This Library section is for miscellaneous items that don’t quite fit into the other categories of this website, yet are items that I feel you might find helpful/enjoyable for you and your family and your loved ones. Some of these items are not necessarily brand new. Some of them are a few years old; age doesn’t determine quality. Some of the best books to read are books that were written a very long time ago; we call them classics today. Some of the best games to play are games that were created a long time ago. I am also including a variety of Public Domain books here; books that I feel might be interesting to modern day readers.
One of the positive influences a parent can have on their children and teens is to make sure they view movies and read books with a positive message at least once in a while. Children and teens today are being pulled further and further into negative and violent scenes until it becomes commonplace. Some of those children and teens begin thinking that the violent behavior that they see so often is acceptable; those same kids don’t react to much of the violence in movies or in life around them and begin acting out violently themselves. Unfortunately some adults are also falling into this dangerous trap.
One way to teach kids (and adults) about consequences of certain types of behaviors is to study history. Find some true historical events and share all the details of what happened. The good and the bad. Share everything. That is a good way to learn what to do and what not to do. Yes, history does have quite a bit of violence in it – that makes it an excellent tool to use to teach about non-violence and tolerance. Just be sure to balance it out later with some good positive stories so that you don’t focus just on the negative events.
It is important that parents limit the amount of violence their children and teens are exposed to. It is important that ALL ADULTS limit the amount of violent movies and music they expose themselves to. It is important that parents expose their children and teens to the other end of life, to the positive messages, to the uplifting messages, to spiritual messages. It is important for everyone, of all ages, whether they are parents or not.
Check out the pages listed in the “Library” index of this website – Either under the Library tab at the top of this page or in the Library list at the right side of this page . I am including all kinds of things there that are free for your viewing and reading.
Also, be sure to explore this website and check the articles listed under the Reviews tab. I will be adding a variety of book and movie reviews as well as other articles. I have also recently added Parenting News and Reviews pages under the Parenting tab; those articles will be more focused on families. However, some of those reviews might still be interesting for many others too.
Check out the article I wrote about Nelson Mandela. Also, I am now in the process of including chapters from a Public Domain book titled: American Negro Slavery. It was written by a Phd Professor of American History and published in 1918 in the United States. He covers a lot of what happened in the early years of the United States. Some of the historical information may be new to you. I don’t remember being taught all of this when I was in school a very long time ago. (And yes, there are descriptions of violence.)
Listed below are a variety of links to websites that I think some of you might find very interesting. I will add to the list as time goes along and I find more sites that I am interested in myself.
MOVE TO THE GROOVE — helps get everyone moving to the music — a very good fun way to do physical exercising!
STOP BULLYING — explains the warning signs and how to get help.
BOOST UP — is all about helping high school students make it to graduation — check out the graduation and drop-out rates posted on this website.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — Learn about the victimization of children and report any information you may know about.
LET’S MOVE — America’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids