What could possibly be more important than families…and children? They’re our focus here at Grandma Bubbles Books. We are happy to offer an ever-increasing number of intriguing books for the earliest reader, as well as other fun products designed to stimulate a child’s innate creativity. Additionally, we’re all about strengthening families, encouraging parents and grandparents in their important roles and motivating youngsters to achieve their greatest potential.
“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.”
~ Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding
Much of a child’s self-image comes not only from what the child perceives about herself, but from how she thinks others perceive her. This is especially true of preschoolers who learn about themselves from their parents’ reactions. Do you reflect positive or negative images to your child? Do you give her the idea that she’s fun to be with? That her opinions and desires matter to you? That her behavior pleases you?
When you give your child positive reflections, he learns to think well of himself. He will also willingly rely on you to tell him when his behavior is not pleasing. This becomes a discipline tool. “All I have to do is look at her a certain way, and she stops misbehaving,” said one mother. She had saturated her child’s self awareness with positive feelings, and the youngster was used to the way he felt being on the receiving end of these strokes. When mother flashed a negative reflection, the child didn’t like the feeling it produced. He changed his behavior quickly to regain his sense of well-being.
It’s a snowy day in Utah. Some of the grandkids were over for a sleepover and we made snow ice cream. Yummy. There are many varieties but this is one variety where you don’t actually eat the snow. If you don’t have snow available, use crushed ice.
- Fill a gallon freezer bag halfway full with snow (crushed ice).
- Add about 6 tablespoons of salt to the snow. We didn’t have rock salt so we just used regular table salt.
- In a quart ziploc bag, mix:1/2 cup half and half
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zip up the quart bag, squeeze out excess air, and put inside the gallon bag.
- Zip up the gallon bag, after again removing any excess air.
- Squish the bags with your hands until the ice cream is frozen. It’s cold so you may want to wear gloves or else put a dry kitchen towel between your hands and the snow/salt bag.
- Remove the smaller bag and enjoy your frozen treat!