Sunshine Sparkle

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Kitty is a dreamer. She reaches for the stars and sets high expectations for herself. I love her confidence and determination. It reminds me of myself. She has been playing the guitar for nearly a year now and is turning out to be a dedicated and talented musician. Again, a likeness of myself (I play the flute).

But, Kitty has another dream and I am trying my best to help her reach for it. I believe using positive reinforcement and compliments will help boost our children’s self confidence and they will try harder to impress us and make us proud.  This is true for my 9-year-old.

Last night while she was playing Amazing Grace on her guitar while singing, Goose and I applauded. Kitty was upstairs in her bedroom and Goose and I were down in the dining room at the time.  She still heard our applause and replied, “I love playing my guitar, especially when I am playing something that people like and want to hear. I am going to play Amazing Grace one more time for you, Mom.”

Kitty dreams about being a professional entertainer.  She has talked about becoming an actress, a stand up comedienne, a professional country music singer and more recently a YouTube star. I believe in her, not just because I am her mother, but because I know what she is capable of.

Her guitar teacher always gives her positive feedback at the end of her lessons and he believes in her too.  Recently I helped Kitty set up a YouTube channel.  She took on the stage name of “Sunshine Sparkle,” a name that she has given herself.  Her show is called “The Sunshine Sparkle Show.” I am going to try to help her out with it as much as time allows, but the creativity is all her. I am encouraging her to sing and play her guitar for her YouTube Channel. Who knows, after a few more uploads she may eventually become a YouTube sensation.  I believe in her.

Cascia Talbert is a Catholic mother of five special needs kids. In 2018 she published the book, "Taking Care of Your Family's Health and Well-Being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold. She is also a professional flutist and an Avon Independent Sales Representative. You can learn more about Cascia on the following websites, and She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, children and Baby, the playful black kitty.

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