CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Changing Your Mindset for Happier Parenting <p>Most of us had parents who operated from a fear-based mindset. As a result, we may have naturally adopted that mindset as our own, and that negative or fear-based mindset could be what we are operating from each day, affecting every interaction and decision.</p> <p>The fear-based mindset says:<br /> 1. I have to control my child&rsquo;s behavior.<br />2. My child learns through consequences and/or punishment not to repeat bad behavior.<br />3. I am the dominant figure; my child is under me.</p> <p>##ad##&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s how to tell if you are parenting from a fear-based mindset. Do you use time-outs, counting to three, or threats of punishment to change behavior? Do you physically punish your child? Do you set no limits or weak limits because you want your child to like you? Do you fail to discipline altogether?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Both authoritarian and permissive parenting styles come from a fear-based mindset. Authoritarian parents fear losing control of their children. The focus is on obedience and punishing disobedience. Permissive parents fear losing their child&rsquo;s affection or love. Neither of these have been shown to produce positive outcomes. Research shows that children who grow up with strict authoritarian parents do follow rules much of the time, but this obedience comes at the price of low self-esteem and increased aggression and hostility. Likewise, kids with permissive parents also often have low self-esteem along with behavioral problems and even a higher risk of health problems, like obesity.</p> <p>##adbig##&nbsp;</p> <p>Because many of us were parented punitively, we learned early on that this is how children are raised. This makes shifting our mindset a challenging but important step in becoming conscious, positive parents. You essentially must re-wire your brain to think about children and parenting in a new way, and this requires important self-work. The good news is that positive &ndash; or authoritative &ndash; parenting is shown to have the best outcome!</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1625 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 When (and How) to Start Caring for Your Children’s Skin http://www.creativechild.com/article/1624 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 BRING STORYTELLING TO LIFE WITH STUFFED ANIMALS <p class="p1"><span class="s1">NEW 4.0 Bluebee Pal Pro is an interactive plush learning tool with FREE companion (life skills /educational app) that connects to all iOS and Android Devices and pairs with all apps with a narrative. Our patented technology allows Bluebee&rsquo;s &ldquo;mouth and head&rdquo; to move while reading stories, teaching through educational games, learning a language and singing songs.<br /> <br /> <br /> The wonderful thing about Bluebee Pals is that they are a ready and able playmate, confidante, and teacher hidden inside a stuffed animal. They can be paired with any device that is Bluetooth enabled or used as a beloved toy unplugged. <br /> <br /> Try using your Bluebee to:<br /> <br /> Rehearse upcoming events by acting out what is going to happen and have Bluebee respond with any anticipated concerns. Children can also rehearse independently by playing an app with your Bluebee Pal as a guide &ndash; which helps build independence and confidence.<br /> <br /> Master language skills, manners, and turn taking. Simply listening to a story read by Bluebee will help increase vocabulary.<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve all gone to &ldquo;tea parties&rdquo; and I&rsquo;ve heard that Bluebee loves a bit of cake with his tea. During your party, practice sharing portions. There are many food playsets that have a portion component. Games with definite turns are also a way to teach waiting &ndash; although your child can take Bluebee&rsquo;s turn too!<br /> <br /> Using the phone component with Bluebee can add to imaginative and pretend play by having Bluebee communicating directly with your child.<br /> <br /> bluebeepals<br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="mailto:laura.jiencke@kayleconcepts.com" target="_blank">laura.jiencke@kayleconcepts.com</a></strong></span><br /></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1623 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Our Pumps Don't Suck, They Suckle! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Owned and operated by fellow moms and registered nurses, Spectra is committed to supporting every mother on the beautiful journey of breastfeeding. Our double electric breast pumps are designed to bring comfort and confidence to every moment you share with your little one.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re Spectra: a team of registered nurses, lactation consultants and fellow mothers who have a passion for breastfeeding in all forms. We&rsquo;ve committed our lives to providing the best breast pumps, accessories, education, and customer care that we can. Because breastfeeding is a journey of love&mdash;and it&rsquo;s our mission to make that journey as natural and comfortable as can be.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">One main feature we are known for is our Natural Nursing Technology which is our set of unique elements which allow moms to experience benefits not normally associated with standard breast pumps. From the comfortable suction levels, to the elimination of back-flow, to the discreet and convenient operation that Spectra pumps are known for, Natural Nursing Technology mimics as closely as possible the experience of natural breastfeeding.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="http://www.spectrababyusa.com" target="_blank">www.spectrababyusa.com</a><br /><a href="mailto:marketing@spectrababyusa.com" target="_blank">marketing@spectrababyusa.com</a><br /> 954-652-1843</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1622 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Benefits of Products Made in the USA <p>If you had a dollar for every time a customer said &ldquo;They just don&rsquo;t make these things with quality, anymore!&rdquo; you might be able to close up shop and retire. We utter this expression so often that we lose sight of what it really means: there was a time when a product was expected to last for years, if not generations. We can make that happen again!</p> <p>As much as&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #339966;"><a style="color: #339966;" title="81% of shoppers conduct online research before making a purchase" href="http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/81-shoppers-conduct-online-research-making-purchase-infographic/208527" target="_blank">81% of shoppers conduct online research before making a purchase</a></span></strong> because they know how rare it is to find a genuinely good and safe product. When it comes to products that come in contact with infants, the safety of a developing brain and a weak immune system is of the utmost importance to parents.</p> <p>Not only are consumers rightfully concerned about the dangerous chemicals in their children&rsquo;s furniture and clothing, they also want to instill that awareness in their children as they grow.</p> <p>Because they benefit from closer attention to quality and detail than their imported counterparts, products made by smaller-scale <strong><span style="color: #339966;"><a style="color: #339966;" title="American manufacturers" href="http://madeinusachallenge.com/all-american-baby-guide/" target="_blank">American manufacturers</a></span></strong> can stand the test of time. A focus on the bottom line might work for some big box retailers and large-scale manufacturers, who outsource jobs for cheaper labor. However those manufacturers they&rsquo;re also the hardest hit when a big recall due to a chemical hazard is announced. The bottom line should matter, but so should the welfare of your customer.</p> <p>In an effort to better ensure the chemical safety of consumers and the products they buy, the U.S. Congress passed a reform to the&nbsp;<strong><span style="color: #339966;"><a style="color: #339966;" title="Toxic Substances Control Act" href="https://www.americanchemistry.com/Policy/Chemical-Safety/TSCA/" target="_blank">Toxic Substances Control Act</a></span></strong>. The law, which aims to make products made and sold in the U.S. safer, has been a big <strong><span style="color: #339966;"><a style="color: #339966;" title="topic of discussion" href="http://www.toyassociation.org/PressRoom2/News/2016_News/TSCA_Reform__TIA_to_Host_Webinar_on_New_Legislation.aspx#.V1nvd5MrIhg" target="_blank">topic of discussion</a></span></strong> in the juvenile products industry lately. The buzz around this issue alone is a signal that American consumers are paying attention to what&rsquo;s in the stuff they buy and want better, safer products to share with their children.</p> <p>Patriotism is an especially focal point, and consumers are more aware of their civic duties. When you&rsquo;re updating your storefront to display your seasonal bestsellers or top picks, highlight the assets of your American-made products.</p> <p>One of the many traits passed down from parents to their children are shopping and spending habits. When value and safety is emphasized to a customer, they will spend the extra money because they know the product will go a longer way in serving their family&rsquo;s needs.</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1401 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Taking a Beach Vacation with Toddlers <p>Sunshine, blue sky, warm sand between your toes, and the calming sound of ocean waves hitting the shore. Doesn&rsquo;t it sound wonderful and relaxing? Add a toddler or preschooler to the picture and it may not sound quite as relaxing, but a beach vacation with young children can still be wonderful with some patience and a little bit of planning.</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>Choose the right location for your family</strong></p> <p>When picking a spot to set up for a day at the beach, choose wisely. Make sure that the area is family friendly. It is also wise to make sure there are public restrooms available. Picnic areas, public showers, and restaurants nearby are also a bonus.</p> <p><strong>Bring the basics</strong></p> <p>When packing up for the beach make sure you have the essentials--a stocked diaper bag, lots of water, snacks, towels, extra swimsuits, and sunscreen. If you are transporting little ones along with a lot of beach gear, figure out what stroller or wagon that would work best to drag across the sand. Use makeshift sand toys such as cups, plastic containers, or inflatable items that are easy to travel with.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><strong>Sun protection</strong></p> <p>Apply a high level of sunscreen to protect everyone from sunburn and reapply frequently. Use hats and protective swimsuits so that a sunburn doesn&rsquo;t ruin the rest of your vacation. Find a place with shade or set up umbrellas or tents to create a shady spot. This will make the day more pleasurable for everyone. Try putting a inexpensive baby pool in the shade to keep little ones out of direct sunlight.</p> <p><strong>Have a backup plan</strong></p> <p>Plan alternative things to do in the area in case weather doesn't allow for a beach day. Families may also choose to take one day out of the sun and sand. Many beach vacation destinations have other options for entertainment such as an aquarium, mini golf, shopping, go-carts, or water parks.</p> <p>The type of vacation you take may change quite a bit after you become a parent, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to stop you from traveling. Plan ahead, be flexible, and make the most of the time together. Whether your beach vacation is relaxing or not, it is sure to be memorable.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1614 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Teaching Goal-Setting to Kids <p>Some of the biggest parenting goals we have are to teach our children how to take responsibility for their own behavior, to facilitate a healthy self-esteem, and to cultivate a growth mindset so that they push through challenges and work through failures. These goals produce confident, capable kids who have what they need to succeed at reaching their fullest potentials. Goal-setting is a simple way for kids to build confidence and self-esteem, learn responsibility, and gain a can-do attitude!</p> <p>##ad##&nbsp;</p> <p>Research shows that people who set goals are more successful. However, anyone who has seen their New Year&rsquo;s resolution go down the drain knows that just setting a goal isn&rsquo;t enough to achieve success. To teach our kids how set goals and succeed, we need to keep a few things in mind.</p> <ol> <li>The goal should be attainable. Big dreams are good, but when it comes to goal-setting, keep it small and attainable at first. Your kids might want to set big goals, like being an NBA star or winning American Idol, but those aren&rsquo;t going to happen in the near future. We want to steer them toward setting goals that they can achieve relatively quickly so they get that sense of satisfaction and success! Help your child set reasonable, age-appropriate goals like learning to draw a cat or mastering their multiplication tables.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="2"> <li>Tell them to write down their goals. Writing down our goals helps us to take ownership of them. According to <em>The Science of Goal Setting</em> by Vanessa Van Edwards, this is called &ldquo;the endowment effect.&rdquo; She says the endowment effect &ldquo;happens when we take ownership of something and it becomes ours, thereby integrating into our sense of identity.&rdquo; Plus, writing down their goals will make the next step easier, which is to list actionable steps to attain that goal.</li> </ol> <p>##adbig##&nbsp;</p> <ol start="3"> <li>Having a goal without a path to achieve that goal may set our kids up for failure. Without clear steps to take, kids (and adults) might not know how to achieve their goal, and not knowing what step to take first, they may take no step at all. Therefore, as soon as a goal is set, help your child identify the actionable steps he or she can take to achieve success. Using the examples above, it might look like this.<br /> Goal: I want to learn to draw a cat.<br /> Actionable Steps: Purchase a &ldquo;how to draw&rdquo; book and practice drawing for at least 15 minutes each day.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Goal: I want to learn my multiplication tables.</p> <p>Actionable Steps: Practice with flash cards or an app every day for 10 minutes, and write out one set of multiplication tables each day.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="4"> <li>Make sure the goal is measurable. &ldquo;I want to be healthier&rdquo; is a great goal, but how will you measure it? Your child might want to set a goal of &ldquo;being liked more at school&rdquo; or &ldquo;becoming more athletic,&rdquo; but these are broad goals. Help them create specific, measurable goals like &ldquo;running a mile,&rdquo; &ldquo;making a new friend,&rdquo; or &ldquo;jumping higher.&rdquo; That way, they&rsquo;ll know exactly when they achieve their goal!</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol start="5"> <li>Teach your child that setbacks aren&rsquo;t failures, and encourage a growth mindset by helping them to cultivate positive self-talk like &ldquo;I can do this&rdquo; or &ldquo;I&rsquo;m already half-way there!&rdquo; Teach them that working toward the goal is as important as achieving it, and that &ldquo;failure&rdquo; is really just a teaching tool. Your encouragement and support will be an important part of the process of learning how to set and achieve their goals.</li> </ol> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1615 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 5 High-Tech (and Creative) Ways to Make Single Parenting Easier http://www.creativechild.com/article/1616 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Teach Children Healthy Eating Habits http://www.creativechild.com/article/1617 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Simple Ways to Build Self Esteem <p>Kids who feel good about themselves or have high self-esteem tend to be successful in a wide variety of areas from school to relationships. On the other hand, kids who have lower self-esteem may not be as willing to try new things, may not stand up for themselves in difficult situations, or may get their feelings hurt easily. What are some simple ways to build your child&rsquo;s self-esteem and confidence?</p> <p>##ad##</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Find their niche</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We all have different interests and talents that bring us joy. If you can find the activity that most excites your child and encourage them to pursue it, you are providing opportunities that can build up their confidence and self-esteem. When looking at which activities to try, think about what activities your child seems to like doing. If your child enjoys drawing, enroll them in art classes or make art supplies available in your home. If they enjoy sports, dance, or martial arts, find a place where they can work at improving their skills. It is fun to do things we are good at and it helps give our confidence a boost as well.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Let them make mistakes</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; While this may seem counterintuitive, allowing your child to make mistakes, problem solve, and even fail can help them build their confidence. Working through their blunders teaches kids they can handle problems that may arise and it takes away the fear of failure.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Make their own choices</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the easiest ways to build self-esteem is to allow your child to make their own choices. Allow them to choose the clothing they will wear, order their own food at a restaurant, and decide when they will complete their schoolwork. As they grow older this will become harder as the decisions will be more important and have larger stakes but this will only prepare them for the future and give them confidence that they can make good decisions on their own.</p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Let them know you love them, no matter what</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Everyone needs to know they have someone in their corner rooting for them through anything. Let your child know you love them, no matter what. Showing empathy and understanding as your child works through missteps that they make shows them that you support them even when they make a mistake.. Show your child you love them, not just because of how they look or what they do, but for who they are.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Praise when deserved</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Building your child&rsquo;s self-esteem is more than just telling them how wonderful they are. If they do something great, let them know, however constant praise loses its meaning if it is repeated too often. Dianne Grande, PhD and author of <em>In it Together</em>, suggests praising kids for their attributes rather than what they do. &ldquo;This act has a very positive impact on self-esteem particularly when the praise is about general attributes, rather than specific accomplishments.&rdquo; Grande suggests saying &ldquo;I love your creativity.&rdquo; or &ldquo;You are so responsible&rdquo; because it reinforces that we are whole and valued.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Confidence is built over time and we can show our children each day that we trust them, love them, and believe in them. This will build their self-esteem now and prepare them for future success.</p> <p>Sources:</p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-it-together/201801/building-self-esteem-and-improving-relationships" target="_blank">https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-it-together/201801/building-self-esteem-and-improving-relationships</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1618 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700