Creative Child

Sarah Lyons

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

Articles by Sarah

5 Individual Sports for Kids

Individual sports can be a great alternative to playing on a team especially for kids who have ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or struggle with socialization disorders. Individual sports help kids stay active while building self-esteem and focus.

Let it Go: Seven Things to Stop Worrying About

Some worries are valid, but many are not worth the time and effort. What if we could learn to let them go?

Homework Habits: How to Motivate Kids

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.

Off to Kindergarten: Getting Mom Ready

From a mom who has sent three kids to kindergarten, so far, here are some tips to get yourself ready for that monumental day.

Taking a Beach Vacation with Toddlers

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.

Simple Ways to Build Self Esteem

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.

Raising an Expressive Child

Kids often don’t understand how to appropriately express strong feelings like anger, frustration, or disappointment causing them to act out.

The Camp Next Door: Day Camp

Many parents want their kids to experience summer camps but the idea of spending several nights away from home is a little scary for both the parent and child.

5 Tips for Keeping Kids Reading This Summer

While the free time is enjoyable, kids often turn to screens or other activities and let their reading skills slide while on summer break. How can you stop the “summer slide” from happening?

Making the Move: Easing the Transition for Kids

Whether across the country or just across town, moving is a big adjustment for everyone in the family.

6 Reasons to Make Family Dinner a Priority

While there are benefits to our current lifestyle, we cannot deny the fact that designated family dinner time has suffered. Before you brush family dinner aside as a thing of the past, consider the benefits of making it a priority.

What Happens When You Take Away the Screens

What fun would I seek out if I didn’t have my phone? What would I create? What hobby would I rediscover if I put my phone down? What would rejuvenate me and elevate my mood if I had time to fit it into my day?

How to Create One-on-One time with Your Kids When You Have No Free Time

One of the biggest struggles of any busy parent, especially those parenting multiple children, is finding time to spend quality one-on-one time with each child. This can become even more overwhelming when you feel like you have very little free time. As a mom of six children, I feel the constant pressure of my to-do list combined with a heavy dose of mom-guilt over the desire to spend time with my kids. So how can you have that quality time with your kids even though it feels like you have no time to spare?

Speed Up the Dawdler

Is your family always running late? Do you find yourself frustratingly repeating phrases like “Hurry!”, “Let’s go!”, or “Come on! We are going to be late!” every morning? Like many families, you may have a dawdler living in your house. Getting kids ready for the day and out the door, especially on school mornings, is challenging for any parent but when you have one (or more) children that seem to take their time every morning, getting anywhere on time can seem impossible. Here are some tips to help you speed up the dawdler in your family.

Anger Management: Helping Kids Cool Down

Everyone has to deal with feelings of anger and frustration at times. While these feelings are normal, it is important to teach kids how to appropriately deal with them. Parents and kids can work as a team to come up with strategies for these situations. “Unfortunately, many kids have never been given the opportunity to think of those other ways to calm down.

Helping Kids Face Their Fears

As a child, I assumed my parents weren’t afraid of anything. I would call on their help when I felt scared or nervous and they were always there to check under the bed for monsters and assure me that all was safe.

Building the Parent-Child Bond

The first and most important relationship we have in our lives is the one with our parents. Children learn how to love, play, interact, and resolve conflict through the bond they form with their parents. From the moment a child is born, they want their parents love and attention and it helps form their confidence and identity develop as they recieve it. As they mature, the bond strengthens through shared experiences and by spending quality time together. Here are some easy ways to strengthen the parent-child bond.

Why Parents Should Play with Their Kids

As parents, we often ask our kids to entertain themselves while we work on other tasks. While learning to play independently is important, children love playing with others, especially their parents. They crave time with their parents and since play comes naturally to them, it is a great opportunity to get to know your child better and teach new skills authentically. When parents make a point to play with their kids on their level they will experience many benefits for both the parent and child involved.

15 Ideas for Indoor Fun on Cold Winter Days

The cold winter days have settled in and some days, it’s just too cold to play outside. Here are some fun ways to use up that pent up energy while you are cooped up inside.

101 Snow Day Boredom Busters

While the first snow day is fun and relaxing, there are those long stretches of no school where everyone starts to go a bit stir crazy. Try these 101 ideas to beat snow day boredom.
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