It’s Independence Day! To many of us, it’s a welcome holiday: breaks from work, barbecues, fireworks and family fun. But of course, it’s also a time to celebrate and remember the founding of our great country. And what better way to remind your kids that the Fourth of July is about more than just hot dogs than by reading some great patriotic books? In between the popsicles and parades, check out the following MeeGenius books about the United States and the country’s history. They’re an easy and fun way for kids to learn what Independence Day is really about!
Life can be overwhelming; I’ll be the first to admit it. It’s a never-ending struggle to effectively juggle work, school events, house cleaning, doctor appointments, healthy eating, and bedtime routines. I think many moms, just like me, struggle daily with that nagging feeling that we could be doing just a little bit better with spending more quality time with our kids and truly enjoying our families. I’m constantly trying to sneak in those little moments, the ones that matter, to create memories and build a lasting, precious relationship with my kids.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, so most of us can relate to babysitting, whether you’ve been a babysitter or had one as a kid. So I love “Elmo’s First Babysitter”, a sweet story about the first night that Elmo is left alone with his babysitter Emily. He’s nervous and misses his parents, but Emily finds ways to distract and entertain Elmo. By the end of the night, he’s had such a great time, he can’t wait to be babysat again! As a seasoned babysitter, I’ve taken care of lots of kids, many who needed a little extra TLC to be comfortable with their parents leaving for a night. But just like Elmo, they all learned that with some fun and games, babysitters aren’t that scary after all!
One of my all-time favorite books as a kid was Alice In Wonderland–a magical journey into fantasy land, meeting strange and funny creatures, unlocking imagination and creativity. That was one of the books I remember so vividly as opening up my imagination, of the first books I read and really got sucked into, wondering each page which funny and bizarre character am I going to meet next.
A few weeks ago I read an article in the New York Times–“Read, Kid, Read“–that hit spot-on on what we here at MeeGenius believe in: that reading is a gift that keeps on giving. “It’s not a chore. It’s a path to fulfillment that fewer are traveling.” This sentiment and experience are ones we teach our kids, it is on us to pass that message on to them.