{Book Review} Stress Free Kids – A Parent’s Guide

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With today’s fast paced world it’s no wonder more and more children are suffering from anxiety. It’s a difficult world we live in these days and the social media aspect of our children’s lives add to the normal every day peer to peer pressures our children face. While my children are not on social media just yet, I can see how this fast pace everything-happens-now type of life can be a strain on our children who are not born to handle such extremes.


Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children is almost like having a baby book how-to for new parents, we all need to have a self help book to guide us in the proper directions with our children from time to time. Society places so many demands onto a child, it’s no wonder more and more children, including my own, are being diagnosed with some level of anxiety. If you are a parent who has suffered from anxiety your own self, then it may be easier for you to work with your child but all too often I find parents who have not a clue how to uplift their anxious child. This book comes in handy as a way to open any parent’s eyes to methods that may not have been tried in their household as of yet. It’s a genuinely amazing book and I would highly recommend you take a gander at reading it.

Stress Free Kids really does guide parents to teach their children how to manage stress, worries and build self-esteem. Most of you who frequent my online ramblings know that I am a huge advocate for high self-esteem in children and making children feel secure. I am raising a child with a mood disorder and anxiety, this book has really helped me see that I have been doing a decent job all along to ensure my children have the skills to cope with today’s society but my fiance, on the other hand, wants to read this book to better learn how to handle scenarios in our household with both my kids and his teenagers. Life is all about learning and in parenting, every day is a learning experience. Think of Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children as a pocket bible for parents raising children in today’s highly demanding world!

The author, Lori Lite has been featured in Real Simple, Family Circle, the New York Times, Prevention and USA today. Suggested retail for this book is $15.99 (US) and $17.99 (Canada). ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6751-3 ISBN 10: 1-4405-6751-4

Wordless Wednesday: My Instagram Favorite Shares by Me

I am brandyellen1981 on Instagram and am constantly sharing photos. Below you will find my favorites from last week that I shared —

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40 Years Of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve


Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve celebrated their 40th year last night for the 2012 New Year. My daughter stayed up to watch the ball drop with me, but she soon found out that Justin Bieber would be performing which drew her attention more than a ball with a ton of LED lights on it dropping in Times Square.

I watched Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from 8pm ET to 12am ET on New Years Eve in between watching my Switched at Birth Volume One DVD and must admit I wasn’t as impressed with the performances as I have been in previous years.  With the views being near 8.3 million tuning in around 8pm ET and at 10pm ET the near 10 million I can assume the show this year would be considered a hit based on viewers. {source: The New York Times online}

I watch this show every single New Years Eve, and some day hope to attend in person and be able to meet Dick Clark before he is no longer with us as well as meet Ryan Seacrest.  My daughter and I are already in the talks about how it may be possible for us to get to NYC some year for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,  NYC is only  a five hour drive from our NH location. This may be something that is added to my Life List.

I will end this here; if I had to pick my favorite performer it would have to be Pitbull, just because who wouldn’t like watching a guy shake his mid section around while singing songs that I just love the beat to? I admit I also got a kick out of seeing Jenny McCarthy lock lips with some NYPD dude, that was probably the funniest part of the night.

Thanks ABC for another fun New Years Eve that I could celebrate in the comfort & safety of my own home! I will be back next year tuning into ABC to catch Times Square on New Years Eve because it’s a tradition I refuse to break.

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{New Book} Eyes Wide Open by Andrew Gross

“An emotional, frightening study of evil with believable characters and a relentless pace. Readers who wear pacemakers will want to check their batteries before they open the book.” – Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Gross’s suspenseful second stand-alone thriller…raises chills…” – Publisher’s Weekly

“A truly terrifying descent into evil. A rare and menacing psychological thriller that works on every level. A really great read.” – Nelson DeMille

Andrew Gross is the author of New York Times and international bestsellers The Blue Zone, Don’t Look Twice, Reckless, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard.

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