The secret ingredient for a Thanksgiving feast of love and laughter that builds a strong family, resilient children and lasts year after year

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The family narrative is THE secret ingredient for building a strong family and resilient kids.

As you get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday (if you’re in the US!), what is the secret ingredient you need for a Thanksgiving feast of love and laughter that builds a strong family and resilient children? And how can you make it last last year after year?

No, for this secret ingredient, we’re not talking about yet another superfood. We’re talking about a super strategy: storytelling. But not just any kind of storytelling will work! It has to be the kind that develops what researchers call a “strong family narrative.”

  • It’s what builds a strong family and resilient children.
  • It’s just what your kids need, particularly as they navigate the challenges of adolescence.
  • It’s the perfect  time during Thanksgiving.

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Why is “family narrative” so important in building a strong family and resilient children?

The family narrative helps build resilient kids. When they hear the challenges and triumphs of their family’s life–what researchers call the “oscillating family narrative”–children come to view adversity as something that happens in families and can be overcome. Children develop a strong “intergenerational self” and know they are part of something bigger than themselves. All of this builds resiliency in kids. And having a shared story builds a stronger family.

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Is SNORING part of your family narrative? Then protect your child from the anxiety, depression, behavior challenges and academic problems it causes! Check HERE for parent-friendly signs of  sleep-related breathing problems.

Why is the family narrative just what your kids need?

As Bruce Feiler, author of “The Secrets of Happy Families” explains, “When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence.”

Why is November a perfect time for building the family narrative?

In America, Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest travel holidays during the year. Many are traveling to be with their families. In fact,  a presidential proclamation was issued in 2016 declaring the week of Thanksgiving as “National Family Week.” When families are gathered together, there’s a natural opportunity for sharing the family’s stories. Include the family narrative at your home as the secret ingredient to building a strong family.

What to do

The main thing to do is to start talking! Tell all kinds of family stories. Include some “oscillating family narratives.” These are the ones that show:

  1. the ups and downs of life
  2. how the family has stuck together through it all.
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With all the storytelling, it seems to beg the idea of adding one more ingredient: recording it to make it permanent. While video is a wonderful option, don’t overlook the opportunity to write these stories down! Family stories are perfect for reading and rereading each holiday season. Kids love this! And it makes for a truly authentic literacy experience for your kids.

This Thanksgiving, add the family narrative to your menu. It is THE secret ingredient you need  for a family feast of love and laughter that builds a strong family and resilient children. And if you use the tips to build in literacy, you  will fortify your family narrative in a way that nourishes  your family every year!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Need to put some “pleasure” back into reading for your tweens and teens? #ShareSomeReading! Here’s some curious THANKSGIVING TRIVIA you can devour together!

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HOW TO TEACH READING TO CHILDREN

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If there’s one question I get ALL the time, it’s  about how to teach reading to children.

The simple answer is that all the “activities” you see in books and online are not the answer. Those things do become important, but not in the beginning.

In fact, focusing on those “activities” early on can undo all your efforts to teach reading to your child.

Why? Because those activities produce children who CAN  read but not necessarily children who CAN and WILL read. And we can all agree that we want kids who do actually read, right?

So what’s a parent to do? Check out this quick interview with Nicole from “The Break 4 Moms” to find out how to teach reading to your child.  You’ll see why Nicole concludes that teaching reading is not what parents think it is…which is great news for you and your child!

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#1 TIP FOR A GOOD SCHOOL YEAR

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What’s the #1 TIP for a good school year for your child? The answer is easy! Make sure your child gets a good night of sleep–every night!

But some kids simply cannot get a good night of sleep on school nights…or any night!  They have a sleep-related breathing problem.

It’s called Pediatric Sleep-discordered Breathing (PSDB), and it wreaks having on a child’s life in every way, including school performance and reading.

Watch this 3-minute video and find out why children with PSDB have reading problems:

Is your child a child who can’t read….or won’t read? Is it caused by a sleep-related breathing problem? Learn the signs.

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GOT A KID WHO CAN’T SHUT HIS MOUTH?

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Who doesn’t love Owen Wilson–even though he can’t seem to keep his mouth shut?

AN OPEN MOUTH IS NOT A SHUT MOUTH

We all know at least one kid who can’t shut his mouth. But could the reason he can’t shut his mouth be just that…because he literally cannot keep his mouth closed? Is he an “Open Mouth” kid?

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What do Prince William and Owen Wilson have in common?

IS IT AN OPEN OR SHUT (MOUTH) CASE?

What does “open mouth” really mean? How “open” is open enough to damage a child’s literacy…and life?  And what does it have to do with misdiagnosed ADHD?? Find out here:

WHAT IS AN OPEN MOUTH A SIGN OF?

Why is an open mouth so alarming? It a sign a child is–or will be–affected by Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing (PSDB). PSDB is a serious problem with with whole-body effects. A child with this disorder is affected in all these ways:

  • physical health,
  • emotional health,
  • academic growth, and
  • even looks!

And over 80% of pediatricians report having NO FORMAL TRAINING on sleep disorders.

Don’t take a chance that your child will not get help. Learn the other signs of PSDB.

If we can SPOT IT, we can STOP IT!

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What earns Lady Gaga a spot here with Owen Wilson and the Royal Prince William?

What do these three famous people have in common? It’s not open SESAME…it’s OPEN MOUTH for these well-known mouth breathers.

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WHY PERFECT BABY TEETH ARE NOT PERFECT FOR READING

SADLY, PERFECT BABY TEETH ARE A PROBLEM

We love to see those perfect pearly whites in a young child’s mouth. But we now know they are a sign of pending problems in a child’s reading development…and everything else.

WHY ARE PERFECT BABY TEETH ARE A PROBLEM?

They are a sign a child is–or will be–affected by Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing (PSDB). PSDB is a serious problem with with whole-body effects. A child with this disorder is affected in all these ways:

  • physical health,
  • emotional health,
  • academic growth, and
  • even looks!

Learn the other signs of PSDB. If we can spot it, we can stop it!

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Find out why perfect baby teeth are a SERIOUS RED FLAG in this quick video:

Learn the TOP 4 SIGNS OF PSDB

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MWRC–ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Wishing your tween or teen would read more? One sure-fire way is to put some pleasure back into reading…read together! Start with this week’s Mid-week Reading Challenge about St. Patrick’s Day and the corned beef that is so popular on that day.

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Or “Print and Pin” the ST. PATRICK’S DAY CORNED BEEF TRIVIA graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!

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MWRC–Black History Month

Kids are kids…except when they are doing life-changing things in the public eye! In honor of Black History Month, this week’s Mid-week Reading Challenge (MWRC) explores some young heroes of the Civil Rights Era. Check out these courageous kids!

Wishing your tween or teen would read more? One sure-fire way is to put some pleasure back into reading…read together! 

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Here’s this week’s topic:

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BAD ROMANCE for Mouth Breathers??

 It’s the Mid-week Reading Challenge (MWRC), this time with a little Lady Gaga and something that can give you “Bad Romance.” Yep, it’s all about Mouth Breathers!

Trying to get your tweens and teens to read more? Put a little “pleasure” back into reading by sharing the “Mouth Breathers”  MWRC with them–any way you like!  #ShareSomeReading to send a message that reading is enjoyable.

(Got a question about how to motivate your older child to read?  Check out our Facebook group, Nurturing Literacy Talking with Tara.)

Or “Print and Pin” the “Mouth Breathers” graphic somewhere. The kids will notice. The kids will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!

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HOW TO FIND LOVE IN THE AIR…AND ONE OTHER PLACE

It’s the Valentine’s Day edition of the Mid-week Reading Challenge!  Learn how to find “LOVE IN THE AIR”…and one other surprisingly popular place! (HINT: Can you say “Om?!”)

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And if you’re trying to get your tweens and teens to read more, let them feel the love! Put some “pleasure” back into reading by sharing the “LOVE IS IN THE AIR!”  MWRC with them–any way you like!  

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Or “Print and Pin” the LOVE IS IN THE AIR graphic somewhere and let the kids discover it. They will notice. They will comment. And that could be the start of something great–if not this week, then next!

Parents

have the power

to put the love

back into reading!

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Enjoy this week’s “LOVE IS IN THE AIR” trivia:

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FOOTBALL IS IN THE AIR!

Even if  you’re not a fan, it’s hard to ignore that football is in the air! And if you are a fan, well, what better time to enjoy some football “air” trivia. Start with “deflategate” and see where the wind blows!

 

Wishing your tween or teen would read more? One sure-fire way is to put some pleasure back into reading…read together!

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Here’s this week’s topic:

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