CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Cuddlebunny’s Comfort Coins <p><span class="s1">Deep breath; soft, comforting texture; simple repetitive motion; positive, calming affirmations &ndash; these are the four tools that Cuddlebunny teaches kids to use to calm themselves down and regulate their emotions. It is a simply amazing system that is low-cost, easy to use, portable, and makes a great stocking stuffer.</span></p> <p><span class="s1">##ad##<br /> <br /> They were developed by Justice and his wife Karen Saint Rain, whose five children and PhD in education are the inspiration for the dozens of unique items you will find at&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://virtues101.com/"><span class="s2">virtues101.com</span></a></strong></span>.<br /> <br /> Other tools include character growth charts, crayons named after virtues, ABCs of virtue refrigerator magnets and posters, dinnertime conversation games, Character Building Blocks and much much more. Every product is designed to help children learn the vocabulary of virtues and become their best selves. We make character education easy, because teaching good character is the most important job you do.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://virtues101.com/" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1790 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 When Your Best Doesn’t Feel Like Enough <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Parents want to do the best they can when it comes to their kids. The majority of our time and effort goes towards supporting and taking care of their children. We work hard to make sure our kids are happy and healthy. Why do we often end up feeling like our best efforts still aren&rsquo;t enough? Here are some tips that can change your perspective and help you realize that you are enough for your kids.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Stop the comparisons</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The biggest trap parents fall into is comparing yourself to others. This is unfair because no two parents are the same and no family situation or child is the same. What works for you may not work for another family and each family&rsquo;s values, dynamic, and interests are different. Because of this, comparisons are not worth worrying over. In the age of social media, it can be hard not to think everyone has a picture-perfect life but it&rsquo;s important to remember that social media only shows you a picture, often staged and filtered, and is not a true reflection of their daily lives.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Reality check</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Sometimes we all need to give ourselves a reality check. Remember, all siblings have conflict, all kids throw tantrums, all houses get messy, and all parents get tired. Things are never perfect for anyone. It is wise to remember this when you start to get down about a situation that is making you feel like you aren&rsquo;t enough. Reaching out to a friend, you will often that they too experience similar situations.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>It is nice to have the commadary that comes from knowing that they are experiencing the same battles in their life too.</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1784 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Creating a Nurturing Environment Where Children Thrive <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Children have been compared to flowers often as the similarities are evident &ndash; they are beautiful, they are unique, they require tender, loving care, and they each bloom in their own time. Often we focus on changing our child rather than changing their environment, but changing the environment has a big impact on how our children grow. If we consciously tend to our gardens, our flowers will blossom.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>The Physical Environment</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. A cluttered home is a chaotic, restless home. While it is often hard to keep a tidy house when small children occupy it, it is helpful to try to keep the clutter to a minimum. Physical clutter overloads a child&rsquo;s senses and can lead to feelings of stress. A tidy, clutter free home will be more calm and soothing to all who abide there.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. Your home&rsquo;s d&eacute;cor can have a big impact. Fresh flowers on the table, light-hearted wall hangings or beautiful art all add to the positive feeling of your home.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. Pleasant scents lift moods.&nbsp;Did you know that the human sense of smell can identify thousands of aromas and is 10,000 times more precise than our sense of taste? Find what scents energize your children and what scents soothe them.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">4. Create a truly child-friendly environment. Provide toys and activities that children can reach without the help of an adult. Put as much on their level (within their reach) as you are comfortable with, including healthy snacks, books, puzzles and games, cups/plates/utensils, etc. Provide a mirror at your child&rsquo;s level. Have stools available at sinks.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">5. Let the sunshine in! Open shades and windows. Research has proven that natural lighting helps people be more productive, happier, healthier and calmer.</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1785 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Teaching Gratitude Can Change a Child’s Life. Here are 10 Reasons Why. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As parents, we focus on teaching our kids how to say &ldquo;thank you&rdquo; to instill good manners. But teaching our kids gratitude has much more far-reaching repercussions than good manners, science shows. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">For any parent who has more than one child, you may have noticed that gratitude is in part a personality trait. Some people are just more inclined to be grateful by nature. But the good news is habit can change us. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The simplest way to enhance gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. Five minutes a day can change your child&rsquo;s life. Here are 10 reasons why it&rsquo;s so important to instill the habit of gratitude in our children. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>Gratitude makes us healthier. </strong>Research has showed us time and time again that those who engage in practicing gratitude feel less pain, go to the doctor less often, have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop be depressed. People who practice gratitude are also more likely to exercise. </span></p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>Gratitude helps us sleep better</strong>. Gratitude has been shown to increase sleep quality, the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, and increases sleep duration. That&rsquo;s because envy and pessimism beget anxiety, which keeps us awake. Gratitude cuts at the very core of anxiety and helps us sleep more peacefully. One study showed that patients with chronic pain conditions who were assigned a daily gratitude journal slept half an hour more than their control group. </span></p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>Gratitude stems envy</strong>. You know those incessant complaints? &ldquo;Why does she get more?&rdquo; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not fair.&rdquo; &ldquo;He&rsquo;s just better at it than I am.&rdquo; Well, gratitude can help nip envy in the bud by focusing on what we do have and how others have helped us achieve and attain things. </span></p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>Gratitude makes us less self-centered. </strong>The very practice of gratitude requires us to focus on ourselves less and on the benevolent acts of others more. Put another way, gratitude teaches us to be humble. And by becoming less self-centered and more humble, we become more confident beings. Which brings us to our next point. </span></p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>Gratitude makes us more confident. </strong>One of the true marks of confident person is humility. While the opposite of a confident person, or one of the true telltale signs of an insecure person is arrogance. Humility is not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less. And the very nature of a truly confident person is someone who is able to see the good in their lives and be happy for others. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1786 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Tips for Communicating with Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Communicating can be a challenge in any relationship but when it comes to our kids we can feel like it&rsquo;s even more problematic to get them talking, especially when it comes to difficult topics. Every parent wants a healthy and open relationship with their children. How can you foster a relationship that encourages your children to share the ups and downs of their daily life?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;<span class="s1">Ask specific questions</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> When your child comes home from school and you ask &ldquo;How was your day?&rdquo; you may get the quick answer of &ldquo;Fine.&rdquo; and nothing else. Try to ask specific questions like &ldquo;How did the math test go?&rdquo; or &ldquo;Who did you sit with at lunch today?&rdquo; Listen to your child and ask follow up questions when possible. Roe Hunter, marriage and family counselor at Lifeworks Counseling in Madison, MS says &ldquo;I suggest that you ask a question like &ldquo;How are you today?&rdquo; and then wait patiently. Allow for silence to feel uncomfortable. If the child is quietly thinking, wait some more.&rdquo; Giving kids the time to speak when they are ready is key.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Show interest in what they love</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> &ldquo;It is important to be aware and actively listening to your child.&rdquo; says Hunter. &ldquo;Tune into their desires, needs, wants and interests. Ask engaging and curious questions about what interests them.&rdquo; When you show your child that you are interested in what excites them you are actually showing them you are interested in them as a person. We may not be thrilled by the latest toy craze, video game, or sports statistics but if we show kids we are interested in what they say and are really listening to them, it will make opening up about other, more difficult, topics easier in the future.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Be a safe place</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Kids will start to share when they feel secure and comfortable. &ldquo;In order to get a kid to open up regardless of age, you must embody safety.&rdquo; says Hunter. &ldquo;Safe people are Secure. Aware. Forgiving. Empathetic. (S.A.F.E.)&rdquo; Everyone needs a place they can feel secure and safe to share what they are feeling without judgement or criticism. When a child shares something that surprises for upsets you, remain calm. Listen and talk through the situation and try to be understanding. Overreacting or anger will cause the child to shut down.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Build a relationship over time</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Relationships don&rsquo;t happen overnight and building one will take time and trust. Parents begin building their relationships with kids from infancy. Your reactions to situations and relationships with others show your child how you will respond to them. Roe Hunter says &ldquo;Getting kids to open up at any age can be challenging. When we model secure attachments not just with our children but with our spouse, friends, family members, and God; children take notice.&rdquo; Establish a healthy relationship with your kids with your actions over time so that you become a safe and secure place when they need you.</span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1787 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Family Gratitude Practices for Thanksgiving and Beyond <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s that time of year again. Thankfulness is at the forefront of our thoughts and conversations as we express how #thankful and #blessed we are to others. It&rsquo;s a good practice to be in, but too often we let gratitude fall away again by the end of Black Friday. However, this year can be different! This year can be the beginning of lifelong gratitude practices that your children will benefit from for a lifetime. Start by sharing in these simple practices together.</p> <p class="p3">##ad##</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">1. <strong>Count your blessings at dinner.</strong> I know dinner around the table each night is a difficult goal to achieve, but you don&rsquo;t have to be at the table to start this tradition. Get in the habit of stating three things you are grateful for before you eat your meal, whether you&rsquo;re eating on the go or at home. Ask your children to do the same. This simple practice helps kids shift their perspectives and begins to train their brains to see the blessings.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">2. <strong>Start a Gratitude Tablecloth this year.</strong> Purchase a plain white tablecloth and permanent markers. Bring out this tablecloth every Thanksgiving and have everyone in the family write something they are grateful for each year with their name and date. This will become a cherished family heirloom that your kids will look forward to adding to every year. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">3. <strong>Create an Appreciation Board in your home.</strong> Using a simple white board, create a family ritual of having each member write something that they appreciate about someone else on the board each day. For example, &ldquo;Dad made a great dinner&rdquo; or &ldquo;Brother helped me with my homework.&rdquo; At the end of the day or week (whatever works for your family), read the appreciations aloud before you erase it for a new day or week. This is a great way to build family bonds and teach children to show appreciation to their family members.</span></p> <p class="p3">##adbig##</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">4. <strong>Start a Day of Appreciation Tradition for each family member and put it on the calendar.</strong> On each person&rsquo;s designated day, everyone tells that person three things that they love and appreciate about them, and then the family has a small celebration of that individual. What a beautiful way to make each member of your family feel loved and valued.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">5. <strong>Make a Blessing Tree from construction paper and hang it on your wall.</strong> On Thanksgiving Day, everyone writes what they are grateful for on construction paper leaves and tapes them on the tree. You can make it even more special by using your children&rsquo;s handprints as the branches, and save it to bring back out annually every year to add more leaves to.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">6. <strong>Keep a gratitude journal.</strong> You can do this individually or keep a family journal. Open the journal at the beginning of the day, maybe before you get out of bed or at breakfast, and jot down 2 to 3 things that you are thankful for that day. Getting your kids in the habit of beginning their days with gratitude will help them a happier and more positive outlook. This can even easily be done though an app on the phone. Maybe your kids will stick to it better that way!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">7. <strong>Practice a monthly Day of Giving.</strong> Teach your children that it&rsquo;s not only important to be grateful for what they have in their own lives but it&rsquo;s also important to give others something to be grateful for. In that spirit, set aside at least one day per month to practice a Day of Giving where your whole family volunteers or does something kind for someone else. Consider taking a meal to a busy friend, baking goods for a lonely neighbor, gathering food and toys to take to the animal shelter, or gathering gently used items for donation. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Practicing gratitude is a proven key to happiness and a great way to battle entitlement. However, it&rsquo;s not all about us. By adding in daily and monthly rituals of showing appreciation and giving to others, you help give your kids a bigger picture of gratitude as a whole, not only to count their own blessings but to also be a blessing to others. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1788 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Child? Research Seems to Suggest It’s Time to Stop Feeling Guilty. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If you&rsquo;re feeling that you aren&rsquo;t spending enough time with your child, rest assured, your concerns are shared by most parents of this generation. Even though we are spending on average an hour more per day and two hour more per weekend with our kids than previous generation, the mommy guilt persists in our culture with a vengeance. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">With parents all around us, shuffling our kids and jam packing one more activity into our already stuffed, exhausted schedules, we seem to find it harder than ever to tell our kids that we can&rsquo;t draw with them or play a game with them, when we&rsquo;re in the throes of budgeting our finances, folding laundry, or even having a conversation with our spouses. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">But should we feel guilty because we&rsquo;re not giving as much time to our children as the Joneses? Is the pervasive view in today&rsquo;s intense-parenting culture that more time is better warranted? According to a <strong><a href="https://www.popcenter.umd.edu/research/working-papers/papers/2012-015/view"><span class="s2">study conducted by the University of Maryland</span></a></strong>, the answer is a surprising and resounding no. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There is scant evidence showing that greater amounts of child focused time or greater amounts of time available to children is better for children&lsquo;s socio-emotional, health, or academic outcomes. What the study did find, was that social class, as measured by mother&lsquo;s education and family income, has a stronger relationship with children&lsquo;s well-being. And if there is a time our kids need us, it is during their teenage years. This seems to keep them out of trouble. Furthermore, juicier findings revealed that while spending more time with our kids has no scientific proof that it improves their success in life, being exposed to stressed parents does seem to have a negative impact.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If these results seem surprising, as they were to me, it&rsquo;s perhaps because today&rsquo;s mothers spend more time interacting with their children than mothers did in the 1960s, when mothers in general worked dramatically less. Today&rsquo;s employed mothers appear to protect time with children at the expense of their own leisure time and housework. We&rsquo;re doing more than we ever did, perhaps to our detriment. </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1789 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 BUY ONE GIVE ONE! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Buy "A Bear Finds His Purpose" children's book and teddy bear combo set and we will deliver a &ldquo;Caden&rdquo; teddy bear to a sick kid in the hospital!<br /> <br /> The Caden Project is the first outreach of Compassionate Hearts For Kids a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to showing love and compassion to sick and hurting kids.<br /> <br /> The Caden Project was inspired by a little boy named Caden who received a teddy bear in the hospital while he was going through a bone marrow transplant.<br /> <br /> Help support The Caden Project while bringing a smile to a sick child! <br /></span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span class="s1"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.abearfindshispurpose.com/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.abearfindshispurpose.com&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1573067073563000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEmm77avBwHEs_tATvI6B2gjimQTw">www.abearfindshispurpose.com</a></span></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1781 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 Shoot for the Moon! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Encourage your child to reach for the stars with Sophia&rsquo;s&reg; newest licensed product line designed for 18 inch dolls, but easily used for plush friends as well. Sophia&rsquo;s has partnered with the Smithsonian&trade; to create a series of STEM related play sets. Our Shoot for the Moon Career Collection&trade; currently includes 5 sets. Each set includes accessories and related garments to help foster a child's curiosity. Our exciting career choices include an Astronaut, Biologist, Horticulturist, Paleontologist and Veterinarian. Will your doll discover a new bacterium, dig for dinosaur fossils or plant a vegetable garden? </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> Sophia&rsquo;s Astronaut set and winner of Creative Child&rsquo;s 2019 Toy of the Year Award, includes an astronaut suit with helmet, telescope, camera, moon rock bag and more. &nbsp;The Biologist Set features a lab coat, petri dishes, pipettes, magnifying glass, butterfly net and butterflies. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> The Horticulturist set includes a gardening apron, spade, watering can, flower pot, vegetables and sprayer bottle. The Paleontologist set comes with a floppy hat, satchel, compass, camera and dinosaur dig block with hidden treasure. Veterinarian set includes a stethoscope, clipboard, syringe, x-rays, scrubs and plush bear. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> All of Sophia&rsquo;s products are designed in the USA, made with high quality materials and packaged in a clamshell. Playing with dolls is an important part of child development while teaching social skills, imagination and language. During a time when society is consumed by electronics and screen time, dolls introduce traditional, open-ended play. Sophia&rsquo;s manufacturing capabilities and styles provide quality and satisfaction for the gift giver and receiver. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="amazon.com/sophias" target="_blank">amazon.com/sophias</a></strong></span><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="mailto:info@mydollslife.com" target="_blank">info@mydollslife.com</a></strong></span><br /> 610-647-1501<br /> </span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1782 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 ErgoErgo is love at first sit! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">On ErgoErgo, you can sit the way nature intended. Your body feels a new ease and freedom. Your core muscles are engaged. Your spine achieves its natural curve. Your pelvis gently moves, building strength and flexibility.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Micromovements send more blood and oxygen to your brain, helping you stay alert and energized. This makes ErgoErgo perfect for home, school, and office.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Proudly made in the USA of UV-stable recyclable technopolymer. Robust and easy on the budget, ErgoErgo comes in three sizes and is great for kids and adults.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Once you sit on ErgoErgo, ordinary chairs seem &ndash; well, just ordinary. It&rsquo;s ergonomic, ergo, it&rsquo;s made for you!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.ergoergo.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> http://www.creativechild.com/article/1783 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800