Happy Endings in Children’s Books

Most of the classic fairy tales and children’s books have happy endings, and this is no accident. Most people prefer a happy ending as it settles the mind and puts the book down in peace rather than in a turmoil of questions. There may be times when a book that raises many questions is stimulating, but these are not suitable bedtime reading. Children who are read to, or read to themselves, at bedtime, seek a satisfied and settled mind to lead them to pleasant dreams. In this, happy endings play an essential role.

The NRA and Violence in Children’s Books

In the USA, the right to bear arms, enshrined in the Constitution, is vigorously upheld by many people, and especially by the members of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA). Faced with increased opposition from people concerned about the loss of life from criminal, deranged and accidental shootings, and aiming to stop gun violence with tighter controls on gun ownership, the NRA and its supporters have resorted to more and more radical methods, including some instances of armed resistance to law enforcement agencies. Perhaps most sinister of all, is their recent activity in rewriting children’s classic fairy tales featured on their family website, putting firearms in the hands of formerly innocent characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. This attempt at early indoctrination threatens to have a seriously detrimental effect on the development and welfare of America’s children.

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Helping Young Children Appreciate History: Making History More Than Dates And Names

When your children go to school and begin to learn history, what do they understand? What do they really learn? Even the older ones, do they know the importance of history and how it has shaped their world today? Or is it just dates, names, and places cataloged in their heads to be regurgitated on a test? Bring it alive for them so they can learn the importance of their contributions to society as it impacts the future.

Fact, Fiction and Fun in Children’s Books

Many aspects of life are characterised by three defining factors, and in the case of popular children’s books these are often the combination of fact, fiction and fun. The fact usually comes from a real life setting, either contemporary or historical. This provides a background that is at least partly recognised by the young reader, either from life experience or from school lessons. Against this background is set a fictional element that is an impossibility, such as the widely familiar talking animals. The fun arises from the juxtaposition of fact and fiction, as well as from the characterisation and the story line.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find Out What It Means to Me

This particular article is about the mutual respect that needs to exist between teens and adults. Just because they are an adult, doesn’t mean they are always right.

Effective Ways to Prevent Sunburn at Camp

Sleepaway summer camp means long happy days in the sun brimming with swimming, boating, hiking, rope courses and lots of other outdoor recreation. In all the excitement of packing up and heading off to camp, don’t forget to address the all-important issue of protection from the sun. Whenever kids are outdoors, they need protection from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. While we all need some sunlight, an important source of vitamin D, it’s been found that just a couple of serious sunburns can drastically increase the risk of skin cancer, including deadly melanomas, later in life.

Sex and Gender in Children’s Books

Most parents would agree that there should be no sexual material, explicit or implicit, in books written for children. When reading to a child, or with a child, such material can only cause embarrassment, premature questioning and unnecessary concern. The basic biological facts are best left to school teachers and school text books, and the emotional and relationship issues can wait for treatment in later years, perhaps in novels written for teenagers. But while books for children should create a world in which sex does not exist, the issue of gender stereotyping still needs to be addressed. In the past, many books were written specifically for boys, or for girls, though the traditional favourites can mostly be considered gender neutral. In the modern age, gender discrimination is widely deprecated.

Kids’ Artistic Choices at Summer Camp

Summer camp offers a bounty of opportunities for kids to let their creative spirits soar. Along with days of fun-filled waterfront activities, wilderness explorations and campfires, youngsters at sleepaway camp can try out all things artsy from theatrical performances to woodworking, painting and ceramics. Campers can choose to concentrate on a current passion for painting or explore a wide variety of new creative interests. Many camps celebrate these summer masterpieces at an end of camp art show.

Storing Your Children’s Artwork For Later

You feel a sense of pride when you see how artistic your child is with their arts and crafts. But sometimes the school over plays the artwork card and your home are overflowing with the designs. So instead, you as a parent can boost their self-esteem by framing, collecting said artwork, sending them a clear message that you’re proud of their work.