Showing posts from April, 2016

Driving to Prom? Do You Know What To Do If You Are Pulled Over?

It's that time of year again. Girls are picking out their dresses, and the boys are finding that perfect suit or Tux. Prom is right around the corner. The excitement is building, and so are the distractions. So once you and your date are in the car, do you know what to do if you suddenly see flashing red and blue lights in the rear view mirror? Do you know what you should do if you are asked to pull over?
 Here are six things you should do if you are pulled over.
When you see the lights or hear the siren, use your turn signal and move slowly into the right lane, and then when its safe, move to the emergency lane. Your turn signal and the slower speed will let the officer know that you saw him/her and that you are pulling over.Once you are safely pulled over, roll your window down and turn off your engine.Do not make any sudden movements. Let the officer make contact first. That means don't look under your seat, look through your purse, or dig in the glove box.  Keep your hands v…

Kids: Meet Kai Strand, author of the Middle Grade Fantasy Series, The Weaver Tales

I am thrilled to have fellow middle grade author, Kai Strand, visit today. If you haven't had a chance to read one of the three books in her The Weaver Tales series, you are missing out. I just finished the first book in the series, The Weaver, and loved it. 
Meet the author:
Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel,The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Awards finalist. Her young adult title, King of Bad, soared to the publisher's #1 spot in its second month and stayed on the Top 5 Bestsellers list for eight months. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.
Kai, can you tell us about The Weaver Tale Series?
"There are currently three standalone books in The Weaver Tales series. They are set in the same fictional village of word weavers (peo…

Kids:You Can Beat Test Anxiety!

It's that time of year again when schools start testing what you have learned this year, and to make sure that you are ready to move to the next challenging year. So, does the thought of testing make you nervous and cause your palms to sweat? If it does, there are several things you can do to beat that test anxiety. 
First, if you are feeling a little stressed out about tests, you are not alone. Most kids feel some form of anxiety or nervousness when faced with a test. This can be the simple sweating of the palms, or that butterfly in the belly feeling, or even the sudden urge to use the bathroom. 
But for other kids, it can become much worse. Their anxiety can cause them to panic. Their heart races, their palms sweat, their vision blurs, they feel like they're going to throw up, tears well in their eyes, or they can even blank out for the entire testing period. According to AMTAA, "About 16-20% of students have high test anxiety. Another 18% are troubled by moderately-h…