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Parenting, Pregnancy, And Family Blogging

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I haven’t abandoned this site, I do still hold it dear to my heart.

It’s just that I’ve been busy working on building up the blog over at The American Pregnancy Association.

So if you’re pregnant, trying to conceive, have a family already, would like to start a family, or just enjoy reading tips and tricks on how to bring your family closer together – then please come visit me on the APA’s blog.

Click here to get there!

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Infant Bonding and the Importance of Touch

I wholeheartedly believe that if I’m going to recommend any reading on this blog, that it is not only something that I’ve read through myself, but also a book that I believe in.

While doing research for an article that I was writing for API (Attachment Parenting International), I came across and used Sharon Heller’s book “The Vital Touch”. I checked it out of my library at first to skim it, but soon found that it was a vital piece that needed to be added to my home library.

For any to-be parents, new parents and experienced parents, this book is a must. I’m so in love with it that I had to contact Sharon personally to let her know how good of a book I thought it was. I even sent her my article for API so that she could read what I wrote and referenced from her work.

Don’t be afraid to recommend this book to prospective and new parent friends that you may have as well. It would also make a wonderful shower gift for the new/expectant mother.

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Recipe Friday

Here are a few links to what I’m thinking of making this weekend. Enjoy.

Granola Chicken Salad Sandwhiches

Oatmeal Crusted Chicken Tenders

Classic Macaroni Salad

Your Turn:  Have any easy favorites that you make often? Share them below.

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Good Reads in Blogs

Here’s what I’ve been reading for Monday morning.

From Time.com: Is the internet the secret to happiness?

From Julie Ortolon: 5 tips for authors who blog.

From The Creative Penn: 15 ways modern art galleries can inspire writers.

From The Urban Muse: 5 ways for writers to avoid an online scammer.

What have you been reading today?

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5 Tips for Writers When Speaking Publicly

As writers, some of us speak publicly at conferences, clubs, expos, and what have you. It’s essential that when you decide to incorporate public speaking into your arena of work that you are calm and collected when promoting your endeavors and helping others understand theirs.

These five steps are the ones that have helped me prepare when I am asked to do any type of public speaking and I hope that when it’s your turn to speak that they will help you prepare as well.

Five Tips for Preparing Writers When Speaking Publicly:

1.     Know Your Material: This is step number one because it is so crucial. Just because you’re being asked to speak to fellow writers about your newly published book, doesn’t mean that you can go up in front of the crowd and wing it. Yes, you wrote the book and you know your material well, but there’s always room for advancement. Do more research, bring an article and visual aid along to share with your audience that relates to your niche, or ask a fellow colleague to speak with you to help further the importance of your findings. Don’t stop learning because you’re published, you’ll short change yourself as well as your audience.

2.     Practice, Practice, Practice: Once your speech has been prepared and edited for clarity and time restraints, your next step will be to practice it aloud. Make sure you’re speaking slowly, clearly, and pronouncing all of your words correctly. If you’re from Boston but speaking in Texas, this is one of those times when your accent may hinder your depiction. To prevent any lapse in understanding from your audience, this is where your practice shall make perfect. By continuously speaking your speech aloud, you’ll unconsciously train not only your brain to semi-memorize your words, but also your tongue and mouth to form them correctly. Also, practice in front of people outside your comfort zone. Your husband and mother have a favorable bias of you so it’s best to ask someone other than your immediate friends and family to listen to your speech.

3.     Know Your Audience: Do your research on who will be attending and great as many audience members as you can before the talk. Is it just freelance writers who will be attending or will the local news reporters be there as well, perhaps the mayor will be sitting in? These are all key questions to seek answers to well in advance of your speaking commitment so that you won’t be totally blindsided when being asked questions before, during, and after your presentation.

4.     Know the Room: Arrive early, super early, to your venue and walk it. Breathe it in. Touch the seat backs and allow the scent to become embedded in your conscience. No one can work a room or their audience unless you’ve been in their position before. During this time, check your equipment as well. Do sound checks and go through your presentation if you have enough time before guests start arriving.

5.     Relax and Remain Calm: Easier said than done, I know. But like anything, the more you speak publicly the easier it gets. Your mistakes you make along the way are easier corrected with repetitiveness. If you knocked over the mic stand at your first public speaking presentation, then you’ll know to place it well out of your way at your subsequent presentations. Some people are born being utterly calm and collected in front of an audience and others have to work at it. Regardless, knowing your material, your room, and your audience members is a recipe for success that anyone who speaks publicly can’t deny.

Please share your public speaking experiences with us. We learn best when it’s from each other.

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An Oldie but Goodie

The Presence of a Parent

This post is an older one, but a good one nonetheless.

Enjoy.

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Mother’s Day; In Honor of Mothers

Today is our day mothers! The world’s way of saying “Thank You” to good mothers everywhere for all they do daily.

Below you’ll find some lovely “mothering” quotes to enjoy.

And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms everywhere, you have my deepest gratitude today.

Enjoy.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

The phrase “working mother” is redundant.  ~Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.  ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.  ~Margaret Culkin Banning

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?  ~Milton Berle

Motherhood is priced of God, at price no man may dare to lessen or misunderstand.    ~Helen Hunt Jackson

Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort.  ~John Lancaster Spalding

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.  ~Graycie Harmon

[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.  ~Emily Dickinson

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  ~Washington Irving

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.  ~Lisa Alther

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.  ~Victor Hugo

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.  ~George Herbert

There’s nothing like a mama-hug.  ~Terri Guillemets

Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.  ~Erich Fromm

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage

The precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face.  ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray

The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated.  ~Washington Irving

Women know the way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

No painter’s brush, nor poet’s pen
In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
To write a mother’s name.
~Author Unknown

The best conversations with mothers always take place in silence, when only the heart speaks.  ~Carrie Latet

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