Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What IS A Goddess Anyway?!

There is nothing that pleases me more than to see my children willingly sit down and read a book.  Well, hearing them say 'please' and 'thank you' makes me quite happy too.  But, that's a whole other can of worms.  I have always loved books and the value they can add to your life.  Stories in books can take you to far away places, information in books can teach you something you never knew before, and photographs in books can show you things you might never have the opportunity to see in real life.  And then there are the blank books, the wide open spaces that invite you to tell a story of your own.  When I was a child in elementary school, I used to write and illustrate my very own books.  I've chronicled before, here on this blog, about how I graduated from simple stories about my friends and our fun to writing a soap opera script when I was in junior high.  But I digress.

My kids have been tearing through the books lately.  Evan got a new book on Sunday for Easter and he read it in less than one day.  I brought another book home from the library on Monday.  He started it Monday after school and finished it today after school.  Jenna made a new book purchase for herself over spring break.  Now.  This book is not the stuff of scholarly endeavors, nor is it the stuff of mysteries or elementary school drama.  No.  It's a whole other ball of wax, as they say.  May I present the book of which I speak...

  A Guide To Being A Goddess? 

This book is very cute and really does not lean towards the 'Goddess' claim as much as I might have feared.  It's actually a nice little book that encourages good health, grooming tips and suggestions for being a well-mannered, trustworthy friend.  I present - Exhibit A:

Notice all the cute little Post-It tabs Jenna has carefully placed at the top of all the important pages she wants to refer back to at a later date.

So many people don't know how to simply smile and say 'thank you' when given a compliment.  This is important information.  A lot that is in this book backs up several of my preachings teachings to my children.  Is it possible that I know what I'm talking about?!

No one has to tell Jenna when to go to bed.  She always readily crawls into bed at night.

I can easily see this being a fun play date, sleep over or birthday party activity. 

For those bad hair days that just won't go away...

Jenna had to ask what a zit was.  I'll be so sad the day my children get their first 'blemish.'  Their faces are still so perfect and flawless.  Oh sure, we've weathered through our share of scrapes and bruises and Jenna has even suffered through stitches on her forehead.  But those are the stuff of children.  Zits, on the other hand, are the stuff of turbulent teenage angst.  I dread it.  Oh, how I dread it.

I bring this to a close with advice that, really, can be shared with all members of the family.  Maybe, especially for the boys of the family.  I have it under good authority, being that I grew up with two older brothers, that if anyone needs tips on 'How To Make Your Clothes Smell Nice' it's the boys!

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