Stanley Berenstain and Janice Grant met in 1941, on their first day of drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, where they formed an immediate bond. After being separated during World War II, during which Stan worked for the Army as a medical illustrator and Janice worked as a riveter, they were reunited and married in 1946. While initially working as art teachers, the Berenstains pursued a joint career in cartooning and gradually found success working together on illustrations, humorous sketches and cover art for publications including The Saturday Review of Literature, Collier’s, McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, and The Saturday Evening Post. In 1951, they published Berenstains’ Baby Book, a humorous how-to aimed at adults and based on their experiences raising their infant son Leo in downtown Philadelphia. Nearly two dozen other books followed; described by Stan as “cartoon essays,” the titles included Marital Blitz, How To Teach Your Children About Sex Without Making A Complete Fool of Yourself and Have A Baby, My Wife Just Had A Cigar!
Now, everyone is always concerned about time, namely, having too little time. Too many things take up too much time. Errands take time, laundry takes time, meals take time. Add a child or two into the mix and time is of even greater importance. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Lost time is never found again." However, I would have to disagree with Mr. Franklin because of one crucial reason; Benjamin Franklin did not have the Internet. Since I don't believe this quote to be true, the question must be asked; how do I propose we win back our lost time? As far as I'm concerned, it is in this realm of free colouring pages that save the day. Both teachers and parents could find the abundance of reinforcement for things that they teach about in terms of the educational coloring pages. Children could also be instructed in terms of knowing the colors, shapes, alphabets, seasonal occasions and even spiritual education to be strengthened in the church or even at home. Let's be honest. The Internet is quite possibly one of the best and worst inventions to come around in a long long time. With it, you get the good and inevitably, you get the bad. It can help make you more productive in life and it can also cause you to be highly inefficient. Now, before we get off on a rant here I should clarify, this article is actually going to be about free colouring pages. How you may ask? Well, the way I see it, free colouring pages epitomize how the internet can help parents. And although it may sound like a stretch, I'll attempt to connect the proverbial dots that add up to my colouring pages conviction. Before the road trip take the kids to the stores so they can pick out their road trip coloring books and other activities. This is an even better choice because the kids will settle beforehand which type of activity is most interesting and the best for them. Tell them that you'll hold onto the items until the road trip and they'll spend the time until the trip in anticipation of playing with their new toys. They'll be that much more likely to stay involved with their coloring books and crayons on the trip rather than on each other, so you'll be that much more relaxed while on the drive.