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06/13/15

Permalink 12:15:00 am, by Nanna Email , 1399 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Communication, Growth & Development, Advice for the Royal Baby

True Magic is Found in the Imagination of a Child

What If every child  could wish for whatever they want? Would magic be a great idea or not?

Let's explore our value systems in realic life. What is true magic anyway?

"Many parents of today' generation rob their children of childhood by buying them thier own fantasies as they attempt to give devleoping minds "magic" to be loved in return.  This is so heartbreaking.

It is normal for us as parents to want to wish our kids to have better than we had when we were young. But, you MUST hold back or you will be withholding the greatest gifts of all.

What IF every wish came true by magic? Woudldwe be better off or not?  REad teh psot to see waht No NO-cents nann has to say about True Magic being foudn inthe imgination of a child. Then commnet how  we parnets can encourage or stillfel dreams.


Please don't be stiffeling a child's own creaativity; a stepping stone to their destiny.

So, my answer is NO. Getting every  fantasy wish for would not be a good choice for any one. Never woud eating ice cream day after day be a good thing, either. 

Sure, as kids  we all cried with at times when our parents said we could not have that one thing we dreamed of.

As a child I wished to Mommy with 100 kids.  I sure am glad I got another think on that one.

One of my children dreamed about living at K-Mart_that may be a much smarter Idea than I had at age 3.

But, we all grew stronger in spite of disappointment. Why would I say that when we can buy our kids their dream toys today?" says Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna.

 

No NOn-cents Nanna encourages imagination as that is wher theture magic can be found. then magnet itto the refrigertor door to enjoy!

 One of my 6 grandchildren painted this picture a few years ago when she was in kindegarten. Is this refrigerator art as valuable as Micheal Angelos' painting in the Cistine Chappel ceiling? Waht child does not believe their painting the is best-er-est any kid EVER did in the whole wide world?

"As valuable?" Ha-ha! I kid you not!

This old No Non-cents Nanna says it is more priceless than any famous art work ever!But lest not over-inflate the ego nor cut them to shreds over their creatiively not being marketable.

Why?

Let's keep it real!

  • It is only a fantasy to get a Gold Medal of a Million Bucks adn tiara for every thing we do.
  • Because this child put her heart and soul along with her imagination to place the colors on the paper where she pictured in her head they do deserve our feed back.
  • We can help the child explore what she/ he imagined by observing and asking questions something like this:

"Jane, I see a big yellow sunshine with a smiling face, tell me what you were thinking about when you painted this..."

"Carl, these colorful flowers are really something. Some are bigger and some are smalller and they are different colors. How ever did you choose which one would be big or small or blue even?"

There is no right nor wrong answer when a child answers with their heart- not what we the adults prompt them to say.

UH?

I know most grow-ups look at  a crappy piece of paper with blobs of paint on it knowing full well that no one would pay $1,000,000 for that 'junk', yet,  exclaim "Oh pretty!" (LIAR LIAT pant son Fire!)...

...before YOU throw that materpiece in the trash.

(Not me! I try to keep every one of those creatiionsuntill they become a fire hazard or grape juice gets spilled on it..)

We can dismiss the imagination as garbage...we are too busy working for money to buy the kid what they want...but, all our children really want is for us to appreciate their efforts by taking  time to explore the magic of their dreams, not hands over those things with a price tag.


Face to face: Make eye contact

Listen to your child speqk about things they imagine: face to face: Make eye contact: True Magic is in the imagination of achildsays Malika Bourne the No NOn-cents Nanna



Be quiet to listen what the child says. There will be magic in his/ her words as she uhms and a-a-a-a-h's with inept wording to describe the painting or a pciture on a stick. Let me tell this: your child will always treasure these moments when you listened, really LISTENED to their words even if their ideas are only imaginary.

Don't we ALL want to live in Sleeping Beauty's Castle?

Don't we all want to live in Sleepign Beauty's castle? ure, it is OK now and then after wea as afamily have saved up to go vist them go home. Living our dreams is good now adn then. Imaginatio is wonderful gift to enjoy. But true magic is foudn int he imagiation of achild No Non-cents Nanna

 Well, yeah! Who as a child did not dream of being a fairy tale protagonist or princess?

We can't all live at Disneyland even if you live within walking distance -and we did in the 1970's. I can tell you this: As thrilling as it is to go on the Pirates of the Caribean ride 6 times in a row-just because you always dreamedof it-becomes as boring as making your bed and brushing your teeth everyday!

But every kid will appreciate that dream come true when earn the fantasy vacation after a lot of sweat from hard work of daily chores.

Whenn kids work up swaeta doing chores not only builds character but help them apprecieate their dream when  a goal is met. No Non-cents Nanna

My grandson mowing the lawn build character. I know, he may not be so hot on this idea this year.


Reality check:

  • Parents have to work to pay the bills and admssion. Unless you work at the magic Kingdom playing a character for minimum wage.
  • Fulfilling fantacies now and then is so much fun! YAY!
  • What is even better that going to Disneyland every day is planning as a family on how to save up to pay the admission; buy the food and transportaion to get there. 



"Princess Charlotte has a Grand Jewelry Box to Borrow From", the headline read...

Whoop-di-do!

I'm not jealous of the wealth that William and Kate's new baby girl will inherit.

I AM a bit concerned that the new little princess will ever be able to experience the real beauty dreaming and hoping and wishing or scheming how to get her royal parents the  present EVER just because she loves them!


Pincess Charlotte has teh grandest jewelsry box to borrow jewlery from, bu twill she feel any more likea princess tahtn this little girl with her plastic beads adn imagination? asks No Non-cents Nanna.

Here is on of my 6 grandchildren all decked up in cheap plastic beads shestrung herself feeling like a beautiful princess. 

There is so much wealth in the  true magic in the imagination of a child.


 Don't steal away a child's dreams...

All childre need to dream by themselves. AS mauch as we paents want to fix the world to be perfect for our kids, we must not buy their dresm, but allow them to figure out the magic of theri dream all by themselves. says No Non-cnets nanna

In Disney's version of Cinderella, Ella sings, "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes."

As much as we parents want to protect our kids or the cruel harshness of the world, we should not steal their dreams by fixing everything for them.

  • Children have to learn to fail a number of times before they appreciate success.

When do buy them every fantasy it is kind of like buying them tickets to a Magic Show them revealing all of the tricks of the trade of the Magician illusions.

There is no magic when you know how the illussion is pulled off; Not FUN!

The best play things are gfits form the Earth:

  1. trees to climb in
  2. rocks to pile up
  3. dirt to dig in
  4. sticks to poke things with ( don't poke eye out, tho')
  5. bits of string or wire
  6. cuddling with peopele yoy love and trust
  7. scraps of cloth or an old sheet
  8. kitchen ingredients
  9. paper and penciles
  10. books
  11. old magazine pictures
  12. old socks
  13. used paper sacks
  14. soap and water
  15.  empty boxes


Fun ideas from Nanna family albums:

Oh, yeah, I love to make a mess as long as we clean it up. It is all a learning experience and that is 1/2 the magic!

Look at Nanna get a relaxing facial with fruit...

True Magic is ofund in the iamgination of a child: Make soemthing form the ktichen cupboard as long as you clean up the mess. No Non-cents Nanna

Moving boxes can be a child's fantasy come true!

True Magic is foudn in the imagination of a child. Waht can be created from a bucnh of empty boxes? No Non-cents Nanna

We made a car from a box.

with imagination a child can make a very nice car. True Magic is Found in the imagination of a child No Non-cents Nanna


Read to chidlren when they are small.Then encourage them to make up their own stories.

Read to childrenwhen they are small. Then encourage them to use theri imaginations to make up theri own stories. True magic is fond in the Imagination of ac hild. No Non-cents Nanna

Not exactly a best selling novel, noraninvitation to dine at the White House...

Read to kids then encourage them to make up theri own stories. Imaginetion is magic! Noo Non-cents Nanna

Encourage kids to explore nature to discover the gifts of the Earth.

Encoaurage kids to explore the gifts of teh Earth in theri natural surroudnings. True magic is foudn in the imagination of a child. No Non-cents nanna

Well Bibity Bobbity -BOO! With imagination, a silly hat and decorated empty paper towel roll there is MAGIC! in the air!

I beleive in #MAGIC with a silly hat, a pape towle tube and imagination. Let's  talkea a reality check parents to think whether  or not our kids need every thing they wish for. True Magic is Found in the Imagination of a chidl. No Non-cents Nanna

I encourage all you families to spend quality time together using creativety and imagination vs buying the kids every thing they wish for.

In life there are no magic wands nor would getting every wished for wish be a good idea.

Imagining the what if I did this or what IF I did that what could happen? (Hopefully not blow the house up.) How far would that imagination cary the child into the future when they figured it out them selves?


I am Malika Bourne the No NOn-cents Nanna saying," Make good choices."


Now it is your turn:

After reading this take a look at your family photos. Do they refective creativity that promotes imagination or spending money?

NO, look  at your child. Look deep into their eyes as you listen to their creativity_the magic of their imagination!

05/08/15

Permalink 09:25:00 pm, by Nanna Email , 404 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Communication, Health Basics, Mental Health, Colorado Springs

It is Always a Great Day to Go to Curves for Women In Colorado Springs

Link: https://www.google.com/maps?biw=1366&bih=667&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.&bvm=bv.92885102,d.b2w&um=1&ie=UTF-8&daddr=3440+N+Carefree+Cir+%23140,+Colorado+Springs,+CO+80917&ll=38.882916,-104.759739&f=d&saddr&iwstate1=dir:to&fb=1&slad=0ALHuxZobCBAJnAu0uht1K3oYoU6Foz4ZK

 When I was a young women, slim trim and confident, I never imagined that my body would one day show the affects of aging.

Now that I am enjoying the ripe old age of 64 I feel and see how a pound or two a year add up when gravity has its way with decreased muscle tone....

...OK, I'm fatter than I ever thought I could be.

I know many a younger folk look down their noses at us older women who never were supposed to look like they were 18 year old all of their life. (Whose loss is that?)

#Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna  know its a "great day at #Curves for Wome in #Coloraod Springs. Owner of teh Cruves on Carefree just off of Academy is so upportive. No matter how un-buff I look she welcomes me with open arms."

...This is why I love Curves for Women.

Curves accepts us women just the way we are while giving us all the opportunity to work out safely in a friendly environment.  We women get Me Time.

#Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna feels welcome at Curves beside the image of Jillian Michaels. #ColoradoSprings #Curves for Women. It is graet place to work out no matter your age or shape.-

 

Here I am, the No Non-cents Nanna a rained on flabby mess wired for sound with a 3 cardiac monitor I 'll be wearing for 3 weeks sticking out of my shirt. 

 

  • I still feel comfortable posing in front of the image of buff Jillian Micheals. 


I have gone to Curves all over the country.

  • The attitude at every Curves is always postive. The Curves for Woment on Carefree and Academy, that I currently enjoy, is no exception. 
  • 3440 N Carefree Cir #140, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

Owner, Amy Dunbar welcomes me with open arms as she does all members, just for me making the effort to walk a .8 miles to walk in the door.

She ever pushes me beyond my safe limits. ( I've been nursing a shoulder injury and irregular heart beat; the reason for the monitor hanging out of my shirt.)

Let's stay realistic; I'm no spring chicken!

It's a great day #Curves for #Womenin #ColroadoSprigns with lAmy Dunbar and #Malika Bourne

#Malika boure used one of the leg machines at #Curves for #Women on Carefree.

I am aware that this old No Non-cents Nanna is persnickety.I let people know when they are doing it wrong so postive changes can be made.

The main stream media is full of all kinds of bad things happening.

With that said, I believe that when people do things right we should shout out the good news over all the rest.

I want the world to know how much I appreciate all that Curves for Women does for us women no matter our size or the shapre we are in.

Big No Non-cents Nanna hugs goes out to Amy Dunbar for all the support you give me as I work my flabby chicken wing old lady arms off at your Curves. (Did I type your name right?)

05/03/15

Permalink 01:30:00 am, by Nanna Email , 178 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Misc., Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs May Day Surprise for No Non-cents Nanna

Link: https://www.facebook.com/mountainsongschool

 On May Day this old No Non-cents Nanna and the Man in the Wheelchair got a pleasant surprise as we enjoyed our lunch in Old Colorado City.

May Day Surprise for No Non-cents Nanna  from a class at Mountain Song School in #ColoradoSprings. Thanks kids!

Out of blue as we sat in Nan and Pops,  a great little sandwhich shop, we were delivered a May Day Basket by delightful children from a class at Mountain Song School in the Colorado Springs.

Isn't this May Day Basket pretty?

Note to the children of Mountain Song School:

Thank you. You made my day!

What blessed my button the most was the random deeds of kindness your teacher promoted as she lead you, an impressively well mannered group of students, around sidewalks of our historical and quaint area of the city.

I want to say Thank you with my big No Non-cents Nanna Hugs to each and every one of you students of life for your kindness. The May Day Basket surprise is worth more to me than Million Dollars to me.

To the teachers and and parents:  Your children did you proud!

Keep making those good choices!

 From: Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna.


Old Colorado City historic shopping district in #ColoradoSprings. Big No Non-cents Nannahugs to class form Mountian Song School for the surprise #MayDayBasket. Thank you

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04/25/15

Permalink 06:20:00 pm, by Nanna Email , 594 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, abuse, event, Colorado Springs

Visit Colorado this Summer Where the Beautiful View is a FREE Photographic Event

 This old No Non-cents Nanna enjoys the beautiful view at the most any time or any where in Colorado Springs. 

Really, who would think going to a doctor's appointment could into a photographic mini-vacation event?

 

 The natural beauty I see in #ColoradoSprings never ceases to amaze me. Visit #Colorado Where the air is clear. Image copy right2015  #Malika Bourne

For those of us who live in the Springs or are just visting and love photography you will want to keep you camera by your side to capture once in a life time scenic moments_ and this is well niside the city.

 I walk around the city from one bus stop to the next.

I also accompany my son who uses a wheelchair. We enjoy the view where ever the wheelchair can roll,so this post will include a mini-review of places that are wheelchair accessible. What a combo, I know! but for those who need to use a wheelchair and want to vist our city dwon slope of Pikes Peak there is still plenty of natural beauty to enjoy.


These first two images were photographed on North Weber street outside of  Vision Institute in Colorado Springs where we see our eye doctors Simons and Davis.

Review: Dr Simon has an amazingly patient way to explain vision problems. Dr Davis is extremly knowledgeable concerning my issues with my eye and eye lid muscles. I appreciate the delicate surgery he preformed on my eye lids a few years ago.

By the way, this office building is wheelchair accessible.

Pikes's Peak sneaks out from behind the clouds in #ColoradoSprings. Visit beautiful Colorado where theview is free. Image copyright #Malika Bourne

1715 N Weber St, Ste 360,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Between E Del Norte St and E Espanola St


A few weeks ago I was walking along North Academy in Colorado Springs to see my Chiropractors, Doctor Doug and Dr Leanne at Carefree Chiropractic

This office is off the #25 city bus and wheelchair accessible. Tho' crossing the street on foot can be hazardous.
 
3365 N Academy Blvd
 Colorado Springs, Colorado


Springstime Colors in the Rockies. North Academy Blvd and Carefree in #ColoradoSprings near Carefree Chiropractic and Penrose Urgent Community Urgent Care. Image copyright 2015 Malika Bourne. Visit #Colorado

I have to say the deco inside the chiropractors' office is fun. The live plants and Beta fish are very pretty, but I just had to grab a differnt photo.  Look where I can hang my glasses!

Carefree Chropractice 3365 no Academy #ColoradoSprings. A fun look on th einside.Look where Malika can hang her glasses! copyright 2015 #Malika Bourne

Back to the scenic views...

Who would think taking my adult son to the foot doctor could be breath-taking? This is the view from the other side of the road on I-25 in Colorado Springs but with out the traffic.

FYI: The office building is clean and wheelchair friendly. I accompanied my son in his wheelchair via the paratransit van.

It is off of the main Voyeger Transit City Bus Stop by a number of blocks if I was getting ther by foot. However, crossing North Academy  on foot takes along timedue to traffic. I have to pay attention rather than taking photos of the awesome view in this area. 

 
 
Even visiting the podiatris in #ColoradoSprings can be breath taking. Enjy the view from the office of Dr. Matthew R. Thomas DPM 1155 Kelly Johnson Blvd Ste 310 Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Imgaecopyright 2015 #malika bourne

I couldn't resist the ankle connected to the foot bone and the toe bone photo while we were waiting to see Dr Thomas a very personable Podiatrist/ foot and ankle surgeon..
1155 Kelly Johnson Blvd Ste 310
Colorado SpringsCO 80920

The toe bone's connect to the foot bone and the ankle bone at th eoffice of Dr Thomas  1155 Kelly Johnson Blvd in #Colorado SpringsEven a vist to the podiatrist is a phot taking #event
 
This old No No-cents has been busy, but not so busy that she can take time to smell the essential oils and shoot a picture where she can.

I don't suggest taking a fall when you visit Colorado, but if you do and need a CAT Scan at St Francis this is the view on the inside.

Enjoy the view ofthe Rockies Mountians. But if you take a fall like the N Non-cents Nanna  check out th eview of a CAT Scan at St Francis. Image copyright 2015 #Malika Bourne

St Francis Hospital and staff are very nice, but the transporation stinks! There is no public transportation out there. While I waited for my Taxi I tried to be creative with the view of the skinny water fall thru' the window at the Valet Entrance.

Skinny waterfall veiw from St Francis Hospital in #ColoradoSprings. Image copyright #Malika Bourne



Images copyright 2015 Malika Bourne Colorado Springs, Colorado

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04/14/15

Permalink 06:07:00 am, by Nanna Email , 97 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Growth & Development

One BERRY Happy Baby!

No Non-cents Nanna's youngest grandchild is  cute as a bug eating berries, don't you know! (Wearing the berries,too!)

This one BERRY happy baby! Image copyright Malika Bourne 2011

Babies explore their world by putting everything in their mouths. It is a healthy and natural part of growth and development all children need to enjoy...

...so, lighten up, folks. Just hose 'em off at the sink! All kids can be washed up with water a a wash clothe.

Sure it was messy! But let me tell you this babe, now 4 years old, makes healthy eating choices. 

 

Copyright image by Malika Bourne 2011 One BERRY Happy Baby!

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