Children’s Book, “Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32” Spotlight and Giveaway

 

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Guest Blogger, Kelsey Butts

Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 is a new children’s picture book, written by award winning author B.C.R. Fegan and illustrated by Lenny Wen. It is set to be released in March 2018, published by TaleBlade press.

Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 takes young readers on a journey through the magical Hotel of Hoo, a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As readers explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning… don’t ever look behind door 32.

Behind each of the doors in the Hotel of Hoo, leading up to Door 32, readers meet and greet a bevy of characters who have taken up residence at the hotel, from ghosts cooking roasts, to paintbrush-wielding elves, tea-drinking monsters, miniature giants, and more.

This imaginative picture book aims to take children beyond the first ten cardinal numbers, and introduces them to the patterns of counting in a fun and accessible way. With rooms to explore and unique objects to count, children will enjoy lingering on each page as they make their way closer to the forbidden door. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

What Readers Are Saying:

“B.C.R. Fegan combines the whimsical spirit of a Dr. Seuss book with the spine-tingling mystery of a haunted house in his picture book Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32.”

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“Fegan and Wen are, book by book, mastering the kid lit genre. With each successive book, their plots and accompanying illustrations take on more depth and even more vibrant characters. From the very first pages, this one has the feel of a classic in-the-making.”

–Literary Titan

 

BCR Other BooksClick here to check out B.C.R. Fegan’s additional children’s books.

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Gifts and the Ungrateful Child: 4 Tips to Improve Your Holiday Experience

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Guest Bloggers, Joanna Faber and Julie King from How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

Have your kids been known to announce, upon opening a gift, “I already have this!” or angrily declare, “I don’t like it!” or even burst into tears, causing great distress to the startled giver and great embarrassment to the hapless parent?

It’s hard not to be horrified by such behavior, or to question our own parenting, worrying that we’ve brought up greedy, spoiled brats. The urge is to lecture them about all the less-fortunate children in the world, or to punish them by suspending future gift-giving until they learn to show some gratitude. However appealing these tactics may seem, none of them tend to create the grateful child of our dreams.

As we head into the potentially hazardous season of gift exchange, now is a good time to start preparing children to be gracious gift recipients and head off hurt feelings and mortification. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1) Start by Acknowledging Feelings

At a neutral time, talk with your kids about getting presents that are disappointing. You can share memories from your own childhood when you were disappointed, or even offended, by a present you received – the toy that was “too babyish,” or the sweater that was downright ugly. Talk about how hard it is to be polite when you expect something wonderful and get something you don’t want. This is a good time (when your child is not in a state of emotional distress) to point out that, after all, the gift giver was thinking of you and trying to please you, and it’s important not to make that person feel bad.

2) Problem Solve with your Child

Devise a plan with your kids for how to handle a disappointing gift. Can your child have a special signal he can give you to let you know he’s disappointed? What will he say to the gift giver? Perhaps a simple, “Thank you so much!” or, “It was so nice of you to bring me a gift!”

3) Make it a Game

Practice for the big moment by playing the “Present Giving Game.” Your child can find something thoroughly unappealing to wrap and give to you (a rock, a spoon, a cup of dirt.) Now your challenge is to unwrap it and say something nice (“Oh, look at this beautiful rock. It’s so hard and smooth, I’ll use it as a paperweight…” or “Wow, what a shiny spoon. I can’t wait to stir my tea with it…” or “This dirt is just what I need to plant my flower seeds.”). Now reverse the challenge and wrap something icky for your child to open.

Here’s a variation on the theme — you can give a “terrible” response: “Oh no, not another dirty tissue; I already have so many of these.” “I hate this kind of broken crayon. You wasted your money!” “I wanted a different color; why didn’t you buy me a green one?” “Ok, thanks. What else did you get me?” Your child can have a laugh at your expense and then she can instruct you on what you should have said!

4) Adjust your expectations

Try to reduce the frenzy of anticipation. Living with shiny, wrapped presents under the tree for days can be too much for some youngsters. A child’s imagination can go wild trying to guess what is in that box. The reality often cannot measure up. All the wondrous possibilities suddenly disappear! Some children do better when told ahead of time what they are going to get.

Another way to take the pressure off of gift giving is to emphasize special activities such as cookie baking, games or making holiday crafts. Some kids do better when the emphasis is on making gifts for other people in their family. Then you can model the behavior you hope to see in the future from your child (“Ooh, what a colorful picture! I’m going to put it next to my bed, so it makes me happy when I open my eyes in the morning.”)

We’re not trying to take the joy out of celebrating with gifts. Your child’s ability to handle anticipation and appreciate surprises will blossom with age. In the meantime, do whatever works best for your family!

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Joanna Faber and Julie King are internationally acclaimed experts on communication between adults and children. They are the authors of the best-selling book “How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7″ and have recently co-authored Parenting Hero which is a new iOS app developed by MythicOwl. Parenting Hero helps parents form joyful relationships with their kids by role-playing many common situations, viewing the hand-drawn animated comics and choosing their responses to the problems.

Click here to learn more about the Parenting Hero app.

Top Parenting Books Other Than “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

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Guest Blogger, Charlotte Dunlop

New parents looking to prepare themselves prior to the arrival of their firstborn child generally seek advice from a variety of sources. They ask thousands of questions to their own parents along with family and friends who already took the plunge. They buy baby book after baby book hoping to learn as much information as possible both before and after the birth. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Most begin with What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but there are hundreds of new and classic titles out there with great parenting tips. Check out a few of them below.

The Best Parenting Books of All Time

Parents looking for time-honored parenting books still popular today should consider picking up one of the following:

The Baby Book

Author(s): William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., Robert W. Sears, M.D., James Sears, M.D.

A true family classic, The Baby Book is written the knowledgeable Sears family of physicians. One of the most trusted authorities on infants, Dr. Sears and his family offer proven advice on sleeping, eating, comfort, and the overall health of your baby. They address common behavioral issues, medical interventions, necessary vaccinations, and give great tips on how to care for your child’s emotional and physical needs.

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk

Author(s): Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Existing parents already know what many new parents will soon come to learn, pleading or yelling at your child like an adult generally does not work. Faber and Mazlish teach you how to speak to your child in a respectful manner that will teach them out to express themselves better and save you a lot of headaches and hassles as they grow up. The advice they provide not only applies to children, but transfers into improving your communication skills within your other relationships as well.

Positive Discipline

Author(s): Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

An educator, doctor of education, psychologist, and mother to seven children, Dr. Jane Nelsen’s book Positive Discipline first appeared on the market 25+ years ago. She focuses on parenting skills like maintaining mutual respect with your children while teaching them how to communicate and cooperate in a firm, but kind manner that actually works.

Top Parenting Books Other Than What to Expect When You’re Expecting

New Books for New Parents

While some new parents prefer to read the classics, others want to get the newest, most up-to-date advice for raising children. Even well-seasoned parents can learn a thing or two from these brilliant minds.

Ignore It!

Author: Catherine Pearlman

Pearlman is a family therapist and, therefore, has witnessed and discussed many different kinds of behavioral issues play out in a variety of settings. Since most children believe any attention is better than no attention, even if it means being shouted at by their parent. Pearlman suggests stepping back sometimes and “selectively looking the other way” can work better than addressing the bad behavior directly. That does not mean completely ignoring unsafe behavior that could lead to someone getting hurt, but stepping back and allowing children to work out their emotional issues themselves.

Gentle Discipline

Author: Sarah Ockwell-Smith

The subtitle of Gentle Discipline explains the main focus of the book, “Using Emotional Connection, Not Punishment, to Raise Confident, Capable Kids.” Ockwell-Smith addresses the many reasons children act out and how to control these bad behaviors using mutual respect and working with the child, rather than against them. She does not condone distractions as a means to calm down a misbehaving child and encourages parents to be more specific in everyday interactions.

Top Parenting Books Other Than What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans

Author: Josh Shipp

The author, Josh Shipp, is a former foster child who survived the system despite severe behavioral issues. He managed to find a true home at the age of fourteen with a middle school history teacher and football coach named Rodney who instilled in him a sense of purpose and turned around all his behavioral issues. Shipp recounts the events of his childhood and describes how to create mutual respect and trust between you and your child along with the ways a parent’s role changes at the child ages.

Simplicity Parenting

Authors: Kim J. Payne and Lisa M. Ross

In today’s world of constant overstimulation by noise, advertisements, and general information, many people seek simplicity in their daily lives. They attempt to eliminate all the added stresses and anxieties, but how do you do that while raising small humans who also feel the consequences of overstimulation? Simplicity Parenting focuses exclusively on this struggle faced by modern parents. The authors give tips on scaling back the onslaught of modern media, how to schedule breaks and establish a more efficient rhythm to decrease tension, encouraging free play with non-screen toys, and other advice on simplifying home life for you and your child(ren).