CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ When (and How) to Start Caring for Your Children’s Skin <p>There&rsquo;s nothing quite like caressing the supple skin of your newborn baby. While that ultra-smooth skin won&rsquo;t last forever, you can take steps to protect and care for it. Help set your children up for a lifetime of youthful skin and teach them how to maintain a healthy complexion through the years. Here&rsquo;s how.</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>Protect from the Sun</strong></p> <p>The most important thing you can do for skin is to protect it from the sun. While you shouldn&rsquo;t use sunscreen on infants, protecting your child's skin from the sun should start from day one. Keep newborns out of the sun&mdash;when they&rsquo;re outside, it&rsquo;s best to use a sun protective blanket over their carrier and always make use of shade. Once your baby reaches 6 months of age, the Mayo Clinic recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (test a small amount on their skin to be sure it doesn&rsquo;t irritate them). Avoid the sun during its peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help reduce UV exposure.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>It's important to use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day of the year when your child will be outside for longer than a brief period. Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed areas. Choose an SPF that contains zinc or titanium dioxide and is formulated with sensitive skin in mind. Reapply sunscreen every two hours to keep the skin adequately protected. Keep in mind that even in colder months, the sun can still harm your child's skin. As your children get older, allow them to apply their sunscreen under your supervision to get them into the habit of using it.</p> <p><strong>Cleanse Gently</strong></p> <p>The skin is the body's largest organ, and it plays an important role in protecting the body. While we tend to think of the teenage years as the time when facial cleansing becomes essential, good care should start earlier. At around age 10, teach your children to cleanse with a gentle cleanser. Instruct them to use lukewarm water to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils. Tepid water can also reduce the chances of irritation and dryness. Cleansing once in the evening is generally adequate for children, as it will wash away dirt and sweat that accumulates on the skin throughout the day.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>As your children enter the teen years, they may become prone to blemishes. Explain that scrubbing, picking at or popping pimples is not the way to healthy skin. Instead, have them continue to use gentle cleansers formulated for blemish-prone skin.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><strong>Keep it Moisturized</strong></p> <p>Children may benefit from a gentle and fragrance-free moisturizer from the time they are infants, especially if they have dry skin. If your child has any specific needs, talk to your pediatrician about specialty products. A gentle moisturizer applied in the evening following cleansing can go a long way to keeping the skin smooth and healthy. As children get older, be sure to choose oil-free moisturizers that won&rsquo;t clog pores and irritate acne.</p> <p>Parents have a lot to think about when it comes to caring for their children, but skin care often goes forgotten. Keep that baby-soft skin for as long as you can and instill the importance of good skin care in your children.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Although it is intended to be accurate, neither Walgreen Co., its subsidiaries or affiliates, nor any other party assumes for loss or damage due to reliance on this material. Walgreens does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned in the article. Reliance on any information provided by this article is solely at your own risk.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1635 Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 3 Reasons We Need to Teach Children Healthy Eating Habits at a Young Age <p class="p1">School, carpool, soccer, chess club, swim lesson, homework, baseball, gymnastics, and band practice. Does this crazy schedule sound familiar? While many parents want to expose their children to an array of different activities (who's to say you don't have the next Michael Phelps on your hands, right?), there may be unintended consequences of spreading our lives so thin.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">As we drive from one activity to the next, it's no wonder the drive-thru line is full of well-intended parents trying to feed their kids quickly. Making a habit out of eating on the run and purchasing mainly processed convenience foods are all ways in which parents are contributing to the obesity epidemic that is plaguing children throughout this country and the world.</p> <p class="p1">The good news is that we can teach our children about healthy eating habits at a young age to motivate and empower them to eat healthier. This sets the stage for health and wellness far into adulthood. Here are some of the benefits that can come from early exposure to healthy eating.</p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p3">1. Better chances of life-long healthy choices</p> <p class="p1">Most of us have watched an infant's face while being introduced to new and different flavors. As comical as those faces can be, this critical stage in infancy sets the tone for a lifetime of what we hope becomes healthy eating habits. As parents, we usually interpret this face as a child disliking a food, when in reality these faces are telling us that this new food is different and unexpected. We may be tempted to throw in the towel after offering a food that the baby may seem opposed to. Let's not give up!</p> <p class="p1">Studies have shown that it can take up to 20 or more exposures to a new food for a child to acquire a taste for it. Research has also found that early exposure to a variety of fruits and vegetables increases the likelihood of regular consumption later in life. For those of us who may have missed the boat with respect to fruit and vegetable intake for our babies, all is not lost. Parents have many opportunities to "model" healthy eating for their children which has a lasting impact on their food choices. A second helping of Brussel sprouts? Don't mind if I do!</p> <p class="p3">2. Improved academic performance</p> <p class="p1">We all dream of academic success for our children. But how does healthy eating make this dream a reality? Nutrition affects cognitive skills, behavior, and overall health, which all have an impact on academic performance. More specifically, eating breakfast, having adequate fruit and vegetable intake, and limiting intake of sugar-sweetened drinks all improve cognition, concentration, energy levels, positively impacting academic performance among school-aged children.</p> <p class="p1">Conversely, deficiencies in certain nutrients early in life can negatively affect the cognitive development of school-aged children. A 2014 study found that students who ate more fast food performed worse on math and reading tests. By offering a variety of well-balanced healthy foods we can't guarantee that our children will become valedictorians of their class, but it's a great starting point!</p> <p class="p3">3. Higher likelihood of a healthy relationship with food</p> <p class="p1">We may find nothing more exasperating than preparing a home-cooked meal after a long day, only to have our child reject it. Moving away from the "clear your plate" mentality and more towards encouraging children to listen to their internal hunger cues helps to create a healthy relationship with food.</p> <p class="p1">By learning to listen to their physical cues for hunger and fullness, children can reduce their risk of overeating and yo-yo dieting later in life. It can be hard to be patient when you&rsquo;re allowing your children to choose how much to eat, particularly when they don't want to eat anything! By doing so, however, we increase the likelihood of a child's willingness to eat the food in the end. Rather than forbidding "bad" foods, explaining the differences between "everyday" foods and "sometimes" foods, can help foster a child's healthy relationship with food. Being a positive role model for our children is a more effective way to encourage this healthy relationship versus strictly controlling their diet.</p> <p class="p1">From warding off obesity to improved grades, healthy eating habits can impact many facets of a child's life. Teaching healthy eating habits at a young age can positively shape a child&rsquo;s future, health and wellness.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1634 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Guiding Your Child through the Transition to Middle School <p class="p1">The transition to middle school is an important milestone. It&rsquo;s a time of tremendous change, not only to a new school building, but also physically, emotionally, and mentally for your child. My oldest son just finished his transition to middle school this year, having just completed grade six. I&rsquo;ve learned over the past year that there is much we, as parents, can do to help make this transition go a little more smoothly.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">Research shows that young adolescents making the move to middle school are actually quite worried about logistics. They are concerned about getting lost in the new school or not being to find their classes on time. What happens if they&rsquo;re tardy? Where do they go if they get lost? Students are often transitioning to a bigger school, so it can certainly feel quite overwhelming for them. Here are some steps you can take to help allay your child&rsquo;s fears.</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Attend a school orientation or set up a time to visit the school with your child. Walk around the school with your child so she becomes familiar with the layout.</li> <li class="li1">Review the student handbook with your child. Discuss the rules, the code of conduct, and the school&rsquo;s consequences for not following rules. Knowing what is expected will help your child feel more confident on that first day of school.</li> <li class="li1">Buy your child a lock for his locker several weeks before the start of school so that he can get comfortable with working the combination quickly.</li> <li class="li1">Visit the school&rsquo;s website with your child to check for schedules and announcements, and print off your child&rsquo;s class schedule and go over it with her. Discuss the amount of time she has to get between classes. You may even want to print a map if she&rsquo;s feeling particularly anxious and actually map out her walk from class to class and place it in her binder.</li> </ul> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">Academically, it&rsquo;s not uncommon for your child&rsquo;s grades to slip a bit during this transitional period. There is so much for him to suddenly keep up with, and it may take several weeks or even months to get the hang of it. Whereas your child is probably used to having one teacher for the whole day, now he will likely change classes several times per day and learn the teaching styles of a few new teachers. Keeping up with the changing academics alone would be a struggle, but this is piled on top of all the other changes your child is enduring at once, so take a few deep breaths and gather your patience. He will need lots of encouragement and grace as he settles in. Here&rsquo;s how to help:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1">Meet with your child&rsquo;s teachers and discuss your child&rsquo;s learning style, strengths, weaknesses, and personality. Stay in contact throughout the school year and take advantage of every parent-teacher conference.</li> <li class="li1">If your child seems to still be struggling mid-year, get in touch with the school counselor for recommendations.</li> <li class="li1">Stick to a schedule. Even though she may be pushing for a later bedtime and more independence, having a routine in place for homework, extracurricular activities, dinner, family time, and bedtime will help your child stay on track.</li> <li class="li1">Teach your child organizational and time management skills. Middle school is the time for these skills to be taught and practiced. Show him how to organize his binder properly, where to jot down homework assignments and keep project papers, etc.</li> </ul> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1628 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Homework Habits: How to Motivate Kids <p class="p1">When it comes to homework, it can seem impossible to get kids motivated to start or stay on task. It can be especially frustrating when you know your child is smart and capable but they aren&rsquo;t willing to put in the time and effort it takes to get the grades you know they can. As parents, we want our kids to put their best effort into their schoolwork without having to pester them and have the situation affect our relationship in a negative way. Here are some tips to help motivate your kids to stay on task.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">Establish clear expectations</p> <p class="p1">One way to avoid a constant battle is to communicate in advance what your expectations are. When will homework be completed? Will it be started immediately after school or after dinner? Let your child know where it is appropriate to work. Some kids are able to stay on task if they are alone in their bedroom while others may find toys or electronics distracting. Other kids may prefer to work at the kitchen table while others may find this to be too distracting because of other family activities around them. Other kids need to be reminded that sitting in front of the TV while working on homework is not a good idea.</p> <p class="p1">Once you have established when and where they will work, make sure they have easy access to the supplies they need. It is also a good idea to let your child know what your expectations are for homework. Instead of focusing on the grade itself, let them know you expect their best work, that homework will be turned in on time, and that you are available to help if needed.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">Another way you can motivate your child is by letting them know that they can do something they enjoy after their homework is completed. For example - &ldquo;When you finish your reading, you can go outside and play.&rdquo; or &ldquo;When you are done with your math homework you can watch a TV show.&rdquo; This communicates the importance of homework over leisure time and gives them a motivation to complete it.</p> <p class="p1">Set an example and be supportive</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1629 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Child is be the Person You Want Him to Be. Here’s Why. <p class="p1">The apple doesn&rsquo;t fall far from the tree because of simple physics. There is a gravity at work. When it comes to parenting, it&rsquo;s not enough to tell our children to be different from us, to live more productive, enriching, fulfilling lives, while we live out very different ones. It&rsquo;s much more effective to lead by example.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1">Why is it that domestic violence plays out in such a vicious cycle? The very kids who hated watching their own mothers abused are twice as likely to become abusers themselves. Or consider a much less extreme situation.</p> <p class="p1">My mom has always lived a very selfless life. My whole life, I watched her put everyone&rsquo;s needs above her own. On occasion she used to tell me to not be like her and take better care of myself. But as a mother of two daughters, I see myself neglecting my needs just as she did her own.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1">Self-care is something I realize I need to be better about. But to be honest, it doesn&rsquo;t come natural for me. To be different than my mom requires rewiring and unlearning decades of learned behavior. But taking good care of myself is something I strive to achieve, in part because I want to teach my daughters different. The reality, for better or worse, is that we end up mirroring our parents in more ways than we may like, and our kids will mirror us too.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1630 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 5 Healthy Habits You Want to Continue in the Summer to Make School Transition a Breeze <p class="p1">Summer provides a nice seasonal break from school. But the way to maintain good habits is to not break them. Here are five healthy habits and practices to continue in the summer that will help your child create a seamless transition into the school year, as well as provide a smooth wave to ride out for the remainder of the summer.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>First things first.</strong> The essence of having good time management is to prioritize your most important tasks first. There will always be more things to do or things your child will want to do than there will be time available. So getting in the mode of crossing off the most important tasks first will enable your child to develop an empowering life skill. A good rule of thumb when prioritizing first things first may be to tackle the least desirable to-do first. That way your child can enjoy doing the rest of his responsibilities with more ease and less stress. Summer break may not consist of many pressing tasks for your child, but even getting in the habit of doing simple chores, reading for 10 minutes, playing an instrument, or practicing a sport before watching TV is a great way to instill healthy habits, which brings us to our next point.</li> </ul> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Assign responsibilities. </strong>Yes, summer most definitely is a time to relax. But this doesn&rsquo;t have to mean a break from all responsibilities. Even simple house chores like making the bed, turning off lights, and cleaning up toys, are meaningful ways to contribute to the family. Accountability not only teaches a child to be responsible, but it also makes him feel like an important and needed member of the family. Responsibilities can instill pride in your child and help him thrive even when school starts.</li> </ul> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Create a productive space for your child</strong>. Part of setting up a daily routine is to &ldquo;regularly and reliably do the work in a habitual way&rdquo; says Seth Godin. &ldquo;The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important.&rdquo; Creating a dedicated space for your child to work is important because, as many interior designers will tell you, a physical space creates an expectation of the person who walks into that room. An organized work space where your child can do his best thinking, work on his homework or some passion project, implicitly creates an expectation of him.</li> </ul> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Schedule in time for unorganized play</strong>. Summer is a time for fun. And perhaps your child has had tons of it. But before you glance over this point, make sure that you understand what unorganized playtime actually entails. Unorganized play is not just fun, though it certainly can and should be that. But it&rsquo;s also a whole lot more. Unorganized play is unstructured time for your child to figure out how to entertain himself outside the confines of playdates and curated activities.<br /><br />Many kids who are left to their own devices will engage in pretend play, some form of building or drawing, or even lie down and sing and daydream. While this may seem &ldquo;unproductive&rdquo; in our activity-crazed culture, unorganized playtime actually creates the very space that allows our kids to think, imagine, and connect the dots between two seemingly disparate thoughts, the very definition of creativity provided by Steve Jobs. Not only Jobs, but scientists are showing that unorganized playtime, which research shows today&rsquo;s kids are lacking, enhances creativity on a biological level as well. It actually helps to develop the part of a child&rsquo;s brain that makes a person creative. Since this type of play is natural for kids, scheduling unorganized playtime will require the conscious effort on the part of the parent more than the child. But it is absolutely essential in helping kids recharge, enhance creativity and become independent all at the same time.</li> </ul> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><strong>Get to bed on time</strong>. There definitely will be summer nights where a child stays up past his bedtime. But sleep is absolutely crucial in every facet of a child&rsquo;s development, emotionally, behaviorally and physically. Not only is a good sleeping pattern conducive to waking up on time for school, but there&rsquo;s an optimal time for sleep. And staying up too late routinely will compromise the quality of your child&rsquo;s sleep, his development and the quality of his day.</li> </ul> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1631 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Off to Kindergarten: Getting Mom Ready <p class="p1">The pencils are sharpened, the backpack has been chosen, and you have done everything you can think of to prepare your child for the first day of kindergarten and then it hits you. Your baby is going to kindergarten! There are plenty of materials parents can use to prepare their child for that first day, but no one tells mom what to do when she lets go of the child that has been by her side for five years. From a mom who has sent three kids to kindergarten, so far, here are some tips to get yourself ready for that monumental day.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><strong> Get social</strong></p> <p class="p1">You will feel more comfortable sending your child off to school if you are familiar with their classmates and their parents. Set up a play date at a park and invite everyone to come. Get to know the children&rsquo;s names, as well as their parents, so that you feel more connected to the students your child will spend his days with. Also consider starting a kindergarten play group a year or two prior to sending your child to kindergarten so you and your child have time to make friends before they even begin school.</p> <p class="p1"><strong> Volunteer</strong></p> <p class="p1">Just because your child is away at school doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to be far. Consider joining the PTO, becoming a Scout leader, serving as a room parent, or ask where you can be most hopeful in your child&rsquo;s school. Serving at your child&rsquo;s school helps you become familiar with the staff, students, and families. Plus, you<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>will feel more comfortable and connected as your child continues their education.</p> <p class="p1"><strong> Use reinforcements</strong></p> <p class="p1">It can be hard, especially the first day of school, to let go. Try to keep your fears, nerves, and sadness under wraps as you drop your child off. Kids can sense your feelings and may feed off of them, making drop off even more stressful. Ask dad, an aunt, uncle, or grandparent to tag along that first day to help you stay positive and keep your fears at bay. Sometimes a voice of reason and later a shoulder to cry on is just what you need.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Some schoosl host a coffee or breakfast after drop off the first day to connect you to other parents who are missing their little one too.</p> <p class="p1">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><strong> Make the best of it</strong></p> <p class="p1">I miss my kids terribly when they are at school but I also make the best of it. When your child is away use the time wisely to clean, work out, shower, cook, run errands or take time to recharge your own battery. In no time, you will settle into a new normal and after seeing the growth and maturity in your child as they thrive in kindergarten, sending them off to first grade should be a little easier...maybe.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1632 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Let Go of Perfection, Mama <p class="p1">I admit it. I&rsquo;ve been caught in the terrible, soul-sucking trap of trying to do it all and be it all. My days were a whirlwind of people-pleasing frenzy. I wanted to live up to the high standard I had in my mind. I could be the mom who did it all and did so gracefully! At least, I thought I could. I constantly bit off more than I could chew. I volunteered to take on projects I didn&rsquo;t have time to take on. I wrote books in the middle of the night and homeschooled my kids during the day. We were involved in Scouts, karate, baseball, and co-op. I created play invitations for my kids in the evenings and blogged about them later. On the outside, I probably looked like a mom who had it all together.</p> <p class="p2">##ad##&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">But I was breaking.</p> <p class="p1">Underneath my mask of perfection were the sad eyes and tear-stained cheeks that only my family could see. I took no time for self-care. There was no time left in our over-scheduled days. During those years, my anxiety grew out of control, forcing me at last to step out of the cycle and refocus only on what was vitally important. It became undeniably clear to me. <strong>My kids didn&rsquo;t need a perfect mom. They needed a happy, healthy one.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">We get caught up in striving for perfection for many reasons. Some of us desperately want to prove our worth. Others use busyness as an escape &ndash; there&rsquo;s no time to sit with their thoughts and feel their emotions if they&rsquo;re never still. There&rsquo;s no time to confront their demons. Yet others feel it is their duty to please everyone, living ever in fear of letting down those around them. Whatever the reason, the result is often the same &ndash;<strong> a loss of joy</strong>.</p> <p class="p2">##adbig##&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Maybe you look put together, but you&rsquo;re falling apart on the inside.</p> <p class="p1">Maybe you&rsquo;ve made everyone else happy, but the price has been your own joy.</p> <p class="p1">Maybe you feel accomplished at the end of the day but it doesn&rsquo;t soothe your heart somehow.</p> <p class="p1">Maybe you&rsquo;re surrounded by people every day but you feel lonelier than ever.</p> <p class="p1">Maybe you have all you&rsquo;ve ever wanted but you still feel empty.</p> <p class="p1">Mama, you don&rsquo;t have to keep up at this dizzying pace. You don&rsquo;t have to sacrifice your own wants and needs. You don&rsquo;t have to please everyone. You don&rsquo;t have to do and be everything. The world won&rsquo;t spin off its axis if you take some time to breathe and recharge.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1633 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 The Gift Game and Puzzle People Since 1987 <p style="font-weight: 400;">Family Games America FGA Inc., the gift game and puzzle people since 1987, introduces you to a whole new range of products including 16 enchanting and mystical Arts and Craft kits for the Tween/Teen market.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">##ad##</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Aimed at promoting &ldquo;Girl Power&rdquo;, each kit sparks imagination, creativity and self-esteem in each and every participant when they partake in&nbsp;<em>Activity Sketch Books, Dream Catchers</em>,&nbsp;<em>Magic Watercolor</em>,&nbsp;<em>Charm Bracelet</em>,&nbsp;<em>Milky Way Bead Set</em>&nbsp;and the super popular<em>&nbsp;Pampered Body &amp; Mind Spa Set</em>. The delightful Nebulia, Petulia and Marinia characters accompany and explain details to players as they delve into this magical and colorful world of art.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">With quite a few arts &amp; craft kits already out there in the market, most kits are aimed at children of a younger age group. With this enchanting line of Nebulous Stars, the artwork, packaging and content respects and speaks to the slightly older teen and pre-teens who are more into Harry Potter-ish, slightly mythical television programs, films, characters and books.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Each kits is jam-packed with product that pertains to the kit title, beit markers, stickers, glow ink, beads, stones, tools, stencils, nail and body tattoos, foil, glitter, gems, canvas, gel pens, transfers, paintbrushes, paint, feathers, wish jars, crystal pendants, ribbon, elastic, foot bath, flip flops, bath bombs, nail polish&hellip;</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">##adbig##</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Allow for personal time, personal growth, and proud results. Quadrilingual packaging</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">The perfect rainy day pass time.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Available exclusively in the USA through Family Games America FGA Inc.&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1627 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 A Little Bow Can Make A Big Difference <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Mom &amp; Mom Shop; owned and operated by women since 2005. <br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> Baby Bling continues in our decade long tradition of handmade quality by contracting the services of over 80 local women in our community. <br /><br /> Our headbands are handmade by creative, talented people who share our vision of combining comfort, style and quality into beautiful accessories for beautiful babies. <br /><br /><a href="http://%20www.babyblingbows.com" target="_blank"> www.babyblingbows.com</a><br /><a href="mailto:orders@babyblingbows.com" target="_blank">orders@babyblingbows.com</a><br /> (801)885-0340</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1626 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700