Sometimes when life changes, we find inspiration.
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As we work to grow our business, we look for inspiration and ideas to lead us. Quotes such as Alexander Graham Bell’s “when one door closes, another opens” and the saying “when opportunity knocks on your door, always be willing to take a chance, because you never know how perfect something could turn out to be” keep us moving forward, always open to new ideas and looking at the opportunities that are presented to us.
Recently, this got us to thinking, especially with another year of school having begun. Just what do children do with ideas and opportunities and do they recognize them as such? Many successful people say that they received their inspiration, ideas or passion in childhood and still many others lost theirs along the way. So how do we help children to find their passion and recognize the opportunities and not give up? Inspiration from a book! We love the What You Do Matters series of books from Kobi Yamada:
Telling a child not to give up and to take a chance may not take hold but reading about someone else having the same qualms, just might resonate and that epiphany that struck, if nurtured, could in fact be BIG. We think these books are also wonderful because they can inspire all of us, both young and old to be true to ourselves and overcome obstacles in order to follow our passions.
So, bring inspiration into your child’s life through a book. Perhaps even get a journal where they can either write down their thoughts or draw an idea. Just remember to empower both boys AND girls to help them see the possibilities that life has to offer.
Read what others have to say about Kobi Yamada's series in this article from Brightly:
Kobi Yamada on Embracing Our Ideas and the Chances That Come Our Way.
Find even more inspiration with Usborne Books & More!
The Inspiration Collection (Paint Me a Picture, Build me a Home, Play Me Some Music)
Read, create and be inspired!
-Kate @ BTBL
We are three generations that seek a way to get back to basics. It’s not that we eschew technology, but sometimes simpler is better, especially in raising our children. Mom was a reading teacher, Amanda is an early childhood educator and Kate a children’s literature specialist and former school librarian along with the latest additions, a daughter (now 3) for Kate, a son (now 1) and another little boy expected this year for Amanda. We advocate reading aloud, the simple toys that use imagination and encourage creativity and learning in the kitchen, which can be a fun mess but also teaches life skills. Join us in raising healthy, happy, inquisitive and intelligent children.
We are mom Sandra and daughters Amanda and Kate, all with backgrounds in literacy and education, who want to share our philosophy of taking the basics of life; books, simple toys that encourage play, imagination and creativity, and using cooking and baking to teach math and real life skills to raise happy, inquisitive children. Join us in exploring the old and the new and sifting through the myriad of research to consider what is best for our children.