Michelle Zanatta

Michelle Zanatta

Michelle Zanatta, a previous daycare owner, is a married mother of four who currently writes picture books and parenting books. Michelle has contributed many articles that surround child development, children s nutrition and health, craft activities, DIY home projects, and crocheted fashion.
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Michelle Zanatta has a degree in Child Development, a degree in Human Services, and CEUs in Human Resources.


"Man has created war and tragedy because he simply doesn't know how to quietly sit still in a room."


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  • A Simple Field Guide to Paint: A Closer Look at Latex, Alkyd, and Sheen
    Walking into the paint department there are many different choices of paint to choose from and it can be hard to make a decision when redoing a room. Here is a step-by-step guide on choosing the correct type of paint when transforming any space in your home.
  • Safety Awareness: Beware of What You Breathe
    Redoing a room can be fun, but fixing problems isn’t. A common issue in transforming a home is wall stains, mildew and mold. Though it can be difficult, getting rid of spores is treatable. Here is a step-by-step guide to fix the problem.
  • You and Your Baby: Safety Tips During Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery
    It is so easy to take a normal childbirth for granted. However, sometimes complications occur. Find out how to reduce risks during labor and delivery by seeking quality prenatal care, and learning about the causes of traumatic deliveries.
  • Childhood Friendships: Tactics to Encourage Lasting Relationships
    Friendships play a huge role in the lives of children. As a busy mom with a packed calendar, it can be hard for your child to develop positive relationships. Here are four easy tips to add time to your day and time to their play.
  • 8 Common Fears that Clutch Mankind
    Life’s hardships can fill people with anxiety and fear. This kind of phobia can prevent individuals from accomplishing their goals and performing daily functions. Learn mankind’s common fears and how to win the war against irrational thoughts.
  • 4 Ways to Raise a Team Player
    Sometimes it is easy to forget the most important reason for a child to be involved in an extracurricular activity – to have fun. Here are four ways parents can help their children to understand a strong value system is more important than winning.
  • Brushes and Rollers: Quality Vs. Disposable
    As you start your room makeover, you may wonder how much money to invest on your painting tools. Discover the key to a makeover success by purchasing the right rollers and brushes for your remodeling project.
  • Help! My Child Won’t Stop Lying
    Despite the fact that most kids know they are going to get caught lying, and their secrets are always found out, children tend to test a parents power of intuition by telling small untruths. Learn three parenting tactics to respond to dishonesty.
  • 5 Ways to Comfort Your Child when Things Go Bump in the Night
    Childrens' fears, worries, and stresses manifest themselves in unusual ways, especially at night time. Here are five techniques to help your youngster feel more secure at bedtime.
  • Top 5 Children’s Snuggle Up Books to Read
    Children love it when their parents’ read them a fun picture book, especially a warm story that catches their interest. Here is a list of five books that were chosen by my children as their favorite stories for cuddling up and taking a nap.
  • Ivy and the Green-Eyed Monster
    One of the hardest emotions for children to deal within their developmental state is envy. Teaching children to cope with the feelings of jealousy and to express themselves in a healthy manner is what my poem is all about.
  • Win the Battle with Neurotic Mood Disorders
    Many individuals today suffer from neurotic tension. Though you might be having a bad day, discover three easy steps to handle life's trials in a healthy manner.
  • I Want Pancakes
    IA poem about a large boisterous family gathering around the table early in the morning waiting for Mama to serve them breakfast. From sisters and brothers, to cousins, aunts, and uncles, Mama makes a variety of delicious pancakes in a fun counting format
  • I Don't Want to Take a Bath
    Children today are smart and enjoy a good sense of humor. Here is a short and fast paced piece of poetry that taps into a small child’s personality while providing a great concept and delightful imagery through the eyes of a little monster.
  • Hands-On Jellyfish Ocean Craft
    Many children love science; they are fascinated by the creatures in the water. No matter if you are a mother, guardian, teacher, or daycare provider, here is fun Jellyfish craft that will teach your child about the amazing design of this ocean beauty.
  • The Multiple Intelligences of Learning: Seven Ways Your Child Retains Information
    School is a great place for kids. It offers opportunities for them to demonstrate their interests and capabilities; however, the curriculum offered may not meet your child’s aptitudes. Discover your child’s multiple intelligences to help them succeed.
  • Two Keys to a Successful Marriage
    When Jehovah God united the first man and woman in marriage, it was meant to last forever. Learn what two key factors make it possible for a husband and a wife to stand strong against divorce and be married to time indefinite.
  • Free Crochet Pattern for a Young Teen Slouchy Hat With Flower
    I have been crocheting for 20 years, and I enjoy sharing crochet patterns with my fellow crafters. Here is a free pattern for a beautiful slouchy hat with a flower.
  • Franz Marc: An Emotionally Driven Artist
    Children love to paint because it is a wonderful way for them to express themselves. Learn four techniques of Franz Marc, which will not only teach your youngster a skill, but will also help him or her communicate their feelings through this fun craft.
  • The World’s Largest Flower
    During a plant collecting expedition in 1818 on an Indonesian Island of Sumatra, the Rafflesia parasitic plant was discovered by J. Arnold and T. Raffles. Two hundred years later it is still recognized to be the biggest flower in the world.
  • Free Elegant Shawl Crochet Pattern
    As a crochet lover, I have developed and created many gifts for my loved ones. I love to share my patterns - and I hope you enjoy making this elegant cover for yourself, your friends, or your family.
  • Going Out with the Girls
    Sometimes being a mom can be difficult, and we certainly crave that special "me" time. Going out with friends can be healthy. Check yourself to see how you socialize with others, and compare it to how it may affect your child.
  • Discover Three Biblical Examples to Help You Quit Smoking
    A Christian may be curious if God condemns smoking, because there is no law in the Bible banning the use of tobacco products. Included are some versus that will help you kick the habit.
  • Free Crochet Pattern for a Red Hooded Cape
    Here is a free pattern with a step-by-step guide on how to crochet a red hooded cape with photos. I was inspired to create this garment for my daughter because she loves the old fairytales.
  • Holy Pig! Money Does Walk on Four Legs
    In Papua New Guinea, a pig is not only a family pet, but it is a large family asset. Discover the dynamics of raising a pig and what value a pig brings to a family in a small remote village in New Guinea.
  • Teach Your Child to Find Their Modern Day Inner Artist
    Modern paintings are different from technical paintings. Modern brings out emotions with distorted figures and shapes. Here are five easy tips on how to teach your child painting techniques that will help them convey their emotions.
  • Wassily Kandinsky: The Father Who Gave Birth to Painted Sound
    Artist Wassily Kandinsky is said to be the first artist who created paintings that had no subject. His paintings were based off the music he created with his emotions. Help your child create an emotional and musical piece of artwork.
  • The Colorful Language of the Color Wheel
    Painting a wall might not be that fun, but picking out your room color can be. Here are four easy guidelines to keep in mind when picking out your wall color.
  • Alleviating Anxiety: The Difference Between Normal and Neurotic Tension
    Thousands of dollars are spent every year to find out methods to ease anxiety and tension. This includes: a day spa, activities, exercise or psychiatry. Discover the difference between normal and abnormal anxiety, and ways you can overcome it.
  • Don Tello's Tex Mex Grill - Great Food and a Great Environment!
    Searching for a great authentic tasting Mexican restaurant can be difficult - especially in a small suburb of Atlanta. However, I believe I discovered one of the best Mexican restaurants in town!
  • First Person: A Relocation to Georgia from Delaware Means Thrifty Grocery Shopping
    As my family adjusted to the living expenses in Georgia, we were not prepared for the high price of food and extra tax. With four children, and a husband spoiled by my cooking, I knew it was time for me to take advantage of my resources and shop frugally.
  • Free Crochet Pattern for a Baby Hooded Blanket
    I have been crocheting for 20 years, and I enjoy sharing crochet patterns with my fellow crafters. Here is a free pattern for a Baby Hooded Blanket. Photos are included to show you the end result.
  • Free Baby Girl Crochet Pattern for a Flower Cocoon Set
    I have crocheted for over 20 years and I love my fellow crafters. Here is a free Baby Girl Cocoon set. It contains leaves, flowers, and vibrant colors.
  • How I Survived After My Brother's Suicide
    Dealing with the death of a loved one who committed suicide can be haunting. Discover how to cope with the loss of a loved one and learn the warning signs.
  • Family Summer Vacations
    Here is a poem concerning our vacation in Dollywood in the smokey mountains.
  • Dollywood - a Country Vacation
    My family and I enjoy a trip to Dollywood every couple of years, and spend our time in a secluded cabin within the Smokey Mountains located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Here is a poem inspired by our trip from this past year.
  • Miracles Can Happen - Just Ask My Son!
    In February of 2008, I strolled into the hospital preparing myself to give to my third child by cesarean section. Although very nervous, I convinced myself that my baby would be born in a very quiet and controlled process. However, things changed.
  • Miracles: Past, Present, and Future
    There are going to be massive changes in the world around us, and these changes will soon occur. Mircles will soon take place. Here are six assurances within the bible that will give mankind hope.
  • A Set Homework Schedule Will Teach Children to Be More Responsible!
    Whether you homeschool, or your child goes to public school, setting a good homework schedule is necessary. Here are few tips from a pro to help your day go a little smoother!
  • A Terrific Twosome: Misty May –Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings!
    Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings played their last beach volleyball game together on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. With their unbeaten streak to 21 in a row, it appears the three times Gold medalists will not be competing again together.
  • Preparing to Paint a Room the Right Way!
    Painting is the most common way to transform a room. Here is step-by-step guide to help prepare your walls – and your environment, before starting on a room makeover.
  • 'The Vow' (2012): Based on a True Story!
    Have you seen any good movies lately? Looking for a romantic drama? Try the movie "The Vow." It is a must see! Starring Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange, and Scott Speedman.
  • A Free Crochet Pattern for a Baby's Winter Pom-Pom Hat
    A free original crochet pattern of a "Baby's Yellow Pom-Pom Hat". Photos are included in the pattern for review.
  • 'Sleeping Beauty' (2011) Movie Review Starring Emily Browning
    'Sleeping Beauty' is a haunting film based on an unstable college student who spins out of control while seeking unconventional methods to make extra money. Written and Directed by Julia Leigh.
  • 'I Can Read Now! an Easy Sight Word Reader' by David Fernstedt
    'I Can Read Now! An Easy Sight Word Reader' is a "sight word" book that encourages children at the early blossoming age of 2-6 to read. Is it really possible? Can your child read at the age of three? It is and it worked for me! Find out how!
  • How Can You Protect Your Child's Health?
    Disease and infection are world-wide. No matter what part of the world you live in, families are forever in a war with the "germ, infection, and disease" battle. How can a parent prevent infectious diseases? What measures can a parent take? Find out here!
  • To Whom it May Concern: I Miss My Mom (Dad)
    Death is a hard subject, and can affect everyone differently, especially children. Learn how to help a child cope with the heartache. It might not ever take the pain away, but it might offer some encouragement and hope.
  • 'Lars and the Real Girl' (2007) Starring Ryan Gosling
    'Lars and The Real Girl' is a great movie for those who enjoy awkward, yet comical storylines, with a drop of tragedy. It is a must see!
  • Is It Possible to Make Contact with the Dead?
    Losing a loved one can be difficult. Unfortunately, many individuals today take advantage of those who lost a loved one, convincing them they can be contacted. Biblically, this remains a controversy.
  • Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dancing
    When I was younger, it was easy to lose weight. My metabolism was high. However, after the fourth child, it was no longer easy, but a work out video called, "Dance off the inches: Country Line Dancing" has helped me along. Find out how!
  • Leapfrog 5-pack DVD Set
    I am a married mother of four who homeschools, and I often look of ways to advance my children. The Leapfrog 5-pack DVD Set worked wonders for my four year old. Find out how!
  • Oh No! Beware of the Teenage Wardrobe Battle!
    Another morning arrives, and you see your daughter or son strutting into the livingroom. You are taken back by what they are wearing. How do you approach the "Wardrobe Battle?"
  • You Thought Your Spouse Would Never Have an Affair
    A broken vow within the marriage is difficult. Many families today turn to close friends or a recommended doctor for advice. Other's turn to the bible for guidance. Here are some useful tips to guide you on the path of forgiveness.
  • McKayla Maroney Receives a Silver Medal
    An inspired piece of poetry concerning the fall that McKayla Maroney took during the 2012 Vault Competition!
  • Are You Tired of Forcing Your Child to Obey?
    Many parent's today read books on how to discipline their children in hopes they will be able to get better obedience. One of the most common books is the Bible. Learn an account from the bible where a man named Naaman was stubborn, but finally obeyed!
  • School Daze: My Child was Forced into Special Education Because of Her Speech!
    As an exciting new mom, I looked down at my baby thinking she has every opportunity and dream, and I will help exceed with every inch of my strength - even if it meant quarreling with the school district!
  • Dominique Moceanu: An Olympian with Spunk, Strength, and a Very Large Fall in 1996!
    Dominique Moceanu, the youngest at the time to be the US sentior national champion at 13 years of age, stunned viewers all of the world, when she faltered and fell on her head on the balancing beam in 1996.
  • A Move from Delaware to Atlanta's Heat Means Lifestyle Changes
    As I stepped outside, the extreme temperature was a new feeling compared to the temperatures from my northern roots. With four children, two of them asthmatic, I knew it was time to do some research to keep them cool in the hot sun!

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