CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Tips for Efficient Packing <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Family vacations are a great way to enjoy time away from the daily routine and create lasting memories. But if you are anything like me, packing for a family trip can be overwhelming, especially if you have multiple kids to pack for. As a mom of six I&rsquo;ve learned the hard way how to make our vacation packing more efficient.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Start by making a master list. If you don&rsquo;t have a list, you are bound to forget things. I have a list on my computer that I can copy, paste, edit, and print each time we are going out of town. I have additional lists for the type of trip. For example, we would need to bring different items if we are camping versus staying in a hotel.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>If you edit this list after each trip, it will become perfectly tuned to your family.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Once you have a list, begin to delegate. My older kids receive a copy of their list and are told to pack their own bag. &ldquo;Everyone gets a master checklist of items for the trip. We go over the bag they pack together to make sure they have everything.&rdquo; says Jenny McKeever, mom of two. &ldquo;This gives kids choices selecting items along with becoming responsible for packing, with just a little guidance from you.&rdquo; This helps to reduce the amount of packing the parent has to do because it leaves them in charge of packing themselves and children that are too young to pack their own items, rather than one person packing things for the whole family.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> For the most efficient packing, items can be packed by outfit. One option is to place a shirt, pants, underwear, and socks together and place in a zip top bag and seal. When you arrive at your destination, kids can grab a bag for the day. Dirty clothes can be placed back into the bag as well. &ldquo;I am a roller.&rdquo; says Holly Searles, mom of four. &ldquo;I take an outfit, pants, shirt, underwear, and socks and then tightly roll. I often use a hair tie to secure the girls outfits.&rdquo; Whether you decide to roll or use the zip top bag method, remember to place the outfits needed first on the top of the suitcase.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Another way to make packing more efficient is to bring less items. Make sure you only bring what you absolutely need or you may find that the family vehicle is bursting at the seams. &ldquo;I do not bring a lot of stuff for the car ride. My kids do very well with a small toy, coloring book, small activity book, reading book, and the DVD player going.&rdquo; says Sarah Imbierowiz, mother of seven. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Remember that most items that are forgotten can be bought, borrowed, or gone without for a short time while you enjoy your vacation. The most important thing to remember is to plan ahead. If you have a complete list and you start working on packing well in advance, it should go smoothly and you will be able to enjoy your vacation without dreading the packing that goes along with it. </span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1735 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Positive Intent: A Powerful Positive Parenting Tool <p class="p1"><span class="s1">From the time that our babies learn to walk and talk, we are hit with warnings. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>The &ldquo;terrible twos&rdquo; are coming. </em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>You&rsquo;re in trouble now!</em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>Just wait until she&rsquo;s a threenager. </em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>Oh please, that&rsquo;s a breeze compared to my middle schooler. </em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>They&rsquo;ll walk all over you if you let them!</em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>He&rsquo;s just trying to see what he can get by with.</em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><em>She&rsquo;ll keep pushing boundaries just to push your buttons!</em></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We are, in fact, smothered with messages about how we must get a handle on our children or there will be hell to pay for years to come. Our culture is constantly feeding us negative ideas about children. When they are infants, we see them as blessings and gifts. We are quick to gush over newborn babies as &ldquo;innocent&rdquo; and &ldquo;sweet,&rdquo; but just wait a few months and the messages begin to change. We are constantly told about how they will manipulate us, test our authority, push our buttons, and see what they can get away with. With the dire warnings come loads of advice telling us the best way to control our little tyrants &ndash; so they don&rsquo;t control us. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s no wonder, then, that we learn to assign negative intent to our children&rsquo;s behavior. The clamor of the world drowns out the whispers of our hearts, and we end up viewing our children less as <em>gifts </em>and more as <em>mischief to be managed. </em> You may begin seeing our child&rsquo;s motives as negative (to gain control, to manipulate, to challenge) and when you see negative intent, this triggers negative reactions. You become angry, embarrassed, frustrated, or frightened, and in that triggered state, you become reactive. You may even justify making your child feel bad through your &ldquo;discipline&rdquo; because, in your mind, you are doing it to make her a better person in the long run. So, you scold her wrongdoings and highlight her character flaws in the process. Unfortunately, when our children see the &ldquo;badness&rdquo; that we see, they may come to themselves that way, too. But they don&rsquo;t just see their behavior as bad, but often they see <em>themselves </em>as bad. If that works its way into a child&rsquo;s self-concept, you&rsquo;ll see the &ldquo;bad&rdquo; behaviors repeated again and again. </span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1736 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Independence Day Science for Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">School&rsquo;s out, but learning doesn&rsquo;t stop with these fun and engaging Independence Day themed science activities. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. If your kids love slime or if you just want to introduce a new sensory experience, try this <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/4th-of-july-slime-recipe/"><span class="s2">sparkly 4</span><span class="s3"><sup>th</sup></span><span class="s2"> of July slime by Little Bins for Little Hands.</span></a></strong></span> For each batch of slime, you&rsquo;ll need &frac12; cup of clear Elmer&rsquo;s glue, &frac12; cup water, food coloring, glitter, &frac12; tsp baking soda, 1 TBS saline solution. You&rsquo;ll need to make three batches for the red, white, and blue swirled effect. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 1: Combine clear glue and water. Stir thoroughly.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 2: Add glitter, baking soda, and food coloring.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 3: Add saline solution and mix.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 4: Mix well until a slimy blob forms in the bowl.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 5: Knead well. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. These <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://teachingmama.org/fizzy-ice-stars/"><span class="s2">fizzy ice stars from Teaching Mama</span></a></span></strong> are so much fun. You&rsquo;ll need a star ice cube tray, 1 cup of water, food coloring, &frac12; cup baking soda, bowl of vinegar, a tray, and a dropper. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 1: Mix 1 cup of water and &frac12; cup baking soda. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix well. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 2: Pour the mixture into the ice cube tray. You may need to scoop in the baking soda since it tends to sit at the bottom of the mixture. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 3: Once the cubes are frozen, pop them out of the mold and place the stars on a tray or plate.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 4: Fill the dropper with vinegar and squirt on the frozen stars. Watch them fizz!</span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. This next science is so cool, it&rsquo;s sure to amaze your kids! <a href="http://pagingfunmums.com/2014/05/30/fireworks-in-a-glass/"><span class="s2">Fireworks in a glass is brought to you by Paging Fun Mums.</span></a> For this experiment, you&rsquo;ll need food coloring, warm water, and oil (vegetable, olive).</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 1: Fill glass &frac34; of the way to the top with warm water.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 2: In a separate glass, add a few tablespoons of oil and a few drops of food coloring of different colors.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 3: With a fork, stir the oil and food coloring mixture to break up the color beads into smaller ones.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Step 4: Pour the oil and food coloring mixture into the warm water and watch the fireworks!</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1737 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 The Reading Game <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Worried about your child's reading skills? Is your child not enjoying reading? Or having a hard time just getting it? Give your child the boost they need and stave off #summerslide with The Reading Game.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This multiple award winning&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/learntoread?source=feed_text&amp;epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARC2WY4bpdKMfYo_hP0WA-dW9VgNtUY9t3q_k5w_R1N8xxM467u2qo5qBgZIaFuRzSIPuO2qOvKLSwftL8ksciwKKv2zT4Y4t5-xK5MsByHNr2DWelJyQeaCqqJboBJGYtbMova-v-Xz01qIoOeKpXA55c2NqTuQXZP-yWtXMN1fdE7B-BqrqayMATzQS32oxXb4BcNGw86ogM-zLvNl0Bo9O-uY6tb0b016j3zJQtoYoWys1p6GGqEEDxRjMsLawGGb2nhMxM909mueeKIBa2CX2ZjDBuimi7sXLkazC7Q-uiSz9MYm56OwQh2EMuUc5JVNFcqrVcVSGhYWglJlmLO8yw&amp;__tn__=%2ANK-R"><span class="s2">#learntoread</span></a>&nbsp;game is from the author of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wordlywise?source=feed_text&amp;epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARC2WY4bpdKMfYo_hP0WA-dW9VgNtUY9t3q_k5w_R1N8xxM467u2qo5qBgZIaFuRzSIPuO2qOvKLSwftL8ksciwKKv2zT4Y4t5-xK5MsByHNr2DWelJyQeaCqqJboBJGYtbMova-v-Xz01qIoOeKpXA55c2NqTuQXZP-yWtXMN1fdE7B-BqrqayMATzQS32oxXb4BcNGw86ogM-zLvNl0Bo9O-uY6tb0b016j3zJQtoYoWys1p6GGqEEDxRjMsLawGGb2nhMxM909mueeKIBa2CX2ZjDBuimi7sXLkazC7Q-uiSz9MYm56OwQh2EMuUc5JVNFcqrVcVSGhYWglJlmLO8yw&amp;__tn__=%2ANK-R"><span class="s2">#WordlyWise</span></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Reading Game&rsquo;s fast action memory card word game, picture flashcards, and storybooks work together to make learning to read fun! </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Its captioned-picture flashcards reinforce words learned through game play in short sentences and introduce capitalization and punctuation. Each of the content rich stories is told using only the 30 words learned through game play to ensure reading success and to build confidence in reading. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Watch your child read six story books independently with this easy to use box set - all for only <span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=" https://www.amazon.com/Allsaid-Dunn-AD12518-Reading-Game/dp/B00H4H6IBC/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=the+reading+game&amp;qid=1560364883&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">$29.43 with Amazon Prime</a></span>. Teaches 180 vocabulary words; including Dolch and High Frequency Words. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.thereadinggame.com" target="_blank">LEARN MORE!</a></strong></span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1733 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Natural teething relief to sooth babies and parents. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As a new mother, founder and creator, Audrey Zuber, wanted the best and most natural for her first child. When teething pain kicked in, concerns about the dangers of Benzocaine and Tylenol made the remedy choices limited. After talking to her pediatrician, she bought some clove oil and put it on her daughter&rsquo;s gums. To her horror, she burned her daughter&rsquo;s gums and lips with the undiluted oil. This started a mission to create a safe, effective and natural remedy for teething pain.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> After countless hours of research and working with experts in aromatherapy, pediatricians and naturopaths, Punkin Butt Teething Oil was born. An oil formulated with organic ingredients that was already fully diluted to be safe even if a child drank the entire bottle, but still strong enough to help when the gum line is swelling and teeth are cutting through.<br /> For 13 years, Punkin Butt Teething oil has been naturally soothing babies around the world and is now sold in dozens of countries. &nbsp;Punkin Butt has also expanded their product line including ear oil, skin balms, lotions, soaps, diaper rash sprays, arnica balms, CBD products and much more!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /> Punkin Butt products are manufactured in Boerne, Texas with a new manufacturing facility ready to produce in Canada next month for Canadian distribution!<br /> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.punkinbutt.com" target="_blank">www.punkinbutt.com</a></strong></span><br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="mailto:audrey@punkinbutt.com" target="_blank">audrey@punkinbutt.com</a></strong></span><br /> (503) 926-3970</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1734 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 4 Great Ways Dads are Different <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> There is no denying that there are differences between how moms and dads parent their kids. Just because dads may do things differently than moms doesn&rsquo;t mean their parenting style is less beneficial to kids. A different perspective on how to handle challenges, how to have fun, and how to show affection is great for kids. Here are some great ways dads are different.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Dads play differently</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">When I watch my husband interact with our kids, I notice one major difference, how they play together. My husband will often hide and when the kids start looking for him, he will jump out and scare them. He fills water balloons for an hour to have a water fight that lasts five minutes. He spends time building Legos and helping the kids learn how to follow the instructions. He wrestles with, laughs with, and good-naturedly teases the kids. They love it. Most of these things I would rarely do, some I would avoid if possible. Dads have a way of bringing silliness and fun into our kids lives, usually in the form of a game. The kids love it, the dads love it, and it strengthens the bond between them.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Dads are more flexible</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">This may not apply to all dads but many are a little more flexible than moms. When I was a little girl my mom had a weekly night out with her friends and my dad was in charge. This often meant fried egg and ketchup sandwiches and staying up late watching TV. I remember one day dad let us have ice cream for dinner. We walked to the ice cream shop and my brother and I ordered bubble gum ice cream cones. By the time we had walked home, we were covered in a sticky mess. Instead of a bath dad sprayed us down with a hose, took us inside and changed us right into our pajamas and called it a night. We all laughed the whole time, including my dad, and I remember thinking how mom would never have allowed that. The next night we went back to our normal routine but those little moments of silliness and flexibility taught me that sometimes it&rsquo;s okay to set aside the rules and routine and have fun.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1731 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This top quality Apollo 11 Astronaut Suit from Aeromax&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">is sure to please your little space traveler. Its official look and feel make it seem like it's real. Includes: Official NASA patches, including special Apollo 11 patches, Official embroidered NASA cap.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://aeromaxtoys.com/index.php?route=product/product&amp;product_id=350" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1732 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 A Summer to Remember <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s almost here. One of just a <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/only-nine-more-summers"><span class="s2">few summers</span></a></strong></span> we get with our children before they spring forth into adulthood and go off to live out their dreams. One of just a few summers where our driveways are covered in sidewalk chalk, sprinklers serve a higher purpose of spraying kids in the face as they run through, and hands sticky from popsicles leave prints on everything in the house. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1. Do what suits you and your family. There is no one perfect way to have the best summer ever. Some families like to have their schedules jam-packed with trips and activities. Others prefer slow, lazy days throughout the season. One big key to enjoying summer is to do it <em>your </em>way without guilt. If your family needs a slow summer, you shouldn&rsquo;t feel bad when you scroll through all those beach and Disney photos. If you&rsquo;re that family that&rsquo;s busy doing something every week, there&rsquo;s no need to feel like you&rsquo;re stripping your kids of a slow and relaxed vacation! You know your family best, and you know what they need and what makes them happy, so just design the best summer for <strong><em>your </em></strong>family and don&rsquo;t worry about what anyone else is doing. </span></p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2. Connection is what&rsquo;s really important. Whether you&rsquo;re on the go or purposefully slow, the main ingredient to a summer to remember is <strong><em>connection</em></strong>. Being present and engaged with your children is going to fill their cup, and the joyful memories you make together will feel that much more special to them because they feel so very loved and connected to you. There are countless ways to connect, and it&rsquo;s useful to know your child&rsquo;s <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/50-ways-to-love-a-child"><span class="s2">love language</span></a></span></strong> so that you can really speak directly to their hearts. Here are some ideas: Offer lots of hugs and cuddles. Make up a special secret handshake. Give lots of <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.creativechild.com/articles/view/50-affirmations-just-for-kids"><span class="s2">verbal affirmations</span></a></span></strong>.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Write notes, cards, or letters to them. Read aloud. Play together. Send them mail. Commit to at least 30 minutes per day to give your child distraction-free attention and watch the relationship blossom.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. Read great books together. Reading aloud provides key benefits that prepare children for reading and learning. The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age 5, but older kids benefit, too! My family loves piling in together and listening to audiobooks. Even if you don&rsquo;t take any trips this summer, your children can visit all sorts of places and live through many characters with books. Encourage your child to start a series and set aside reading time daily. It helps to create a special reading nook with pillows, blankets, and lights! There are tons of reading lists online to give you some ideas! Try readingrockets.org for lists divided by ages.</span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1729 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Benefits of Gardening with Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The warmer months have arrived and, if your family is anything like mine, you are ready to spend as much time outside as possible soaking up the sun and enjoying nature. Spending time outside in the sunshine is sure to lighten the mood but using the outdoor time to plant flowers and vegetables can be rewarding for your entire family.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Family bonding time</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Gardening is a great way to get kids involved in a project the whole family can do together. Planting flowers and vegetables gives everyone a chance to set aside electronics and spend time enjoying time outside while working on a family project. You will have a chance to see your kids explore new sensations as they dig in the dirt, plant seeds, and water. The best family bonding usually happens when everyone is working on a shared goal.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Educational</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Gardening is a great way to teach your kids about nature, science, and math. They will learn how plants grow, names of plants, how to measure how far apart to plant seeds, and how to protect your garden. You could take the lessons one step farther and check out books from the library about gardening, watch an educational video about gardening, or visit a community garden to learn more about plants and flowers. Some families also find that starting a compost bin helps teach their kids about the environment and how our waste effects it. The compost gives your garden a natural boost as well reducing waste.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Gardening teaches life lessons</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">In the process of starting and caring for your garden your child will have the opportunity to learn the value of hard work, the importance of patience while waiting for their seeds to grow, the responsibility of caring for the garden each day, and will be rewarded with the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor. The best life lessons often happen when you don&rsquo;t know you are learning them. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Encourages healthy eating habits</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The best reason to plant and take care of a garden is the reward of tasting your crop. Kids who would not normally try tomatoes, bell peppers, or cucumbers will be much more likely to give them a try if they have planted, cared for, and watched them grow themselves. Cultivating a love of eating healthy fruits and vegetables at a young age is a great way to encourage lifelong healthy eating habits.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> No one will tell you that planting and caring for a garden is easy but most will say it is well worth the effort when you are able to harvest your own fresh produce or flowers to enjoy. </span></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1730 Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Everything you need to create your own mini golf course at home <p>Build a mini golf course for the entire family.</p> <p>Our set includes 5 glowing&nbsp;obstacles, 2 putters, LED golf balls, felt mat, boarder and storage bag.</p> <p>Arrange the obstacles to create over 25 different variations.</p> <p>Take the obstacles outdoors and use our included golf tees to anchor it to the ground for a long range option. Put it all away in the included storage bag to take it with you!</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5cf00b6835e16p8PXPa57z85mLDX28Mck6DBxFq9xx-Kr2w8qC_400.jpg" alt="cosmic mni golf" width="400" height="276" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.b4adventure.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">CLICK HERE TO&nbsp;LEARN MORE!</span></strong></span></a></p> https://www.creativechild.com/article/1728 Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700