CreativeChild RSS Feed My Child is Being Bullied <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When parents send their kids to school they hope that they are safe and happy as they learn and grow, but when your child becomes a victim of bullying it can be hard to know how to help them. According to <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2"></span></a> </strong></span>between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 U.S. students say they have been bullied. This is most common in middle school and most often takes the form of social or verbal bullying. Due to recent programs and education, studies have shown the number of kids being bullied is declining. However it is still a problem that should be taken seriously. Parents can educate themselves in what they should do so they are prepared if their child feels like they are being targeted by a bully. Here are some tips to give your student.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Just say stop</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> The first thing your child can do when faced with a bully is to say &ldquo;Stop!&rdquo;. It is healthy for all kids to understand boundaries. If someone is speaking to them, touching them, or treating them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable, they have the right to say &ldquo;No!&rdquo; or &ldquo;Stop!&rdquo; If it continues, they can walk away from the situation. Learning to verbalize their feelings and take charge of the situation will benefit them into adulthood. They should never have to feel stuck. Likewise, kids should understand that if someone asks them to stop, they need to respect others enough to change the behavior immediately. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Walk away</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> If your child has asked their bully to stop and the behavior continues, let them know the best choice is to walk away. Ask your child if they have a person they feel safe telling about the bullying behavior at school. Let them know that if they have asked the bully to stop and they did not, they should then walk away and go tell someone they feel safe talking to about the situation. It is never a good idea to start a physical fight with anyone. If your child is not comfortable talking to an adult at school or they have reported bullying but don&rsquo;t feel heard, it may be a good idea for the parent to contact the school directly and come up with a plan to stop any future bullying. By first allowing your child to address the situation, you teaching them empowerment.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Use the buddy system</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Often kids who are targeted by bullies are perceived as different by their peers. Bullying often happens with a group of kids targeting a child who is alone. Encourage your child to play with other kids with similar interests. A group of kids are less likely to be targeted.</span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Stoplight: A Helpful Tool for Helping Kids Manage Anger <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Learning to manage emotions takes time and lots of coaching, but with your help, children as young as three can learn to manage their anger and frustration. Building emotional intelligence is key to success and happiness, and while it will take years for your child&rsquo;s brain to mature enough that he or she will be able to consistently manage emotions, it&rsquo;s never too early to start teaching your child the necessary skills. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">My 2 sons have very opposite personalities. My first has always been very easy-going, compassionate, somewhat cautious/anxious, and not an aggressive bone in his body. My second is more independent, strong-willed, and fiery. Those are not bad attributes at all; quite the contrary, actually. Both boys&rsquo; personalities are wonderful in their own ways. They also require different things.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> My fiery one was an aggressive toddler. Starting just before his third birthday, he used hitting as an outlet for his frustration, and he was frustrated quite easily. I tried what felt like 50 different &ldquo;techniques&rdquo; to get him to not hit, and finally this little tool that I&rsquo;m about to teach you was very helpful during that phase.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> I happened across&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">this free printable</span></a></strong></span>&nbsp;online for my kids to color one day, but you can easily just draw a traffic light on a sheet of paper. We talked about the light and the meanings of the three lights, and I hung it on the refrigerator as a reminder. I hadn&rsquo;t planned on this becoming a &ldquo;thing&rdquo; at our house, but it evolved into a very helpful tool for all of us.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> Red &ndash; Stop<br /> Yellow &ndash; Calm Down<br /> Green &ndash; Go</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> My children really understood this simple little visual, and it became a stepping stone to teach emotions regulation and behavior management. I discussed with my children how they could use each light and gave them tools to use at every step. </span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Screen-Time Limiting Tips for Better Health <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The intoxicating lure of the screen is not only a time-suck but poses a threat to the emotional, social and physical wellbeing of a child. Too much screen time combined with poor content quality has been linked to childhood obesity, irregular sleep schedules, behavioral problems, loss of social skills, violence and less time for play. Understanding the specific repercussions of unmitigated screen time can help in creating necessary guidelines. Here are some specific tips. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p><span class="s3"><strong>Keep screens away from bedrooms and away from bedtime</strong>. Screens impede sleep. </span><span class="s1">The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions restrain the production of melatonin, which makes it harder to fall and stay asleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to&nbsp;<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s4">impulsive behavior</span></a></strong></span> and more erratic emotions. In order to prevent screens from negatively affecting sleep, end screen exposure at least one hour before bedtime. It&rsquo;s also important to get screens out of your child's room so they establish healthy sleep associations. </span></p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>No screen during meals</strong>. Being mindful of what you&rsquo;re eating<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>- how it looks, tastes, feels and smells, can reduce consumption and increase food satisfaction. With childhood obesity on the rise, taking simple measures like this could help create good habits early on. Not to mention that much of what&rsquo;s advertised on TV and YouTube is junk food. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p><span class="s1"><strong>Don&rsquo;t let TV be a coping mechanism.</strong> TV can be a good distraction. But the screen shouldn&rsquo;t be a coping mechanism for kids. I personally started to notice that when my child got upset, she wanted the screen. Perhaps your child does too. As tempting as it is to stick a screen in front of your child to prevent a meltdown or tantrum, resorting to this tactic wouldn&rsquo;t teach kids how to self-soothe. It&rsquo;s important to shift the frame work of tantrums in young children from unacceptable to part of learning how to cope. A child needs to learn to cope through healthy outlets like exercise instead. </span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 12 Columbus Day Crafts, Activities, and Snacks <p class="p1"><span class="s1">October is here, and that means that Columbus Day is near. Whether you are homeschooling or are just looking for some great activities, I&rsquo;ve pulled together some of the most fun and simple Columbus Day activities, crafts, printables, and snacks for you to enjoy with your little one. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. This <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Christopher Columbus Pack by 3Dinosaurs</span></a></strong></span> is a fun and educational pack perfect for ages 2 to 8. The pack contains basic prewriting, puzzles, matching, coloring, sorting, puppets, and more! </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Create an egg carton boat that really floats with this craft by Fun Littles.</span></a></span></strong> Bonus: It&rsquo;s a toy your child can play with in the tub or a water-filled bin! You&rsquo;ll just need an egg carton, craft sticks, scissors, foam sheets for sails, and tape! </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. Make handprint replicas of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Either dip your child&rsquo;s hand in paint or trace their hand and cut it out. Glue a couple of sails to the fingers and paint/draw some water underneath. This is a simple and cute craft that makes a great handprint keepsake.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">4. Get your crayons and check out these <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Columbus Day coloring page</span></a>s</span></strong>! Coloring improves motor skills, stimulates creativity, contributes to better handwriting, teaches color awareness, helps children learn about boundaries and special awareness, and is a calming activity. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">5. Create your very own <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">spyglass telescope</span></a></span></strong> using a paper tube, construction paper, and scotch tape. See what your child can discover in the sea through the spyglass from her pretend perch on the Santa Maria!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">6. If you&rsquo;re in the mood for something a little different, how about painting with spices? As a nod to the spice trade route Columbus and other explorers of his time set out to find, <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">MVEM put together this activity</span></a></span></strong> of using spices to color/paint a drawing. It&rsquo;s a great sensory activity, too!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">7. Make tiny walnut ships to sail in the tub. Using half a walnut shell, fill with playdough and place a toothpick into the dough with a small triangular sail taped to it. Use the little boats for imaginative play at bath time. Teach your child the following song to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat. &ldquo;<em>Sail sail sail your ship. Sail it night and day. Look for land. Look for land all along the way.</em>&rdquo; (Author unknown)</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">8. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">This boat collage from Crayon Freckles</span></a></strong></span> is perfect for scissor practice. Cut out and glue various shapes to create the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Watch your child be creative with different patterns and materials to make a unique piece of art!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">9. Had enough ship crafts? Try making a Christopher Columbus paper hat! You can use <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">these instructions at</span></a></strong></span> or print <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">this template from Layers of Learning</span></a></span></strong>. The template is more simple while the ehow instructions is a bit more challenging so you can choose which one is age appropriate for your child.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">10. Eat a simple apple sailboat snack in between your crafts! Just take a slice of apple for your boat, a cube of cheese for the sail, and a toothpick to hold the cheese in place. These adorable little snacks will be gobbled up in no time!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">11. These <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Jell-o snacks by Gourmet Mom on the Go</span></a></span></strong> are super cute. You&rsquo;ll need blue Jell-o, orange slices, toothpicks, and flags. You can even print the adorable Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria flags she designed. These would be great for the classroom, homeschool co-op meeting, or just a special snack for your little one.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">12. Veggie boats are a healthy and fun snack for Columbus Day as well. You can see them <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">here at Oh Happy Day.</span></a></span></strong> Use your child&rsquo;s favorite veggies and hummus to create little sailboats and maybe, just maybe, they&rsquo;ll actually want to eat their vegetables! </span></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 What’s Your Child’s Learning Style? <p class="p1">Does your child love reading and writing? Do they have a knack for music? When they tell a story do they tend to use their whole body to describe what happened? Are they drawn to groups or do they prefer to work alone? These traits can give a clue about your child&rsquo;s learning style. A learning style is the method a person uses to learn and should be used to maximize learning. It&rsquo;s important for parents to understand their child&rsquo;s learning style so that they can help them find study methods, environments, and activities that help them learn best. (</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Visual</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Visual learners prefer seeing pictures and images to learn new things. They usually have good spatial awareness skills. Kids with this learning style understand maps and have a good sense of direction. They usually love doodling and drawing. Study habits best for these learners are to write information down, underline or highlight as they read, use colorful diagrams, charts, and pictures to enable hem visualize what they want to remember.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Auditory</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> People who are auditory learners e are typically drawn to music. They may sing, play a musical instrument, or have the ability to pick individual musical instruments out of a piece of music. They may hum, sing, or tap their feet while they work. Using music and rhythm to remember information can be helpful for kids who have this learning style. It might also be helpful to record and playback things you want to remember, or read and recite information aloud.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Verbal</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Kids with a verbal learning style can easily express themselves in both speaking and written communication. Verbal learners have a strong understanding of the<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>meaning of words and will consistently seek out new words to master which they will later use to communicate with others. Try using acronyms or reading information aloud while learning new things. Role playing can also be helpful for the verbal learning style.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Physical </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Kids who prefer using their bodies, hands, and sense of touch prefer the physical learning style. Many of these learners enjoy drama, dancing, woodworking, or exercise. They would rather go for a run or walk when something is bothering them than sit at home and think it through. These kids use hand gestures and body language to communicate and are very aware of the world around them. Sitting and listening to a lecture can be a challenge for kids who prefer a physical learning style so they will often fidget and look forward to when they can move around. Try actually incorporating the physical objects they are learning about or allowing movement whenever possible. Writing, drawing, and using flashcards can also be helpful for kids who have this learning style. Frequent breaks can help the physical leaner feel more prepared for study time. You can also try standing while reading, using a computer for studying, or making review into a gross-motor style game.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Logical</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Kids with a logical learning style generally excel in math and critical thinking. They can recognize patterns and commonalities in seemingly unrelated content. They often understand and work complex calculations in their head. Problems are usually tackled in a systematic way and they enjoy creating lists, agendas, charts, and procedures. Kids with this learning style will retain information if they understand the logic behind it. They need not simply memorize information but truly understanding the concepts and reasons for the information to retain them long term.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Social</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> People who are drawn to the social learning style love working in groups or participating in classes. They enjoy sharing their ideas with others and listening to what others think. Kids with this learning style are good at both verbal and nonverbal communication and understand others as well. People typically like being around the social learner and seek their advice or input when faced with problems. They prefer to work through challenges in a group and will often be found staying after class to chat with friends. Kids with this learning style will enjoy role playing, studying in groups, or sharing what they have learned with others. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Solitary </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> People with a solitary learning style often prefer working alone and enjoy thinking and reflecting on things. They tend to be independent, introspective, and private. They are good at focusing on a task and have strong concentration skills. They may also enjoy keeping a journal to reflect on personal thoughts and feelings. Kids with this learning style prefer to study alone in quiet spaces.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Understanding your child&rsquo;s learning style is important so you can help them get the most out of their education while identifying any ways to handle challenges that may occur because of their preferred learning style. Also, parents can use this to their advantage to appeal to their child&rsquo;s interests when learning new things.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Don&rsquo;t be surprised if your child seems a combination of learning styles as this is very common. When caring adults understand a child&rsquo;s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning, it can only improve their experience at school and their study habits at home.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Sources for study habits based on learning styles</span></p> <p class="p4"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span class="s2">(<a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s3"></span></a>) </span></strong></span></p> <p class="p4"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span class="s4"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""></a></span></strong></span></p> <p class="p4"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><span class="s4"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""></a></span></strong></span></p> <p class="p5">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Top Fill Humidifier <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Crane products are designed with efficiency, function, and style in mind. </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Our humidifiers help add humidity to any room and will relieve congestion to keep your family healthy. 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Booby Boons are available in 5 original flavors including: Caramel Crunch, Cocoa Quinoa, Cowgal, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin, while Booby BOONS+ Probiotic have an offering of 3 flavors all with the added functionality of 1 Billion/cfu of probiotics per serving! Booby Boons &amp; Boons + Probiotic naturally enhance and support lactation in breastfeeding Moms. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">All Boons products are made with Love by Stork and Dove. Moms can expect exciting new flavors and more Stork and Dove products to follow! Booby Boons; 'The milk's on the way. &trade;, Booby Boons Lactation Cookies &trade;, Stork and Dove &trade;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /><a href="" target="_blank">i<span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong></strong></span></a><br /></span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Gain Cooperation and End Yelling for Good <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s normal to get frustrated with your children, but the way you express that frustration could affect your child&rsquo;s health and will certainly affect your relationship. Research has found that yelling at children has an even bigger impact than we previously thought. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">One study</span></a></strong></span> on parent-child relationships showed that 13 year olds who were shouted at by their parents had increased levels of bad behavior over the following year. Yelling also has negative effects on brain development. <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Data</span></a></strong></span> shows that children who have received parental verbal abuse have a physical difference in the parts of the brain responsible for processing language and sounds. There is also a <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">link</span></a></span></strong> between being yelled at and depression for years to come.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As if those aren&rsquo;t reasons enough, we know that children are mirrors, and they reflect the care they receive and the behaviors they witness. Furthermore, it&rsquo;s not exactly healthy for us to be losing our cool and shouting frequently either. So why are parents yelling? Likely, it&rsquo;s because your normal speaking voice doesn&rsquo;t get a response, right? You&rsquo;ve asked nicely several times and you&rsquo;re being ignored, but when you yell, they move! So you get to release the built up frustration which makes you temporarily feel better and you get the positive reinforcement of the desired outcome &ndash; they finally listened! Together, these make it more likely for you to yell again. So, here are a few ways to gain your child&rsquo;s cooperation so that you don&rsquo;t feel you have to resort to yelling.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. <strong>Put your focus on the relationship.</strong> Everyone is busy these days, and sometimes we operate on autopilot and check off the boxes for the day without much intention. Days can go by without any meaningful connection points or conversation. It&rsquo;s also easy to get trapped in the cycle of dwindling your interactions down to little more than demanding and directing. &ldquo;Get your shoes on.&rdquo; &ldquo;Do your homework.&rdquo; &ldquo;Brush your teeth.&rdquo; &ldquo;Go to bed.&rdquo; Stuff gets done, but there&rsquo;s not a lot of warmth! This can lead to a disconnection in the parent-child relationship. When children feel disconnected, they are less cooperative. If you want increased cooperation with your kid, spend some quality time with him or her and offer positive, affirming words and a good listening ear. </span></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 TOOB® Collection by Safari Ltd® <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Play makes kids smarter!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">In a world of screens and apps, research has found that the best toys for a child's development are simple toys that promote play. This year's American Association of Pediatricians (AAP) report states the best toys for childhood development are those that <em>spark imaginative play</em>. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Our educational and award-winning toys have been doing exactly that for the last 30 years. They're trusted by parents and educators and can be used in a variety of ways, like S.T.E.M. learning, dioramas, play therapy and much more.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Learn more about our Toys That Teach&reg; today by visiting: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2"></span></a></strong></span></span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 This app allows users to personalize learning worksheets by adding their faces to them! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Your Face Learning is a unique educational app that allows users to personalize early learning worksheets in ways that have never been done before.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">With just a few taps on your iPhone or iPad, you&rsquo;re easily able to snap a photo of your young learner&rsquo;s face and it automatically gets added to a massive amount of category-specific early learning worksheets. With Your Face Learning, you can print or email your worksheets, or save them to your device. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Thanks to this app, children everywhere now have access to spectacular worksheets that make educational experience even more memorable, amusing, and effective.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>DOWNLOAD NOW!</strong></span></a><br /> </span></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700