CreativeChild RSS Feed Books that Uplift, Inspire, and Ignite Imagination <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="SevenSeasPress" width="600" height="776" /></p> <p>Please click on the links below, to purchase or learn more:</p> <p>Click To Purchase <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" title="Moon Mother, Moon Daughter" href=";keywords=moon+mother+moon&amp;qid=1552668969&amp;s=gateway&amp;sprefix=moon+mother+m%2Caps%2C205&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Moon Mother, Moon Daughter</a></span></strong></p> <p>Click To Purchase <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" title="The Little Blue Dragon" href=";qid=1552669482&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">The Little Blue Dragon</a></strong></span></p> <p>Click To Purchase <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" title="The Little Blue Dragon/La Dragoncita Azul" href=";qid=1552669530&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1-1-fkmrnull" target="_blank">The Little Blue Dragon/La Dragoncita Azul</a></strong></span></p> <p>Click To Purchase <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" title="The Three Sunflowers" href=";qid=1552669658&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1-1" target="_blank">The Three Sunflowers</a></span></strong></p> <p>Click To Purchase <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" title="The Three Sunflowers/Los Tres Girasoles" href=";qid=1552669720&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1-1-spell" target="_blank">The Three Sunflowers/Los Tres Girasoles</a></strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 5 Reasons to Participate in Theater <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> If you have a child with a flair for the dramatic, who loves to sing and dance, or wants to be part of a team without playing sports, theater may be the answer you are looking for. Participating in theater can expose kids to music, arts, culture, teamwork and more. Most of the benefits of participating in theater help them in school now as well as in the future as they enter college and later the workforce. Here are the top 5 reasons that kids should give theater a try.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Teamwork</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> There are so many different aspects that go into a theater production such as actors, musicians, sound technicians, set building, backstage hands, costume design, and more. The entire group must work as a team to bring the production together, which is no small task. Kids will learn about teamwork in a whole new way by participating in theater. Another great benefit is that they will most likely build some friendships along the way.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Communication</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Kids will learn confidence in public speaking, voice projection, memorization of lines, and how to confidently carry themselves in front of a crowd. Kids gain confidence by meeting the challenge of performing in front of others and meeting the goal of a successful production with the support of their fellow cast members and production directors.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Empathy</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> As kids examine how the character they play in the production responds and reacts emotionally to situations they naturally learn empathy for others. This is a great skill to have in life because it helps kids relate to others, care for friends, and understand why people react the way they do in a variety of situations.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Responsibility</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Kids participating in theater will have to memorize their lines, speak them with confidence, and perform them in order to contribute to the production as a whole. They will also have to maintain any other responsibilities at home, school, and any additional extracurricular activities. Kids will learn to prioritize, organize, and be held accountable for their role in the production. These are skills that will serve them well in the future.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Start a Family Game Night: 5 Great Benefits <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In the age of smartphones, Netflix, and busy lives in general, family time often gets neglected for other things. However,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>spending quality time as a family is important for the strength of your family. One great way to incorporate family time into your busy life is to plan and schedule a family game night. Get the kids involved and pick some games that are fun for all ages, set down the electronics, set out some snacks and enjoy some time together. Here are some great benefits you will enjoy by making time for family game night.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Affordable family fun</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Not only is game night a great way to bond as a family but it is much more affordable than other family outings such as going to the movies or visiting local attractions like the zoo. These activities often cost $10 or more per person, not including food and drinks. Game night is a frugal and fun way to enjoy family time because a one-time purchase of a new game costing $20-50 can be enjoyed repeatedly for years to come. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Conversation starter</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Many parents struggle with getting conversation started with their kids, especially teens. Conversation flows more easily as you play games together. Games can create healthy competition, teamwork, and bring up topics that you might not normally discuss. It also helps build a bond and trust between family members.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Screen free time</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> If your family is anything like mine, screen time limitations are a challenge, not just for the kids but for the adults in the family as well. Intentionally setting our phones aside while we play a game together gives all of us a break from the constant barrage of social media and other digital distractions and frees us to take the time to focus on each other.</span></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 My First Workout® <p class="p1"><span class="s1">My first workout&reg; is a progressive strength and conditioning program created by Certified Personal Trainer and mother of two boys, Michelle Miller, for children of all skill levels and abilities. Children progress at their own pace through the&nbsp;series under the guidance of a parent or caregiver who can easily follow the step by step directions provided by Michelle in both poster and video format. &nbsp;The primary purpose of this program is to build lifelong exercise habits from the earliest age possible and develop closer connections with loved ones all at the same time!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="MMFitness" width="200" height="175" /></span><span class="s1">My First Workout is connecting parents with their kids through their easy to follow step-by-step exercise program that comes in a kit with all the equipment needed to get started from the moment it arrives! &nbsp;The program is a beginner weight training program for kids, geared towards improving overall fitness, enhancing performance, preventing injury, and building a habit of exercise from the earliest age possible. Each kit provides age appropriate, custom kid size workout equipment and exercise programming in video and poster format so learning the exercises is easy and FUN! &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">My First Workout&reg; was honored with a 2019 National Parenting Product Award and is a healthy alternative to technology. &nbsp;Click to find out more&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="">.</a></strong></span></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a href=""><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="award" width="100" height="100" /><br /></a></strong></span></span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span class="s1"><a style="color: #0000ff;" title="" href="" target="_blank">BUY MY FIRST WORKOUT NOW</a>!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Your Gut is Smart- Listen to It <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are over one hundred million brain cells in your gut. Your enteric nervous system is a system of neurons that govern the gastrointestinal tract and is sometimes called &ldquo;the second brain.&rdquo; This &ldquo;second brain&rdquo; is in regular communication with your central nervous system. You&rsquo;ve felt this when you&rsquo;ve had butterflies in your stomach. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In addition, scientists have discovered that we appear to have two operating systems. The first is controlled by our right brain and parts known as the &ldquo;reptilian brain.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s instinctual, quick, and often subconscious. The second system is controlled by our left brain and the neocortex, and it is slower, conscious, and analytical. Intuition is part of that first operating system. Kelly Turner, Ph.D. says &ldquo;In other words, intuitive decisions are not something that we thought out carefully with reason but rather choices that have arisen quickly out of instinct.&rdquo; (<span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Source</span></a></span>) Researchers have also found that the first system often knows the answer well before our second system, and studies have shown that most often, our &ldquo;gut instinct&rdquo; is correct. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>When making parenting decisions, going with your gut instinct almost always leads to better outcomes. </strong></span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I remember a crucial turning point in my parenting when I finally stopped ignoring my gut instinct and discovered something really important about my child. My second son was born when my firstborn was two. Over the coming months, my firstborn&rsquo;s behavior began to change. I had already been well warned about the &ldquo;terrible twos&rdquo; and assumed he&rsquo;d hit them a little late as he was now about to turn three. This kind of behavior was, in my mind, to be expected, and I was told I needed to &ldquo;get swift control&rdquo; before it got entirely out of hand. As he passed his third birthday, his behavior continued to take a nosedive, and my frustration grew<strong>.</strong> I tried all sorts of methods to gain his compliance, such as behavior charts, counting to three, and time-outs. In my effort to be the consistent disciplinarian I was told I needed to be, I put him in time-out rather frequently. Each time, my gut instinct told me it was wrong, but I ignored it. This continued for months until our days had dissolved into constant battles, and I knew time-outs weren&rsquo;t working. </span></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Who is St. Patrick? The History of St. Patrick’s Day <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Today, St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day is celebrated around the world, but beyond the shamrocks and wearing of green, what does the day mean? And who exactly is St. Patrick anyway? The modern celebration of St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day has very little to do with St. Patrick. Surrounding the patron saint of Ireland are several myths, including the famous account that he drove snakes from Ireland and that he used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. While it&rsquo;s true that Ireland is snake-free today, there is no evidence that they were driven out by St. Patrick. It&rsquo;s likely that snakes never made it to Ireland to begin with. As for shamrocks, there is no historical evidence that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol to demonstrate Christianity, as lore suggests. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">While St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day today is dripping in green, blue was the original color of the Order of St. Patrick. Early depictions of St. Patrick show him wearing blue, not green. Wearing green can be traced back to political revolutions in the 1600s or, interestingly, there are tales of Irish-Americans wearing green to &ldquo;make them invisible to leprechauns&rdquo; in the 1700s, but neither explanation has anything to do with St. Patrick. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">So, what&rsquo;s the real story? St. Patrick is not Irish. He was born in Britain near the end of the fourth century, according to At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by Irish raiders, and he spent 6 years in captivity in Ireland. While captive, he turned to his religion for solace, as reported by, and became a devout Christian. </span></p> <p class="p2">##abig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">According to Patrick&rsquo;s writing, he was told in a dream by a voice he believed to be God&rsquo;s telling him it was time to leave Ireland. He escaped, reportedly walking 200 miles to the Irish coast. Once back in Britain, he reported having a second dream in which an angel told him to go back to Ireland as a missionary. Patrick studied religion for more than 15 years and, upon becoming an ordained priest, returned to Ireland to both minister to Christians there and to spread Christianity in a largely pagan culture. Contradictory to popular notion, he was not the first person to bring Christianity to Ireland. He was, however, very successful at growing Christianity in Ireland. </span></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 10 Easy Ways to Cut Kids Screen Time <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Tablets, smartphones, television, and video games play a major role in our daily lives. Technology can be a positive thing, but when it dominates our kids&rsquo; free time, it&rsquo;s time to start limiting it. With these easy tips, even reluctant kids may not notice they are cutting down their time spent with technology.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Step outside</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The easiest way to cut down on screen time is playing outside. They can ride bikes, use sidewalk chalk, take a walk, play catch, or play in the sprinkler. When kids are preoccupied outside they are less likely to think about TV or video games.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Set limits</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Set clear boundaries for your kids when it comes to electronics. Olathe mom of three, Amy Cameron says &ldquo;Zero screen time is allowed in the morning before school.&rdquo;<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Many other parents do not allow any phones or television during meals. It&rsquo;s also a good idea to set limits on how much screen time is allowed and what time of day. When everyone is on same page, there is less arguing about putting it down when the daily limit has been reached.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Join extracurricular activities</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Kids who are busy with sports or the arts have less time to play on electronics because their time is spent in practices, games, and performances.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Set a good example</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">When attempting to limit screen time for your kids, take a look at how much time you spend on screens. Good or bad, our kids learn from our actions and we can set a good example about when it's appropriate to look at our phone and when it&rsquo;s time to focus on other things.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Earn it</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">&ldquo;Screen time checklists need to be completed before kids get their devices.&rdquo; says Anna Schuster, Olathe mom of five. Many parents find it helpful to make a list that must be completed before they can have screen time. This may include school work, chores, instrument practice, or reading time. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Host a playdate </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">One way to cut down on time for screens is to host a no-electronics playdate. With friends over, it is easier to find other ways to occupy their time as they socialize and play with their friends. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Get cooking</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Distract your kids from electronics by keeping them busy in the kitchen. They can help cook and bake and have fun sampling the things they have made themselves. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Explore the city</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Visit the Kansas City Zoo, Deanna Rose, Union Station, the pool, local parks, or The Plaza with your kids. If they are busy exploring our great city, they will not have time for screens.</span></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Thriving as an Introverted Mom <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Self-awareness is an important part of parenting. I believe that knowing, understanding, and accepting ourselves is key to being thriving mothers. In my new book, <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=";qid=1550082664&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-3"><span class="s2">The Gift of a Happy Mother,</span></a></strong></span> I admit, &ldquo;If introversion were on a sliding scale, I&rsquo;d be toes off the ledge on the &lsquo;extremely introverted&rsquo; side.&rdquo; Author Jenn Granneman describes introversion succinctly. She says, &ldquo;Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.&rdquo; The challenge with being an introverted mother is that solitude is so very rare in those early years, and we must live in the &ldquo;world of people&rdquo; far too much. In other words, because we have to be so cognizant of our surroundings and nearly always engaged with our children, we don&rsquo;t get the required &ldquo;inner world&rdquo; time to reflect and recharge. This can leave us feeling talked out, touched out, and overwhelmed. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Unfortunately, the result for introverted moms is often that we carry too much guilt &ndash; guilt for wanting to be alone and guilt for feeling overwhelmed. After all, didn&rsquo;t we want this child? Aren&rsquo;t we happy to be parents? Shouldn&rsquo;t we be enjoying every moment!? We are overdosing on guilt because of a personality trait we cannot control. This is why understanding your needs and personality is key, because it 1) eases the guilt, 2) guides you toward thoughtful planning, and 3) uncovers your strengths as an introverted mom. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Meet Your Strengths</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are many strengths that introverts possess, but here are just five that stand out in motherhood.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. Creativity springs from solitude. Because introverts spend more time alone and in their heads than their extroverted friends, they are often very creative people. Creative minds like J.K. Rowling, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, Einstein, and Dr. Seuss all share your introversion. Being a creative parent certainly has its perks! You&rsquo;re always coming up with new ideas of fun ways to keep your child entertained. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. You&rsquo;re a thinker and a problem-solver. Introverts are always (always!) thinking. Naturally this helps us think through problems and find creative solutions. If something isn&rsquo;t working in your parenting, or if your child is struggling with a problem and needs helped, you&rsquo;re well-equipped to figure it out and make things better.</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. You&rsquo;re a great listener, too. Active listening is a valuable skill, and most introverts are naturally good at it. Whereas extroverts often jump in too quickly or are quick to offer opinions, introverts listen without obsessing over how to respond. We take it in and think about it before responding, and that makes us valuable and trusted friends, colleagues, parents, and leaders. Your child will always feel like she can come to you because she knows you&rsquo;ll listen well!</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 How to Make Your Child Feel Cherished on Valentine’s Day <p>I think somewhere along the way, holidays have become lost in the shuffle of a busy life. Sure, we still acknowledge them, but more so in a hurried and commercialized way rather than a meaningful one. Valentine&rsquo;s Day is no exception. We typically profess our love with store-bought cards and the boxes of candy, and those are sweet gestures, but what if we choose instead to create purposeful traditions that make our children feel truly loved and cherished? After all, we only get roughly 18 Valentine&rsquo;s Days with our children at home. Let&rsquo;s make each one count!</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>Prepare a special meal. </strong>Heart-shaped foods like pizza, pancakes, and cookies are a simple and sweet way to show your love. Make it a family affair by getting the kids to help mix the batter or roll the dough while you chatter with them. Alternatively, you could do a theme of red foods and prepare pasta with red sauce with red velvet cupcakes followed by fruit punch, for example. Add a hand-written love note and it&rsquo;s a meal they&rsquo;ll remember.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Give tickets to an experience. </strong>Most kids are swimming in &ldquo;stuff&rdquo; already. Instead of adding yet another stuffed bear to the pile, consider giving the gift of experience. Ideas include concert tickets, skating lessons, cooking or yoga classes, horseback riding, movie passes, tickets to a zoo, aquarium, or sporting event, etc. An abundance of research shows that experiences bring much more happiness than material possessions, so skip the bears and flowers and give the gift of happiness!</p> <p>##adbig##&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Set up a Valentine&rsquo;s Day themed play invitation. </strong>Children value play time with their parents. Few things make a child feel more loved than a parent who is engaged in play with them. Some play ideas for Valentine&rsquo;s Day include creating a themed sensory bin for them to explore, doing a Valentine&rsquo;s Day craft together, sewing stuffed hearts together, and painting the word &ldquo;love&rdquo; which you&rsquo;ve pre-traced onto a canvas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Play themed family games.</strong>From Valentine&rsquo;s Day bingo to minute-to-win-it style games, there are plenty of ideas to be found on the internet! One of my favorites is to draw a large face (with no mouth) on a big sheet of paper tape it to the wall. Give your child a big pair of lips to pin on the face! Play this</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Speak Your Child’s Love Language and Communicate Love More Effectively <p>When I try to hug and kiss my 6-year-old, she usually becomes a squirmy little worm and wiggles her way out of arms. When I tell her how proud I am of her, she offers an appreciative smile. But when I offer to make slime with her, she beams and throws me the biggest hug.</p> <p>##ad##&nbsp;</p> <p>There are many ways to show love. But the various forms of expressions are not created equal. Speaking the right love language to your child can fill his bucket a quarter full, a half full or make it overflow. Speaking your child&rsquo;s love language can change the dynamic of not only your relationship with your child but the chemistry of the entire family.</p> <p>The five love languages as defined by Gary Chapman in his book, &ldquo;The Five Love Languages of Children,&rdquo; are acts of service; words of affirmation, gifts, quality time or physical touch. Each of these expressions of love represents a different "language."</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p>For my squirmy 6-year-old, quality time fills her bucket most. That&rsquo;s not to say she doesn&rsquo;t appreciate words of encouragement or won&rsquo;t enjoy a cuddle at night. But quality time is the love language that communicates love best. After a couple of hours of focused one-on-one time, I&rsquo;ve noticed an increase in her level patience, cooperation and happiness during the week. She becomes less needy. Kids, after all, are just like us. When their needs are met, they have more to give. In this way, learning to speak your child&rsquo;s love language can be powerful in giving your child more confidence.&nbsp;</p> <p>When your child is young, it&rsquo;s not completely easy to distinguish his or her love language because they need all five languages: your acts of service, personal touch, words of affirmation, quality time and what child doesn&rsquo;t like gifts? But as your child becomes older, his dominant love language will become clearer.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important to note that what communicates love to one child may not be received the same way by another child. By understanding the five love languages, we can more easily discern the emotional needs of your child. Here is a brief description of each love language:</p> <p><strong>Words of affirmation</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Words hold great power for a child whose love language is words of affirmation. Compliments such as "You&rsquo;re such a great sister!" or "You&rsquo;re such a wonderful kid!&rdquo; go a long way with the child who thrives on praise and encouragement. Affirming words hold the power to provide your child with security and an inner sense of worth.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800