CreativeChild RSS Feed Let Them Be Little <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Lately, whether I&rsquo;m scrolling my Instagram news feed or reading articles that pop up on Facebook, I find myself faced with the same phrase relating to raising children:</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><em>Let them be little</em>.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Of course, on first glance, you likely think to yourself, &ldquo;<em>Of course I&rsquo;m letting him or her or them, , be little! They are little, that&rsquo;s how they&rsquo;re treated</em>!&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">But if you think about it, how often are we little our children just be, without making them fall victim to the ins and outs of our overly scheduled, over-packed days?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I&rsquo;ll use myself as an example. As a<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>business owner and very busy mom, I find that most of my days are way too segmented and routine. A typical week day in my world goes a little something like this:</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Wake-up</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Rush to get out of the house</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">School drop-off</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Work, work, work.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">School pick-up</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Play date, appointment, dinner time.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Bath, books, bed.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">With no time for anything else. </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><em>I know this sounds like your home, too</em>.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">And then the weekend comes, where things are a little more laid back. Less of a schedule to follow, less of a routine to abide by. That&rsquo;s when I realize life feels better. My daughter, my sweet, innocent, desperate to play and learn and climb, seems, happier.</span></p> <p class="p1"><em><strong><span class="s1">Continued on the next page...</span></strong></em></p> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring: 7 Things to Do on a Rainy Day <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Nothing is more boring than a dreary, rainy day. Lounging in bed or curling up with a good book may sound ideal to parents, but most kids are unwilling to spend their day this way. <span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>The next time it won&rsquo;t stop raining and pouring, try these rainy day boredom busters.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong> Host a movie marathon</strong></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Pop some corn and put on some of your favorite movies to enjoy with the kids to pass the time. Consider choosing a theme for your movie marathon such as Disney princess movies, a movie with several sequels, or old school movies from your childhood. A rainy day is also a great time to head to the movie theater for the afternoon.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong>Craft time</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s2"> P</span><span class="s1">aint, sculpt play dough, or make bead bracelets. Allow the kids to get creative by making their own scrapbook or finding items in your recycle bin they can make into sculptures. Hit up craft store sales prior so you have a stockpile of art supplies available without having to go out in the rain.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Often you can find seasonal themed kits to complete with your children. Now you will have fun decorations for the house as well entertainment for your children.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><strong> Take a field trip</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"> You don&rsquo;t have to stay cooped up in your house just because it&rsquo;s raining. Stopping by the library or video store passes the time and lets you stock up on things to do when you return home.. Check local listings for open gyms, indoor playgrounds, or other fun indoor activities where the kids can run and play while burning off some energy.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><strong> Puddle jump</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"> If temperatures allow, change into play clothes and then head outside with your rain boots and umbrella and allow the kids to jump in the rain puddles. When you head back inside draw a warm bubble bath to get cleaned up and wind down.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 When Kids Have Allergies (The things people don’t know about having a child with allergies) <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Almost everyone I know seems to have some form of allergy or another. Fortunately, most allergies are nothing more than a nuisance. Other more serious allergies, however, can be debilitating, keeping some kids from ever playing sports on a field.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>And some allergies still can be life threatening, like my friend&rsquo;s son who has a fatal peanut allergy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Collin&rsquo;s peanut allergy is so severe it has been deemed fatal. And since most schools, though they may be deemed a peanut-free zone, can&rsquo;t control for all of the nuances involved in keeping a child with a fatal peanut allergy safe, Collin is now home schooled. In living with the paralysis that comes with having a child with peanut allergy, Collin&rsquo;s mom, Melinda, shares what some parents may not know about raising a child with a life-threatening allergy.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>1. Parents of kids with serious allergies may ask a lot of questions.</strong> It&rsquo;s imperative these parents know what is being served at playdates and birthday parties. They may even ask beforehand what is being served, or may decline an invitation based on what is being served. In Collin&rsquo;s case, for example, it&rsquo;s not enough that a cake contain no peanuts; neither can any of the other ingredients be made in a peanut factory. Given the seriousness of the situation, this often means that parents of kids with fatal allergies can&rsquo;t simply take your word for it and may even ask to see the label of foods being served.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>2. Kids with severe allergies may often bring their own food.</strong> Instead of asking a fusillade of questions, sometimes it&rsquo;s easier to bring foods that don&rsquo;t contain a child&rsquo;s allergens. Don&rsquo;t be offended if this happens. It&rsquo;s not a matter of preference in taste, but a matter of life and death. </span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 11 Superb Spring Sensory Bins for Babies and Toddlers <p class="p1">Sensory play has many benefits. Babies and small children use their senses to explore and learn about the world around them. The more we can engage their senses of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste as well as body awareness and balance, the more they learn and the better they grow. Goodstart Early Learning Senior Occupational Therapist Sally Fitzgerald says that providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through &lsquo;sensory play&rsquo; is crucial to brain development as it helps to build nerve connections in the brain&rsquo;s pathways. This leads to a child&rsquo;s ability to complete more complex learning tasks and supports cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interaction and problem solving skills. (<a href=""><span class="s2">Source</span></a>)</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Sensory bins are a wonderful way to allow children to explore their senses while containing the mess! I&rsquo;ve rounded up some great spring-themed sensory bins you can put together for your baby or toddler. To get started, you&rsquo;ll need a large plastic container. Some of the most common sensory bin items include play sand, rice, water beads, beans, and items from nature including flowers, sticks, and acorns.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">1. <a href=""><span class="s2">Buggy and Buddy</span></a> has a spring-themed sensory bin featuring green split peas! This is the first time I&rsquo;ve seen this used in a sensory bin, but it looks like a great tactile experience. She also includes colorful straws, flower sequins, and small clay pots. This is a great bin for imaginative play as well as sensory play. </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">2. <a href=""><span class="s2">The Rainbow Playhouse</span></a> kicks it up a notch with this gardening box! I absolutely love this idea as it combines sensory play with fine motor skills practice and gardening! I think I&rsquo;ll make this one up for my older kids. Anyway, you&rsquo;ll need to fill your plastic container with compost or soil, seed packets, child-sized gardening tools, gloves (optional) and a watering can. What a great way to learn about the life cycle of a plant as well!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">3. <a href=""><span class="s2">Mama Miss</span></a> shows us a simple but fun bin filled with pastel colored rice, plastic eggs, flowers, and shovels. Rice bins were always a hit when my kids were little. <a href=""><span class="s2">Here&rsquo;s how</span></a> to dye rice with Kool-Aid. Anytime you give a kid a big container of rice and a few scoopers, they&rsquo;re guaranteed to be entertained for a while.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">4. <a href=""><span class="s2">Teaching Mama</span></a> has put together this sensational bin with black beans, dry pasta, and plastic creatures from the dollar store. She even included a counting bugs sheet which you can print from her website. Genius!</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">5. <a href=""><span class="s2">Love Play Learn</span></a> made my favorite Easter-themed bin (and I looked at several)! I love that she used both rice and Easter grass (or shredded paper). Throw in some plastic eggs and a few Easter items from your local dollar store and voila! So much fun!</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 Teaching Children to Be Noticers and Includers <p class="p1">Relational bullying. It hurts just as much, if not more, than outright physical bullying. Getting shoved into the lockers every day hurts. Getting excluded from a group who were your &ldquo;friends&rdquo; the day before, being gossiped about, having rumors started, not being chosen for PE class or allowed to take part in the group you were put in for a project, those are the daggers that really go deep. Those actions say &ldquo;You&rsquo;re not good enough. You don&rsquo;t belong.&rdquo; Belonging is a strong need of all humans. Through connection with others, we thrive and flourish. When we are excluded or isolated, we wither inside. Relational bullying breeds an ugly cycle because we know that hurting people hurt others, and so the one who was excluded may then seek to exclude. The one who was ignored may begin to ignore others. When these hurtful behaviors are allowed to be the norm in our homes and classrooms, it spreads like a cancer, eating away at the self-worth of those it touches.</p> <p class="p3">##adbig##</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">As I was looking into this topic, I kept coming across the term &ldquo;mean girls.&rdquo; Lisa McCrohan writes a wonderful article about <a href=""><span class="s2">Raising Girls Who are Includers Instead of Mean Girls</span></a>, Deborah Song writes <a href=""><span class="s2">How to Handle Mean Girls</span></a>, and Whitney Fleming writes for the Huffington Post about <a href=""><span class="s2">Raising Includers</span></a> in which she discusses a scenario involving girls. I know this is a big problem for girls and I remember dealing with these issues beginning in elementary school and even in the workplace as an adult. Yet, I caution against believing this is a problem that only affects girls. As a mother to boys only, I can attest that relational bullying touches them too, and it hurts them just as much. I&rsquo;ve held my sons through tears from being ignored, left out, and left confused by boys who are friendly one day and mean the next. It&rsquo;s heartbreaking for any parent to know their child is hurt.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s2"><a href="">The Ophelia Project</a></span><span class="s1"> is a national nonprofit aiming to stop relational aggression. The results of their studies show that girls report relational aggression more often than boys, but I have to wonder if their boys are just keeping silent. After all, aren&rsquo;t they still supposed to be &ldquo;tough&rdquo; and &ldquo;not be a crybaby about it?&rdquo; They report that 48% of students have experienced relational bullying. Nearly half of our children are being emotionally bullied at school. We have to address this, and it starts at home, sure, but schools need to work toward a solution as well.</span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 Tips for Raising Earth-Friendly Children <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Going green may seem like a big undertaking, but each of us can make small steps toward living greener, and those small steps will add up to make a big difference for our planet. Taking care of our earth is a family affair, and as with everything else, our children are watching our example. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As Earth Day approaches, talk to your children about the importance of being eco-friendly and teach them these tips toward a greener lifestyle. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Love and Respect the Great Outdoors</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This is the most basic way to raise earth-friendly kids &ndash; teaching them to love and respect nature. Get them outside as often as possible. Let them wade shallow creeks and play in the dirt. Take hikes and observe the wildlife. Go camping. In Cub Scouts, children are taught to leave no trace when they go outdoors. Leave everything as you found it, and travel lightly on the land. Teach kids to respect the plants, animals, and even the insects. Spend hours throughout their childhoods looking up at the clouds or the stars and talking about the beauty and magnificence of it all. Visit caves to see stalactites and stalagmites, see great waterfalls and canyons, and walk through forests and national parks. Children will naturally develop a love of nature if they are allowed to frolic about in it.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">If there is no room for traveling, camping, and sight-seeing in your calendar or budget, the same can be accomplished right in your own back yard. Plant a vegetable garden with your kids and allow them responsibility for it. Create birdfeeders, squirrel feeders, and birdbaths and have the kids refill them every day. Give each child a pot and allow them to choose the kind of flower or plant they&rsquo;d like to grow and tend to. Pick up litter that blows onto your property and consider taking a walk around the neighborhood to pick up litter once a week or so. </span></p> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 3 Earth Friendly Ways to Reuse Easter Eggs! <p>When you think of the days after Easter you think what am i gonna do with all these Easter eggs! Here are our 3 top favorite ways to reuse these eggs. Hope you enjoy, and please let us know how they turn out!&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Egg Bird Seed Treats</span> </span></p> <p><em><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Materials:</span></strong></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-2 Cups Bird Seed</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-6 Tbsp. Flour </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-&frac14; Cup Water</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Cooking Spray</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-9 to 10 Plastic Eggs</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Cost: $8 to $12)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">##ad##</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><strong>Directions:</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Time: 2 to 3 Hours)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 1: Mix corn syrup, flour, water and bird seeds together in a bowl. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 2: Spray the inside of the plastic eggs with cooking spray, so the bird seed mixture won't stick. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 3: Overfill the mixture in both eggs halves. Apply pressure when closing each egg so the halves stick together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 4: Remove the bottom half of the plastic egg carefully so the birdseed mixture can dry (30 to 50 minutes). Next, remove the other half and let that side dry for the same amount of time. Place each egg next to each other in a container (i.e. muffin tin) for balance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 5: After the birdseed mixture has hardened, tie a ribbon around the egg to hang in your yard. The best way to do this is to tie it like a christmas bow and hot glueing the bottom of the ribbon together so it will not slide. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><em><strong>Continued on the next page...</strong></em></p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 Healthy Apple Treats <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Create a perfect snack to get kids interested in their daily fruits with this yummy snack! Peanut butter and apples are a classic but we added a twist, granola! &nbsp;Check this out!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><strong>Materials:</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Apples</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Peanutbutter</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Raisins</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Oats (With or Without Chocolate Chips)</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><strong>Directions:</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 1: Wash and cut your apple in half horizontally. I used a slicer but you can hand cut or use other kitchen utensils to do this.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 2: Cut out the center core on the top and bottom half. The way i did this was with a cap from a water bottle. Its the perfect circumference and pops right out for the next slice.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Step 3: Layer your peanut butter and other ingredients on the bottom half of the apple. Then place the other half on top of the peanut butter, oats and raisins. Then you&rsquo;re done!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tip: Another way to serve these healthy snacks is in bites! Cut the apple slices the same way but keep cutting circles in the slice after you cut out the core. Then layer everything the same way but to each individual circle. Then you have bite sized apple peanut butter snacks! </span></p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 Easter Egg Wreath <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This Easter Craft only cost us $9 bucks! It's easy and cheap, the best part is it lasts for years! Reuse this cute Easter decor for he next Easters to come!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><strong>Materials:</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Plastic Eggs (4 Dozen)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Easter Grass &nbsp;(1 Pack)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Wreath Base (Metal, Foam, Straw, Etc.)</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Hot Glue Gun</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Hot Glue Sticks</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">-Thick Ribbon</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Cost: $8 to $10)</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><strong>Directions:</strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Time: 20 to 40 Minutes)</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grab a hand full of Easter grass and tie together using one (1) long piece of the grass (don&rsquo;t tie at the end). Using your hot glue gun, hot glue the grass on the wreath. Repeat the process until the grass is covering the wreath entirely. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Next, hot glue the plastic eggs at random on the wreath. If some eggs are unstable, glue them to other eggs on the wreath. </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, hot glue a thick ribbon on the back to hang the wreath. You are done!</span></li> </ol> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 6 Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Each holiday brings the opportunity to participate in unique celebrations i with your kids and Saint Patrick&rsquo;s Day has no shortage of fun festivities. Whether you are lucky enough to be Irish or just love celebrating the holiday, try these fun and educational ideas to bring some luck to your home. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> Eat all things green</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Celebrate the day by feasting on all things green. For breakfast, try some green eggs and ham while reading the Dr. Seuss book to your kids or dye your pancakes green just for fun. For lunch, try serving up a buffet of green foods - broccoli, celery, salad, guacamole, and grapes. Wash it all down with some green juice. Who knows? Maybe your child will try some new foods trying to get good luck on St. Patty&rsquo;s Day.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> Attend a parade</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Check your local listings for a Saint Patrick&rsquo;s Day parade and attend as a family. Go green by painting your face or picking up some silly hats or headbands at the local dollar store. See which family member can dress in the most green for the event.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> Set a leprechaun trap</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The night of the 16th, have your kids set a leprechaun trap using a box or laundry basket. Put gold coins inside to attract your leprechaun, but remember, leprechauns are very sneaky and do not like to be seen. In the morning, your child may awake to see that the leprechaun has taken their gold coins and left them a small gift or treat. </span></p> <p class="p1"><em><strong><span class="s1">Continued on the next page...</span></strong></em></p> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800