Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 390

Be True to Yourself


Hello Everyone



Miss Pringle had a discussion session with her class this week.


The children found it very interesting – there were a lot of things she talked about for them to think about afterwards.


This is how Miss Pringle began…


There are some animals like tigers that mostly live alone.


There are some animals like lions that like living in social groups.


Humans like to live in social groups.  lt is just in their nature.


lf they are on their own, they can suffer a lot.


Because of this, they can sometimes do things in order to fit into a group so that they are accepted and then feel like they belong even, though they are not being true to themselves.


Children especially, work hard for approval. 


The danger is that you can change who you are, in order to get in with a group, and in a way that changes you into a worse human being.


You can dump your own good values in order to fit in with a group.


The other people in the group might want you to do things that you don’t feel comfortable doing, or things that you know are not right.


This is called peer pressure. 


(A ‘peer’ is a person who is like you and on the same level as you.)


To stand away from the crowd, and do the right thing when you feel you have to, takes a lot of courage.


Being good sometimes takes more strength than being bad; which is why we admire people like Spiderman and Batman and Superwoman.


lf you do bad things with other people, you will get into trouble with them too.


People-pleasing is something that everyone does from time to time; it makes us agreeable, likable and friendly.


Being well-behaved makes life easier for everyone in society.


And helping other people can make you feel good inside too.


But if you do it to the point that you lose yourself and what you want from life for yourself, it doesn’t ultimately help anyone.  What l mean is that you are conforming to other people’s expectation – living a life that other people want you to live.


Receiving approval from others can boost confidence in the short term.  lf you change yourself in order to please others, it can, in the end, make you unhappy and sometimes even ill – because it is such hard work.


lt is what some people call becoming a ‘door mat’ – that people wipe their feet on.


Not being true to yourself is hard work, and when you are not being yourself, you are not being the best you can be and doing the best work you can do.  This is a terrible waste of what you have to offer the world.


You should not spend your whole life needing someone else telling you that you are a valid person.


This is why some people think you can only be successful if you become a celebrity. 


You do not have to be famous to be a valid person.


Feeling secure being your authentic self is a better way to go.


Self-worth and self-confidence should not come from others but from yourself – knowing who you are, what you can do, how far you have come and where you are headed in life.


Everyone has unique qualities that they can contribute to the world, which means everyone has to choose which is the right life path for them.


You are special as you are, and you need to find the right people to be with who will allow you to be you.



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Love and kisses



Salty Sam





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Bill:  When people who have plastic surgery get really hot, do they melt?


Bob:  Yes.  lf they sit on a radiator they can make a real pool of themselves!



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After the sad start to the children’s summer holiday last week, Auntie Alice decided to give the children a treat.

She bought them some new toys to play in the garden.

There was a swing ball and a badminton set and a pair of binoculars and a basketball hoop and a new kite.

But actually they were more interested in the new batch of chickens that had arrived.  They decided that they all had to be named as a special welcome to their new home.

So Auntie Alice left them to it and went into the kitchen to start pickling some onions and cucumbers for a special order from the Rocky Bay Chip Shop.

Then Henry arrived to show Auntie Alice how his juggling skills had improved.

Then Captain Jack came round to collect some doves to put in a basket because he was going to take them for a dove release at a wedding.

Then Betty Clutterbuck telephoned to ask if she could have some more honey as ice cream topping for her tea rooms.

It is so busy in Auntie Alice’s cottage sometimes; it makes the high street look like an oasis of peace!











Quick Quiz


What do these phrases mean?


  1. Variety is the spice of life
  2. lt’s laughable
  3. A storm in a teacup
  4. To be in the dog house
  5. Many a mickle makes a muckle
  6. To fall through the cracks
  7. An uphill struggle
  8. A new broom sweeps clean
  9. To work ahead of yourself
  10. To get up to speed






lt’s the Weekend!




This is a pretty skirt with buttons sewn on for decoration.

The buttons are a contrasting colour from the skirt.

The crop top can be worn with other outfits too.



Using 4mm knitting needles and white dk yarn cast on 16 stitches

Knit 2 rows of garter stitch

Knit 8 rows of stocking stitch

Knit 10 rows of garter stitch

Cast off



  1. Using over-sew stitching with wrong sides together
  2. Sew up the shoulder seams making sure you have left enough room for the doll’s head
  3. Sew up the side seams between the bottom edge and the bottom of the garter stitch knitting



Using 4mm knitting needles and yellow dk yarn cast on 30 stitches

Knit 2 rows of garter stitch


Knit 18 rows of stocking stitch


Change to 3¾mm knitting needles

Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 2 rows as you

Knit 4 rows of 1×1 rib

Cast off



Using 4mm knitting needles and yellow dk yarn cast on 24 stitches

Cast off




  1. Using over-sew stitching with wrong sides together sew up the back seam
  2. Sew the straps to the front and back of the top of the skirt crossing the straps at the back
  3. Sew buttons on for decoration



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It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

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Quick Quiz Answers


  1. Variety is the spice of life – doing different activities makes life interesting
  2. lt’s laughable – it is ridiculous or unbelievable
  3. A storm in a teacup – a small problem that is quickly resolved
  4. To be in the dog house – someone is annoyed with you
  5. Many a mickle makes a muckle – lots of small amounts add up to a large amount
  6. To fall through the cracks – to be forgotten about
  7. An uphill struggle – a difficult task to complete or a difficult time in your life
  8. A new broom sweeps clean – a new person in charge makes changes in an organization
  9. To work ahead of yourself – to think ahead and make preparations for future events
  10. To get up to speed – to get the latest information about a situation


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