Watch Them Soar - Guest Post by Donna McDine, Author of A Sandy Grave

It is my pleasure to host a stop in my fellow GAP Author, Donna McDine's, blog tour for her newest book A Sandy Grave. Donna is visiting today with a provocative guest post about parenting. Let's give a warm welcome to Donna.

It’s Okay Not to Peak in High School 
By Donna McDine

Now that I have a daughter in the first year of college and another daughter in tenth grade of high school, I have spent quite a bit of time chatting with my girlfriends as to what all the social pressure in high school means for our children. I’ve come to realize that the cliques still remain… the jocks, the brains, the nerds, etc., but what happens to those who don’t fit into the stereotypes? Do they aimlessly wander the halls of high school longing to belong to some type of group, or do they break out of the mold and create their own destiny? The pressures are real. Doing so, it can be empowering and frightening at the same time.

As parents or caregivers, it’s our responsibility to set a strong foundation at home that it’s okay for them to be an individual and to stand on their own two feet. Guiding our children to explore all the options presented to them without fear of being ridiculed for their choices has a positive ripple effect through their daily lives. It’s okay not to be the best athlete, the best singer, the best artist, or the best student. Exploring and finding their passion is what will matter after (for some four long years) high school. It’s okay not to peak during these four years.

Most children do not realize while they are in high school that these years will end up being a small part of their lives. The time to spread their wings is just beginning upon graduation, when so many new and exciting choices of college, work, and/or travel will be presented to them. Let them discover what they may want to do for a career, and once they find their calling the amazing transformation will begin before your eyes. 

As for myself, I remember distinctly the anguish of not being the best at something during high school and it took me many years to realize, so what. I’m having the best career choices in the last ten years than I ever did before, and I’m at the best physical health I’ve ever been. 

Encourage your children to be the best they can be with their own expectations and not those of others and watch them soar!

About the book:

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had--especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale to determine the cause of death within the hour. The whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”


Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 
Visit Donna online at or her blog at

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 Tuesday, March 4
 Interview at As the Pages Turn
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Monday, March 17
Book feature and giveaway at My Sister Is My Best Friend
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Friday, March 21
First chapter reveal at Read My First Chapter
Monday, March 24
Book feature at Between the Covers
Tuesday, March 25
Book feature and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
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Book review at My Devotional Thoughts
 Interview and giveaway at PUYB Virtual Book Club
 Tuesday, April 1
Guest post at Strands of Thought
Wednesday, April 2
Thursday, April 3
Character interview at Beyond the Books
Book trailer reveal at A Leisure Moment
Friday, April 4
Book review at A Leisure Moment
Monday, April 7
Book review at Blooming with Books
Tuesday, April 8
Interview at Blooming with Books
Wednesday, April 9
Book feature at 4 the Love of Books
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Monday, April 14
Book trailer reveal at 4 the Love of Books
Wednesday, April 16
Book feature and giveaway at Blooming with Books
Thursday, April 17
Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
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Book review at By the Book
Monday, April 21
Book feature at Plug Your Book!
Wednesday, April 23
Book review at 4 the Love of Books
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Book review at WV Stitcher
Friday, April 25
Book tour highlights at The Book Rack


  1. Hi Kai,

    It's a pleasure for you to host me today. It's my hope that my post gets the conversation going here, at home and through cyberspace.


    1. Always wonderful to have you visit and I loved the message in your post today. Thanks for sharing with us. Best of luck with your writing.

    2. Hi Kai,

      Glad you enjoyed by post.


  2. Thanks for hosting today, Kai. Donna, this is a wonderful post. Wishing you both the best.

    1. Happy to host Donna. Thanks for visiting, Cheryl.

    2. Hi Cheryl,

      Glad you like the topic of my post.


  3. Very sage advice and wise words, Donna!


    1. Hi Karin,

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm in the midst of reading Women of Wisdom and one of the contributing authors wrote about her high school years and it certainly got my creative juices flowing.


    2. Glad you could stop in, Karin!

  4. Great interview and comments. Thanks Kai. Wishing Donna much success.

    1. Hi Penny,

      Thanks for stopping by and lending your support during my virtual book tour and beyond.


    2. Great to see you, Penelope. Thanks for visiting!

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