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Ethel Coffey's Blog (12)

The Importance of Encouraging, Supporting & Promoting a Love of Animals

It is essential that we encourage our kids to love animals. Besides the fact that pets can provide kids with some of their fondest memories, animals can also teach kids some valuable life skills. In fact, animals actually display strong social behaviors that humans can learn from.

Added by Ethel Coffey on September 20, 2015 at 7:34pm — No Comments

How Children Benefit by Reading Along with an Accompanying Audio

Listening to audio while following along on print – How beneficial is it for kids?

Added by Ethel Coffey on September 13, 2015 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Sharing a Story - Using Literature to Enrich Relationships with Children

I found without exception, that kids of all ages love a good story.

Added by Ethel Coffey on September 6, 2015 at 9:18pm — No Comments

The Use of Vibrant, Colorful Illustrations Bringing Authenticity & Life to Stories

Beautiful illustrations bring clarity and depth to words in a story.  The presence of colorful illustrations is crucial in children’s literature. In fact, Illustrations are used as an introduction for children, into the world of books.  The more vibrant and colorful the illustration, the more it can attract the interest of children and help them relate to a story. Illustrations also help identify colors, shapes, animals, and other everyday objects.…


Added by Ethel Coffey on August 28, 2015 at 1:13am — No Comments

Learning to Appreciate Nature’s Diversity: The Sonoran Desert

Appreciating Nature and Its Creatures

Beauty in nature is everywhere. We are so fortunate on this continent, to enjoy an amazing spectrum of natural diversity.  Sharing information with children about new places can inspire them and open their awareness.

We have one of the most wildly diverse and beautiful deserts in the world right here in America – the Sonoran Desert. Famously known as the hottest desert in Mexico, the Sonoran Desert is a North…


Added by Ethel Coffey on August 18, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Loveable Dogs as Main Characters

Over the years, we have seen many of our faithful furry pals star in movies, cartoons, TV shows, and books. Some dogs even get the top billing, and you certainly can’t go wrong with a dog protagonist. So, what makes dogs such likeable characters? Here’s a look at some lovable dogs who managed to capture our hearts. - See more at:…


Added by Ethel Coffey on August 11, 2015 at 1:35am — No Comments


“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Do you know who said this? Take a wild guess. It’s Muhammad Ali. Yes, the boxer who floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.

Ali is right you know. Friendship is not something you are taught, but somehow it just comes naturally. Friendship is actually a form of love where two people mutually…


Added by Ethel Coffey on August 4, 2015 at 12:52am — No Comments

Helping Children Deal with Anxiety

Is your child afraid of going to school? Is he unusually clingy and moody? Does he get scared easily? Well, if these sound familiar to you, chances are your child is having problems dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety is something we experience at various times in our lives. You do remember the anxiousness you felt as a child, do you? Well, some children are just born with an anxious temperament and are anxious all the time. I know I was. The problem with anxiety in children is that it can…


Added by Ethel Coffey on July 28, 2015 at 12:37am — No Comments

How a Change of Perspective Can Positively Affect Life

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” – We have all heard this saying. This saying is a simple reminder that no matter what hardships we face, we are in control of our lives. A change in perspective can positively affect our life in various ways. However, in order to change perspectives, we must first acknowledge the possibility of other perspectives. We need to understand that there is more than one way to look at something. Here are some ways to help we change our perspective…


Added by Ethel Coffey on July 7, 2015 at 12:25am — No Comments

How to Accept a New Family Member

When a family welcomes a new member, change will occur in the life of the family as a whole. The family has to deal with everyday life in a new way.  It may take some time to make adjustments and work out the growing pains in order to live together successfully.

To help your children accept change in the family structure it is important to allow them to participate in welcoming the new individual.  Keep them involved and allow them to come up with acceptable and creative ways to…


Added by Ethel Coffey on June 30, 2015 at 1:43am — No Comments

Changing Negative Thinking to Positive Thoughts

s your glass half-empty or half-full? Are you down in the dumps? Feeling anxious? Why do negative thoughts enter our mind? Negative thinking can have a strong and sometimes devastating impact on all aspects of our lives. Now, how do we change our negative thoughts into positive ones? - See more at:…


Added by Ethel Coffey on June 23, 2015 at 1:54am — No Comments

Helping Children Deal with Challenges through Entertaining Stories

Young children are extremely susceptible to the environment in which they live, so it is absolutely essential for them to learn the coping skills needed to successfully handle the challenges they will be facing on a daily basis. These children may face emotional and social problems like bullying, death in the family, prejudice, etc. There are many ways to develop these types of coping skills, however, there is one method that is tried and tested for centuries –…


Added by Ethel Coffey on June 16, 2015 at 9:01am — No Comments

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