Monday, November 13, 2017



Fall – Autumn is one the most beautiful seasons on the Northeastern coast.

The season I adore. The foliage is absolutely stunning.
Here are a few images picked from the web/internet of beautiful fall foliage around the country and aboard.
I hope you enjoy these images as much as we have! 

Kids and Tantrum

Readers, family help me understand how you handle a tantrum

I noticed several weeks ago how one woman handling a child throwing a tantrum/outburst. 
The matter in which she handled it was Stella; she listened to the child for a bit. Then calmly in a serene tone stated, is that how ‘The Creator would have you act – He [the Creator] has given us words to us to express ourselves and wants. Tell me in words what it is you want so I can try to help you.’
That to me was absolutely Wonderful, Amazing, Remarkable, Stella!
How would you handle a child displaying this behavior = tantrum/ outburst?
I eagerly await your ideas, thoughts and opinions.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October Book Review

Have you ever walked into a store or were browsing online and read the web page information, or reviewed the vibrant color images and thought,

 “Oh! To be a kid again! Or I wish I was a kid again!”

That’s the feeling you get visiting the Crayola crayon webpage, that offer fun-filled activities for children and engaging colorful webpage ideas.

Children’s Book Review

To learn more about the author and other books

To learn more about the author and other books:

My Pal Buddee: The Checker King, coloring book is available at: Barnes and Noble, and Amazon


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October: Guest Blog - Articles


Parents are increasingly busy, and often struggle to find enough time to read a story to the children. But knowing the benefits of this simple activity can encourage them to find time in their busy schedules. Reading stories to children is more important than it seems. I
1.     Helping to address reading,
2.     Allows them to structure their thinking,
3.     Enjoying it as they do, and not as a school exercise.

Only human beings are capable of telling stories. Our lives are woven stories. It is important to tell stories to children, even short stories, because these micro histories make every day shared fun, and trivia.
Also allow children to develop their thoughts. Do you know why it is so important to read stories to young children?

Here are the three reasons why stories are so important for kids:

·      Stimulate the imagination and language

The stories read to children helps them develop different skills or realize activities that they like to perform. Kids learn a lot with children’s stories through magic and fantasy that awakened in them.
Homework stories aid to develop a kid’s imagination by presenting new ideas into their world – ideas about fantastical worlds, other planets, different facts in time and invented characters. It adds new words to a child’s vocabulary and learns different expressions.
Kids develop passion for reading. Reading is very significant to learning and training; as each day they learn something new. What better way to acquire this habit is engaging in story telling in childhood reading! With constant reading children's talents will be developed, while ethical acquire knowledge provided by the narrated stories.

·      Children and parents bonds will become stronger and will be better prepared for the difficulties of life

The connection that links parents and kids will be much stronger thanks to reading children's books together, - have laughed at the same jokes and amazed with the same events. Children’s stories show the smooth side and hard side that life is not as simple as we would like; and there will always be contemporary events that are not to our taste. These children’s stories of full fictional characters and animals show us that are in our hands to help kids learn different events do occur and how we can Learn and Grow from it.

·        Learning the value of being good and different morals.

In fairy tales there are always good and bad, and the good guys always win while the bad guys always lose. Stories arrive at this conclusion. In addition, not to talk to strangers or eat food from others, for example. Children will be aware of the different morals that such stories can teach. It is always helpful for parents to ask their children what they learned with each story.  It opens up a dialog that can be extremely beneficial to all days, weeks, even in years from now.

These are some of the reasons that exist in terms of the dynamics of being with children and tell those stories that are: fascinating, educational or different in which they are entertained, both have a good time, to acquire different important, and knowledge.

GUEST BLOG –Articles

Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 
Home Eye Safety Month
Bullying Prevention Month

When can I stop worrying about SIDS?

Babies between 1 and 4 months old are most at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and 90 percent of cases occur in babies under the age of 6 months. By definition, SIDS doesn't happen after a child's first birthday.
The number of infant deaths from SIDS has declined by more than half since 1992 – that's when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended putting babies to sleep on their back – but SIDS is still the leading cause of death for babies between the ages of 1 and 12 months. Even though there's no sure way to prevent SIDS, you can take steps to reduce your baby's risk.
Researchers don't know what causes SIDS or why the risk drops when it does, but a baby's brain development and maturing physical ability probably play a role. During the first six months of life, explains Michael Goodstein, neonatologist and director of the York County Cribs for Kids Program at York Hospital in York, PA, a baby experiences rapid brain growth and developmental changes that affect sleep patterns, cardiorespiratory control, metabolism, and physical ability.
So when a more mature baby is placed in a sleep environment with pillows or loose bedding, for example, she may be able to lift her head, shift away, or roll over. An older baby can also overcome the risk by waking up and complaining more readily, or by better regulating her breathing.
Another cause of sleep-related deaths in babies is accidental suffocation. These preventable deaths have been on the rise, claiming the lives of almost 1,000 babies a year in the United States.
"Keep in mind that while the rates of SIDS drop off significantly after six months, there are still some babies who die suddenly and unexpectedly up to one year," cautions Goodstein. "Safe sleep recommendations should always be followed up to a baby's first birthday."


 AAP. 2013. Sleep position: Why back is best. American Academy of Pediatrics.
American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 2011. SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths: Expansion of recommendations for a safe infant sleeping environment. Pediatrics 128(5):e1341-67. [Accessed May 2016]
CDC. 2012a. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC. 2012b. Suffocation deaths associated with use of infant sleep positioners—United States 1997-2011. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 60(46):933-7. [Accessed May 2016]
CDC. 2012c. Vital signs: Unintentional injury deaths among persons aged 0-19 years 2000-2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 61(15):270-6. [Accessed May 2016]
Kinney HC, et al. 2009. The sudden infant death syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine 361:795-805. [Accessed May 2016]
Ostfeld B, et al. 2010. Concurrent risks in sudden infant death syndrome. Pediatrics 125(3):447-53. [Accessed May 2016]

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness.  During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of  their abilities and accomplishments.  It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. 
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October is Home Eye Safety Awareness Month


During Home Eye Safety Month Friends for Sight hopes you will start taking necessary safety measures to reduce your risk of eye injury.
The most common place for eye injury to occur is in the yard or garden. One in four eye injuries happen during home repair. However, there are things you can do, both indoors and outdoors, to help protect your eyes and body from unnecessary injury. Here are a few tips for keeping your eyes healthy and safe:
  1. Wear eye protection, we cannot stress this enough. Eye protection, such as safety goggles, protects your eyes against particles and dust, flying debris and chemicals splashes. Also note that regular corrective lenses do not protect your eyes against injury; you can easily find safety goggles that are worn over your glasses.

  1. When using hazardous products (e.g., bleach, detergents, cleansers) never mix chemical agents or other caustic substances, always read and follow the manufacturer warnings and guidelines, and always use in well-ventilated areas.

  1. To improve safety on stairs and walkways remove tripping hazards, secure rugs, install gates on stairs, and provide sufficient lighting and effective handrails. This is especially important in homes and locations where toddlers and senior citizens reside.

  1. Remove debris and inspect yard and garden before beginning yard work, such as mowing or using a weed trimmer. This measure will not only protect you, but it will prevent potential injury to bystanders.

  1. Remember to wash your hands after completing a task and before touching your eyes or face.

  1. Be sure tools and cleaners are out of the reach of children.

  1. When cooking use shields, as this will prevent hot oils from splashing on your body, face, and especially your into your eyes.
Understandably, we cannot prevent all injuries from occurring. If you should experience an eye injury DO NOT rub or touch the eye, DO NOT apply medication to the eye, and DO NOT attempt to remove any debris from the eye. If the eye injury is caused by a chemical in the eye, thoroughly flush the eye with water. For all eye injuries seek medical attention immediately.

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Wednesday October 25th

·        “Update your status to “UNITY DAY is October 25! Join the movement to make it orange and make it end! If you are being bullied, you are not alone. Celebrate Unity Day to show we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.”

Please make an all-out effort to talk to parents, teacher’s peers; you are not alone -ever!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017


Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Bullying Prevention Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Dental Hygiene Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Home Eye Safety Month
Physical Therapy Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) 

Awareness Month

History of Checkers [continue]

Flowers by Month


For many outdoorsy individuals, October is a true month of joy - cooler nights and bright sunny days, while still the glory of fall blooms.
·         Aster
·         Monkshood
·         Japanese Anemone
·         Chrysanthemum
·         Cyclamen
·         Colchicum
·         Nerine
·         Saxifrage
·         Chinese Lantern

History of Checkers

Checkers happen to be one of the oldest games known to man. It can be traced to the early civilization for the history of checkers. It has not been known about the exact rules of the game at 3000 BC. There was a similar game that used 5x5 board which was known as Alquerque that existed in ancient Egypt and that too at 1400 BC. It was found that the Egyptian version became so popular that it was played by man for thousands of years. After some time an innovative Frenchman planned to play the game on a chess board in the year 1100 AD.  The number of pieces was also increased for each player to 12. This game which got modified was known as “Ferses” or “Fierges.” This was more considered as a women’s social game and hence also termed as, “Le Jeu Plaisant De Dames.” It was later in the course of time that the game was made more challenging where the jumps were made mandatory where it gave birth to a new version.

Checkers are still played in different countries where it proves to be very interesting for all age groups. It is also found in the stores where parents try to give it to their child so as to increase their brain power and mental activity. It really helps a lot in providing the best effects to the mental health as it is one of the most important and useful mind games.  Coming back to the history of the checkers, many books were written on this game as early as the mid-1500s. It was in the year 1756 a treatise was written on draughts by an English mathematician. The game got settled in England and America where it was termed as ‘Dauaghts’ and ‘Checkers’ respectively. 

As years went by, it was found that the game steadily rose in popularity and it was at that time of the year when the award for the first championship was given. It was later noticed that there were certain openings that proved to be more advantageous to one side. This was noticed by game enthusiasts where new rule was implemented in order to begin the game in a random manner.  So for this, it came up with the restrictions of two moves for expert players. However it has been seen that there are three move restrictions that have been prescribed in modern tournament checkers.

It was the year 1952 that proved to be a landmark year when the first checkers program was created by Arthur L. Samuel that was used by a computer. It was found that there lots of improvements which were found for these computer games because of the increase of the computer speed and capacities. It has been found that nowadays the data base information is found to be more relying on where combinations are possibly moved when 10 pieces remain on the board.  Thus it has been found that checkers have entered practically every home through online where the game results were found to be draw or even defeated the best players.  So checkers continued to be popular amongst the people all over the world where different versions of the games are played by them in order to entertain themselves in the best way.