As a parent it is not always easy navigating through your child’s life. Trying to steer them in the right direction, giving them tools to learn, to cope, and to navigate the journey themselves. Free Spirit Publishing is dedicated to meeting kids’ social and emotional needs.
I’m not sure how you parent, but in my house I find myself trying to understand my children instead of just dealing out harsh punishments. I want my children to grow up knowing they have a right to express their feelings, deal with their emotions, and know they can always count on me to be there to listen. With two boys getting them to talk isn’t always the easiest feat. Thankfully overall I think the three of us do pretty well, though I admit my oldest seems to have a much easier time talking to me then my youngest.
When Free Spirit Publishing gave me the chance to review some of their products I thought this was a great opportunity to check out what they have that could help my boys now and in the future.I chose a few different things that I thought would be helpful. Too Old for This, Too Young for That! The Survival Guide for the Middle School Years, The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD and ADHD, Choice in a Jar, and Think Twice.
I’ve been able to flip through the books and they seem to be well written and easy for children to read. No overly large words, or too complex thoughts, by which I mean no doctor talk so to speak. However getting the boys to sit and actually read them is another whole thing. I intend to read them myself but didn’t want to hold off any longer on my review of Free Spirit Publishing.
The games in a jar however were quite fun and started some interesting discussions. Not just between the kids but between the three adults as well. Whether you would rather be wealthy? or lucky? Of course my son being the smart one said lucky so he can then win the lottery and be wealthy. It is interesting to get a glimpse into the mind of your children to see what they value and their train of thought.
Choices In a Jar®
What’s your choice—to have to walk on stilts the rest of your life, or to always have to roller skate to get around? To have no short-term memory, or no long-term memory? To not eat for two days, or to not sleep for two days? Choice provokes thinking, and thinking is fun. Each card presents a delightful dilemma—sometimes unusual, always challenging—to spark conversation or controversy. Change your choice and change your mind.
Think Twice In a Jar®
“If you could have a new house rule, which would you choose? No television, or no music?” “If you were to be famous, which would you choose? Fame as an author, or fame as a stage actor?” Think twice—and choose one! A new twist on getting people to interact and practice decision-making, this is a fun and fascinating way to engage brains, share ideas, and build tolerance for differences of opinion. Includes a game play/activity guide.
Free Spirit Publishing is a great website to find books on subjects that are not always the easiest to discuss with your children such as bullying in school and the loss of a loved one. They also specialize in teacher resources.
Free Spirit Publishing would like to give one reader an item of choice. This could be a book, poster, or game in a jar.
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Disclaimer: This is my honest opinion. I received the above product in this review for the purpose of reviewing and posting my opinion. A big thank you to Free Spirit Publishing for providing an item of choice to one of my awesome readers. You may read more disclosure details here.
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