2020 Books

3 Kid-Friendly Holiday Drinks To Try This Year

By Angela Kidd

Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year, especially for children. Since the holidays are nearing, it's time to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Make a cooling refresher for play time in the day. Or when the weather gets cool at night, serve the young ones with delicious, warming drinks - try these kid-friendly holiday drinks that even adults will grow to love!

Snowy White Delight

What you need:

2 liters 7UP
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup hot water
6 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
Whipped cream, for serving
Red and green candy sprinkles, for serving

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and hot water. Heat in the microwave until sugar is dissolved, about 30 secs. Cool for a few minutes then add evaporated milk and almond extract to the bowl.

Pour the mixture in a large bowl then add the ice cream. Break the ice cream into smaller chunks using a potato masher. Stir in the 7UP slowly. Mix well before spooning into serving glasses. Top each glass with whipped cream and candy sprinkles.

Salted Caramel Eggnog

What you need:

5 eggs
4 cinnamon sticks
3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup caramel syrup
1 tablespoon sea salt
3/4 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Mix together whole milk, whipping cream, cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg in a saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, remove immediately once you see bubbles. Cool completely (it's important that it doesn't cook the egg when added).

Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugar together until combined. Add eggs to the milk mixture then stir in caramel and sea salt, whisking until ingredients are well-combined. Pour eggnog into serving glasses and garnish with caramel and sea salt (if desired) before serving.

Candy Cane White Hot Choco

What you need:

8 cups whole milk
1 cup Ghiradelli white chocolate baking bars, broken into small pieces
1/2 cup crushed candy canes plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream for serving

Combine the milk, white chocolate, crushed candy canes and vanilla in a large slow cooker. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring every 10-15 minutes, for 1.5 to 2 hours.

When ready, pour hot chocolate into serving glasses, top with whipped cream and garnish with crushed candy canes.

Keep the little ones excited for Christmas - try these kid-friendly holiday drinks while counting down!

Angela Kidd is an author and illustrator, a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful kids. In her spare time, she would personally create storybooks and coloring books for her children for fun and they loved it.. And so did she. Angela quit her job and created her own line of educational activity books for children of various ages, with the main goal of making learning fun! You can check out some of Angela's amazing books here.

Parenting Tip - How To Teaching Sharing To Children

By Rupal Jain

How to teach sharing to your children:-

"The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have"- Leonard Nimoy.

We share the earth with human and other species. Sharing is a vital life lesson we should teach our children. It's our duty to imbibe values that egg on co-operation and giving out since childhood. Don't force them, demonstrate them model sharing. Kids are possessive about their bags, clothes, colours, accessories, food even parents. When the second child is born, kids dislike sharing their parents with their siblings. If it's difficult for you, seek help from teachers, schools, classes and various educational centers. Teach by examples the benefits of sharing through bedtime stories, examples, poems, your thoughts on givers, group activities, positive reinforcements, playing sharing games, positive reinforcements, songs, etc. Out of all, my favorite way is through narrating stories about sharing and co-operation. Narrating stories will help them to imagine the characters and boost their resourcefulness and listening skills.

Here are two rousing stories:-

1. Once a young girl Tanishka went to a small town with a priest. At the town people were quarrelsome and angry; when they asked for some proposals he immediately suggested them to stay together forever. When they reached another village, the environment was exactly the opposite. People loved, caring, joyful and cooperative. The priest blessed them and advised them to leave their town and spread out across. The surprised girl Tanishka asked the priest why he gave different advice to them. The priest said, "My girl, a few days ago, I read great words of Buddha which said, "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared", he further added, and "Agrumentive people can never share happiness only joyful people can do that". He concluded that sharing not just belongings and possessions but also cheerfulness multiples long-term satisfaction.

2. Here is a story of the greedy prince which I am sure we all must have read in our childhood. A little greedy prince had every toy he wanted but was never satisfied. He even wanted children of a poor family to share their toys with him. Once a toymaker came too his palace and promised to invent wonderful toys for him, in fact, a new toy every day. The prince was thrilled and excited but the toymaker asked the prince to promise that he will play with each toy every day to which he spontaneously agreed. For the first few weeks, the prince was super happy as he had a new toy each day and played with the older ones as well. But after a few months, the collection went on increasing and he had too many toys to play with. He had little time to sleep, eat, talk, bath, play outdoor games. In fact, he couldn't get sufficient time to play with many toys which made the toy maker angry. One day, he noticed a few poor children happily playing with their toys. He called them to his palace and decided to share his toys with the needy ones, he even asked them to take each them home. The kids were delighted and so was the price. The prince enjoyed his few toys now and concentrated on other things.

Moral of the stories: - "Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give"- Norman Mac Ewan.




Child Abuse: Can Someone Get Angry At The Wrong People If They Don't Get Angry At Their Parents?

By Oliver JR Cooper

One thing that someone can experience a lot of, after having been abused as a child, is anger and even rage. Given what they went through during this stage of their life, it could be said that this is to be expected.

They may have been violated on a weekly, if not daily, basis, and this would have meant that their boundaries were rarely, if ever, respected. Thus, the anger that they carry is simply there to notify them that they have been taken advantage of.

For Example

This could have been a time in their life when they were regularly hit and left alone. Or, it could have been a time when they treated like dirt and their body was touched inappropriately by at least one family member.

Conversely, all of the above may have taken place, meaning that they were violated on every level. Irrespective of what they went through, it is not going to be abnormal for them to have so much anger inside of them.

The Ideal

In order for them to do something about this anger, it will be essential for them to take a step back and to see what is going on; that is, of course, if they don't already know. Said another way, they will need to see why they are carrying so much anger.

Once they do this, they will be able to see that it goes back to what happened when they were younger and to reach out for the right assistance. Dealing with this anger won't happen overnight and this is why they will need to be patient and persistent.

One Layer

When they start to look at what is taking place inside them, they may soon find that the anger and rage that they experience is covering up a lot of deep pain. Underneath this anger, then, there can be a lot of the 'softer' feelings.

So: sadness, loss, rejection, betrayal, hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness and powerlessness. This anger would have come about through being treated badly and now it will be there to stop them from having to come into contact with their deeper feelings.

Up and Down

Experiencing anger can allow one to feel strong and in control, yet if they were to let this go they would feel extremely vulnerable and as though they have no control. Still, while this won't be an easy process, it will stop them from being controlled by their anger.

Through having this anger inside them for so long, they may even find that they have become addicted to feeling angry. Ergo, going to a deeper level will be hard, but it will serve them in the long-run.

Directing It in the Right Direction

If they were to work with a therapist or a healer, they might end up doing inner child work. This will then be a time when they will get in touch with the child part of themselves and to allow this part of them to be seen and heard.

Due to how unsafe they felt and how they were treated as a child, there is likely to be a lot of things that this part of them wants to say. This part of them will be angry at one or both of their parents and there will be other things that it wants to express.

Working through the Layers

By expressing the anger and getting to what is underneath the anger, one can begin to heal the child that is inside of them, or the children that are inside of them as there is likely to be more than just one child part. This can be something that needs to take place many, many times as there are likely to be many layers of pain inside them.

As there were probably many, many times during their early years when they felt violated, this makes perfect sense. Taking this into account, if one expects to let go of all this anger in one go they are likely to be in for a big surprise, and they may even waste a lot of money trying to rush something that can't be rushed.

A Different Experience

However, while someone like this could end up stepping back and reaching out for support, they could also take a very different route. And this could be a route that someone who does reach out for support took for a long time before they were able to draw the line.

In this case, someone could spend a lot of time directing their anger at people and even institutions. As they are out of touch with the source of their anger, they can believe that they have every right to be as angry as they are.

Indirect Revenge

Without realizing it, one will be drawn to different situations, circumstances, and events where they feel safe enough to express the anger that they didn't feel safe enough to express as a child. From the outside, it might seem as though they have every right to get angry at something or someone and they may even be seen as someone who is committed to social justice, for instance.

But, behind their conscious reasons for being drawn to certain things will be a lot of deep pain that needs to be addressed. It won't matter how much anger they express as the pain that keeps their anger alive will still be there.


What this emphasizes is how important self-awareness is as this will give one the ability to question why they do the things that they do. Without this, one will be controlled by their own inner wounds.

So, if one can see that they have been getting angry at the wrong people and they want to do something about this, it will be a good idea for them to reach out for external support. This support can be provided by a therapist or a healer.

Teacher, prolific writer, author, and consultant, Oliver JR Cooper, hails from England. His insightful commentary and analysis covers all aspects of human transformation, including love, partnership, self-love, and inner awareness. With over two thousand, three hundred in-depth articles highlighting human psychology and behavior, Oliver offers hope along with his sound advice.

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