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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Different Ways to Get Kids Involved in Reading

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of

Different Ways to Get Kids Involved in Reading

With all the different distractions kids have and activities they’re involved in these days it’s hard to get them to actually want to sit down and read a book. However, reading is just as important as being involved in extracurricular activities, and is much more stimulating than playing video games or spending time on the computer. So how do you get your kids to want to read in their spare time? Here are five tips that can help you make reading fun for your little ones:

1.      Take them to story time at the local library. Most local libraries have a story time where kids of all ages are invited to come and listen to someone read to them. This positive environment is perfect for encouraging kids to read, and once story time is over they can go and pick out their own books to bring home with them. Plus, since other kids their age will be there also, they have a chance to make friends that are interested in reading too.

2.      Read together every day. From the time your child is born you can make a habit out of reading together each day. Create a ritual, such as reading together before bedtime, so that reading is as much a part of their life as brushing their teeth and playing with friends. By making it a normal habit they’re much more likely to want to keep doing it. 

3.      Take on the persona of different characters while you’re reading. To make story time even more fun, try emulating the characters in the books that you’re reading to your child. Give each one a different voice and personality to help the story come to life. Your child will look forward to hearing about his favorite character’s adventures when the character has a distinct personality, and it will teach him to use his imagination to really visualize characters as he begins to read on his own.

4.      Make it an interactive experience. Don’t let reading just be words on a page, make it an interactive experience that you and your child can enjoy together. When she’s young have her point out different aspects of the story from the pictures, such as Cinderella’s glass slipper or the different dwarves from Snow White. As she gets older, have her read the parts of certain characters so that you can trade off who is reading. Eventually have her read to you, and encourage her to use different voices to breathe life into the characters while she’s reading, just as you did for her. 

5.      Mix up the types of books they’re reading. Pick a variety of different books for your child to read. Read a mystery book one week, find a “choose your own adventure” book the next, and pick up plenty of interactive books that have crossword puzzles or pictures where you have to locate different elements of the stories to bring along on road trips or doctor’s visits. Constantly having different types of books to read will keep things interesting and fun.
Books are a great way to expose your children to different worlds and help them learn to really utilize their imaginations, but as technology continues to grow and kids get busier and busier it’s easy for reading to fall by the wayside. By starting to read with your child at an early age and doing everything in your power to make reading a fun experience you can help foster an early love of reading in your child.

About the Author:
 Debra Johnson welcomes your comments at her email Id: - jdebra84 @

·         Please accept my deepest gratitude. MRS.D.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

What Are Kids Saying when Texting?


Texting Acronyms 101:

 Popular "Text Abbreviations" or Acronyms Parents Should Know

Thirty years ago, moms and dads everywhere would yell at their kids when anyone in the house was on the phone for more than 15 minutes. They were afraid an emergency call couldn't get through, or they themselves, were waiting for an important call.
Back then, there was a dial up land line in the kitchen and everyone used the same phone. Teenagers had little privacy with this set up, it wasn't like you could take the phone to your room, or heaven forbid, the bathroom.
Now, however, technology has morphed and kids communicate instantaneously - through cell phones, the internet and typing with thumbs on a virtual keyboard, anywhere, and often in private. This is commonly referred to as texting.
For parents and other caretakers that want help understanding what their kids are texting about, see the following Texting 101 glossary of terms list.

Texting Acronyms 101: 

.!!!!: Talk to the hand

?: I have a question
?^: Let's hook up?
@TEOTD: At the end of the day
143: I love you
2bornot2b: To be or not to be
2moro: Tomorrow
2nite: Tonight
404: I haven't a clue
9: Parent is watching
Addy: address
AIMP: Always in my prayers
AYTMTB: And you're telling me this because
B4: Before
B4N: Bye for now
B4u: Before you
BC: Because
BF: Boy friend or best friend
BI5: Back in five minutes
BZ: Busy
CMIW: Correct me if I'm wrong
Convo: Conversation
CRS: Can't remember sh~t
CWOT: Complete waste of time
DBABAI: Don't be a b~tch about it
DGT: Don't go there
DHYB: Don't hold your breath
DQMOT: Don't quote me on this
F2F: Face to Face
FAWC: For anyone who cares

FF: Friends forever
FOFL: Falling on Floor, Laughing
FWB: Friends with benefits
FWIIW: For what it's worth
G4I: Go for it
G8: Great
GAL: Get a life
GLBT: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered
GOI: Get over it
GTG: Got to go
GTK: Good to know
GWS: Get well soon
HAG1: Have a good one
HAND: Have a nice day
HHOKL Ha ha, Only kidding
HIG: How's it going?
HSIK: How should I know?
HTH: Hope this helps
I&I: Intercourse and inebriation
IH8it: I hate it
ILY: I love you
IRL: In real life
JK: Just kidding
L8R: Later
LOL: Laughing out loud
NP: No problem or nosy parents
OIC: Oh I see
OMG: Oh my God
RBTL: Read between the lines
ROFL: Rolling on floor, laughing
STBY: Sucks to be You
TMI: Too much information
TTFN: Ta Ta for now
TTYL: Talk to you later
TYVM: Thank you very much
TXTG: Texting
TY: Thank you
U: You
U2: You too
WYWH, Wish you were here

Author's Note:
I believe that kids have a right to some privacy, but I also believe that parents have the right to know what their kids are up to, and should be involved in their lives. I don't necessarily advocate that parents should read their children's private texts however, if the child exhibits frustration, anger, or depression, or suddenly changes what is important to them, I do think it is permissible for parents to do everything in their power, to keep their kids on the right track, including reviewing their text messages.

Cassandra, my 22 year old daughter
Published by Kay Balbi
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