When did (to do something) “like a girl” become an insult?

We can’t always be mindful of everything we say. But we have to remember, the things we say to our kids and in front of our kids shape who they become. Words can be powerful, and they can damage us or they can build us up. Choose to inspire them!

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Affirmations for Children #25

Affirmations for Children #25

Affirmation #23

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Affirmation #22

Affirmation #22

10 amazing qualities children can learn from their parents

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I love this post by Desirée at The 36th Avenue :

http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/06/10-things-children-learn-from-parents.html

Ten valuable qualities that children can learn from their parents. She gives such simple but powerful insight into being a positive role model for your child and the importance of gratitude, integrity and loving yourself. Really loved it, a must read!   ♥

 

Affirmation #21

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You are a Wonder!

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Life is Sweet : inspiring a life of mindfulness, meaning, and magic

Life is Sweet: inspiring a life of mindfulness, meaning and magic, is an inspirational book for kids that celebrates the specialness of your child and builds confidence and self-esteem.

Life is sweet is a beautifully illustrated children’s book written to inspire mindfulness and self-confidence in your child while also celebrating just how wonderfully special and unique they are!

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Inspiration is the motivation…

Think about the love you have for your child… what is the feeling that you want to resonate in their hearts? What is the message you want to instill deep down in their soul? What are the most important things that you want them to know about creating a life of happiness and love? What are things that you think would help them most in life — things you wish you were introduced to at an earlier age?

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What makes Life is Sweet so special?

Life is Sweet is an inspirational book for kids that celebrates the specialness of your child. It connects with children through common childhood phrases and teaches them mindfulness through positive affirmations and words of wisdom. It is a message from your heart to theirs that opens up a rich dialogue for sharing a special connection. It teaches them to be mindful of their wisdom and build a strong foundation of confidence and self-esteem. It shows them how deep the meaning of life is and how truly special they are.

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This book will make a difference in your child’s life and in yours, enriching the core of their inner beliefs and transforming the special connection you have with them. It will help your child realize, at an early age, the importance that they are, the gift that they hold — for you and to the world. It will help them connect to their feelings and find strength from within that will help them so much in their years to come. It will open them up to their inner power, their creativity, and a world of possibility. It is sure to enrich their life by empowering them from within and building the foundation for a life rich with love and happiness.

parenting, children's book, inspiring kids, Life is Sweet Book, motherhood, confidence, imaginationLovingly created and beautifully illustrated

Pictures, stories, design and insight, help shape the way a child perceives the world they live in. These are some page spreads from my book showing the illustration style and overall look of the book. I’ve used a combination of illustration (hand + computer), collage, and watercolor to bring a mix of media that I think will be very interesting and fun for kids, and incorporated it in a way that I feel brings out the beauty of the book.

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A little about me

I have a very deep love for children. I want children to grow up realizing how wonderful they are and truly know the special meaning they have in this world. I want them to realize their importance and to celebrate their individuality.

As a mother this is such an important message I want to instill in the hearts of our children. Not just our three wonderful children that we’ve been so blessed with, but every child. I believe that every child deserves to grow up knowing how special they are. Every child should start their life with a foundation of love and wisdom that will help create a beautiful life for them. They should know that they are a miracle and a gift. Their life really should be sweet.

We, as parents, have the power to make a difference in our childrens’ lives. We are given the most important responsibility of influencing them. We are the hands and hearts that guide them into this world, to build a positive foundation for them, for a life filled with love and happiness. We can open their hearts, and we can open their minds to endless possibilities, to inner strength, to kindness and gratitude. We show them how important they are through our love and care. We celebrate their individuality, we cultivate their spirit. We show them how to love and how to appreciate and live life to the fullest. We show them the importance of family, of healthy relationships with friends and healthy relationships with themselves. Life is Sweet guides these principles. All these things we know in our heart and want for out children.

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The first book in a series of inspirational books

I believe that words have the power to transform. Especially at an early age, children are constantly absorbing information and forming a foundation that will influence their entire life. I want to plant seeds of love in children. I want to build confidence in them and empower them by helping them to better know themselves and celebrate all the special qualities that only they uniquely have.

I believe that words have such great power. They can bring happiness, connection, mindfulness, love. They can make a significant difference in your child’s world. They can tap into your child’s heart and mind and make that heart connection they so deeply need.

This is the heart behind Life is Sweet.

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Life is Sweet is the first in a series of inspirational books I am creating for young children. The other books I have in progress are:

I am Beautiful — A very important book that teaches young girls that real beauty shines forth from the inside.

I Dream of Being… — A delightful book designed to inspire kids to dream as big as they possibly can, because there is no limit to who they can be.

You are Wonderfully Made — An inspiring book to teach young children how God is at work in their lives and all around them, and to help them come to have a personal relationship with Him.

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Life is Sweet is to be published in October 2014 

Affirmation #20

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Inspire your children to dream…

Inspire your children to dream…

to my daughter…

In

Dream

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progress on my book: Life is Sweet

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As many of you out there know, I’ve been hard at work on a very special children’s book called Life is Sweet. I’m about 3/4 of the way finished and the excitement is building. This really is such an important book for children. It will inspire them. It will touch their hearts. It will connect with their minds. It will reveal to them strength and mindfulness in themselves that they never knew. And hopefully it will impact their hearts. Since I’ve decided to self-publish, I’m now in the fundraising stage to get this beautiful book produced. I’ve created a site on Kickstarter.com that goes deep into the workings of it, the inspiration behind it, and the future that I hope and pray it will become. If you have a minute please take a look! It can be found here:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/217270085/life-is-sweet

what beautiful is.

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‘Beauty is not in the face:
beauty is a light in the heart’

—Kahlil Gibran

 

 

 

 

why don’t you?

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Be silly!

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Affirmation #18

Affirmation 18

 

“There is a deep longing in the heart of every child to “make a difference”. They were hard-wired by God to want to do more… They weren’t born to be common denominators or mere faces in the crowd… God didn’t create us to ignore our potential or abandon our dreams. He meant for us to be free so that we could pursue our potential with abandon… Just as God has given us a chance to send our children into the future with a secure love, He has also given us the opportunity to send our children into the future with a significant purpose… He meant these purposes to be developed and realized. Although many people can contribute to this process, it is the child’s parents that carry the greatest potential for influence.

— from Grace Based Parenting, by Dr. Tim Kimmel

your child’s potential is infinite…

BeAnything

 

i wish these words were written on the heart of every child.

your child’s potential is infinite.
you have the influence of encouragement.
you have the advantage to empower them.
you can inspire them to dream. to believe in themselves.
you know that their possibilities are endless.
created in love and perfect. just as they are.
be their biggest fan.

‘braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think’
—Christopher Robin

‘be yourself and you can be anything’ Truthbomb by the amazing Danielle LaPorte.

Every Child’s Purpose

Giving your child a self-image of perceiving that God wants to use them in their world,
will shape their work and service the rest of their lives.
– Sally Clarkson
http://www.itakejoy.com
 

wise words, dr. seuss

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