Doctor Mom, A Gregory Green Adventure Blog Hop

Book cover of Doctor Mom with a brown bear wearing a gree t-shirt and a tear in his leg on a blue background

Hello, everyone,

Thank you for popping in today for the Blog Hop that I’m a part of. I read this wonderful children’s book that I’m sharing with you and I just love it! The pictures are adorable and the story has a great message. Please take a moment and read more about the book and the author.

Title: Doctor Mom

Author: Elaine Kaye

Genre: Picture Story Book

Ages: 5-8 years

 

 

BLURB: It’s Saturday, and Gregory Green can’t wait to have fun with his dad on the riding lawnmower, but something is wrong. Sammy, his teddy bear and best friend, won’t get out of bed. Gregory is worried when he sees Sammy’s left leg is torn. This is a case for Doctor Mom! Can they fix Sammy? And just how did Sammy get hurt in the first place?

 

 

PRAISE FOR DOCTOR MOM:

 

“Doctor Mom is an adorable story that shows how Moms can fix anything—even a torn limb on a beloved teddy bear! Children will enjoy the lovable little bear who needs a stitch or two and his boy who plays dress-up as a doctor.” – Wanda Luthman, award-winning author of Little Birdie Grows Up

 

“A sweet and heartfelt tale kids can easily identify with, and all of that with a wonderful touch of magic.” – Tonja Drecker, reviewer at Bookworm for Kids

 

BUY LINK:

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Picture of author of children's book, Doctor Mom (Elaine Kaye) holding a white rose

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Elaine Kaye first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster. Doctor Mom is the second book in A Gregory Green Adventure series and highlights something all moms and children can relate to; a beloved stuffed animal in need of a repair.

 

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.

 

She is a grandmother of three boys.

 

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FREE Children’s Ebook to Gain Self-Acceptance

Book cover of A Turtle's Magical Adventure set against a green forest background with sunshining through the trees. FREE Book giveaway offer written at bottom.
Available NOW on Amazon

 

Do you have something you don’t like about yourself? Do your kids? Or your grandkids?

I bet we all do. I know I do. I have never really liked my thighs. They are rather large even back when I was an active competitive swimmer in high school.

In fact, other kids used to refer to me as ‘Wanda legs’ said in a deep tone like an elephant walking through the forest. Funny thing though, I didn’t realize they were making fun of my big legs. I thought they were paying me a compliment. I love denial. It’s my favorite coping mechanism. But, I know others aren’t that lucky. Words can really hurt us and stay with us forever.

Just like Tad in A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, he doesn’t like his shell because he blames it for making him too slow. He is also picked on at school for being so slow and coming to school late. He wants to be fast like Steve the snake who, unfortunately, gives him some bad advice to go see the wizard to have it removed.

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with something they don’t like about themselves, please share this book with them. It will entertain and encourage them to love everything about themselves.

To Mom, With Love

Mom holding baby boy up in the air with sunset behind on beach

 

 

Today’s post is written by our favorite school psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen and is in honor of all mothers everywhere…

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist ~ Certified Case Manager

 

 

To Mom, With Love

A mother loves her child and the bond grows stronger with…

Heart burn and swollen ankles

Labor and delivery

Night time feedings and all day naps

 

Diapers, booties, burps, and tears

Smiles, giggles, sticky fingers

Vaccinations and chicken pox

 

First tooth and first steps

Those first little words

Me, me, me, mine and no, no, no

Mom with white hat on and white cotton top holding baby and mouth open cooing to baby while holding baby up and baby cooing back on beach

Scratches, scrapes, cuts and boo boos

Crayons, clay, magic markers

Art work on walls and skates in halls

 

First day of Kindergarten

Singing, dancing, all dressed up

T-ball, Scouts, and Field Day

 

Happy Birthday boys and girls

Tricycles and baby dolls

Pups and kittens and slimy frogs

Mom scrunching nose at young boy with wooden plank background with map lying on floor

Runny noses, untied shoes

Dinosaurs and Halloween

Ice cream sodas and science fair

 

Tooth aches, tummy aches, heart aches

Pals, best friends, and puppy love

Car keys, curfews and the birds and bees

Mom holding baby while looking out a window

Final exams, grad night, prom

First kiss, first car, first job, bills

New credit cards and big bank loan

“See you Mom, I’m on my own”

 

…and through it all, a mother loves her child.

 

Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

 

Enter to Win Books for Reducing Challenging Behavior in Young Children

I want to encourage you to enter to win these awesome books!

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Enter to Win Books for Reducing Challenging Behavior in Young ChildrenThis month we’re thrilled to give away a copy of Michelle Salcedo’s new book, Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior, along with eight other books to help little ones learn how to calm down, share, get along with others, and more:

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us about the challenging behavior you deal with most frequently.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks that you complete:

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FREE Ebook–Perfect as a Mother’s Day or Graduation Gift

Purple background with the picture book cover of Little Birdie Grows Up on it sporting two awards and giving a review offering book for free from May 9-13 as gifts for Mother's Day or Graduation

The inspiration behind this book was when my daughter left for college.

We drove her the two hours to college which felt like driving her to the end of the world. We loaded up the cart, like they have at hotels to bring in luggage, about 10 times. We helped her lug about 24 boxes and bins up to the 5th floor. We re-arranged the room exactly how she wanted.

I made her bed. She decorated her desk. She directed me as I put all the bins underneath her bed or in her closet. We took her out to lunch and ran an errand for a last minute item we had forgotten (I can’t image what it could have been with all the stuff she had packed) and then we went back up to her dorm room. We said hi to her roommate and her parents who realized we were about to say good-bye so they excused themselves from the room.

Then, came the moment, that even when I think about it today (5 years later), I get teary-eyed. We had to say good-bye. I cried. She cried. My husband stood by watching this scene unfold, probably wondering what he would face on the way home.

Then, we turned and left. My husband hugged me as I cried openly in the elevator. A college student joined us at some point on the way down. She was probably rolling her eyes.

My husband offered to buy me a coffee from the Starbucks located at the corner of her dorm downstairs and I agreed. We sat in silence for a bit and then decided we should get on the road. I had dried up my tears at this point. As I came around the corner of the dorm to go to our car, there I saw my daughter, looking beautiful and independent with her tears all dried up too.

Our eyes met and we both laughed and hugged each other. We were both going to be okay. Even though our hearts had been breaking only 15-20 minutes ago like we didn’t think we could breathe without each other, we were fine.

But, I still experienced horrible empty-nest syndrome after that day. I felt lost like I didn’t know where I belonged or what to do with myself. One day, I was lamenting to my girlfriend over lunch about my feelings and she, knowing I had written several children’s books, suggested I write one about a little birdie leaving the nest. I nodded but didn’t think I would actually do that.

Then, about a year later, I was sitting quietly when a story came to me about a little blue bird cracking out of his shell into this big, beautiful, bright world and all he wanted to do was grow up and learn to fly.

I wrote the story down in the format of a chapter book, just like my other books. But, as I was re-reading it, I noticed there were many words that rhymed. I have always enjoyed poetry and making rhymes. So, it struck me that maybe I should make this into a picture book rather than a chapter book. I re-wrote it in rhyme.

That was the birth of Little Birdie Grows Up.

From the reviews, many people tap into the feeling I expressed in the book, that bittersweet feeling of saying good-bye to our children once they are ready to leave our home, our nest.

I now wish to offer it as a free ebook for you to give a Mom on Mother’s Day or for Graduation. They may tear up a bit, but they will absolutely relate to the feeling and thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Go to myBook.to/LB

Little Birdie Grows Up by Wanda Luthman, Award-winning Children’s Author & Freelance Writer

Books available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

Prelude to Summer Book Event

Blue background Wanda Luthman on left and invitation to a prelude to summer book event for Friday, May 11th from 6-10PM at The Shoppes on Strawbridge in Melbourne, FL

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up some fabulous books for your children to read this summer by local authors!!

If you haven’t discovered this gem of a shop called The Shoppes on Strawbridge, you are missing an awesome place to purchase unique handmade quality gifts.

Come to the Open House this Friday, May 11th from 6-10 PM and check it out!

Located at 815 E. Strawbridge Avenue in Downtown Melbourne.

You’ll find delightful food items, cold beverages, an asundry of handmade products from beautiful jewelry and delightfully scented bath products to pictures, plants, and even wooden furniture!

On hand this Friday, will be local authors (including me) who will read their books to the children present and happily personalize purchased copies!

What a great way to introduce a child to the love of reading by having them meet a real live author!

You will not leave disappointed!

And you may not know that this building was actually the home of the Grimaldi Candy Factory and now the daughter of Mr. Grimaldi owns this building. She is Caroline Grimaldi and you could not meet a nicer person. She’ll be there too!

Come enjoy a taste of Melbourne Florida history in this unique store and introduce your child to an author and discover the next best place to shop!

Two Great YA Books, A Book Sale, and an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Michael Fedison, children's author standing in front of a huge snow bank
Hi everyone,
I’m popping in on a Saturday to let you know about two great books, a book sale, and a gift card giveaway!!
I think that’s a great deal so that’s why I decided to share before my usual Monday post because time is running out of this deal. You have until May 6th, 2018 to purchase the books and be entered into a giveaway drawing for an Amazon gift card and the more people that enter, the higher the gift card prize!!
Now, just to be clear, you only have to purchase the second book, The Singularity Wheel, to be entered in the drawing, but it’s the second book in the sequel and well, hey, who wants to start on the second book when the first one is on sale right now for only .99?
Let me introduce you to Michael Fedison, the author of these two great books and who is pictured above…
Michael S. Fedison was born in Rochester, New York, and now lives with his wife, Sarah, and regal cat, Luke, in the green hills of central Vermont. Michael has been writing creatively for as long as he can remember, and has had short fiction published in several literary magazines, including Iconoclast and The Written Word.
He works as a full-time technical writer and also is a freelance proofreader and copy editor. Michael has been a lover of imaginative stories his entire life. He enjoys any story that takes you by the hand, lifts you up, and transports you to another place, a new and creative way of looking at the world around us.
He also has his own blog and website for his first novel
Now, on to the first book, The Eye-Dancers…
The Eye-Dancers YA fantasy book cover
The Eye-Dancers is on sale for a mere .99 right now and here’s what it’s about…
Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is slightly off.

A compulsive liar, constantly telling fantastic stories to garner attention and approval, Mitchell can only wish this were just one more of his tall tales. But it isn’t. It’s all too real. Together, as they confront unexpected and life-threatening dangers, Mitchell and his friends must overcome their bickering and insecurities to learn what happened, where they are, and how to get back home.

The answers can be found only in the mysterious little girl with the blue, hypnotic eyes. The one they had each dreamed of three nights in a row before arriving here. She is their only hope. And, as they eventually discover, they are her only hope.

And time is running out.

Now, on to the sequel, The Singularity Wheel…
The Singularity Wheel book cover
It’s about…
Five years ago, Monica Tisdale, the “ghost girl,” invaded their dreams and led them through the void. Now she is back, more desperate and more powerful than ever.

For Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma, Ryan Swinton, and Marc Kuslanski, the intervening five years have seen them advance to the cusp of their senior year in high school. They have girlfriend troubles, job stresses, future careers to consider. They don’t have the time, or the inclination, to be whisked away to Monica’s world again.

But when Monica calls on them to leap into the abyss and bridge the gap between dimensions, she will not take no for an answer. She has tapped into the deepest pools of her mysterious powers, leading to consequences as unforeseen as they are disastrous. For Monica, the multiverse, the concept of a limitless number of parallel selves and parallel worlds, has become all too real. And all too terrifying.

Through it all, she knows that Mitchell and his friends are the only ones who can save her.

If she doesn’t kill them first.

The buy link for The Singularity Wheel is below and it’s selling for only $2.99 and you’re entered into an Amazon gift card giveaway as long as you purchase before May 6, 2018…
Thanks for popping in today and hopefully you’ll take advantage of this great offer!!
If you’d like to connect with Michael, his social media links are:

Website:  https://eyedancers.wordpress.com/

The link to the details about the promotion:  https://eyedancers.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/a-retro-promotion-with-a-twist-or-the-three-foot-man-who-came-to-bat/

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Eye-Dancers-213004492164436/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/msfedison27

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6592469.Michael_S_Fedison

The Multi-Award Winning Pen Pieyu Adventure Series

Diane Mae Robinson, children's author, with a green tree-like background and a picture of a purple dragon on the bottom right

 

Recently, I met a multi-award winning children’s author, Diane M. Robinson (pictured above), and read all 3 of her books in The Pen Pieyu Adventures series! I loved each one. I invite you to read about them along with my reviews and if you want to purchase them, I’ve made it easy and linked the buy page straight to Amazon where it says “Amazon” underneath each book! Enjoy!

Book 1

Sir Princess Petra book cover with sword-weilding princess and dragon by Diane Mae Robinson
Available on Amazon

 

Book #1 in the Ten-Time International Multi-Award Winning Series

“I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games are boring. The thing I want the most . . . “Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. “I want to be a royal knight.”

Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armour before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove more valuable than weapons and armour?

Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7 – 11 years are sure to entertain.

My Review (5 stars)

Such a fun story! I actually read book three first but that took nothing away from enjoying this first book in the series. Sir Princess Petra is a kind-hearted soul who has big dreams for herself to be a royal knight against her parents wishes. She goes on her quest and makes friend of everyone she meets. Such a great story with a good lesson and plenty of humor thrown in!

Book 2

Sir Princess Petra's Talent (Book 2) with dragon, Princess, and knight surrounded by forest
Available on Amazon

Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is a Multi-Award Winning Book
2014 – Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards
2015 -Children’s Literary Classics “Seal of Approval”
2015 – Purple Dragonfly Book Award
2015 Los Angeles Book Festival Book Award
2015 – Children’s Literary Classics Book Award
Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers!
But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in these zany adventures books for children, book series for girls age 9 – 12. These multi-award winning dragon books are sure to entertain. Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is book club recommended.

My Review (5 stars)

I very much enjoyed book two in this series. Sir Princess Petra doesn’t want to go to Princess School but she manages to find a work-around. She is strong and kind and a wonder role model for children. She keeps the King and Queen on their toes and she challenges their desire for her to be a proper Princess. The author knows how to entertain young readers with fun and interesting characters alongside a healthy dose of humor!

Book 3

 

Sir Princess Petra's Mission book cover (book 3) with Princess, dragon, and boy carrying sacks on his shoulders
Available on Amazon

 

Book #3 in the Ten-Time International Multi-Award Winning Series

“Ms. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children’s literature.” J.E. Rogers, Award-winning middle-grade fantasy author.

Sir Princess Petra has already attained her knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like talent certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father and mother, the king and queen.The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn her into a real princess once and for all. Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?
Join Sir Princess Petra and her dragon steed, Snarls, in their zany adventures in this humorous fantasy and exciting fairy tales for kids series. These multi-award winning dragon fantasy books for kids 7 – 11 years are sure to entertain.
Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is an Award Winning Book in this humorous fantasy books for kids series.
2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
2016 Book Excellence Award, 1st Place Chapter Books
2017 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2017 Children’s Literary Classics, Gold Medal

My Review (5 Stars)

What a fun story! I enjoyed the fun names of the characters and places. I love the dragon, Snarls! The author does a great job of weaving adventure with fun and an important lesson of doing what is right even when it could really cost you. I highly recommend this book! 5 Stars

Follow/Contact Diane at any of her social media links below

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/DianeMaeRobinso Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dianemaerobinson/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/indyrobins/pins/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DianeMaeRobinsonMultiAwardWinningAuthor

6 Important Money Management Tips For Kids

pink piggy bank with coins laying around the bottom of it

 

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist ~Certified Case Manager

Money Management for Kids

 

Money management for children begins by establishing a connection between work and earning power. The next step is to help children understand the difference between “What I want” and “What I need”. To manage money effectively, children need to experience both immediate rewards and the ability to work toward long term goals. Once they make the connection that money is earned as a result of their hard work they will soon learn how to save and spend wisely.

Here are some ways that parents can help kids with their cash.

  1. Start Even preschool aged children understand a reward system that is based on performance. Children can earn praise, stickers, and treats by fulfilling expected behaviors, following rules, being cooperative, and taking care of their belongings.
  2. If/Then Contracts. Set an expectation and follow it with a consequence. For example: after you finish your food, you may have dessert; when you pick up your toys, then you may watch television. This leads easily into performance contracts with older children. After your room is cleaned, then you may go out. When you finish your chores, then you get paid.
  3. Connect Money and Work. No handouts! Do not tie money to rewards nor take it away as a punishment. Payment is based on task performance. Decide which household chores are required simply as being part the family routine. This might include making their bed, clearing their dishes from the table, and so on. Next create a list of extra household chores each week with a specific payment. Once the job is completed, payment should be made. Be careful not to withhold payment for misbehavior or other unrelated matters.
  4. Save and Spend. Have them save 10% of their earnings and allow them to spend the rest as they see fit. Start a savings account. Have children take their money to the bank or credit union. To encourage long range plans, have them save their pennies in large jug. On their birthday match whatever they have saved and put half in the bank and use the other half for a party.
  5. Needs and Wants. Establish the tasks that you will pay for and agree on a specific amount of money. Also discuss quality control. If they want something they cannot afford, they should be encouraged to take on another task or save toward their goal. If they want something beyond their means they should use their own money.
  6. Limit Restrictions.  Discuss and mutually establish any rules about how they may spend their money. For example, if you do not allow them to purchase certain food items, books, or CD’s establish this at the on set.   Otherwise, do not interfere with their spending. Be careful not to rescue them by providing funds for things they can buy for themselves. Do not get involved in pay back schemes, lOU’s, advances, or extending credit!

Helping your youngsters follow these tips will give them an early start on the road to financial planning security.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published a children’s book, “Summer School for Smarties.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!