Three Things to Remind Children Before School, Classes, Lessons, Practices, and Games to Focus Their Minds on Process, Learning, and Growth

Three Things to Remind Children Before School, Classes, Lessons, Practices, and Games  to Focus Their Minds on  Process, Learning, and Growth

Today’s post comes to you from my husband! While I am the one with two degrees in children and ten years of classroom experience, he is by far the more natural parent when it comes to many things… Especially fostering growth mindset. Read on to learn about the routine he created to set our children up for learning and perseverance when they go to classes, school, lessons, etc.

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January Family Focus: Developing Growth Mindsets

January Family Focus: Developing Growth Mindsets

As you might remember, my husband and I decided to focus family conversations, meetings, read alouds, and more on 12 character traits in 2020, one for each month.

As a way to connect my Children’s Lit Love work to our family’s goals, I’m publishing booklists at the beginning of each month, centered around the character trait theme for that month. Most of my posts throughout that month, then, will be specific book recommendations, conversations we’re having, or activities that we’re doing around that specific trait. You can see my January booklist of 25+ books to foster growth mindsets here.

Our family focus of the month for January is fostering growth mindsets. While we spent a lot of time reading our growth mindset books starting January 1, and we had many informal conversations around “I can do hard things” attitudes and things we might want to learn in 2020, our family focus on developing (and strengthening, because my husband already has a pretty strong growth mindset in most areas) growth mindsets didn’t formally start until Sunday night. Read on to see what that conversation looked like! Continue reading “January Family Focus: Developing Growth Mindsets”

My Year in Review, and Looking to 2020

My Year in Review, and Looking to 2020

This website has been live for a little over 13 months now, and it’s been quite a journey to learn how to run a website! This will be my last post till the girls go back to school in 2020, and I wanted to do a quick wrap-up of 2019, as well as give you a sneak peek of what will be happening with Children’s Lit Love content in 2020! Continue reading “My Year in Review, and Looking to 2020”

An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!

An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!

This fall, I had the honor of being a member of the third annual Bookstagram Choice Awards, where I was tasked with choosing the best wordless picture book published in 2019. And today, I’m wrapping up the Bookstagram Choice Award season with an amazing loop giveaway happening on Instagram! Pop over to my most recent post to see the collection of five awesome books you have a chance to win if you participate!

Then, continue reading to see which book I choose as the best wordless picture book of 2019! Continue reading “An Amazing Giveaway Happening on Instagram!”

A Must-Use Resource for Parents and Teachers

A Must-Use Resource for Parents and Teachers

Do you know and love Common Sense Media? If you are a parent or a teacher, or are somehow responsible for helping make decisions about which books children read or movies kids see, you need to know about this wonderful resource! Continue reading “A Must-Use Resource for Parents and Teachers”

Our Annual Children’s Book Exchange Party

Our Annual Children’s Book Exchange Party

Earlier this week, our neighborhood playgroup had our 7th annual winter/holiday book exchange party with our children. Yes, we’ve been doing this for seven years, which means we started when our oldest children were a mere few months old. Though our playgroup no longer meets weekly, the children eagerly anticipate this book exchange party every December, and no matter how busy our schedules get, the moms in the group do our very best to make this gathering a priority! Read on for a little information (and hopefully inspiration!) for how we run our book exchange. Continue reading “Our Annual Children’s Book Exchange Party”

Books as Party Favors!

Books as Party Favors!

How do you feel about birthday party favors for kids? This may be an unpopular opinion, but I was very anti party favors for a bit… Until I realized how truly excited children get about them. That said, I still had a hard time justifying buying something small and affordable (i.e. cheap) for every child who might come to a birthday party that we had, knowing that in our own house, those favors often go almost directly into the Goodwill bag. And then I had one of the more brilliant ideas I’ve had lately, if I do say so myself… Continue reading “Books as Party Favors!”