|Literacy Unlocks the Door...|
|“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout the life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” -Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations |
|Read Aloud 15 Minutes|
|Parenting in the modern age can mean navigating a swamp of anxieties. How can I build his vocabulary? When will he read? Am I doing the right things to prepare him for school? Is she behind the other kids? Familiar worries. Difficult questions. Thankfully, there is at least one right answer: Read Aloud 15 MINUTES. Every child. Every parent. Every day.|
|How to Style a Fairy Tale Party|
|Creating a beautiful party, whatever the theme, requires careful planning and resourceful creativity. Even if pushed for time, research is key to helping you put together a harmonious look, and a little creative flair can help you transform any celebration into an enchanting and unforgettable event.|
|Tips for Making Your Stay-cation an Adventure|
|Sometimes the best vacations are those vacations where you don’t leave town; a stay-cation. Stay-cations can be very economical but they don’t have to be spent sitting around the house listening to the kids complain about being bored. For your next vacation here are some tips to make your stay-cation an adventure. |
|Have You Heard About Macaroni Kid?|
|Have you heard about Macaroni Kid? Macaroni Kid is a free resource where moms discover events and activities for kids and families in their communities. No more combing different websites and magazines to find out what’s going on in your own town. |
|Tips to Teach Your Child about World Cultures|
|Looking for a way to show your child that the world is larger than the circumference around your home, your school and the grocery store? |
|Tips for Preparing Kids for an International Vacation|
|Nothing beats a well-planned vacation when you are traveling with kids, and preparing them for an international destination requires just a few extra steps. My family’s first overseas vacation was a three week road trip in France when my kids were 5 and 7. Pre-trip preparation is key to getting the vacation off to a good start.|
|Baby Showers Bring May Flowers... Book Style!|
|Once upon a time a new baby was on its way. So, in a land far far away a baby shower was planned, where stories were told about the soon-to-be bundle of joy, the guests celebrated with books and gifts during this storybook themed baby shower.|
|A Special Package in the Mail...|
|Kids love getting mail, a package is even better. My son, Lucca got a special package in the mail, a book, but not just any book, a book with his name in the title. The title on the book read "A-B-C What Lucca Can Be!". |
|3/6/13- More Than Your Average Mom|
|Every Sunday we make a point of taking the kids to the library. It's a great way to wind down the weekend, and the kids really enjoy their time wandering the children's section picking out books to read. Not gonna lie, I had no idea the kids had such an interest in books until we made this a weekly ritual. |
|3/4/13- Snuggle Bunny Cupcakes!|
|Easter is always a fun holiday. Not only does it come at the end of winter as spring is promising flowers and green grass, but it is free from the pressures of perfection. All you need is a good meal with family, a few brightly colored eggs, and perhaps the promise of a soft bunny friend to make the day complete.
|2/22/13- Who's Your Snuggle Bunny?|
|As I wrote our new personalized book My Snuggle Bunny, I was thinking about the powerful emotional connection between a parent and his or her child. As a parent myself of three kids, I have heard from our kids how much they love the simple moments throughout the day...|
|2/15/2013- 7 Ways to Increase Your Child's Self-Confidence|
|Does your child constantly demand and need your undivided attention? You are the most important person in your young child's life. But building self-esteem can earn you some down time and help carry children through the difficult teen years and beyond. Here are some easy ways to foster confidence in young children. |
|2/08/13- Fun and Easy Ways to Share Love with Your Child|
|When I think back on my childhood, especially to those moments when I felt especially loved by my parents, I realize that they weren’t memorable because my parents had bought me a toy or other item I wanted. Rather, I felt most loved when my parents really spent quality time with me...|
|2/2/2013- Truly Engaging with Your Child|
|Kids know when we’re not mentally present. That vacant look they give us when we’re looking at our phone while doing a puzzle with them; that’s our wake-up call to focus, drop all the adult distractions—bill paying, ... |
|1/20/13- Many Ways to Say "I Love You"|
|There are many ways to say "I love you” to the children and people in your life. From actually forming the words with your mouth, to embracing in a physical hug, with gifts, and simply through your everyday actions. |
|1/14/2013- 5 Ways to Get Your Child Reading|
|Before I could read, I read. Through my mom's eyes and voice I read and read and read. For a good chunk of young childhood, my favorite book was Eric Carle's beautiful classic, The Hungry Caterpillar. "Just one more time, mommy? Please?" I'd beg as she closed the back cover and I was nowhere ready for sleep. I was as hungry for words and stories as that red-faced caterpillar was for, well, everything.|
|1/2/2013- Top Baby Boy and Girl Names of 2012|
|Parents spend hours, days, weeks (or let’s face it, months!) picking out the perfect name for their baby. At I See Me!, we produce tens of thousands of My Very Own Name storybooks each year, in which animals spell out the letters of the baby’s name that parents have just spent so much time selecting. |
|12/10/12- Getting Creative with Names!|
|Do you ever notice that kids are more interested in learning when the method of teaching is more creative? If my daughter had her way, everyday would be arts & crafts and if you converted math, science and history into a fun craft, she’d be all for it and would never get bored.|
When it comes to learning her name, how to spell it and what directions the letters should actually go, I was thankful to have found something that she loved.
|12/04/2012- Meet Caiah, Cancer Survivor|
|We wanted to share this guest post from Jim Leighton, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Children's Cancer Research Fund. It warms our hearts to know that, by ordering books this year, our I See Me! customers have helped raise research dollars to support CCRF and children’s cancer patients like Caiah.|
|11/29/2012- How To Put On A Very Merry Christmas For Your Child!|
|When I think back to my childhood, some of the best memories I have are of the Christmas traditions my family celebrated. From the types of food we ate to decorating the tree in matching pajamas, the celebrations we brought from year to year are those that have a special place in my heart. Now having my own children, I know that the things they will look back on with fondness in their hearts are the traditions we share together.
|11/19/2012 - Helping Our Children to Rediscover Imaginative Play|
|It seems to me that kids today are losing the desire to play. I remember spending hours with my friends as a child, playing “pretend games.” We would imagine we were a “girl group” of singers. We’d put an act together, sing along with the greatest hits on our record player, and design our own costumes. Then we’d put on a show for our parents! Or we’d play school, with one of us taking on the role of the teacher who would find all kinds of fun things for her “students” to do. We’d create detailed lesson plans and worksheets for each other. If we weren’t playing school, we’d play “house.” We’d do our nails and make-up and dress up for dates with imaginary boyfriends, get married, and have pretend babies!
|11/13/2012 - How to Build a Book Nook With Your Special Children’s Books|
|Hi! I'm Sue Erneta from Sue at Home and I'm thrilled to be here at I See Me! for a guest post about decorating with books. When my daughter Lily was born, a friend gave us the I See Me! classic, “My Very Own Fairy Tale” and we've been enjoying it ever since. |
(In fact, big sister Sophia loved it so much that we got one with her name, too!) I was thrilled to see how many more books I See Me! offers now -- including many with Lily's name on the cover (which she LOVES!). So, I figured I had to find a way to display them better.
|11/9/2012 - “A-B-C: What Can You Be?” Photo Contest Entries Are In!|
|As a way to celebrate I See Me!’s latest title, “A-B-C: What I Can Be!” and to engage with our amazing Facebook community, we recently held a photo contest encouraging fans and followers to talk to their kids about what they want to be when they grow up. Entrants were asked to upload a photo of their child (or child in their life) with a caption that finished the sentence, “When I grow up, I want to be________.”|
|11/8/2012 - 11 Reasons Books Make the Best Gifts|
|When you become an aunt, uncle, or grandparent, whether you like it or not, you’ve signed up for a life-long contract of gift giving.|
Parents of course have it the worst, because not only do they have to buy hundreds of presents for birthdays and holidays for their own children and relatives, they’ve got to shop for years and years worth of their children’s classmates’ birthday parties.
It can get expensive and repetitive. After several trips down the toy aisle at your local Walmart, you’ll likely start saying, “They’ve got too many of those… and those…” But there’s one gift category that never runs dry… BOOKS! Books are the ideal gift for anyone of any age.