Monday, September 25, 2017

Tell a Kid: Love You Always!

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I am a strong believer in the "village" mentality when it comes to child rearing. Right now, my village includes a new mom friend who can take Frances home from dance while Ken and I are coaching soccer. It involves my parents heading up for a quick visit on the weekend when both Ken and I had to work. It involves a friend who passes me notes about the leftovers on the other side of the building so I can have a sweet treat during the day.

I try to be a village for others too. Like when sets up a system to get all the carts out of the cart corral so they kids can a) learn how to ride the carts across the parking lot, and b) get the carts back to the store. Or when a student's first paycheck has been delayed and I "shop" my pantry for her and tell her I'll Facebook message her mom if she doesn't eat one of my lunches.

We receive love and give love in lots of different ways all throughout the day. I hope that my kids know how fiercely I love them, as well as all the others in their lives. Love is not a finite thing. In fact, it seems to function in an opposite way; the more you give away, the more you get.

All kids should feel loved by lots of different people. Moms give different kinds of love than dads. Grandmas and Grandpas get to spoil you. Aunts and Uncles are cooler than your parents and easier to listen to for life advice. Every kid should have a village.

Eileen Spinelli's book Love You Always celebrates all the love that surrounds every child. Beyond just mom and dad, this sweet story walks through all the different people in a child's life who love them. Whether they're happy, mad, scared, or glad, all kids should feel loved unconditionally.

Pick up a copy on Amazon today, or enter below for a chance to win a copy here:Eileen Spinelli's Love You Always

Book Specs
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Eileen Spinelli/Gillian Flint
ISBN: 9780824956868
Price: $15.99
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4–7

Author Bio Eileen Spinelli spent Saturdays at the public library as a child, and it was there that she decided to become a writer. She’s authored more than fifty children’s books, including Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch; The Best Story; and Two to Cuddle. Eileen lives in Media, Pennsylvania. When she and her husband, Jerry, who’s also an author, are not writing, they are hanging out with their grandkids (30 and counting), playing Scrabble, reading, watching old movies, and raising Monarch butterflies.

Illustrator Bio Gillian Flint has had a passion for drawing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, so a career in illustration was a natural path for her to take. Her work has been published in the UK, USA, and Australia for clients such as Highlights, Five Mile Press, OUP, and Little Bee Books (book forthcoming). She enjoys using watercolors, crayons, ink, and digital illustration to create a variety of artistic styles. In her spare time, Gillian enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and pottering about in the garden on sunny days.

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