Creative Child

Deborah Song

Deborah Song is a Los Angeles-based writer and the mother of two girls. She received her master’s in journalism from New York University and writes about parenting, business and kid entrepreneurship. You can read more of her work at

Articles by Deborah

What Does a Confident Kid Look Like?

Shreyas Parab is the founder and CEO of Novel Tie, a tie company creating witty and silly ties. His ties not only help uniform-bound students, as well as the young-at-heart add flare and individuality to restrictive dress codes, but Shreyas founded Novel Tie on the notion that a funny tie could start conversations for you.

Why You Shouldn’t Trap Your Kids in Busyness

The art of staying busy requires the modern parent to book play dates, enroll kids in classes, make sure they practice their instruments, sign them up for an extracurricular sport or maybe two, leaving very little room on the weekend for kids to sleep in and relax, and almost zero idle time on the weekdays when our kids’ schedules are also competing with homework.

Why Kids with Hobbies Thrive in School

When researchers sought out to understand why some inner city kids thrived academically, they discovered that more often than not, students who performed well had an “identity project.” Identity projects, as described by researchers Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Pedin in their book Coming of Age in the Other America, are hobbies students pursued passionately. They ranged from Japanese anime, to dance, to even rearing pigeons.

Gift Trust This Valentine’s Day

We’re careful about whom we give our trust to and how we dole it out. But when it comes to trust and our children, there’s a catch-22. Because trust is a lot like love: you can’t give it unless you’ve received it. It’s the job of parents to trust their children.

How to help your Kids Chart Success for the New Year

Many parents struggle to find effective consequences while overlooking the benefits of using rewards. Positive reinforcement is a proactive way to encourage good behavior, and one that can be easily accomplished by using charts.

Should You Give Your Child Allowance?

Ryan is financially savvy, you could say. When he discovered that his mom had taken a hundred dollar bill from his wallet, he immediately demanded she pay him back – with interest.

Q&A With the Kayla Cares 4 Kids Founder, Kayla Abramowitz

Kayla Abramowitz is the founder of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, a Nonprofit organization that donates entertainment and educational items to children’s hospitals across the country. The idea to provide entertainment relief to hospital-bound kids came to Kayla when she was just 11 years old, after extended hospital stays of her own.

8 Ways to Help your Child Fight Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is one of the most formidable struggles in a young person’s life. Kids — and adults — succumb to peer pressure because the prospect of facing humiliation, rejection and alienation seems worse than compromising their values, and even their safety.

8 Ways to Raise a Socially Conscious Child

Helping children become socially conscious is not about raising the next generation of activists, though some may grow up to dedicate their lives fighting unjust causes. It’s about raising kids to become compassionate leaders at work, involved members of their community, dependable friends at school, and caring brothers and sisters at home.

9 Life Skills Every Child Should Learn

Developing crucial life skills can mean the difference between seizing an opportunity and missing one, caving into peer pressure and standing up for what you believe in, and living the life you’ve always wanted versus the one someone else wanted you to live.

The History of Trick-or-Treating

No other time during the year is a knock on the front door from a total stranger, disguised in a costume no less, welcome, as he asks for treats – except on Halloween. But what many don’t realize is that trick-or-treating is a relatively new custom. It’s only about 100 years old.

7 Things Creative Children Do Differently

Most people believe creativity is something that’s hardwired into your genes, something you are. Having interviewed some of the most enterprising kids around today, what I’ve discovered is that creative children aren't necessarily born with genius, but have adopted key habits that enable them to go from creative insight to creative output.

How to Enjoy Your Child For Who She Is

Often, the characteristics that bug us most about our children are those we loathe in ourselves. And when we project our own insecurities onto our children, the knee-jerk reaction is to expel it by implementing some kind of change - make him tougher, make her more outgoing, make him taller, even. Despite good intention, we try to correct something in our child simply because we identify with it.

This Study App Could Revolutionize The Way Kids Study

Ever wonder why it’s so much easier to memorize a song than study text? Lane Karlitz wondered the same thing. But in Lane’s case, singing songs and studying weren’t mutually exclusive activities.

Responsibilities: Why They’re Important to Your Child’s Happiness

People have an innate need to feel needed. Kids are no different. According to Bob Murray, PhD, author of Raising an Optimistic Child: A Proven Plan for Depression-Proofing Young children, "Happiness depends largely on the feeling that what we do matters and is valued by others."

How to Help Your Child Find Their Passion

In the book Coming of Age in the Other America, researchers Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin found that one of the reasons some kids pushed past challenging circumstances and managed to graduate high school and college was something called an identity project, a hobby or passion some are lucky enough to have found and get immersed in. So what can we do – or not do - as parents to help our kids discover their passions and nurture them?

10 Numbers To Inspire Grit

These famous failures show us that achievement happens not in spite of, but because of failure.

Engineer a Gumdrop Structure

Children are natural-born engineers. They love to build, take things apart, only to put it back together. When they play with Magna-Tiles, Lego or other building blocks, they are in fact taking what they know about math and science (that two triangles make a square, for instance) and using it to solve a problem. STEM activities for kids help them do this and encourage learning through play.

Why Grit is the Most Important Quality for Early Success

Grit, not intelligence, academic achievement, or talent is a better predictor of early success, well-being and happiness than IQ or talent.

The Upside of Raising a Strong-Willed Child

"Mommy, I don’t like this bowl. I want my cereal in a blue bowl," protested Phoebe, my youngest child. It was a hectic morning so I decided against a fight with a stubborn 3-year-old. I transferred the cereal from the orange bowl to the blue bowl and placed it in front of her.
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