U-NEEKS Help Me Teach My Kids That Being Unique Is Great

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dayspring to promote their new U-NEEK collection. All thoughts are my own.)

Having two children with special needs means that we talk about being “different” a lot and how great it is to be unique. I want them to know that God made them and they are perfect to Him. The boys don’t really notice their differences that much yet but I know as they get older others will point them out. A perfect example happened just yesterday. We were at Jacob’s baseball game and an older sibling of one of Jacob’s teammates was playing with Lucas. He accepted that Luke couldn’t always articulate what he was saying clearly but was quick to point out that Lucas was behind on something else that his two year old sister was doing. He didn’t say it to be mean as his “friendship” to Lucas has been a blessing this season, but it was said and I know many other kids wouldn’t have been so kind about it.

When we talk about how we are unique I love playing “raise your hand if…” and have the boys raise their hand if a statement I say applies to them. Some are physical features (like hair color and eye color), some are about likes or dislikes and some are just silly statements. The boys enjoy doing this and each time we talk about how they are alike (you both love to eat ice cream) and different (one of you likes red and one of you likes pink). In the end I stress how God made them unique and they are perfect just the way they are.

One new way that we are talking about God making us unique is by playing with our new U-NEEK stuffed animals. God has made each one of us different on purpose.  In the Bible ( Psalm 139:14 ) we are reminded that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God, each U-Neek in our own way.  That is what this cast of characters is all about, reminding and encouraging us in a fun, random, sometimes weird and innocently strange way.  

The boys love cuddling with their new U-NEEK friends. Want to get your own? Now through July 14th you can find U-NEEKS at Walmart and Hobby Lobby! There is also a fun new U-NEEKS app that has just been made available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play store.

How do you teach your children that being unique is a gift? I’d love to hear!

Dayspring’s Recordable Storybooks {Giveaway}

Dayspring has a new line of Recordable Storybooks which feature exclusive voice-capture technology that enables a person to record each page of a book and have it played back over and over as the recipient turns the pages. The recording will not be lost, even when the batteries need to be replaced.

The books were designed for an adult to read to a child but are also perfect for adults and children to record together or for children to record for a grandparent.

Recordable Storybooks are available at Christian retail stores nationwide. Use the store locator on DaySpring.com to find your nearest Christian retail store.

We received Bedtime Prayers and Promises to review. I thought it would be a great book for Sinisa and I to record together for the boys so that if anything ever happens to us they will still be able to hear our voices. While listening to the prayers and Bible verses they will  be reminded that not only does God love them but we do, too. I thought the images were beautiful and liked that they included Woolly the lamb, a character that many children know.

GIVEAWAY

One reader will receive a voucher good for 1 of the 4 storybooks shown above.

HOW TO ENTER

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each)

1) Subscribe to this blog via RSS or email

2) Tell me which book you would want

3) Follow @incourage on Twitter

4) Follow me on Twitter

5) Write a blog post about this giveaway and include a link to this post

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways and let me know which you entered

8) Stumble, digg, or social bookmark this giveaway

9) Tweet “Enter to win a Recordable Storybook from@incourage and @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com

10) Comment on one of my non-giveaway posts

Giveaway ends November 14, 2011 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a Dayspring Recordable Storybook to review but all thoughts are my own.)

Encouragement {And A DaySpring Giveaway}

I believe that, other than prayer, words of encouragement are the best things you can give someone who is struggling. I know that encouraging words have not only brightened my day but have given me hope when I needed it most.
Products from DaySpring, like the frame above, can also give us reminders of God’s love and encourage us. I received the frame to review and think it’s perfect for my desk. Not only do I get to look at a picture of my family but it reminds me of God’s love for me.

DaySpring wants to bring encouraging words to your life and the lives of those around you by offering one lucky reader a gift card to their online store (please note: this does not cover shipping).

Giveaway:

$50 Gift Card to DaySpring

How To Enter:

(Do any or all of the following, leave a comment for each)

1) Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

2) Like DaySpring on Facebook

3) Follow @aliciamarie112 on Twitter

4) Follow @DaySpringCards on Twitter

5) Tweet: Enter to win a $50 DaySpring Gift Card from @aliciamarie112 at www.makingtimeformommy.com

6) Share this giveaway on Facebook

7) Enter another one of my giveaways

 Giveaway ends August 9, 2011 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I received a product from DaySpring to review but all thoughts are my own.)