I found this poem which touched an emotion I would like to share. You see, I was adopted. As the poem points out, a mom is much more than simply 'blood'. The love a mom gives to her adopted or foster child is truely a love from the heart. It takes a very special, loving person to adopt or foster a child. To all those special Moms I hope you have the best mothers day or all.  Happy Mother's Day!

~ For All That You Have Given Me ~
For all that you have given me,
I can return but love. For you
Bound up the wounds I did not see
And gave me hopes and passions new.
I can return but love for you,
Whose unmoved faith my heart did move,
And gave me hopes and passions new,
And loved me till I turned to love.

Whose unmoved faith did my heart move?
The mother of my heart, not blood,
Who loved me till I turned to love.
And I became the soul I would.

The mother of my heart, not blood,
Bound up the wounds I did not see.
And I became the soul I would
For all that you have given me.
copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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The Meaning of EasterThe Easter Bunny has made his residence at the mall and the chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans can be found everywhere you go to shop. It’s Eastertime- a time when every kid looks forward to getting a great big basket full of goodies and toys.

It’s hard, especially in these busy, errand full days, to help make Jesus the focus of your family celebration. It takes a bit of ingenuity and time to make sure that your kids understand that Jesus is the center of this celebration and that his sacrificial death is the reason for the season that includes a giant bunny who brings eggs and goodies.
But how do we refocus?

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recycling - kids helping the earthIf you want your children to grow up to be environmentally conscious, you have to start teaching them while they are young. You can't expect them to just learn on their own. However, you'll find that there are a variety of great recycling websites and environmental sites out there where you kids can learn more about the environment and recycling, while having a great time. Wondering where to send your kids to learn more? Here's a look at 10 of the top recycling websites out there for kids that make excellent choices.

Website #1 – Kids Planet

Website Address: www.kidsplanet.org
This site has many great games for kids on the web of life, fact sheets on different animal species, and they provide excellent information on what kids can do to help protect and defend their own environment. They even have their own Wildlife Adoption Center on the site.

Website #2 – Kids for a Clean Environment

Website Address: www.kidsface.org/
The mission of this site is to provide excellent and education information to kids on environmental issues and to encourage them to work on improving the world around them. It provides information on how they can work in their own community and how they can work on recycling. READ More on 10 Best Recycling Websites for Kids

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Melissa and RylandA More4kids exclusive interview with Melissa Earnest. I hope everyone will enjoy this interview about a real important topic affecting many parents: Life with Autism

On October 2, 2013, Mississippi wife, mom and proud NRA member, Melissa Earnest was just that, a wife and mom. A noble full-time, over-time job, to be sure, but not many people knew her name. Then she posted a video on Facebook and suddenly the Earnest household was on the map and Melissa Earnest was a household word.

The now famous “Grabman Video” went viral with 86,000 shares on Facebook and more than 60,000 views on YouTube in just over three months. What has ensued over the course of those three months is the life of a young woman suddenly thrust into the limelight. Every aspect of her life is now scrutinized by people who don't even know her. But that hasn't stopped her from turning her new found fame into something good and as a way to help people. She hasn't been shy about sharing her thoughts on various causes and current events. But this transparency just seems to endear her more to her fans. She is the real deal and she has welcomed us all into her home and into her life.

It was during those first three months that she revealed something very personal. In those early months we learned that Melissa Earnest has an autistic son.

Sitting down and talking to Melissa Earnest is like chatting with an old friend. She talks about her 'Cinderella story' with still just a bit of shock. She admits to being scared with it first started. She said her first priorities have always been her faith and her roles as wife and mother. She originally started creating the videos on Facebook because she loves making people smile. The videos and interaction were a coping mechanism as she grieved over her grandmother and aunt being placed in separate nursing homes. She credits those two women with being her 'inspiration in life' and it hurt to see it happen.

When the 'grabman' video took off, she was blindsided. But good things have come out of it and parents have been able to see a doting mother who adores her children, a stay at home mom who is making it work. They are also seeing, through her son, that autism is indeed beautiful. This is her story.

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two upset pouting girls unable to resolve their problemsTeaching your child how to resolve conflicts is a necessary part of their emotional intellect, and critical decision making skills. Conflicts are a typical part of every life – whether simple or complicated. It is essential that we all are equipped with the knowledge of how to resolve conflicts. Conflict resolution should be taught to children at a very young age. While it is your responsibility to teach this very important lesson to your child, you are likely to find that it is quite challenging. This is why I elected to create this guide for teaching your child how to resolve conflicts.

1. The first thing that you should teach your child when it comes to resolving conflicts is that we are all different. We do not always think the same thoughts, believe in the same things, or act in the same ways. It is important that your child understands that these are the things that make us individuals and it is ok to have different thoughts, beliefs, and even act differently. We should teach them to appreciate the uniqueness in each person that we come in contact with. By teaching your child this, you are already taking the first step in conflict resolution before a problem even arises.

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happy child with a positive attitideIt is an almost universal desire of parents to want their children to grow up in a happy and healthy environment. Most will spend plenty of time addressing how to help their kids feel loved and appreciated every single day. However, life seems to get in the way of these plans so many times, and parents find themselves spending most of their waking hours in survival mode instead of nurturing that quality time with the kids.
If you are a parent that is concerned that positive parenting techniques have not spent enough time in your home, you will undoubtedly be relieved to know that positive parenting is easier and more natural than it looks. With a few tips and reminders, you will be ready to relate to your kids with an attitude that will radiate the positive parenting philosophies that you are striving for.READ More on Positive Parenting Techniques that Raise Positive Kids

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Finding an appropriate magazine for your child can be a daunting task. So many slick, engaging magazines that are on the market today will draw your child in only to give him or her messages that go against your family values. With so many kid's magazines out there it is almost impossible to review them all. How do you find the right one? Well, we are here to help. With kids, ours and yours, in mind, we have compiled a list of the top 10 children’s magazines that are family friendly and sure to meet your approval. Many of these have withstood the test of time, entertaining and educating children for decades. They are great for helping to improve reading and retention skills while being entertaining and educational. Go ahead! Take a look!

Top 10 Kids Magazine Countdown

10. National Geographic

National Geographic has long educated and entertained adults, now children ages 8 and up can also enjoy National Geographic on their own level. National Geographic Kids magazine is among the top of children’s magazines with games, scientific experiments, puzzles and engaging articles on the environment, nature, space and animals – all designed to both teach and entertain. This award winning magazine takes kids on exciting adventures all around the globe.

9. Ranger Rick

The Ranger Rick Magazine has been around for several decades and has a long list of awards to attest to its great writing, amazing articles and fun puzzles. Each subscription includes a Junior Membership to the National Wildlife Federation. Written specifically for children ages 7 and up, this children’s magazine will keeps your kid’s attention for hours with its amazing photos of all sorts of animals, crafts and tons of fun facts. Younger kids, ages 4 to 7 can also get in on the fun with Ranger Rick Jr.

8. Jack And Jill

Jack And Jill
Jack and Jill Magazine is another publication that has withstood the test of time. It offers kids ages 6 to 12 tons of fun, exciting and informative stories, biographies, puzzles and news articles. All of the content, including the games and crafts, are designed to stimulate young minds while entertaining and educating. You may have even read Jack and Jill when YOU were a child. Remember the anticipation you experienced when your subscription arrived? Give that same excitement and joy to the child in your life. There is something new, exciting and fun in each and every issue!

7. M Magazine

Being a tweener can be a frustrating time. You are too young for the ‘big kid magazines’ but too young for the ‘baby magazines.’ Enter M Magazine, the kid’s magazine written just for tweens. It helps keep them in tune with their favorite celebrities, actors and actresses as well as their favorite bands. The free full color posters included in each issue are sure to please! The articles will keep your tween engaged, hanging on every juicy bit of information. What a great way to get your kids to read!

6. Boy's Life

Boys from age 7 to 17 will find great articles, short fiction and poetry within the pages of Boy’s Life. It offers not only educational material, but also inspirational stories that are relevant to the young men of today. There are well written, engaging articles on science, sports, hobbies and nature with something to speak to each young man who thumbs through its pages. This kids’ magazine will inspire that young man in your life while fostering a love for reading.

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