Creative Child

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

Articles by Sarah

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

This Earth Day, take it one step further and intentionally celebrate the earth with your kids. Here are some ideas...

50 + Things to Fill Easter Eggs (That Aren’t Candy)

As a mom of a child with food allergies, it is always a challenge to find items to fill all those plastic eggs with that are not candy. Having a variety of egg sizes helps you be able to stuff all your new ideas into the eggs without frustration.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring: 7 Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Nothing is more boring than a dreary, rainy day. Lounging in bed or curling up with a good book may sound ideal to parents, but most kids are unwilling to spend their day this way. The next time it won’t stop raining and pouring, try these rainy day boredom busters.

6 Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Kids

Each holiday brings the opportunity to participate in unique celebrations i with your kids and Saint Patrick’s Day has no shortage of fun festivities. Whether you are lucky enough to be Irish or just love celebrating the holiday, try these fun and educational ideas to bring some luck to your home.

The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World

Play comes naturally to kids. They use it as a way to express their feelings and learn new things. In the age of electronics we live in, video games and television can take over a child’s free time. It is important to be intentional about creating opportunities where children can play freely, use their imaginations, and have fun. Traditional play can provide the following lasting benefits for children:

Travel Tips for Family Trips

It’s vacation season. Parents everywhere are thinking about the complexities of getting everyone to their fun-filled destination safely and sanely.. Whether you take a 2 hour plane trip or a 14 hour car ride, traveling with kids can be stressful. While a family vacation is a great way to spend time together, relax, and make memories, you must make the journey there first. Here are some tips for making traveling with kids a little more enjoyable.

Date Night on a Tight Budget

When you are a parent, having a date night with your spouse can seem difficult to pull off. Add in a tight budget and it can seem impossible. However, when you are a busy parent, date nights are more important than ever to keep your marriage healthy and to keep both of you feeling refreshed. With a little creativity and extra planning, you can still enjoy a night out with your significant other, even on a small budget.

Is Your Child Ready to stay Home Alone?

Giving kids the responsibility to stay home alone can be a positive and confidence building experience, a rite of passage. Every parent will reach the point where they are faced with the decision whether their child is ready to stay home alone. How do you know they are ready? Children must have the skills and maturity to handle being on their own safely.

7 Valentine Traditions to Start with Your Kids

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for couples to express their love for one another, but it is also a great chance to show your children how much you love them too. While children typically exchange cards and small gifts on Valentine's Day, this year try starting some fun new traditions for your family.

Mid-Year Elementary School Blues

Benefits of Making Healthy Snacks Visually Appealing to Kids

A healthy and well balanced diet is important for kids to maintain healthy growth and development. Snack time is a great way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into a child’s daily diet.

Five Realistic Ways to Cut Chores in Half

We juggle work, errands, school activities and time with friends and family. The last thing we want to think about is chore list, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need our attention. Here are some tips to cut chores in half!

18 Budget-Friendly Holiday Traditions

The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but all of that fun can start to stretch the pocketbook. No matter your budget, families can still enjoy meaningful holiday traditions.

What NOT to Give Kids for Christmas

My children began their Christmas lists in October. Curious to see what made the list this year, I read over my daughter’s shoulder and was shocked to see that she had asked for a doll that spits up and wets itself, an expensive Lego set, and a live donkey. You won’t be surprised to know that these items were not on my shopping list.

A Simple Christmas: 5 Ways to Avoid Toy Overload

Two years ago, when the season came to a close I found myself yearning for a simpler Christmas, one without the toy overload. I wanted my children to still receive gifts that they wanted and for us to find joy in giving those wish list items without overdoing it.

5 Tips for Juggling Extracurricular Activities When You Have a Large Family

School mornings are busy, but an experienced mom knows the real rush is after school when the evening is packed with extracurricular activities. Whether you have two or ten kids, here are some tips from a mom with a busy family.

How to Recognize Unique Qualities in Your Kids When You Have Multiples

As a mom of multiples, I’ve noticed that they tend to get grouped together and referred to as “The Triplets.” It’s easy to forget that each child is an individual when they’re so often grouped together by default, especially if you have identical twins.

8 Things Moms of Big Families Will Understand

After the birth of our triplets two years ago, we went from a family of five to a family of eight overnight. It was a big adjustment for everyone, but we have settled into a comfortable routine. It is evident that there are parts of my daily life that only other mothers of large families will truly understand.

Encouraging Gratitude in Children

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s nice to reflect on and appreciate our blessings. We enjoy that yearly pause to remember what we are grateful for, but what about every other day of the year? How do we teach our kids to be grateful all year long?

The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101

A typical morning in my home begins with the words “My clothes hurt me. They are too loose. I need new clothes.” The process of getting dressed, which seems simple to most, is the biggest challenge my child faces on a daily basis.
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