at http://www.womansadvantage.biz/prod_cat.php 

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ANNOUNCING MY NEW BOOK!!  Dear Bully:  A Collection of Poems about Bullying.  I’m reading six poems from the book at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3sdKM-yl2M.

I love to read your comments!!

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TODAY’S BLOG

It’s Wednesday!!  Time for “Excerpts From My Books.”

I have written seven non-fiction books and one children’s fiction book.  I’ve just released my eighth one.  My mission statement is:  “I write books that inspire people on their journey to make this world a better place.”  You can read the preview and reviews for all my books athttp://www.GoodShortBooks.com.

Every Wednesday, I will share an excerpt from one of my books.  I hope you will enjoy it.  Writers really appreciate comments from their readers, so please leave a comment on my blog!  Thank you!

Mother’s Dozen:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!
by Joyce Fields

LOVE FOR LEARNING

Education is one of the most important things in a child’s life.  And it doesn’t begin when the child starts school—it begins in infancy.  At home.  Some people believe it starts in the womb.  Maybe.

Let’s start from when the baby is able to sit up alone—around five or six months old.  One of the first lessons many babies learn is to pattycake.

We adults think it’s really cute when we grab their little hands, clap them together and recite the rhyme: “Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker’s man.  Roll ‘em up, roll ‘em up, throw ‘em in the pan!”  Babies usually laugh, and we laugh because they are amused.  After a while, we don’t have to grab their hands anymore—we just say, “patty cake,” and they start to clap and smile.

Then we move on to “peek-a-boo” and nursery rhymes.  Before you know it, they are learning the alphabet song.  At the end of the alphabet, they sing, “Now I’ve said my A-B-C’s. Tell me what you think of me” and wait for our response.  We typically give them positive reinforcement by telling them that they did a good job or that we think they are smart, etc.  They beam with pride and confidence, pleased with the fact that they are learning well.

When a child lives with praise, encouragement, and accomplishment in regards to learning, that child has a better chance of learning to love learning.

When Konto started school, every time he’d get his list for school supplies, I would take him with me to get them.  He always had all his supplies, and he had them on time.  I wanted him to know that his education was important to me.

At home, the kitchen table was his school desk.  In the lower grades, I would work with him to get him started, then guide him through, insisting on speed and neatness.  (His paternal grandfather used to say, “Hurry up, but take your time.”  I explained to Konto that it meant to move quickly, but be aware of each step.)

I tried to make his schoolwork fun by lacing his lessons with humor:  “That ‘t’ is so close to the edge that it looks like it’s going to fall off the cliff.”  “I need a magnifying glass to see the dot on that ‘i.’”  “That ‘s’ looks so nice, it could be in a parade.”  And I used exaggerated gestures, dance steps, and facial expressions to emphasize my comments.

We would be laughing while we worked.  Although we laughed and joked, he knew that I was serious about his education, so he was serious and proved that he was learning.  (He learned so much and did so well in nursery school that he skipped kindergarten and went straight to first grade.  He graduated from high school when he was 16 years old and was admitted to Morehouse College two months after turning 17 years old.)

 

Mother’s Dozen:  An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids! makes an excellent addition to a baby shower gift!!  Or, if you know a new mother, order a copy for her!!  She’ll be glad you did!!

Order at http://www.GoodShortBooks.com!

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NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed and/or learned from this blog, please leave a comment and send the link to others.  Thanks!!

If you’re interested in reading all about “My Breast Cancer Journey,” those posts start with post #334.

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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written eight books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

https://lineofserenity.wordpress.com/get-more-inspiration/

Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 679 – EXCERPTS FROM MY BOOKS: Mother’s Dozen: An Easy Recipe for Raising GREAT Kids!)

  1. Sandra says:

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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