4 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

[caption id="attachment_1712" align="alignnone" width="300"] Startup Stock Photos[/caption] Halloween is almost here, and while some get excited for costumes, trick-or-treating, and scary movie nights, most writers out there will tell you that the best part of Halloween is when the clock strikes midnight…and NaNoWriMo officially begins! Every November thousands of writers...

How Reading Before Bed Will Improve Your Life

Do you remember the days you were a kid, falling asleep to your parents reading you a bedtime story? Well, it turns out immersing yourself in a good book before falling asleep actually has benefits that can last you your entire life! As tempting as it is to get on...

Writers: Pay Attention to the Details

Now that our kids have gone back to school, we writer-parents have a little more alone time on our hands to get back into a writing groove. Which is why I thought now would be a perfect time to share a few writing tips over the next few weeks with...

Fall Book Recommendations!

Fall 2017 has been, and will continue to be, a time for fantastic new children's and YA book releases. Today I'm sharing with you some of the most anticipated yet! It Takes A Village, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Written by our own historic former presidential candidate, this picture book was...

How To Let Your Purpose Find You

Often, career advice, love advice, and advice on how to be your happiest self is rooted in the idea of finding your “purpose.” Authors, counselors, and religious leaders express to us that we are here to do something, and staying focused on our “why” for being on this planet will...

The Changing Role of Fatherhood

Regular readers of this blog might be aware that I raised my son John as a single father. I’ve written about the challenges of single parenthood, about asking for help as a single parent, and about the importance of being an active father in your child’s life. But when I...

4 Ways to Find Inspiration as a Writer

One of the most fun and most difficult parts of being a writer is finding your next story. Sometimes a bestselling idea will hit you out of nowhere, but more often than not you have to go out into the world and seek inspiration. But where do you go? And...

Tips for Writing Children’s Fiction Like A Pro!

Writing a book that children will fall in love with at a young age is an important goal for many reasons, the most important of which is that one good book can turn a child into a reader for life. Do you remember your favorite book as a kid? Ol’...

Book Recommendation Time! 4th of July Reads

The 4th of July is almost here! And you know what that means...BBQs, relaxation, fireworks, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue. Last year I wrote a post with my top 4th of July-themed children's book recommendations (which you can find here), and this year I want to...

Turn Your Child Into a Reader This Summer!

There’s nothing better than the feeling you get as a parent when you walk into your child’s bedroom and see their nose buried in a book, completely lost in a world between pages. Today most children spend more time on their iPads or watching television than they do reading books,...

My 4 Top Summer Children’s Book Recommendations!

It's mid-June, and that summer feeling is already upon us. Whether your kids are out of school or just days away from vacation time, chances are you're looking for books to keep them busy during these long summer months! These are my top recommendations for a fun, easy, and memorable...

4 Reasons You Need to Start Using Goodreads

If you haven’t yet heard of Goodreads…where have you been?! All kidding aside, Goodreads is a social media platform for readers. Users have the opportunity to rate, review, and find great book recommendations—and that’s only the very basics of what Goodreads has to offer. I’ve been a user of Goodreads...

Stop Comparison in Its Tracks: Parenting in the Digital Age

I’ve written a few times about the ways in which social media has an effect—both positive and negative—on children today, and how we as parents can best help them navigate through it. But the one thing I think we can’t separate from social media is the rise of the problem...

What Parents Have to Learn from Children’s Books

It’s the common belief that children’s books are meant for…well…children. And while they often are filled with valuable lessons for children to learn, such as accepting one another’s differences and using your manners, there are some books filled with lessons for parents as well. (more…)

Why You Should Attend the Single Parenting Summit

It’s no secret that I raised my son John as a single parent. What you might not know, however, was how difficult that journey was. Raising children is a huge responsibility that can keep you up at night, wondering if you’re doing everything right—and when you are in the position...

5 Things Only Book Enthusiasts Will Love

I’m not a book nerd—I’m a book enthusiast. Or at least that’s what I tell my friends. The people in my life can always count on that enthusiasm when they’re looking to buy me a gift, and it never fails! If you’re a fellow book enthusiast, or you’re close to...

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