Kindness and Helping Others: Parents Lead By Example

Helping other people and being kind can send a message that will bounce onto others and show how easy and wonderful it is to show kindness.

In our busy lives, we tend to forget to say hello, smile, and even open a door, but we need to do these small gestures because something small may be something big for someone else.  You never know what others are dealing with, so why not smile, say hello, etc. It takes a second and you may be doing more then you think!

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As a parent, you need to show your kids. Please lead by example on this matter.  Actions speak louder than words. You know this. I personally feel showing your children that kindness can help others and will ripple onto another and continue forward. I wrote a fantastic book about helping others and being kind. It’s called The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas.

The Gu-Glee-Goos come from a land of helping hands. They spin and sparkle into place and do it with style and grace! The Gu-Glee-Goos show how helping others and being kind goes a long way.  So, when a friend, teacher, or a neighbor may need help from you, say, “Sure! I will be there in a few!”

Show your kids how kindness is compassion for others.  It’s something you decide to do and never expect anything in return.

It will all even out, promise.

Glu Glee Goos of Christmas Chiledren's Story Book by Angel Krishna

 

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Teaching Your Kids to Reach for the Stars

Reaching for the stars! Your kids can do it with your encouragement. Kids need to know you believe in them. The words from you as a parent means everything. Your children believe in you. They trust you. You are the BIG person, the parent, and the adult. You must start the wheels spinning in their heads so they believe they can do many things in the world.

Having determination and willingness to learn will make your kiddo more confident. So, why not teach them what determination means? Never stop. Keep going. BELIEVE!

I have a WONDERFUL BOOK that covers all that.  It’s calledGabby’s Space Adventure.” Gabby is a hippo who wants to go to outer space, BUT people are somewhat wary because Gabby is on the larger side and has certain obstacles that challenge her.

Gabby is so determined and confident that she will achieve her dream! Gabby learned everything she could about space by believing in herself and going for it. Gabby’s Space Adventureis such a valuable example and tool to read to your kiddos. Trust me. They will enjoy the journey with Gabby and learn that being determined and smart will get them above and beyond!

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3 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Save Money

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Kids need to know and learn that money is earned and should be spent wisely. Having a roof over your head and food in your stomach is more important than buying the latest and greatest thing. Teaching them this will give them the sense of value and importance of saving.

  1. Saving money is the utmost importance! Why? Savings is a security blanket that will help when you need it most – medical, school, housing, and unexpected emergencies.

Now ask them to think about what items we use on a daily basis, BUT are most likely taken for granted. For example, our water, our gas, electric, cable. To live our daily lives, we use all these utilities. Show how it is good to save money so they can live a decent life and pay for the utilities and mortgage as well.

  1. A great way to demonstrate this is to show them some bills like electric, gas, water, cable, etc. You get it, yes!

Now, utility bills are NOT the only issue of living on a daily basis.  Kids need to know that a budget includes pretty much everything – food, gasoline, car, cell phones, TV, movies outside of the home, vacations, clothes on their back, books for school, etc.

  1. Budget, Budget, Budget. Kids need to realize that you MUST budget expenses in order to pay your bills.

Let’s STOP trying to keep up with the Joneses EVERYONE! Did anyone ever think that the Joneses most likely lived BEYOND their means?

Let’s STOP letting society put so much pressure on us. Yes, everything, everyday, all the latest and greatest is in our face saying you must have this. “Buy me NOW!”

But if we show our kids that it’s more important to have an education, food, and a roof over our heads, they will gain confidence and learn the importance of spending wisely. They need to learn and save and avoid society’s eye candy gadgets.

FYI: This goes for you parents too. Show your kids that you are participating and can work towards something big – THE FUTURE!

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Reading With Your Kids with @jedliemagic

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I was a guest on the Reading With Your Kids Podcast with Jedlie. Have a listen as I talk about my books and how they apply to the real world situations kids face every day.

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Author Interview 

Children’s author Angel Krishna writes stories about communication, helping others and believing in yourself. Through her new children’s book Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, author and fun-loving mom Angel Krishna encourages communication development through relatable jungle friends playing America’s favourite pastime. Angel encourages parents to listen to their children and to communicate with an open mind and a full heart. She reminds herself and those around her to enjoy life, always move forward, and be creative.

In this interview, Jed chatted with Angel Krishna to talk about her new books Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball & Gabby’s Space Adventure. Angel also discusses what inspired her to write these stories, why communication is a great skill for children to have and the importance of using your imagination & teaching kids values through books. Stay tuned as Author Angel Krishna takes us through her new children’s books & more.

Gabby’s Space Adventure:

Gabby is a hippo who has a dream to go to outer space. Hippos in space, hmmm. . . Gabby is very determined, smart and always willing to learn. She has faced many challenges but nothing will stop her from achieving her ultimate goal, going to outer-space! Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it! always keep going and moving forward. Be that positive force and prove to yourself you can do anything you set your mind to.

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball:

Join the Monkeys and the Crocodiles as they learn a valuable lesson about friendship, feelings and communication.

Listen to this episode to find out what Angel Krishna has to say about teaching kids values through books  & you will be amazed!

To know more about Angel Krishna & her books visit

https://adkstorybooks.com/

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Twitter: @AngelKrishna2

 

Originally published on readingwithyourkids.com

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Talking About Writing and Publishing Children’s Books on Change It Up Editing

Angel Krishna with Candace Johnson

I went on Candace Johnson’s blog at changeitupediting.com to talk about my experience as a self-published children’s author. Read on to learn more about signing with a publisher versus going indie, working with a professional editor, and managing book promotion.  Continue reading

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Traveling with Kids: Making Road Trips Fun and Creative

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Road-Trip! These two words are NOT my favorite, lol. Actually, they give me immediate stress. Then I say “Okay, I can do this.”  Before the road trip I automatically think of what to bring and or make before we take off.  I try to include some fun educational things for the kids to do, like bring my Chit-Chat-Jar that I wrote about a few posts ago. You can take a word out of the jar and talk about it during the ride. Here are some ideas that worked for me:

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Author teaches lessons through children’s books

Author Angel Krishna takes us through her new children’s books.

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Self-publishing Picture Books with Angel Krishna: The Hindsight Interview

Angle Krishna Hindsight Interview

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Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?

No, I did not.

What is the name of your current project / company?

Gabby’s Space Adventure!

Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.

Gabby’s Space Adventure is a picture book about a hippo that wants to go to space and won’t let anyone tell her she can’t do it!

Where did the idea of your current project come from?

I think it’s important for kids to go for their wildest dreams and believe in themselves, even when the odds are against them.

Why do you do what you do?

I’m a mom, and although my children are almost all grown up, I still love to tell stories that teach little ones important values in life.

What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

Education is key! Listen and learn. Does this sound a bit cliché? It may, but this is what I would tell my younger self. Look, whether it be traditional college or a different avenue, you must gain knowledge by learning. I feel I should have listened more instead of jumping first. I have learned certain skills and knowledge because I learned to listen then act on the information I received. Be creative in learning, don’t just be that classroom student. Be that person that takes initiative and seeks other ways of hands on learning. Make those connections that will teach you something in real time. Also, please use your common sense in life (hoping you have common sense). Please forgive me if I sound rude. Your knowledge and common sense gives you the upper hand in life; It really does! Last, be creative don’t be that rule follower. I understand there may be certain times you must follow the rules but hell, please think differently by being creative. What you learn is something you can always pass on to another person; please do so.

What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?

Be persistent and detailed oriented. Also, have a hawk’s eye when viewing your work. Then have someone else look at your work that has the ability to see what you may have missed. I write children’s books. In the process, I know I have to be patient, detailed-oriented, creative and have a great imagination. I know I have all the skills but being patient is lacking, lol… Find help! Writing a children’s book is a long process and thensome. If you have the idea of a book in your head, start writing your worlds, no matter if it’s a scattered mess or spot-on. Write the words! Trust me, you will make changes up till the last image is complete. It may be a word, a sentence or a tweak on color, etc.

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Time-sharing with other parents

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Ok, here is a nifty idea! You can start a time-sharing pool with the parents in your neighborhood or your kids’ school. As the time-share captain, you can share time watching the kids of the other parents. They will also have their turn to watch yours.

This can happen once or twice a month, depending on how many moms or dads are willing to participate. You may get once a week time-share if enough parents and friends join in.  It’s good to take 4-6 kids.  You set the day and the amount of time you can give.  Four hours is the usual time-frame, but of course it’s up to you and your time-share pool members. This is how it works!

  1. Depending on the number of parents and the amount of time each one has, structure a schedule. Make sure the days are good with all time-share participants and stick to them. This way you can make your appointments, run errands, do the shopping, catch up on house stuff, or even take a nap. Hell ladies, why NOT go to a movie!
  2. Whomever is scheduled for the “time-Share” that day, it’s up to you on how you spend the time. Kids will just start playing minutes after they are dropped off, so keep it simple! Don’t put so much pressure on your day! Pop in a movie, have some coloring books out, get out the building blocks. You can maybe put out an iPad or two with learning apps on them like Genius Kid. You can ask the kids to act out their favorite characters. Have different stations set up so they can rotate through the stations playing each one. You can bring the kids to a movie at the theater as well.  These are just a few suggestions.  It’s your time! You’re the Time-Share-Captain.
  3. Swapping Days! Sure, why not? If you want to swap a day and someone else is willing, then go ahead and trade.  Also, make sure you group-text everyone so they know where to drop their kid.  Believe me, this has been forgotten in the past. Yikes!
  4. Send thank-you cards. It’s really cool to have your kid send a thank you to their buddies who came over. In this way, they learn about etiquette, communication, addressing a card, using stamps, and good manners.  It teaches them more about communication and it’s neat for a kid to get something in the mail these days!

Ok, that is the gist of it all. You can make your own rules and schedules. It really does work and it’s very helpful to get a break. I was able to get 2 days a week out of my group. Everyone was totally into it. Good luck with yours!

Have you ever been a time-share captain? Share your tips!

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Children’s Author Says Imagination is Taken for Granted

Kansas City children’s author Angel Krishna uses her imagination every day when dreaming up her new books, and she believes imagination is something parents need to cultivate from a very young age. “We take “imagination” for granted,” Krishna says. “We need to encourage our children to use their thoughts and imagination on a daily basis. You can’t think without using your imagination. Think about it.”

Angel Krishna believes in teaching children positive habits in a fun and easy way through her storybooks.

Her first book, Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, is about communication and friendship. “Communication should always be encouraged with children,” says Krishna. “For that to happen, you must make sure children are at ease when speaking to you. It’s a must to make children feel they’re not going to be in trouble and feel one hundred percent comfortable when communicating their feelings on positive and negative matters.”

For the holidays, Angel Krishna released The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas, a tale about magical creatures who fix breaks and clean up messes left behind by the household pets. When asked what inspired the creation of the Gu-Glee-Goos Krishna says, “When my kids were very young, I would chase them around the house in a fun way and call them my little Gu-Glee-Goos. This all started around Christmas time, and I decided to write this book because I would tell the story about how the Gu-Glee-Goos were helpful and how kindness goes a long way!”

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Both Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball and The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas are available in ebook and print. Her new release, Gabby’s Space Adventure, is exclusively in paperback on Amazon.

Angel Krishna is available for interviews, appearances, and other features. Contact Angel Krishna by visiting her contact page. You can also find her on Facebook at facebook.com/angelstorybooks and on Twitter at @angelkrishna2.

 

Originally published in Kansas City Star

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