Start with yourself

It has been said, “Home is where the heart is. Family is where the home is too. In the business of life, it is essential to take time to be at “home”with self. Take time to be filled with love yourself. Then you can share that love with the world, starting with those around you. Then you will be at home.


I love to read …

I love to read quotes other people have written. Here is one written about children that I like. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are also watching you.” That doesn’t need much explanation. Let’s not confuse our children. Tell them how to live and then show them how by living the way  we talk. Learning starts at home. IMG_0118 Jan 2012

Start At Home- Enhance your Child’s Vocabulary

Our children are imaginative and creative. One of the best ways to tap into these positive attributes is to expose our children to as many opportunities as possible to enhance their vocabulary.  Here are some tips :

1. Don’t talk down to your child. Talk in conversational tones and use the correct names for items.

2. Read to your child regularly. Read quality books that have vivid colors and interesting shapes. Check for meaning when reading and explain  words that the children do not understand. Talk about interesting words.

3. Visit libraries and bookstores. Explore  your child’s interest and find ways to improve their knowledge.

4. Take trips. Use various modes of of transportation. Talk about them. Draw them . Ride them if possible.

Always take advantage of the opportunities to use new words in conversation often.

I recently took my grandson who is six years old to jamaica.  We had a delightful time. He was there to see his Gran graduate and receive  her Ph.D. First of all he was inspired to get his own degree. That was worth the entire trip.  He learned words like hood, robe, congratulations, receptionist, tip, He  became exposed other words not in his day to day vocabulary: The tropics, the caribbean, the market, boarding pass,  sprint, ackee, lobby, coconut water, flight, and many more. IMG_1123IMG_1149


Today while I was weeding my tomato garden, I came across a caterpillar. I was immediately flooded with childhood memories of putting these creatures in washed out mayonaise bottles with food and holes in the bottle top so the caterpillar could get air. I decided that this was a great way for my grandsons to see a caterpillar change into a butterfly. So I found a bottle- it was not a mayonaise bottle, but a bottle none the less, I put some leaves for food in the bottle and holes in the top for air. Now we will watch and see what happens. This should be funto watch. Learning begin at home.

Mother’s Day

IMG_0214I am blessed to be the mother of two wonderful sons. They have added joy and happiness to my life. I have lots of wonderful memories of them growing up at home. Home is where everything begins. My sons also along with their wives given me five beautiful grandchildren who love me unconditionally. They laugh freely, accept me as I am and call me Gran. It is a great day to be a mother and a grandmother.

Loving the outdoors

I was thinking that nature is a great resource for families. The love for snails, birds, trees, butterflies and all  living things starts at home. Have you seen a child pick a flower or a weed and present it to his or her mother? Have you seen a child run along the beach or chase a butterfly? Children are born with a sense of wonderment and an affinity for nature. When we as caregivers  tap into their passion for living things  we open possibilities for the healthy , creative and emotional growth of a child. A love for nature begins at home!ImageImage

Family Dinners

Today I heard on the radio that family dinners are a great way for families to start conversations. (I have always known this but it was good to hear it repeated). It doesn’t matter the ages of the kids  or what the meal is: (pizza or goulash) It is just a good way to get conversation flowing, for parents to find out how the day went for their kids and even to know who they new friends are. Besides all that you can teach table etiquette, introduce new words, share family values and enjoy a good meal all at the same time. Learning starts at home.