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‘Please explain terrorism to me’, by Laurie Zelinger

This is a book that I hope I never have to read again or show my children. But I will because the world we live in is not a kind one 🙁 It is incredibly sad that we need this book but that makes it even more important to read it and use the techniques it advises.
I have had the difficult ask of trying to explain terrorism to my children and am so reassured that Dr Zelinger’s method is similar to my own!
The book is comprised of 2 sections, first a story for children to access and secondly notes for parents.
The story really highlights that children know what is going on, they see and hear things that we may not be aware of so ignoring the situation in the news may only serve to create increased fear and stress. I completely agree with this and whenever there has been an attack I sit down and discuss it with my children to ensure they have facts
The notes describe Zelinger’s PEARLS approach stands for Prepare Explain Answer Reassure Listen Safeguard. It is simple but effective, making sure children have access to appropriate information and are allowed the time to process it and respond with questions.
I would score this book 5/5. It is thought provoking, intelligent, caring: essential reading for parents in our troubled world.

 

A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for their Parents

Complemented by exquisite, colorful artwork, Dr. Zelinger skillfully crafts an easily relatable children’s story using everyday situations, around the oppressive concept of Terrorism in the news. With masterful understanding of the child’s world, new and frightening concepts are introduced carefully and gently, with the child’s perspective in mind. Dr. Zelinger provides parent coaching to further the dialogue in her P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom section (Prepare, Explain, Answer, Reassure, Listen, Safeguard) where caregivers are given scripts to guide them, as well room for individuality. This pioneer book helps children and parents face a critical, often avoided topic with reassurance and calm.

“This book provides the ‘PEARLS’ of wisdom for parents and children to discuss a scary topic like terrorism in ways that promote healthy and authentic parent-child conversations that yield to mutual respect and bonding.”
–Marc A. Brackett, PhD., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

“Deep and yet accessible, her remarkable deciphering of the psychological factors that hinder the free communication between parents and children on terrorism is compelling. This fascinating guide amounts to a riveting lesson of clarity and to a masterpiece in bridging the unbridgeable.”
–Hon. Yehuda Lancry, Former Ambassador of Israel to the U.N.

“Please Explain ‘Terrorism’ to Me is a straightforward and down-to-earth treatment of a difficult subject. Dr. Zelinger uses common sense, a simple clarification of the basic issues, and reassurance to provide a deeper understanding of terrorism for kids–without a corresponding rise in anxiety.”
–Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., Psychologist/Author

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From the Growing With Love Series at Loving Healing Press

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About the Author

Illustrator, Ann Israeli, and
author, Laurie Zelinger

Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years’ experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie’s previous books include: “Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents,” The “O MY” in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the “For Parents” sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie’s interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com.

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Ann Israeli graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and began her art career as a textile designer. She worked designing wallpaper and home furnishings before moving on to a career in Women’s and Children’s knitwear designs, where she won many awards. She began a second career as an art teacher in the Rockville Centre School District on Long Island, New York and earned her Masters of Art degree from Adelphi University (New York). Currently, Ann enjoys visiting her newest grandson in California and spending time with her husband, children, family, and friends. She also relishes her time working on oil painting and hopes to continue on her new path as an illustrator.

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Black Friday: has the world gone crazy?!

I’m a bit confused. A couple of years ago Black Friday was introduced to the UK. The scenes on the TV were terrifying to see how humanity was reduced to slaves to materialism.
This year Black Friday seems to last 2 WHOLE weeks (or longer). At the start of last week I started getting emails with deals. And more emails and more and more…
Chris asked me when Black Friday actually was and I confidently replied. I was wrong. Black Friday wasn’t the Friday we’ve just had: it is this coming Friday, the 24th.
How has this happened? How has it taken over the world?
Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping and am devoted to online bargains (sooooo much easier than heading to the shops with the kids in tow!)
I spend hours trawling through websites, planning what to buy before actually committing. I love the thrill of the hunt! Tracking down the best prices and looking for the best deals.
The problem with Black Friday is all the deals and prices arrive at the same time so impulse (dare I say, panic) buys accidentally end up in the virtual basket.
So my only advice to see you through this madness is:
Buy what you need – write a list and stick to it. Write a reasonable price next to each item and ONLY go for it if it meets your target. The offers are there to be tempting!
I wonder how long Black Friday will last next year…

The follow/unfollow game: it’s personal :(

Back in September when I attended BlogOnXmas, I was chatting to another blogger and she told me of another ‘big’ blogger who plays the follow/unfollow game. I didn’t give it much thought but then today I checked back and indeed, this blogger is not following me on my social media despite both of us having taken part in permanent follow threads from various Facebook groups that we are both in.

I am not angry. I’m just really disappointed.
Most of the bloggers that I have met online and in person have been absolutely lovely. So it leads a sour note that some bloggers choose to play the stats rather than support each other.
I am the first to admit that I am not the most social of people and really need to get interacting more (when I find time!) but I have never actually unfollowed anyone even from my personal life.

I have noticed that my Facebook friends has just dropped below 300 so in the last month I have lost 3 ‘friends’. The sad thing is that I have no idea who they are.
One person who has unfriended me is my ex’s mum, Matthew and Anya’s grandmother.
That hurt.
I found out when I went to wish her a happy birthday last year and saw that we were no longer friends 🙁
I thought Facebook offered her the chance to see what the children were doing as she lives too far to visit. But she chose to unfriend me instead. It happened just after I gave birth to Zach so I don’t know if she was unhappy that I had got on with my life and found happiness with someone else.

So if you want to unfriend someone, if you are a blogger and want to unfollow to play the numbers, please think about the people you may hurt in the process. Be kind.

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‘Gingerbread at Moonglow’ by Deborah Garner: review and giveaway!

Getting in the mood for Christmas? I was lucky enough to be sent ‘Gingerbread at Moonglow’ to review and it has made me feel very festive!
The novella begins just before Christmas where a hotel owner is getting all set to provide her guests with a wonderful Christmas. This involves an accidentally supersized gingerbread house (hence the title)!
Although it is a novella rather than a full novel, the characters are well developed and the plot is both engaging and heart-warming. I am interested to see how it fits with the 2 earlier novellas in the series (see descriptions below) but it works perfectly well as a stand alone read.
As if the story isn’t enough, the author has also included some recipes at the end which sound very tempting!
My only complaint is that I wanted it to last longer and I want to know what happens to the characters. Maybe next Christmas…
Score 4/5

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The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist’s mysterious way of working small miracles in people’s everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

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Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn’t been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people’s lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter’s grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

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Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there’s more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door’s wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

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About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

 

 

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