With all of the negative news that is out there today, we have to look to find what makes us happy and feeling good about our world. I have found that some things that make me happy are: dancing children, playful animals and a beautiful, healthy environment. It is a bountiful world when we appreciate and take care of these elements.
Fathers today are much more emotionally demonstrative and involved with their children (and particularly with their daughters) than in previous generations. I have seen my son, my sons-in-law and other fathers of their generation react to their children with tremendous affection and pride and I know that their children will grow up to be strong, caring individuals because of the support and love that they have received.
I recently took a vacation and enjoyed dancing with friends every night (which I personally believe is a necessary and wonderful soul expression), I encountered, along the way, some beautiful, happy little girls dancing with their fathers. It was so adorable to see; I loved watching their joyful expressions as they danced and interacted with their fathers. These little girls will grow up to be strong, confident and loving women.
I feel that we need to strive to establish a world where all children are loved and are free to dance to express their full and wonderful potential. With our guidance and our demonstrative love today they will have the foundation to create a world of tomorrow that will exhibit that love and caring through all of their activities.
A Lesson in Caring...
I am excited to announce that one of my books in the Lae Lae collection has just won a Book Excellence Award as a finalist in the category of children's education. This is the third book award that the collection has received and this one again has been chosen from hundreds of books submitted from around the world. As stated in the Book Excellence Award press releases, the book was chosen for high quality writing, design and market appeal.
The subject matter was considered as well and this book is about learning to accept a child who has special needs. It is one of my favorite books in the collection as I feel that bullying can come because of a child's fear of someone who is different or a lack of empathy and caring for a child who is different or who may have special needs.
In this book Lae Lae meets Timmy, a little boy who walks with "canes" and who has special needs. She wants to be a friend but doesn't know how to include him in her play. Her mother tells Lae Lae that Timmy is just like she is inside and that he has the same needs and desires that Lae Lae has. Lae Lae and her friends discover activities that they can participate in to include him and all are happier because of it. This book is about accepting, not judging and learning how to develop empathy. I have had parents who have told me that the book has helped their child with learning acceptance and caring and others who have said that it has helped their child who has special needs to develop his or her sense of self worth and acceptance. There are lessons to be learned for children on both sides of the human connection.
I started my collection several years ago to express positive life lessons for young children .... about caring for each other, the animals and the world that they live in. Most of my blogs are about positive fun things that have come from my own experiences. However sometime, I approach subjects which need to be corrected like the killing of endangered animals or the desecration of our earth. Those subjects are an unfortunate reality in today's world. I am talking to children because they are the citizens of tomorrow and it is up to us to help guide them to be caring stewards of the world that they live in. I am hoping that the parents hear the messages as well. We all need to do our best.