Rally for Kids 2017

Rally for Kids 2017Join the authors of Discipline with Love & Limits at the Rally for Kids 2017: Pulling Together to Raise Kansas City Kids

Celebrate parenting and thank everyone who pulls together to keep our families rolling along! Grandparents, pediatricians, nurses, social service agencies, childcare providers, teachers, coaches, first responders…all who help build a consistent caring, supportive, protective community for our children.

Saturday, June 10 from 11:00am-1:15pm

Park Place
Ash Street and 116th Place 
Leawood, KS

Sponsored by:
Park Place | Shawnee Mission Health (LIV) | Raised with Love and Limits Foundation

Raised with Love and Limits Foundation

For complete details and events visit the Park Place website.

Dealing with Morning Sickness

Giving Birth with Confidence

If you’re suffering from pregnancy nausea, one way to cope is to think of your baby getting strongly established in you, making his or her presence known, helping your body adjust to his or her needs. You might also keep this in mind: One researcher has said that the term morning sickness should really be changed to wellness insurance; pregnancy nausea may be linked to better birth weights for babies. If nothing else works, keep your eyes on the road ahead; morning sickness will end eventually. For most women, it goes away somewhere between the third and fourth month.

Giving Birth with Confidence is available in stores and online.

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The Rope Warrior comes to Tolono

"If you learn one trick on your first day, that's already more than the tricks I learned on mine because I didn't have any so. It's a lot of fun, takes a lot of practice, and you have to be ready to make a lot of mistakes" -David Fisher 'The Rope Warrior'

Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do! is available in paperback and eBook in stores and online!

New Poetry Programs

Authors in Schools

Bruce Lansky at a school visit

Poetry Month is almost over, but you can keep the fun going with two new Giggle Poetry programs Bruce Lansky developed:

A new entertaining workshop for middle-school students with a STEM/STEAM approach that gets them started writing humorous, free verse poems on scientific subjects (Science was never this much fun!). 

And "Poetry Madness" a highly engaging assembly program featuring performances by students and teachers plus writing workshop for high-school students to get them started writing sonnets like Shakespeare’s famous 18th sonnet and poems like Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” to name just a few.

For more information on inviting Bruce to your school, please visit


Giving Birth with Confidence

What makes Giving Birth with Confidence different from other pregnancy guides?

Learn straight from the source at Lamaze International's official blog:
Pregnant? Read this Book About Birth First, Early & Often.

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Now Available

Giving Birth with ConfidenceGiving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE & Charlotte DeVries is the updated 3rd edition of The Official Lamaze Guide and is the first and only pregnancy and childbirth guide endorsed by Lamaze International, the leading childbirth education organization in North America.

Giving Birth With Confidence empowers women to approach pregnancy and birth with knowledge and confidence.  This book simplifies the amazing process of pregnancy and childbirth, offering women and their partners trusted information and the best available medical evidence.  It helps mothers to understand their options and make informed decisions that support the safest, healthiest birth possible.

This new edition includes updated evidence and information on:

  • How vaginal birth, keeping mother and baby together, and breastfeeding help to build the baby’s microbiome.
  • How hormones naturally start and regulate labor and release endorphins to help alleviate pain.
  • Maternity-care practices that can disrupt the body’s normal functioning.
  • The latest recommendations on lifestyle issues like alcohol, vitamins, and caffeine.
  • Room sharing and cosleeping: the controversy, recommendations, and safety guidelines.
  • Out-of-hospital births are on the rise: New research and advice on planned home birth, including ACOG’s revised guidelines, which support women’s choices and promote seamless transfer to hospital, if needed.
  • The importance of avoiding unnecessary caesareans for mother and child. Includes the new ACOG guidelines on inductions and active labor.
  • The research in support of the Lamaze International’s “Six Healthy Birth Practices.”

About the Authors: Judith Lothian is a nurse and childbirth educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an associate professor at Seton Hall University College of Nursing and is chair of the Lamaze International Certification Council. Charlotte DeVries is a journalist, past president of Lamaze International’s board of directors, and a current board advisor.

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Why Another Birth Book?

Giving Birth with Confidence

From the preface of Giving Birth with Confidence 
by Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE, FAAN & Charlotte DeVries of Lamaze International

Do a search of birth books and you’ll find more than you bargained for. Some claim to be the “complete guide” or the “better way” to have a baby. Some are filled with illustrations of developing babies, charts listing possible complications, and intricate biological details. Some are technical and scientific; some are warm and even funny.

When we reviewed all those birth books, we found that instead of encouraging women, the best sellers cataloged what to fear when you’re expecting. It was no surprise that their readers often ended up alarmed, afraid, and eager to choose medical interventions like epidurals and cesareans. 

As we prepared for this new edition, things had not changed much. Today, as in 2010, very few pregnancy books deliver the simple message that we think pregnant women need to hear most: birth is a natural part of life. We conceived this book a long time ago from our deep conviction that women know how to give birth—and that women need to rediscover this very important, basic truth.

Throughout history, the wisdom of birthing has belonged to the family and community. The majority of the world’s women have given birth among people they know, in a familiar and comfortable place. Birth has been considered a family event, not a medical one—until recently. In our modern, technology-centered culture, birth has moved from the home to the hospital, from the care of friends and family to the oversight of medical professionals, where touch and patience often give way to tests and timekeeping.

We believe deeply that birth is a process you can trust, just as millions of women before you have. This belief isn’t sentimental; it’s based on our thorough understanding of the physiologic birth process and research that confirms that interfering in that process is harmful, unless there’s clear evidence that interference provides benefit.

Unlike many other pregnancy and birth books—and, surprisingly, much of standard obstetric care—this book is written from the best possible research evidence. We often refer to the Cochrane Library, a collection of careful studies and systematic reviews of current research. In this edition, the research has been updated and continues to support the excellence of nature’s design for birth. What is also new since the last edition of this book is an increasing concern with the relatively stable but extremely high cesarean rate in the United States. Since the last edition, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recommended practice guidelines that reflect this concern, and support allowing labor to start and progress with much less medical interference.

Simply said, it’s safer and healthier for you and for your baby to allow the natural process of labor and birth to unfold in the way that nature intended. In this new edition, we highlight over and over again that the best way to ensure a safe and healthy birth is to not interfere in the natural process without a serious medical indication. 

Book Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Giving Birth with Confidence on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian

Giving Birth with Confidence

by Judith Lothian

Giveaway ends March 09, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Oh My Darling, Valentine

Oh My Darling, Valentine (Sung to the tune of “Clementine”)Oh My Darling Valentine

In a toy store 
on a Sunday
with a dollar forty-nine,
I need something,
just a dumb thing,
for my brand-new

Oh my darling,
oh my darling,
oh my darling,
I’m uneasy,
kind of queasy,
but you’re still my

Yes, it happened
in the classroom
when you said,
“Will you be mine?”
I was muddled
and befuddled,
so I answered,
“Yeah, that’s fine.” 

Then you called me
in the lunchroom.
You had saved a
place in line.
And I knew that
it was true that
I was now your

I went shopping
for a present,
and I saw this
blinking sign:
“Here’s a pleasant
little present
for a brand-new

So I bought it,
and I brought it
in my backpack
right at nine.
Do you like it?
It’s a spy kit
with a flashlight
you can shine. 

I could tell you
didn’t like it
when you said I
was a swine.
How exciting!
I’m delighting.
I have no more

Till another
person stopped me,
and she asked,
“Will you be mine?”
This is crushing!
Oh, I’m blushing.
I’ve another

Text © Kenn Nesbitt reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon.

Mary Had a Little Jam Review

Mary Had a Little JamThe January issue of Story Monsters Ink (archived here) called the new expanded edition of Mary Had a Little Jam "simply adorable!"

"A truly fresh and silly recount of the classic nursery rhymes that is sure to delight children, and create a love for giggle poetry."

Pick up your own copy from your favorite bookseller!

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