“Melanie Notkin shines a much-needed spotlight on a bond that brings so much happiness to so many people.”
—Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
Savvy Auntie is the ultimate guide for cool aunts, great-aunts, godmothers, and all women who love kids but have none of their own! Written by Melanie Notkin—America’s premier Savvy Auntie and creator of the popular online community savvyauntie.com—Savvy Auntie focuses on everything that parenting manuals generally leave out: namely auntie-ing! This groundbreaking handbook celebrates the 50% of kid-loving American women who aren’t (or are not yet) moms, but have so much to add to the Family Village.
The vast majority of companies are in denial about the fact that they have become very ordinary places to be. As a result they are unchallenging, uninspiring, ineffective and generally listless. Corporate Denial helps companies of all sizes communicate and get to grips with the etiquette of inaction. It says the things you have longed to say, talks about the things you see on a daily basis and gives you a hammer to smash some corporate cows with. This is a manifesto for action for those who are just interested in the pursuit of good business. Read it and lead your organization out of denial.
Corporate Denial comes with its very own antidote, Codenial, to relieve the pressures and pains of working. Codenial (tm) provides:Fast relief from the etiquette of inaction Treats meaningless corporate values Alleviates lost purpose and low corporate libido Restores sanity and clears up confusion Provokes effective communication
The best-selling independent guide to Walt Disney World has everything you need to plan your family’s trip—hassle-free. Whether you are planning your annual vacation to Walt Disney World or preparing for your first visit ever, this book gives you the insider scoop on hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count.
With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and with authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what’s available in every category, from best to worst, and get step-by-step, detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.
Prime a child's brain for learning Help children cope with change Enhance attention, cooperation, and self-esteem Help busy families stay close Affirm the parent-child bond that insulates children from violence, peer pressure, and drugs, and much more.
Easy to learn and especially effective in stressful situations, I Love You Rituals gives parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers inspiring tools to help children thrive.
A month-by-month section includes advice from Annabel Karmel on the baby's development and handy tips to encourage her development. Eight recipes are punctuated throughout the book to inspire parents to make delicious, healthy food for their babies at various stages and also recipes for celebrations, such as a cake for the first birthday. This book is a wonderful and unique memento of a child's first year that parents will look back on and share with their child in future years.
Filled with revolutionary, field-tested touring plans that can save 4 hours of waiting in line in a single day, The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2020 is the key to planning a perfect vacation.
Get up-to-date information on Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Each attraction is described in detail and rated by age group, based on a survey of more than 20,000 families. Whether you’re visiting Disneyland for a day or a week, there is a plan for any group or family. Enjoy the rides, activities, and entertainment instead of wasting time standing in line.
The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando by Seth Kubersky is packed with detailed, specific information on every ride, show, and restaurant in the resort, including insider details on Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, as well as the new waterpark Volcano Bay.
Compiled and written by a former Universal Orlando employee and based upon decades of research from a team whose work has been cited by such diverse sources as USA Today and Operations Research Forum, The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando provides step-by-step, detailed touring plans that allow you to make the most of every minute and dollar during your Universal Orlando vacation.
The guide includes info on where to find the cheapest Universal Orlando admission tickets, how to save big on Universal on-site hotel rooms and skip the regular lines in the parks, when to visit Universal Orlando for the lightest crowds, and everything else you need to know for a stress-free Universal Orlando experience.
In 1955, acclaimed conservationist Rachel Carson—author of Silent Spring—began work on an essay that she would come to consider one of her life’s most important projects. Her grandnephew, Roger Christie, had visited Carson that summer at her cottage in Maine, and together they had wandered the surrounding woods and tide pools. Teaching Roger about the natural wonders around them, Carson began to see them anew herself, and wanted to relate that same magical feeling to others who might hope to introduce a child to the beauty of nature. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder,” writes Carson, “he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
Now available in paperback, The Sense of Wonder is a timeless volume that will be passed on from generation to generation, as treasured as the memory of an early-morning walk when the song of a whippoorwill was heard as if for the first time. Featuring serene color photographs from renowned photographer Nick Kelsh, “this beautifully illustrated edition makes a fine gift for new and prospective mothers and fathers” (Gregory McNamee), and helps us all to tap into the extraordinary power of the natural world.
Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it’s an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.
Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.
Each activity in this inspiring and practical book is SAFE—Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy—to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. Whether your child faces challenges with touch, balance, movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell, and taste, motor planning, or other sensory problems, this book presents lively and engaging ways to bring fun and play to everyday situations.
This revised edition includes new activities, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions including Asperger’s and autism, and more.
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is written in a friendly, easy-to-understand style that avoids complex jargon. There are lots of examples, case studies, and advice that can help would-be family historians quickly get up to speed. In addition to listing best practices for conducting genealogical research, Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes also warns readers about the many pitfalls of family research, from “brick wall” mysteries to time-wasting online searches. Topics include:
• Why are people so interested in family history?
• Evaluating clues, facts, and myths in family stories
• The importance of linking generations
• Vital records, from birth certificates to death records
• Non-vital records, from census forms to wills
• Religious records
• Five things that can trip up newbies researching family history
• Best practices for genealogy road trips
• Interviewing relatives, and dealing with skeptics
• Pros and cons of online genealogy research
• Genealogy communities and continuing education
• Genetic genealogy basics
• Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
• Genetic genealogy and adoptees
• Non-paternal events and other skeletons in the genetic closet
• Visualizing family history with charts
• Research logs and genealogy journals
• How to create good source citations
• Preserving records and research
• Genealogy software and GEDCOM files
• Planning for disasters
Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes is not a comprehensive guide. Nevertheless, in a single reading you will be able to understand some important research basics that will serve you well as you embark on a journey to figure out the origins of your family. Creating a strong family tree will not only satisfy your own curiosity, but will also serve as a record to share with relatives and future generations!
The Independent Book Publishers Association awarded Shannon a Benjamin Franklin silver award for Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes. The book also received a silver award from Mom’s Choice Awards, which serves as a "benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services."
Never again will you hear the all-too-common call of, "I'm bored!" with this kid-pleaser for many ages.
Whether your kid is 3, 5 or 12 years old, there are hundreds of fun, educational and engaging things to do in this book. When they ask to watch television, you'll have the perfect solution. 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! has time-tested, exciting activities to keep your children laughing and learning for the whole day, every day.
Holly Homer and Rachel Miller are the women behind the wildly popular site KidsActivitiesBlog.com, which gets more than 2 million hits a month and has more than 71,000 fans on Facebook and 100,000 followers on Pinterest.
One-of-a-kind activities--never before seen on the blog--range from making edible play dough and homemade sidewalk chalk to playing shoebox pinball and creating a balance beam obstacle course. And with outdoor and indoor activities and tips for adjusting according to your child's age, this book will provide hours and hours of never-ending fun with your family.This parenting life raft is also the perfect way to make sure caregivers are spending quality-time with your little ones.