For as long as I can remember, my parents have always been in the business of helping families. They raised us pretty deliberately (see my very favorite "deliberate" video of my dad explaining their latest new-fangled family system back in the day back HERE), and they are still deliberate parents as they travel the world to give speeches about the importance of families. In my mind it's kind of like they are building "family scaffolding" providing all kinds of concrete ideas and solutions and validation and hope to those of us in the trenches trying to make sense of this whole parenting shin-dig.
Of course, I'm a little bit on the biased side of things, but I think they are pretty awesome.
There are two things going on right now that they are doing from "home" to boost and strengthen families and I figured I better share them:
1) I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but when I was a teenager they wrote a book called "Teaching Your Children Values " which became a national best seller. Parents obviously realized the importance of those values in their children's lives.
So, to go along-side the book, my parents teamed up with some pretty outstanding "story-tellers" to teach the values in a kid-friendly way through a program called "Alexander's Amazing Adventures."
It is a twelve-set series chronicling a boy named Alexander's journey as he travels to a magical land and learns the values through all kinds of imaginative adventures. There is a 30-minute parent guide from my parents with each value that I haven't actually listened to yet and really should. I'm in need of a little parenting re-vamping right at this moment in time.
I've talked about Alexander's Amazing Adventures before but here it is again and it's on sale until the 15th of March.
I wonder if that would be a pretty good gift for the Easter Bunny to fill Easter baskets with in a couple weeks? Hmmmm. It's a downloadable MP3 file but could for sure be creatively wrapped somehow, right? I hear the Easter Bunny has skills at that ;)
For more info., to listen to a sample and to order if you are interested click HERE.
2) My parents have started publishing books with this new publisher which somehow allows them to offer books at a pretty discounted rate. At this point in their lives they just want to figure out how to infiltrate good family ideas any way they can, so they right now they are offering "3 for $30"...you choose three of their four most recent books and get them for that good deal including shipping.
Here's a flyer with more info:
To find out more, this is the website to go to:
(beware, there are a few cheesy family pictures on there, but I love that site!)
Once you get there, click on that yellowish-orange big tab at the top and it will tell you all about the books. The friends and family coupon code is eyrealm2016.
The link to get there is HERE.
The great news is that I get to give away one series of Alexander's Amazing Adventures AND one of the "3 for $30" packages.
To enter the give-away, just leave a comment with your fav. parenting idea in the comments (i.e. go watch your kids sleep after a rough day to help you remember how awesome they are, getting kids excited about jobs ideas that work for you, morning routine ideas, etc....I know there are so many great ideas out there!).
If you specifically want AAA (Alexander's) note that in your comment, and if you're more interested in winning the books, note that too. If you don't care and would love either, just make a comment :) I will pick a winner on Monday night.
**This give-away is now closed. Thank you so very much for all the insightful comments that have totally inspired me! Even though the winners have been chosen, please keep adding to them if you have more tips because I'm sure many of us will be checking back in times of "in-the-trench-trouble" for a little inspiration ;)