Free Children’s Book Download


Download this adorable book by Hans Wilhelm. It’s the story of Anook, a little poplar bear, who is mistreated by her sisters and eventually thrown out of the palace by her father, the Poplar Bear King. Her mean sisters are made queens, but they later turn on their father who has become old. They dethrone him and order him to leave the palace.

Anook and her father are later united. They return to the palace where Anook finally stands up to her mean sisters. She banishes them from the palace and is crowned queen. Together Queen Anook and her father King Poplar Bear rule Northland.

This book is appropriate for children ages 4 – 8. Click on the link below to access this wonderful story.

http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/Childrenpics/ANOOK.pdf

Should We Take His Pacifier?

As you can see my little sweetie is a character. Don’t you love his hat? He also has another attachment, his pacifier. He’s almost 2 and my daughter thinks he’s getting too old to have it. Pediatricians recommend that toddlers be weaned from their pacifiers by 2. She and my son-in-law want to put him in nursery school for a few hours a day so he can play with other children, and they believe he should be off the pacifier. How old should a child be when you take their
nip nip? He absolutely loves it. Gran thinks she should leave him alone and let him give it up when he’s ready. I don’t expect him to be walking around with his nip nip when he’s 3, but now it soothes him.

He was a thumb sucker when he was born, and I’m concerned that he will revert although research has shown that most toddlers don’t revert when they’re weaned. There are also other concerns, interference with speech, dental problems and ear infections. I’ve seen no signs of either. I think he will gradually give it up when he learns to sooth himself. I must admit he hangs on to it tightly. If you try to take it, he’ll fight you for it. I meant that literally.  If we have a discussion about it, he understands.  He will run to it, pick it up and suck on it for dear life. He’s such a sweetie and oh so adorable. I simply can’t stand to see or hear him in distress.

How old was your child when you weaned them? I would love to hear your story, please leave a comment.

Celebrity Children Look Alike Contest

Is your child a spitting image of a celeb kid, such as Kingston Rossdale or Suri Curise? Do you keep up with the hottest hairstyles of “pint-sized” Hollywood? Cozy’s Cuts for Kids and Us Weekly Magazine are teaming up and sponsoring a great give away! If your child resembles a celebrity’s kid, you could be a winner of a night’s stay in New York including airfare, dinner and a stylish haircut at Cozy’s Cuts for Kids.

Cozy Friedman, founder of So Cozy products and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, says, “Kids nowadays are so style conscious. In fact, kids (and parents) come into my salons everyday with pages torn out of magazines, asking for styles that the children of celebrities are sporting. I consider this trend part of what I call the ‘Mini Metro’ phenomenon on, a new wave of youthful image consciousness in which kids really want to look their best and learn how to style their hair themselves.”


Cozy’s Cuts for Kids was established in 1994 and caters to children in hairdressing chairs shaped like giant, bum-cupping hands or tiny Porsches. Children are entertained chairside with DVDs to games.

If your child resembles a celeb kid, Cozy Friedman and Us Weekly Magazine say Show Us. Follow the link below to find out how you can submit your child’s photo. The winner will stay one night at the Shoreham Hotel. They will receive a haircut and styling session for the child at Cozy’s Cuts for Kids, a $500 shopping spree from Lester’s and dinner at Serendipity. Enter the contest here:http://www.usmagazine.com/news/win-it-cozy-cuts-nyc-trip-2009296
Thirty finalists will see their child’s photo in an Usmagazine.com slideshow gallery, while one lucky winner will receive the grand prize: a trip to New York City, including airfare, one night’s stay at the Shoreham Hotel, a haircut and styling session for the child, a $500 shopping spree and dinner at Serendipity.

We would love to see a photo of your celebrity look alike child. Leave a link to a photo of your child and their celebrity look alike. Good Luck!

Multiple Births – Quintuplets Overwhelm Mom

Five beautiful babies. Adwai Malual, a 28 year old first time mother from Sudan, gave birth to 4 girls and a boy in an emergency birth last month while visiting her sister in Prince George’s County. It took a team of 30 doctors and nurses to handle her birth. Fortunately, mom and babies are doing well.
Adwai says she is exhausted, but she feels blessed to have all five of her bundle of joys. Her quintuplets are the first at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in the hospital’s 106-year history. Her mother is visiting from Sudan to assist with her new grandchildren. The quintuplets go through approximately 40 diapers and numerous bottles of formula each day. Adwai and her mother work in 12 hour shifts feeding, changing, burping and holding the little darlings. Adwai said by the time she gets the last baby feed and changed, the first is crying again. Can you imagine, lol. I struggled to handle one, I don’t know what I would have done with five at once.
Adwai’s husband has not seen his children. He is over seas working as a liaison for the military in southern Sudan, and her mother will return home soon. Adwai is without insurance and she is unsure how she is going to continue to sustain the children. Even though the United States would be a better place to raise her children than war torn Sudan, Adwai realizes it is expensive to live in the United States. She said donations came in for several weeks, but they have slowly tapered off. Everything she has, has been donated from the clothing and diapers, to the crib to the changing table. Usually corporations such as Johnson and Johnson, Pampers, Similac etc. assist families with multiple births, but they are not volunteering to assist her. The economy has taken its toll on everyone.
If you would like to assist Adwai or know of an organization who can help, please contact Reverend Barbara Sands, the hospital chaplain at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, who is coordinating donations. Reverend Sands may be contacted at bsands@AAHS.org or 443-481-5120.
May this family be blessed.

Teens Are Sending Nude Photos

Is your teenage daughter sending nude photos? There’s a big concern among parents of teens, girls are sending nude photos of themselves to their boyfriends over their cell phone. There have been incidents where the photos have ended up on the internet or passed to other boys. Teens are landing in court as a result of it. Teens don’t know that it’s illegal if both parties have not agreed that the photo could be posted on the internet or passed to another person.

School officials decided to confiscate cell phones in Santa Fe, Texas because nude photos of two girls in junior high were being circulating through out the school. Apparently the girls thought it was a good idea to send nude photos to their boyfriends. Their boyfriends thought it was a good idea to send the nude photos to their friends.

In another incident, teenage girls sent nude pictures on their phones to their boyfriends and the boyfriends decided to make DVDs and sell them.

Poor judgement, to say the least. These incidents of poor judgement are landing the males in court with a record and the girls are being humiliated. Not only are they being humiliated, they’re now worried that these photos will resurface down the road. Their lives could be ruined as a result of a moment of poor judgement.

My daughter didn’t have a cell phone until she was in college. My niece who is 16, has a blackberry. So do many of her friends. Teens having a cell phone is a must these days. So they say. As a parent, I can’t imagine discovering that my teen daughter sent nude photos of herself to a boyfriend and than worrying for the rest of my life they could resurface and ruin her. Until I came across an article posted on the web regarding this trend, I never thought about teens using their cell phone to send nude photos. Am I Naiive? It’s real, police are hosting seminars so they can inform parents of how they can prevent this tragedy from occurring in their home. From one mother to another, listen up and take action before your teen makes this mistake. If you’re an aunt or an uncle of a teen make this a topic of conversation, they will love you for it.