Can a person be too good at everything? Can this go to their head? Competitiveness can be a common theme among siblings and peers. Read my review of Brandon Foster's children's comic book that teaches kids and parents how to deal with this problem if it arises.
Amanda Marie Cottrell-- a gifted children's author and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada-- uses inspiration from her 12 plus year career as an educator to create beautiful, mindful children's picture books. Her passion is teaching young children and utilizing creativity within the classroom in order to assist children to believe in themselves through connection, which is also the aim of her books.
Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Tamsin Wood moved to the UK mainland and began her journey as a children's book author. From a simple bedtime story with two characters based on her children that evolved into an entire cast of fairies, Tamsin was inspired to create Canglford Nock Creations. Her books are born from her love of writing, motherhood and storytelling. To date, Tamsin has authored more than a dozen rhyming fairy story books filled with life lessons that teach children to be "kind, be brave and to be a good friend." Her books also delve into important issues such as loss and developing crucial mental health coping skills as well as seasonal books in celebration of Christmas and Easter.
I recently had the chance to porch sit with my bestie neighbor, Miranda Crosby and our mutual friend Danica Thomas, to talk about the ups and downs we’ve experienced throughout the Covid-19 pandemic— and how we have coped with the changes in our lives. We brought our unique perspectives, backgrounds, personalities, quirks to the microphone 🎙 to chat candidly about this strange time in life that has turned the world 🌎 upside down. Miranda— an Army spouse whose husband deployed overseas in January— is pregnant with their first child all while wading through these new socially distant waters sans her husband. Danica— a widowed Army spouse, is a military suicide awareness and prevention advocate raising two young daughters as a single parent while working and virtually homeschooling her daughters all on her own. Alison (me)— an Army spouse, children’s book author, writer, podcaster trying to juggle content creation, marketing, writing, book sales while rejoicing as the final week of the school year approaches for her second grader. Thank the LORD.
If social distancing has taught me anything, it is to try my best to remain on a positive minded track. Have I done this consistently? Nope. I’ve had my meltdowns for sure, but through timeouts, interventions and prayer I find my way back. Here is a list I wrote down to remind myself to remain grateful and positive with the hope that this phase of life will end and a new better chapter will begin.
I hope you all are safe, healthy and happy! I’m so excited to share this video of my son’s former First Grade Teacher, Ms. Moylan, read aloud Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck on YouTube ❤️!!!