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Articles by Annie Hurt

This is the beginning of a new venture for Dr. Annie Hurt. For more than twenty years, I have worked with parent and child activities and programs for families with children ages infancy through high school. I am pleased to be providing information and assistance to Sunshine Mamas throughout Florida. I am going to tell you right from the start that being a mother is the most difficult job I’ve ever had, but it has often been the most rewarding thing that ever happened in my life! Throughout each month I hope to offer tips and suggestions regarding caring for your children along the essential developmental pathways of life: physical, emotional, educational, ethical, and social. Every child and every parent is unique, so enjoy your children and your journey of parenthood. Hopefully some of my suggestions will assist you on this awesome journey!

Books for Kids, Books for Adults, The Power of Literacy – Part II
April 14, 2011 – 10:23 AM | 4 Comments
Books for Kids, Books for Adults, The Power of Literacy  – Part II

In Part I of this topic, I discussed how reading and talking with young children increases their vocabulary significantly.  Increased vocabulary and exposure to the written word, along with significant discussion …

Love Sometimes Means Saying Goodbye . . .
April 4, 2011 – 7:00 AM | 2 Comments
Love Sometimes Means Saying Goodbye . . .

Thoughts on Separation Anxiety (Part I)
The time comes when you have to leave your child for a period of time.  It may be for a time when you just need …

Books for Kids, Books for Everyone . . . The Incredible Power of Literacy
March 25, 2011 – 6:00 AM | One Comment
Books for Kids, Books for Everyone . . . The Incredible Power of Literacy

The program “Books for Kids” is as Mama Lori explained a wonderful vehicle for getting books into our children’s homes and hands.  Yes, the level of literacy that a child holds at …

The Kissing Hand: February Compass Point
February 14, 2011 – 7:41 AM | 2 Comments
The Kissing Hand: February Compass Point

February is the Valentine month, so how can you help your children understand and celebrate this special time of the year.  There are some great children’s books that are classic in …

Give the Gift of Random Kindness
December 17, 2010 – 6:00 AM | One Comment
Give the Gift of Random Kindness

The holiday season is a beautiful season in so many ways.  Everyone seems to want to make this time very special for family members and friends.  In more recent years, I have …

Teamwork in the Family… Children and Chores
November 22, 2010 – 7:54 AM | 3 Comments
Teamwork in the Family… Children and Chores

What a great time of the year!  The leaves are changing.  The days are cooler.  The smell of firewood pervades the evening air.  All the signs of the coming holidays surround …

Thoughts on Being a Great Mom… Life on the High Wire!
October 26, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 2 Comments
Thoughts on Being a Great Mom… Life on the High Wire!

“When you perform . . . you are out of yourself – larger and more potent, more beautiful.  You are for minutes, heroic.  This is power.  This is glory on earth.  And …

The Magic of Halloween
October 7, 2010 – 6:45 AM | 2 Comments
The Magic of Halloween

Halloween is just a few weeks away. Signs of the upcoming celebration are everywhere:  pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, candy corn and mountains of other treats.  Halloween costumes fill the stores. Costumes come in …

Stay at Home Mom vs. Working Mom
September 22, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 6 Comments
Stay at Home Mom vs. Working Mom

To be a stay at home mom or a working mom can be a very hard decision for mothers. As we grow older, we have the vantage point of looking back on decisions …

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus: Great Read for Parents and Children
September 6, 2010 – 8:58 PM | 2 Comments
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus: Great Read for Parents and Children

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus is a wonderful book for parents and children of all ages, Sunshine Mamas.  Simply said in this colorful picture book, we all develop at different rates.  …

Winning the Homework Game: A Team Approach
August 19, 2010 – 7:07 AM | No Comment
Winning the Homework Game:  A Team Approach

It’s that time of the year again.  Our favorite baseball teams are vying for a place in the World Series. Our children are also beginning a new school year. So what do these …

A LETTER TO THE TEACHER
August 10, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 4 Comments
A LETTER TO THE TEACHER

What is the best way to communicate your child’s needs to their new teacher? A letter can be just the answer. We are a few days into August.  Where did summer vacation go? Families …

Behavior Management “A Sea of Challenges”
July 26, 2010 – 6:00 AM | One Comment
Behavior Management  “A Sea of Challenges”

A few weeks ago Sunshine Mama, Lori McCluskey, asked for readers to give ideas on parenthood and the disciplining of children.  In my personal opinion, being a parent and managing the behavior of children are …

Sand on the Beach and More…
June 29, 2010 – 6:00 AM | No Comment
Sand on the Beach and More…

The first day of summer, 2010 has come and gone, and many of you are enjoying the beach or looking forward to vacation days at the beach.  One of the best things …

Tides of Opportunity: Language Development at the Beach
June 23, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 6 Comments
Tides of Opportunity: Language Development at the Beach

The beach is a fantastic place for parents and their children to interact in enjoyable, memorable ways. Language learning can naturally happen if a parent is open to celebrating the …

More Summer Time Parent – Child Activities; Making Meaningful Differences
June 1, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 5 Comments
More Summer Time Parent – Child Activities; Making Meaningful Differences

Summer time is truly a great time for parents to be able to enjoy quality time with their children.  There is no stress of getting homework finished.  There is no worry about …

A few tips from Dr. Annie, Being a Parent: Teaching Your Child to Clean UP
May 20, 2010 – 6:00 AM | One Comment
A few tips from Dr. Annie, Being a Parent: Teaching Your Child to Clean UP

1.  There are the normal developmental stages of children and their activities.  Helping children to be organized and to clean up the things they use is very important as …

Summer Time Parent – Child Activities
May 17, 2010 – 6:00 AM | No Comment
Summer Time Parent – Child Activities

Summer can be a long time away from school for many children and a real change for many parents who are used to having children in school a large portion of …

Dr. Annie’s Compass Points “Love you Forever”
May 6, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 3 Comments
Dr. Annie’s Compass Points “Love you Forever”

Book Sharing Activities for Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Sunshine Mamas and Papas!  This is a great Mother’s Day read.  It will bring tears to your eyes with its simple text …

Dr. Annie’s Compass Points “A Chair for My Mother”
April 13, 2010 – 6:00 AM | 2 Comments
Dr. Annie’s Compass Points “A Chair for My Mother”

Dr. J.  Annie Hurt, certified parent educator, shares information with parents based on topics in quality children’s books.  Dr. Annie’s Compass Points assists parents in several directions:  reading and discussing quality …

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