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Conversation for parents, educators and kids, who aren't born couch potatoes! Bur Bur and Friends® award winning, multicultural children picture books, products and educational toys empower children to develop healthy habits and build self esteem—all while having fun! Our award winning blog is a community where anyone interested in the well being of kids! Our blog is the recipient of Nickelodeon's Parent Picks as the Best Local Parenting Blog in Minneapolis. Come on over and join the conversation!
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1. Something new for you to “CRAVE!”

Hopefully your Thanksgiving cravings were met by those once-a-year indulgences! I have to admit that there are a couple of recipes that I simply refuse to make more than annually – just so they set the day apart and add to a sense of occasion.   Well, on with some fun news! Bur Bur and [...]

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2. Do You Know What This Blue Circle Represents?

  This blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes – developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The significance of this blue circle is positive and hopeful. Cross-culturally, the circle symbolizes life and health, with the color blue reflecting the sky that unites all nations and is the color of the [...]

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3. Help Kids to ‘Change with Change’

“The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffler Every parent and teacher wants to inspire kids to be motivated learners – have that wonderful and healthy excitement for new experiences and information that broadens their perception of [...]

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4. Meet D.G. Bahtouh: Author of Nap-Nap, Quack-Quack

"Nap-Nap, Quack-Quack" is a new children's book that will delight parents and kids everywhere. The story is about Maggie, a little duckling who becomes frustrated because nap-time is interrupting her play time. Her parents try to find the perfect routine so she will sleep. We recently had the pleasure is interrupting her play time. Her parents [...]

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5. 2 Fun Activities to Help Children Appreciate Diversity

As teachers dig into how to teach diversity, our Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children books are being praised as a supportive way to promote cultural diversity in education and within family settings.   Along with reading Bur Bur multicultural books for children, here are a couple of fun diversity activities to try:   Multicultural [...]

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6. If You Want Your Children to Grow Up In a Kinder World – Be Kinder

Kindness speaks the words, Your heart could never speak. Your wings hold me up, And give me strength when I am weak. The warmth of your protection, Brings music to my heart. You open up the doors, You show me where to start. ~ Anne Marie Cline In last week’s Bur Bur and Friends multicultural [...]

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7. Is Your Child Being Bullied?

There’s been a lot of press lately about anti-bullying legislation and school policies. For good reason considering that statistics reflect that each day 160,000 students miss school because they’re afraid of being bullied and that every seven minutes a child is bullied – with adult intervention happening 4% of the time, peer intervention 11% of [...]

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8. Counteracting a Negative Trend in Youth Literature

Dystopian novels are extremely popular with middle school kids. A dystopia is defined as, “An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.”   In response to the huge popularity of these grim and seemingly hopeless backdrops within youth literature, a writer for School Library [...]

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9. An Apple a Day (and a Trip to the Apple Orchard) Keeps the Doctor Away

Fall offers so many great, comforting tradeoffs as its shorter and cooler days make us pry our once sweaty and tanned hands open and let the last of summer slip through our fingers. The brisk, cooler air is just right for more time outdoors with no worries of slathering on sun screen and heat index [...]

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10. A Connection between Inadequate Sleep and ADHD Behaviors

The calendar has flipped to September and the schedule for families has ramped up! Alarm clocks are set earlier for kid’s school schedules, after school sports are scheduled along with scouting, church and extracurricular activities, time for homework needs to find a place in the day and the weather is awesome so kids still want [...]

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11. Never forget – A Letter to My Son Written on September 11, 2001

"That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong. That decency will somehow triumph in the end."  -Lisa Hand Those who know me well know since my son was a baby I have kept journals [...]

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12. Little Ways to Build Self Esteem within Your Child

In our last Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children books blog post, we quoted Abraham Lincoln in his insightful and wise words, “Everyone is born an original but sadly most people die a copy. Expanding appreciation for children and diversity through the multicultural friends within our iParenting Media Award and Parent Choice Award winning books, [...]

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13. Help Your Child Be an Original Instead of a Copy

“Everyone is born an original but sadly most people die a copy.” ~ Abraham Lincoln   It’s unfortunate that the uniquely wonderful aspects of ourselves – that one-of-a-kind mix of talents, strengths and personality traits that make up the vibrantly beautiful colors of who we are – often becomes dulled over time as the strokes [...]

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14. Bur Bur and Friends is Highlighting a Book Written by Someone Other than Us … It’s You!

While we appreciate your great response to the Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children book series and the affirmation that these iParenting Media Award and Parent Choice Award winning books inspire preschool exercise and childhood fitness and highlight and nurture children and diversity, there’s a very important story being written that we’d like every parent [...]

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15. 3 Tips for Important Pediatric Doctor’s Appointments

The children and diversity reflected within our Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children book series not only represent multiracial kids and different cultures, but also highlight an array of interests, strengths and challenges.     Bur Bur’s multicultural friends help us to understand more about Blau Syndrome, Juvenile Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Neurofibromatosis Type [...]

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16. Reading Enrichment Tips

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” ~ Emilie Buchwald   While Bur Bur’s multicultural children books inspire preschool exercise and childhood fitness by introducing kids to physically active sports and outdoor experiences, they also present you and your child with the rich, multi-layered benefits of reading together.   Sitting down with [...]

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17. Tips to Help Kids Stay Active and Safe in Hot Weather

There is no season such delight can bring As summer, autumn, winter and the spring. ~William Browne   Like most everyone right now, your friends at Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children books are a bit wilty if not weary of the hot weather – but we insist on being upbeat and positive!   Absolutely [...]

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18. Preston

There is so much joy, anticipation, wonder and love that go into pregnancy and parenthood. As our due date approached, we found ourselves daydreaming about what our second child would be like. Will he look like me? Will he have my husband’s blue eyes? Please, let him be a better sleeper than our first!  We [...]

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19. Brody Helps Us Understand Blau Syndrome, a Genetic Skin Disease

Understanding Blau Syndrome “We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all different and yet the same.” ~ Anne Frank   Children are so wonderful about recognizing the things we share in common. And while Bur Bur and Friends encourages awareness and appreciation of diversity and our unique differences, this multicultural [...]

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20. Connor – Shedding Light on Juvenile Diabetes

Bur Bur’s multicultural children books help to give children a voice …   Children should be seen and not heard? How terribly tragic that would be! Through their honest innocence, children have so much to offer the world us as we listen to them.   The Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children book series empowers [...]

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21. Raj Teaches Us About Cerebral Palsy

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.” – William Arthur Ward Emphasizing GREAT possibilities! That is the heart beat of Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children books! We want every [...]

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22. Ralph Enlightens Us About Down Syndrome

Limitations only go so far. ~ Robert M. Hensel   Isn’t that an absolutely great quote?!   It’s so very true … limitations do only go so far but the possibilities locked within each and every child are truly limitless! Like within Ralph – one of our dear friends within the Bur Bur and Friends [...]

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23. Tell Childhood Obesity to “Take a Hike!”

 “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” ~ G.M. Trevelyan Our last several blog posts have raised awareness about some of the health challenges that our friends within the Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children book series are experiencing. A very real health challenge that is prevalent among children today is childhood [...]

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24. Liking Hiking

How to Make Hiking Fun with Kids  “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss Hiking is an absolutely PERFECT outdoor activity for kids because … -         Hiking gets kids outside – keeping TV, video games, etc. in check. -         Hiking helps kids burn calories AND abundant [...]

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25. Summer Camp = Campfires, Smores AND Nervous Tummies!

5 Tips to Prepare Your Child for Summer Camp Oh, the wonder of summer as a child … from the simplicity of sitting on the front step and licking a grape popsicle to the excitement and anticipation of heading off to summer camp and having new adventures! Bur Bur and Friends multicultural children books want [...]

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