Pets are a great way to teach your children about responsibility and they make great companions later on in life.
We got our fist dog when I was around 5, he was a full sized tri coloured collie named Trooper. I loved that dog and he taught me a lot about how to behave around dogs, what it meant to be responsible for another living thing and in the end he taught me an important life lesson that everything eventually dies. When we got our second dog, a yellow lab named Chester, I was older and already prepared for what it takes to care for a pet. Now I have my own dog, also a yellow lab, Jenny who has made it on the blog a few times. Over the years my dogs have taught me many valuable lessons and I feel that every child should have some form of a pet to teach them about life and responsibility.
Thinking of getting your child a pet? Check out some of these great books before you add a new member to the family.
Pets: a comprehensive handbook for kids by Frances N. Chrystie
Caring for your pets by Jillian Powell
The complete guide to lost pet prevention and recovery by Joseph Andrew Sapia
Your child’s fist pet by Amy Brayfield
Looking after small pets by David Alderton
Caring for your gerbil by Carol Koopmans
Extreme pets! by Jane Harrington
Fabulous fish by Alvin Silverstein
Rabbits by Kelly MacAulay
The wild side of pet ferrets by Jo Waters
Home remedies have become increasingly popular as conventional medicine can become expensive quite quickly. Home remedies have become very popular with a public that wants to take a more holistic approach to their health.
Always remember that home remedies don’t provide miracle cures and aren’t meant to take the place of the advice and treatments prescribed by your health-care professional. You should continue to work and consult with your doctor about your health problems.
Here are some books to help get you started on your home remedies path.
Traditional home remedies by Martha White
The ultimate natural health and healing book by Mark Evans
1,801 home remedies by Matthew Hoffman
A families guide to health and healing by Anna Maria Clement
Learning to cook is a skill that everyone should acquire, you don’t have to be a chef but you should know how to make a few good meals from scratch. Teaching children to cook at an early age helps them learn how to take care of themselves as adults and helps them learn about healthy nutrition. Getting your children involved in preparing their own meals will also help them try new things that they might not be willing to try otherwise.
Here are some great books to get you and your children cooking.
Cooking by Judy Bastyra
Emeril’s there’s a chef in my family by Emeril Lagasse
The Green Eggs and Ham cookbook by Georgeanne Brennan
Children’s cookbook by Katharine Ibbs
Mom and me cookbook by Annabel Karmel
Fairy tale feasts by Jane Yolen
Mermaid cookbook by Barbara Beery
Pink princess tea parties by Barbara Beery
Jewelry makes a great gift, but when its hand made by someone you love it’s even better. I remember making dried pasta necklaces for my mom when I was kid and her loving them. As I got older I moved on to beaded jewelry that looked a little nicer to wear out in public. I don’t make anything anymore but I’ve never stopped liking handmaid looking jewelry. Downtown Guelph has an amazing little store where you can buy one of a kind handmaid jewelry called Pretty Chic Boutique.
If you want to try your hand at jewelry making check out one of these great books.
Wire and bead Celtic jewelry by Linda Jones
Making jewelry by Dana Meachen Rau
Beyond the bead by Margot Potter
Ultimate necklace maker by Dorothy Wood
Jewelry upcycled by Sherri Haab
How to start a home-based jewelry making business by Maire Loughran
Jewelry studio wire wrapping by Linda Chandler
The workbench guide to jewelry techniques by Anastasia Young
Creative bead jewelry by Sigal Buzaglo