Thursday, June 28, 2012

This week has been one of focusing on very positive initiatives that will greatly impact children. There is probably nothing I get excited about more than becoming aware of and supporting wonderful efforts that can make a real difference.

There are 3 that I am sharing here with you now:

#1. Mission Small Business:  Mission: Small Business℠ is an effort by Chase Bank and LivingSocial, to increase awareness of the important role small businesses play in local communities and to help small businesses grow. As a result, Chase will provide 12 grants to small businesses. 

Supporters can get involved by clicking the “Support” button at and voting for their favorite registered small businesses. For each pledge of support, Chase will add five dollars to the grant pool, up to $3 million, and businesses must receive at least 250 votes to be considered for a grant by June 30th. 

 I have submitted a proposal for Brain Insights and am so excited to share this and ask if you would be willing to take a moment to vote!

Your support will contribute to benefiting thousands of children. Receiving this grant would lead to finally making early brain development common knowledge and children enjoying all their brain needs most! 

This will happen through:

  • At least 20 Creating Great Connections presentations taking place for entire communities through out the country. (In fact let me know if you would want your community to be considered for one of the locations!)
  • Promotions to hospitals to give a, Love Your Baby brain packet to all new parents! (This is something numerous people want to see happen as soon as possible!)
  • The development of a new series of brain packets called, Healthy Brain Insights. This will be designed for healthy and learning brains of all ages. (Packets for all brains has been a frequent request!) 
  • This could also lead to the development of a whole new and unique product to really make brain development easy for busy parents!  (Can't wait to have this happen and share this one with you also!)
Thank you so very much for your on going support and sharing in the passion to inspire the healthy development of ALL young children!!   

(I need to reach 250 votes to qualify by the Deadline : Saturday June 30th!)  

Log in with a Facebook account and enter: Brain Insights push SEARCH and then Vote!

I do not usually ask for help like this, but my great desire to be able to make this positive impact drives me to ask for your support!  

You can vote for more than one company... so you will also want to support Play Math!

#2. Dr. Lynne Kenney has also submitted for a grant through Mission Small Business. Lynne is also very dedicated to creating awareness and understanding of what is best for children's brains and she coaches families. She is the author of, The Family Coaching Method and is providing a new program called, Play Math. 

Lynne has shared the following:

"Play Math is a hit! In our simple motor math program, Play Math, we teach meaningful math using soccer, kick and tennis balls, along with polyspots, marker boards, markers, cards and base ten blocks to play math motorically.  We see math, say math, play math, write math and build math so that the children begin to develop the ability to THINK mathematically.

We are really pleased, because when we teach math, engaging both gross and fine motor skills, kids who were losing their math facts with symbolic visual learning can remember them.

I am not much for voting but we could use $250,000 to purchase math blocks and produce animated training videos. So if you are on Facebook, please sign-in and write Play Math in the business search and VOTE."

Doesn't this sound wonderful? This is how the brain learns best! Kudos Lynne!!

#3.  Plan UK will launch their new Education for Girls Facebook App on June 29th, it highlights the importance of reading in education and allows users to select how many out of 50 top children’s books they’ve read and then buy their own virtual book by donating to Plan UK.

The book will go into Plan UK’s virtual library; users can then view the library and see how their donation helped towards improving education for girls around the world.

All donations from the App go towards helping to fund girl’s education. 

Here is what you do:  (I found it fun!)

To help Plan UK send some of the poorest girls to school in developing countries. Select how many out of 50 children’s books have you read, then donate and purchase a virtual book. All donations help education for girls

Enjoy reflecting on and sharing your favorite book!!

It is always so extremely heart warming when people support each other in ways that are so positive!

Have a beautiful day! 

Astonishing Communication with a Baby Beginning at Birth

Saturday, June 16, 2012

An infant cries in an attempt to communicate a need. A parent or caregiver then attempts to figure out what the need is. This happens repeatedly throughout each day and can be frustrating and stressful for both the parent … and the baby. This is often one of the most difficult aspects of parenting in the early months and years of a baby’s life. I am thrilled to say, this no longer needs to be the scenario in the parent child relationship! 

It is extremely exciting to help the world know about a ground breaking book. The BlossomMethod™, to put it simply, will make a remarkable difference.  This inspiring guide provides parents with a very easy to use method that will lead to greater parent confidence and a happier baby. What could be better than this?

There are numerous other books of course that I get enthused about, but none compares to the level of excitement I have for sharing this book. It is truly a desire of mine that EVERY parent reads this book.  It provides knowledge every baby will want their parents to have. 

To give you an idea of why this book is so extraordinary, a selection from the introduction follows:

A baby starts talking from the moment she takes her first breath. A child’s instinct for survival and human interaction drives her to communicate with her caregivers using unique movements, facial expressions, sounds, and mouth, lip and tongue shapes. Many of these go unnoticed in the early days of parenthood as everything focuses on providing the newborn with nourishment and comfort. After years of research involving parents and their children, I have mapped the behaviour of the babies I have worked with, including my own, and discovered a phenomenon that has never before been recognised.”

Vivien Sabel is the author of, The Blossom Method™. Vivien’s experiences growing up with a deaf mother provided her the ability to learn to read body language and gestures beyond those in which most of us are aware. Due to this gift, Vivien has created this easy guide to help every parent understand and develop this ability as well. The only sad thing is this book was not available sooner.  It would have filled my heart with joy to be able to establish this significant communication with my daughters as infants.  

Since it is something in which I feel very strongly about, I frequently write and do speaking engagements about the important and incredible difference early relationships have on early brain development. Due to this, I feel enormously honored to have contributed awareness of this impact as a small portion of this valuable book. 

With this information, parents can feel secure that TheBlossom Method™ not only helps create calmer and less stressful interactions with their baby, it also has a positive and long lasting impact on a child’s over all development.  The following excerpt explains:

“Research has shown that consistently responding to the needs of a baby can have an impact on her ability to form healthy relationships with others, to problem-solve, to have empathy for others, to tolerate the frustration of failure, to have more patience, to calm down from excitement. A baby whose needs are consistently met may also have a longer attention span, be able to better manage physical reactions to emotions, have greater skills in communicating emotions in healthy ways, feel less anxiety, exhibit fewer behavioural problems, have more confidence and a positive self-perception, be less fearful and have more willingness to explore and learn through challenges.”

With the passion I have to promote the healthy development of all children, I am so delighted to contribute to creating awareness of this book.  I am especially anxious to see the positive difference the Blossom Method™ will make in the world once parents use this to support the optimal development of young children from the start. 

I invite you to learn more about this wonderful method directly from Vivien in this brief, informational and heartwarming clip.

You will truly be amazed at all your baby is communicating. To begin simply order The Blossom Method here.  ENJOY!! 

I hope you will share awareness of this book with all the parents you know!!

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