CreativeChild RSS Feed 10 Fun and Simple Back to School Crafts for Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Another summer is coming to an end, and back to school is just around the corner. I&rsquo;ve gathered 10 fun and simple crafts your child will love! Enjoy!</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. These <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">monster felt pencil toppers from Red Ted Art</span></a> </strong></span>are sure to bring a smile to your child&rsquo;s face, and they&rsquo;re really simple to make. You&rsquo;ll just need felt, googly eyes, scissors, pencils, and a hot glue gun. Curl the felt around your pencil to determine the length needed. Cut strips into the felt lengthwise, leaving the last 2-3 cm uncut. Glue around your pencil with the hot glue gun. Repeat with a second piece of felt of a different color. Add googly eyes! Simple and cute!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. This adorable <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">bookworm pencil holder found at Easy Crafts for Kids</span></a></strong></span> is made with a toilet paper roll, green paint, construction paper, pipe cleaner, glue, scissors, and markers. First, paint the toilet paper roll with green paint and let dry. Next, fold a white sheet of paper in half and cut a circle, leaving a small section uncut so the two circles stay attached. Draw black pupils in the centers. Then, make glasses out of the pipe cleaner. Cut two hand shapes from your green construction paper and then a rectangle for the book cover in the color of your choice. Glue your bookworm pencil holder together and fill with pencils.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. Let your child make her own <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=";utm_source=pinterest&amp;utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&amp;utm_content=tribes&amp;utm_term=369176022_11876096_139388"><span class="s2">back to school photo frame</span></a> </strong></span>with Popsicle sticks as seen at I Heart Crafty Things. You&rsquo;ll need 8 jumbo craft sticks, black paint, silver paint, yellow paint, red craft jewels, tacky glue, a 4 x 6 photo of your child, along with a paper plate and paintbrushes. The license plate printable is found <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">here</span></a></strong></span>, and follow the instructions for putting the bus frame together <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=";utm_source=pinterest&amp;utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&amp;utm_content=tribes&amp;utm_term=369176022_11876096_139388"><span class="s2">here</span></a></strong></span>.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">4. Your child will love marking his place in his book with this <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">monster bookmark</span></a> </strong></span>from One Little Project at a Time. You&rsquo;ll need a jumbo craft stick, googly eyes, a large pom pom, pipe cleaner, craft paint, and craft glue. Paint the stick whatever color your child chooses. Glue a pom pom to the top for the monster&rsquo;s head. Glue a googly eye onto the pom pom and cut pipe cleaner pieces for the ears (or horns) and glue one with the hot glue gun. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">5. This <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">footprint school bus</span></a> </span></strong>found at I Heart Arts and Crafts is a sweet keepsake that is fun for your child to make. Dip your child&rsquo;s foot in yellow paint and make a print. Let dry, and then draw on windows, wheels, and a door. </span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Boundaries and Balance:
 Taking Control of the School Year so It Doesn’t Control You <p class="p1"><span class="s1">School is back in session and that means the daily grind is starting up again. Carpools, homework, projects, practices, rehearsals, chores, work &ndash; I get tired just thinking about it! I&rsquo;ve learned that if I don&rsquo;t quickly take the reins and set routines and boundaries, I&rsquo;ll be overwhelmed by September and playing catch-up for the rest of the school year. Here are my strategies for balancing a busy schedule while finding joy and creating connection along the way.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Organize everything the night before</strong>. We all know that starting off the morning in a frantic scramble leads to frustration and a bad start to the day, so I like to try to prevent as much of that chaos as I can by getting organized the night before. If your children are little, visual charts are very helpful for teaching them the necessary steps, such as laying out an outfit, packing lunch, gathering whatever is needed for the next day&rsquo;s school and activities, brushing teeth, gathering shoes, bathing, and all of the habits you want to instill. Older kids can do well with a checklist until they get the routine down. This cuts out &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what to wear&rdquo; and &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t find my shoes!&rdquo; When it&rsquo;s already in order and ready to go, you&rsquo;re more likely to sail the morning with ease.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Set three connection points.</strong> Life can get pretty hectic once the school year gets rolling, and it&rsquo;s easy to lose connection with our kids. When that happens, though, things go downhill quickly. They may start acting out, having tantrums and emotional outbursts, and become less cooperative when they feel disconnected, so it&rsquo;s good to be intentional about setting three connection points each day to love on your kids and check in with them emotionally. I recommend first thing in the morning, right after school, and again before bed. Show affection, say something affirming, listen, and give your full attention for at least a few minutes at each connection point. It&rsquo;s a great way to thwart behavior problems and stay close to your kids through the busyness.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 3 Ways to Become a More Empathetic Parent <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in another&rsquo;s shoes &ndash; to understand what they are feeling, what&rsquo;s driving them, and how they are experiencing the world around them. Empathy is important in parenting because it affects the way we relate to and build attachment with our children. It is one of the <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">five principles of positive parenting</span></a></strong></span>.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>As we seek to understand our children&rsquo;s feelings and experiences, we draw closer to them. In turn, they are more secure, cooperative, and connected. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Being attuned to our children and having the ability to see from their perspective helps us to respond more appropriately and to parent better. The secure attachment that empathy helps us to build is critical for the child&rsquo;s development and mental/emotional well-being. Here are three ways to increase empathy and create a deeper relationship with your child.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. Pay attention to the stories you believe about yourself and your child. Ask yourself these questions: What&rsquo;s going on in me? What&rsquo;s going on in my child?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The stories we believe about ourselves and each other are powerful. The narratives that we pay attention to always influence how we behave and how we expect others to behave. These are also called your core beliefs. For example, if you believe that your child is trying to manipulate you with his behavior, you will react in accordance to that belief. Many parents do believe that behavior is manipulative &ndash; that children are just trying to &ldquo;get their way&rdquo; or &ldquo;get attention.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a common narrative about children, and buying into it means that we are more likely to react with defensiveness and anger. If you believe that you &ldquo;just aren&rsquo;t very patient or tolerant,&rdquo; you&rsquo;ll be less likely to work toward greater patience and tolerance because of your fixed mindset. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Become curious about your beliefs and where they came from. Be gentle with yourself and with your child as you work through those core beliefs and mindsets that affect your day to day interactions. Likewise, get curious about what is causing your child&rsquo;s behavior. What is she experiencing? What may she be thinking or feeling? What is her behavior communicating? When you start to ask these questions, you&rsquo;ll find that you automatically respond with more empathy because you aren&rsquo;t relying on old reactions and patterns any longer. As you become more aware of your child&rsquo;s emotional state and the feelings and thoughts that are motivating her behavior, you&rsquo;ll also become aware of new ways to guide her. </span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Sweet, kind and steadfast friend Winnie the Pooh comes to life! <p>Sweet, kind and steadfast friend Winnie the Pooh comes to life as a Folkmanis&reg; Puppet with movable mouth and arms to forage and eat his favorite hunny.</p> <p><span class="s1">Folkmanis believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span class="s1">Innovating specialty puppets since 1976, Folkmanis&reg; Puppets are clearly the best loved, low-tech, classic toys in the global marketplace.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span class="s1">Lauded by industry experts as well as child development and kid-approved toy tests, the company consistently earns high marks for superior play value and design excellence. </span></p> <p><span class="s1">Most Folkmanis&reg; Puppets are recommended for ages 3 and up and are available at specialty toy and gift stores, nationwide and in more than 15 countries around the world.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></strong></span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Handee Band Fitness Band Exercise Kit for Kids
 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Created by Francesca Avalli, a mom and pediatric occupational therapist, working with children and teaching her own child how to keep active for a healthy body and mind!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">Handee Band Fitness Band Exercise Card Kit allows children the opportunity to become more mindful of their body and their environment, help kids move, get needed exercise (off the tablets), brain breaks, increase strength, feel more confident, improve focus and attention and have fun while exercising and developing good healthy habits!&nbsp;</span><span class="s3">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s3">Great for the whole family to exercise together and teachers love using them in the classroom at school.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></span></strong></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Summertime Can Increase Anxiety in Kids <p><span class="s1">Summer is not all rest and relaxation for kids who thrive on routine and predictability. Kids with anxiety thrive when they know what to expect. Delayed bed times, an increased intake in sugar, constant transition, if your child is enrolled in various weeklong camps, and even travel, can contribute to increased anxiety. Summer might be great because it allows for flexibility and spontaneity, but too much of a good thing can certainly throw a wrench and create an otherwise choppy summer. The name of the game during summertime, is also balance. Or balance with a little indulgence. The key is to find how much routine and predictability is enough to keep anxiety at bay. Here are nine helpful hints to maintain calm and order through the home stretch of summer.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <ol> <li><span class="s1"><strong>Go to bed on time.</strong> Sleep is such an integral part of brain development and overall mental and physical health, that getting to bed at the proper time can be crucial when it comes to managing anxiety in kids. Not all hours are created equal. And getting to bed later can mean less restful sleep. Sometimes getting to bed later can mean kids wake up earlier and lose sleep. Keeping bedtime routines is challenging during the summer, especially since it remains light out later. But maintaining a consistent bedtime is perhaps one of the most effective and manageable ways to help your child well maintained during summer.<br /><br /></span></li> <li><span class="s1"><strong>Keep a balanced diet.</strong> A little indulgence never hurt anyone but too much of a good thing can definitely throw a child&rsquo;s chemistry off.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>By helping your child maintain a balanced diet, eat controlled portions and consume plenty of water, especially in the heat, you can help your child feel well both physically and emotionally and reduce anxiety.<br /><br /></span></li> <li><span class="s1"><strong>Exercise</strong>. Those endorphins are especially powerful in helping ward off anxiety in kids. Make sure they&rsquo;re getting plenty of time to run around outside and get some sun, is a great way to release energy and angst.<br /><br /></span></li> <li><span class="s1"> <strong>Limit Screen time.</strong> Too much screen time has been linked with anxiety. But screen time can contribute to anxiety also because of the content. It&rsquo;s hard to monitor what your child is watching, especially if they&rsquo;re choosing content on YouTube. And sometimes kids get frightened and anxious by what they see for reasons that aren&rsquo;t always obvious.<br /><br /></span></li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Maintain familiarity.</strong> Embarking on new adventures and trying out different camps while making new friends can be eventful and fulfilling. But constant newness and transitions where new faces, rules, expectations, and skill-sets are being introduced can make even the most well adjusted child fraught with some anxiety and result in meltdowns. If childcare is necessary throughout all of summer, try to maintain at least some familiarity for your child, whether it&rsquo;s enrolling them in the same camp for several weeks or finding some friends to embark on new adventures with.<br /><br /> </span></li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Pay special attention to allergies. </strong>Although spring is the season more correlated with a spike in allergies, it&rsquo;s important to get your child&rsquo;s allergies under control during all seasons. Recent studies show there is a link between allergies and anxiety. While anxiety can certainly exacerbate allergy symptoms, the study seems to suggest that the nuisance of allergic symptoms can contribute to anxiety.<br /><br /></span></li> <li><strong>Don&rsquo;t over schedule. </strong>Summer can be thought of as the time to catch up on academics or give your child a more advantageous footing. If this is your well-intentioned mentality, keep your schedule in check and make sure not to jampack your child&rsquo;s schedule, which can be taxing on your child&rsquo;s mind and body. Summer should also be a time to catch up on rest and be refreshed for the new school year.<br /><br /></li> <li><strong>Manage vacations. </strong>Travel is fun, of course, but traveling can also be very stressful for kids and parents, who may cycle the stress back and forth to each other. One way to reduce anxiety during travel is to incorporate some downtime so kids can become acclimated to a new destination or time zone. Otherwise, it&rsquo;s easy to return from vacation even more exhausted than when you left.<br /><br /></li> <li><span class="s2"><strong>Spend quality time.</strong> There are few things more effective than creating a balanced, confident, well-adjusted child than having some quality bonding time between parent and child. Simple stress-relieving activities like a having picnic, biking or drawing together could do more for your child than a sports camp or academic program. You won&rsquo;t just be building a stronger bond, but a stronger child. </span></li> </ol> Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 First Day of Kindergarten: 5 Ways to Make It Easier <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your little one! It can also be a time filled with anxieties and challenges. Here are five ways to make the transition easier on both of you.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. Keep it positive. When you talk to your child about the upcoming school year and her transition to Kindergarten, be optimistic and positive. When children sense we are anxious, they may become anxious as well. This can be really tough if you&rsquo;re feeling anxious or worried about her, so it&rsquo;s important to check in with your own emotions as well, and get support if you need it. Keep in mind that there is no pressure to overhype it, and certainly you should validate your child&rsquo;s concerns and listen to her fears and worries, but keeping a general sense of optimism will help your child feel more at ease. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. Get acquainted. If the school does an orientation, that is a great chance for you and your child to go and meet teachers and classmates. If not, it&rsquo;s a good idea to arrange a tour of a school and a meeting with your child&rsquo;s teacher. Prepare a one-page cheat sheet about your child for the teacher and include name and nickname, photo, medical conditions, likes and dislikes, interests and talents, etc. This will help the teacher get to know your child and give him or her some conversation starters for building a relationship. If you can arrange for your child to get acquainted with the teacher as well, that&rsquo;s even better. If he can begin to form a relationship with the teacher before school starts, it will make the separation from you a bit easier. If you can set up a playdate with another child in his class a few times before school starts, having that familiar face in class will be a comfort and help to ease your child&rsquo;s nerves. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. Practice. Discuss with your child&rsquo;s teacher what a typical day will look like and what your child will be doing in the first few weeks of school, and then begin practicing those things over the summer with your child. This will help familiarize your child with the routine and structure of school so that the transition will go a little more smoothly for her. In addition to practicing things like standing in line, sitting still, following directions, etc., it&rsquo;s a good idea to start practicing social-emotional skills as well. Role play with your child how to introduce herself to others, how to ask to join a group or game, using words to express feelings and wants, sharing, taking turns, and appropriate solutions to conflict. The more you practice, the more confident your child will feel and the better those skills will develop!</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Get Organized for Back to School <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The dog days of summer are quickly coming to an end and it&rsquo;s time to get ready for the kids to head back to school. It can be a tough adjustment for kids (and parents) who have enjoyed some relaxing, schedule-free days to adjust to getting up early, packing lunches, and getting out the door on time. Now is the time to start getting organized before the kids start school. A little organization now can make for a smoother transition later.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Get back into a routine</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> If your kids are like mine, they have been getting up at the crack of dawn all summer and the routine of rising early for school will be easy. However, if you are blessed to have kids who enjoy a little extra rest in the summer, rising early may be a challenge. You can ease your child into a school schedule by slowly moving up bedtime and slowly waking your child earlier each day in preparation for school. You can also start adjusting your morning routine to match the school year. After the kids are up, get breakfast started and get dressed for the day so they get used to the flow of a school morning.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Get the calendar ready</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Without a maintained and up-to-date family calendar, it&rsquo;s easy to forget appointments and things on the to-do list. Before school gets started is a great time to get all the family calendars in order and organized. You can keep things simple with a paper calendar that is in a central location in your home or your family may prefer an online calendar where everyone can share an app on their phones and it can be updated in real time. Find what works for you and your family and stick with it.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;<span class="s1">##adbig##<br /></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Get paperwork in order</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> If your child is entering a new school, chances are you will be asked for important paperwork such as your child&rsquo;s birth certificate and vaccination records. Nothing is more stressful than looking for these important documents when there is a time crunch. It never fails that they seem to have gone missing. Before registration begins, locate your child&rsquo;s paperwork and keep it in a safe place so that when you are asked for it, you know right where to look.&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">You will be grateful later when you have saved yourself the headache of searching for them at the last minute.</span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 An Open Letter to Parents for Pack to School! 
 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s that time of year kids&hellip;its back to school, or as we fondly refer to it, Pack to School. And for parents, it&rsquo;s always the struggle for good versus evil. And you wouldn&rsquo;t mind the super hero cape, right? Ah yes thank you; gracias and grazie. Mine? Red and rock star status. No rhinestones. Monogram? Not necessary, but smaller details to follow&hellip;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##<br /> <br /> And the traditions of the first day of school. You must honor them and you best be ready, no second chances, no do overs, no mulligans here. Take the traditional photo in front of the house, on the porch, in the yard, with the sibling, in the uniform, and in a uniform way, but getter done.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s a collective experiment that happens at nearly the same time each year; at any age, in any town, in every city and every fabulous country around the globe. We all know one thing; that kids of all ages share in that same anxiety of what lies ahead&hellip;It&rsquo;s all a big mystery. I&rsquo;m talking Scooby Do style here. What will this year bring? Will I like my teacher? Can I still hang with my go-to gang? Doh! I really DO hate math. (all in the same breath) and yet one question lingers&hellip;Scooby snacks? Well not if it has nuts&hellip; </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s all a big unknown, kind of like life. You get what you get and you don&rsquo;t throw a fit. Or&hellip;you get what you get and you get down to business. I shoot for the latter. You should too. We&rsquo;re all in this madness together. <br /> <br /> So kick off the school year in surefire style with a backpack that will show your little superhero you can leap that building in one single bound, you will activate your twin powers of yes that&rsquo;s possible and you do have the power to maneuver the underwater of over achiever scholastic madness (thanks Aquaman). Call it convenient and complete in just under 30 minutes TV time, within a budget that will blow their mind and not blow the back to school mission. Consider it mission accomplished.<br /> <br /> Nicely done parents from around the globe, nicely played. We thank you for answering the call. Speaking of which&hellip;Batman just called and he wants his cape back.<br /><br /> And now you&rsquo;re ready for next adventure already in progress&hellip; </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /></span></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Better Than a Silver Spoon! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Oh, That Baby! Ltd. is a mother/daughter team who created the Toofeze&reg; Teether. &nbsp;They are celebrating 10 years of soothing fussy teething babies around the world! &nbsp;<br /><br />These two women have an affinity for babies and a deep empathy for their teething struggles. They know that caring for an inconsolable teething baby can cause intense feelings of helplessness and frustration for their caregivers. The company&rsquo;s mission is to improve the lives of babies and their families during one of the most challenging phases of infant development &ndash; teething.<br /> <br /> Looking for a standard teether? You won't find it here! &nbsp;Inspired by the age-old remedy of a silver spoon, they designed a simple, yet effective, means to clinically reduce the pain of teething. The two consider Toofeze more than a toy, they see it as a teething &ldquo;tool&rdquo;. &nbsp; Their innovation has won 11 top industry awards and is approved by pediatric and dental professionals for all infant developmental abilities. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Teething Benefits:<br /> <br /> &bull; Disk chills instantly in ice water for fast relief at home or out and about<br /> &bull; Handle is never too cold to hold &ndash; Easy for tiny hands to grasp<br /> &bull; Helps develop hand, eye, mouth coordination<br /> &bull; Safe for all teething phases, from first signs of teething through 2-year molars<br /> <br /> The company values their relationships with small business owners on a national level. With brick-and-mortar retailers in mind, they promote sales through local expos, mom groups and event giveaways. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Retailer Benefits:<br /> <br /> &bull; Unique Packaging &ndash; Buyers can see and touch<br /> &bull; 100% Food Grade Ingredients &ndash; Pleases even the most eco-minded families <br /> &bull; Great Gift &ndash; Fits any budget and may be engraved for personalization<br /> &bull; Ideal for POS &ndash; Small enough to fit in limited spaces for add-on purchases<br /> <br /> Conceived in Colorado, the company continues to reach out to local, national and military non-profit organizations, alongside many industry manufacturers, in an effort to help educate parents and nurture underprivileged and at-risk babies because they believe every baby deserves a Toofeze.<br /> <br /> Contact Oh, That Baby! Ltd. for pricing and show specials:<br /></span><span class="s1"><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /> 720.205.0335<br /> </span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700