CreativeChild RSS Feed The Joys of Expecting <p class="p1">The Joys of expecting.</p> <p class="p1">1.You are expecting your first child later this summer. How did you find out you were pregnant?</p> <p class="p1">A few months after I stopped taking birth control, I noticed that our dog started to follow me everywhere&hellip;all of the time. My sister told me that it could be a sign that I was pregnant! When I mentioned it to my husband he rushed to get a pregnancy test, and sure enough, it was positive. We were a bit shocked but happy!</p> <p class="p1">2. How are you preparing for the arrival of your first child?</p> <p class="p1">I&rsquo;ve been reading a lot of books and asking for advice from friends and family. Between my husband and I, we have 7 nieces and nephews so we have a bit of practice and a good group of people surrounding us. We are planning on doing a home birth and our doula has been a great resource for us.</p> <p class="p1">3. What do you enjoy most about being pregnant?</p> <p class="p1">Eating all the ice cream with no guilt!</p> <p class="p1">I&rsquo;ve had a very smooth pregnancy so far so I&rsquo;ve been enjoying the journey with my partner. A baby was always something we wanted and we&rsquo;re just so happy to be living this experience. Shopping for baby clothes is also something I&rsquo;m guilty of doing too much of.</p> <p class="p1">4. Did you find out the gender of your baby?</p> <p class="p1">We decided to keep it a surprise. I&rsquo;m stunned that that I&rsquo;ve agreed to go that route as I&rsquo;m a super curious and impatient person! I&rsquo;m sure it will be worth the wait. I know it&rsquo;s clich&eacute; to say but as long as we have a healthy baby, we have no preference on the gender.</p> <p class="p1">5. What are you looking forward the most to becoming a mom?</p> <p class="p1">I&rsquo;ve always wanted to be a mother. I look forward to all the little moments! The first smile, the first steps all the way to the high school graduation.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 10 Ways to Increase Racial and Cultural Literacy <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When thinking about raising kids to be more tolerant, my mind always zeroes in on a scene in American History X: Dad and son discuss the merits of the son&rsquo;s black teacher. The son, played by Edward Norton, is enamored with his black professor. Dad discounts the son&rsquo;s teacher based on race. The chink in the armor was subtle and seemed innocuous enough at the time, but it teared open a gash for a deluge of hate that would consume the son as an adult. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The seeds we sow in the home grow roots, perhaps stronger roots than any other kind. This is especially true when it comes to accepting people who are different from us. Kids seeks the approval and acceptance of parents. So they also want to think like us. Even by remaining silent on the inequities of race, we remain complicit to the status quo, and could possibly be sending the message that it&rsquo;s not accepted in our home to raise a big stink on the issues of race, prejudice and other injustices. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Perhaps you&rsquo;ve never made a racist comment or joke at a dinner table. But not being racist is not enough if we are to raise the next generation of tolerant leaders for a more just society. Here are some ways to increase racial and cultural literacy in our children.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Fostering Your Children’s Important Bond with Their Grandparents <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Growing up I had a close relationship with my grandparents and have wonderful memories of our time together. My grandma loved to teach me about plants, to play card games, and to cook together. My grandpa took me camping, fishing, and was always sneaking us extra dessert. Grandparents and their grandchildren have a special bond. This will look different for each family but there are some ways you can build and encourage the bond between your kids and their grandparents.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Encourage time together</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Time spent together will help grandparents and grandchildren to bond naturally. This will look different for each family but some ideas could include cooking together, running errands, attending the child&rsquo;s sporting events or school activities, going to the park, playing board games, going to a movie, sitting and talking, or going out to dinner. Some grandparents find that having a set time assures they have time with their grandchildren. For example, every Saturday morning you go to breakfast or every Tuesday they babysit while the parents have a date night. If you do not live in the same city, try using a phone or video call at a set time each week. The nice thing about weekly calls is that it allows for following up on the things the next week.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Giving your child talking points can help the conversation flow better. If you know your parent is struggling with things to talk about with your child, send them a quick text reminding them to ask about the big math test or how the playdate went. These are some<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>good examples of ways parents can facilitate the bond between their grandparents from a long distance.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Let the parents handle discipline </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> A common source of conflict between parents and grandparents can be discipline of children. Grandparents may have different disciplinary styles or feel different behaviors deserve reprimanding. Let grandparents know that, in most situations, you will be responsible for any discipline needed. This allows grandparents to enjoy the fun aspects of time with the kids. When bringing up the subject, be kind and patient and explain that you don&rsquo;t want anything to come between the kids and their grandparents and the special relationship they have. If discipline must be handled by the grandparent, they should try to stay as close to the parents disciplinary style as possible or delay punishment for when the parents return. </span></p> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Three Creative Art Therapy Activities for Emotional Health <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Imagine a child just lost a beloved pet. He draws a picture of that pet on a cloud with hearts all around it. He&rsquo;s just used art and his creativity to process and express his emotions.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Creativity is important for emotional well being. Benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, sharpening critical thinking and problem-solving skills, increasing self-awareness, and allowing self-expression. Studies show that engaging in creative activities contributes to positive emotions, psychological well being, and feelings of flourishing in life. Creative activities help focus the mind, and their calming effects are comparable to meditation. In this way, creative endeavors are a kind of natural antidepressant. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Allowing children the freedom to express themselves creatively without judgement nurtures their emotional health as it allows them to explore their personal feelings and create something from that experience. These creative experiences help children cope with and process their feelings and can even help children process trauma. Studies have shown that painting and drawing help people express trauma or emotions too difficult to put into words. Therapists have begun to take note of this, thus the rise in recent years of the number of practitioners offering Art Therapy.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Art therapy is often used to help young children overcome psychological or emotional challenges. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the myriad of other crises we are facing today, our children are undoubtedly feeling some level of fear and/or anxiety. Krista Reinhardt-Ruprecht is a registered psychotherapist, and she explains how art therapy works. &ldquo;When we&rsquo;re stuck in feeling states, we are in the right hemisphere, low in the brain, and it&rsquo;s hard to climb out of that. When we use our hands to make art, we trigger our left hemisphere to come back online. Meanwhile, we are making an internal emotion into an external piece of art, which can help us by looking at it as separate from who we are.&rdquo; </span></p> Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Little Legs Love Baby Emporio! <p class="p1">When babies are very little, their tiny feet may not be quite ready for shoes. Still, parents love to dress their little ones in a complete and finished looking outfit! Our socks and tights with shoe-look help to create that look. Socks are available as singles, in pairs of 3 or 6 in a gift box, while the tights are sold individually.</p> <p class="p1">We find that our gift line suits the needs of parents as well as create a lovely gift for a newborn at a baby shower. The gift boxes are sturdy and are perfect to later hold some of baby&rsquo;s keepsake memories, such as a pair of tiny socks, a hair lock, and even the first lost tooth!</p> <p class="p1">Tights styles include classics, ruffled and sparkle tights for special occasions. Baby girl socks are available in classics, ballerinas, sneakers, or with satin bows. Baby boy sneaker socks feature shoelaces. All feature anti-slip soles and are made of 80% cotton with a bit of nylon and spandex.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="p1">The anti-slip patterns match the color of the soles of socks and tights, making them barely visible yet an important feature, helping little ones to stay upright when he or she starts to crawl or walk. An additional favorite is our line of lace leggings for girls 6 months to 4 years.</p> <p class="p1">The softness of the fabric and comfort waist make these a favorite for baby girls to wear. Available in popular cream, pink and trendy brown and black lace, they start out full length and when her legs grow become a Capri length.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Baby Emporio was started in 1997 and is based in Ventura, California.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><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 /> 805-477-7588</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Meet Momtrepreneur Cindy! <p class="p1">My Husband of 6 years, Grant, and I are parents to Liam, 3, Pippa, 2, and our fur-baby, Jersey.</p> <p class="p1">##ad##</p> <p class="p2">On top of being a mom, you're an entrepreneur! Tell us about your business.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Baby Birds Design Co. is my passion and creative outlet after being a Mom and Wife.&nbsp;I design and make luxury baby, family, and household items, which are eco-friendly and help make homes more sustainable and eco-conscious.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">Where did your business idea come from?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I have always had the desire to create over the years. I met a neighbor who had sewn her entire life; through many projects together, I learned the in and outs of using a sewing machine.&nbsp;It was therapy to have an outlet again after having kids.&nbsp; It evolved from making my own burp cloths for my daughter and pants for my son, to wanting to make luxury products, not just for my kids but for my eco-friendly home as well.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">Did you always want to be a mom entrepreneur?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I was a part of the corporate world for 10 years and had a career change to become a teacher prior to having my kids.&nbsp;I grew a desire to help and support others instead of helping corporate bottom lines and revenues.&nbsp; After our first child, I still had the desire to be even more environmentally conscious and financially efficient.&nbsp; One thing led to another and I saw an opportunity to start my own business and fill a niche that I felt would benefit from my products.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">How do you juggle your time between your kids, being a wife and a business owner?&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The struggle is real!&nbsp; I am a mom and wife, first and foremost, and it is tough to juggle between wearing all 3 hats.&nbsp;I have early mornings to get in a few hours of work before it's time for everyone to wake up and I end the day with alone time with Grant or working on my business&hellip;sometimes both because he helps me.&nbsp; It takes communication between my husband and I. He is loving and supportive, and not afraid to be in the thick of it with me; whether it's helping me with the kids or with the business.&nbsp; We check-in regularly to compare schedules, and the needs for Baby Birds Design Co.&nbsp; Some days it&rsquo;s perfectly balanced and others it&rsquo;s skewed; but it always works in the end.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">What advise would you give to moms who want to launch their own business?</p> <p class="p1">Find ways for your children to be a part of what you are doing.&nbsp;Sometimes it&rsquo;s a floor picnic while I&rsquo;m sewing, other times it&rsquo;s making an obstacle course out for their cars and trucks from my scrap materials. Know when to take a break, sometimes you just have to put the work down and &ldquo;be present&rdquo; with your family and come back to it when you can devote your full attention.</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Raising Your Baby Bilingual <div class="page" title="Page 12"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>We recently met with Cynthia, a mama who is raising her child Bilingual.</p> <p>Q: Talk to us about your family.</p> <p>A: We are a small but mighty family of 3! Dad Remi, Mom Cynthia and Sophie is our beautiful daughter, she is 6 yrs old.</p> <p>Q: You&rsquo;re raising your child bilingual (that&rsquo;s wonderful) what language does he/ she speak?</p> <p>A: Our daughter is fully bilingual in French &amp; English. Q: What is spoken most in your home?</p> <p>A: Our main language is French and that&rsquo;s what we speak in the home. We all speak both languages intermittently since all our surrounding friends speak english.</p> <p>Q: Was it challenging to find a (language) school?</p> <p>A: For us, it was very important that Sophie had a fully French education. We are very fortunate that there are 2 great French School districts in our area. Sophie is often commended on her use of French since most families going to the school raise their kids in English. We actually did all our daycare education in English and transitioned to a Full French program in Preschool!</p> <p>Q: What would you say are the biggest challenges you have faced?</p> <p>A: Our biggest challenge is probably the television. Most shows on Disney Plus<br /> or Netflix are English and they are getting better at doing French versions. But since we have been Quarantined, there is a bit more English watching than usual. Our goal is not to speak ONLY French but to master 2 great languages she can speak/read/write and hopefully learn more of them as she grows up.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Respecting Your Child Through Challenging Behavior <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Respecting children is at the heart of positive parenting. By showing respect, we honor the human being, and we teach them what it means to truly respect others through providing an example to follow. When we respect children, they grow up knowing their inherent worth and feel loved, supported, and valued.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maintaining that level of respect through challenging behavior can be a difficult task because most forms of traditional discipline do not have respect for the child in mind.&nbsp; Our culture is quite caught up in parental control. We&rsquo;re afraid of raising the kind of child that our culture so openly disdains - bratty, spoiled, and disrespectful. Author and educator Alfie Kohn says, &ldquo;The dominant problem with parenting in our society isn&rsquo;t permissiveness but fear of permissiveness. We&rsquo;re so worried about spoiling kids that we often end up over controlling them.&rdquo; He goes on to say, &ldquo;The most popular false dichotomy in parenting runs as follows&hellip;&rsquo;Either I punish my child or else I let her get away with whatever she did. Either I take a hard line or I draw no line at all.&rdquo; And it isthis false dichotomy that tricks us into using disrespectful discipline tactics that often exacerbate the very problem it&rsquo;s trying to solve.</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So, the question is how do you respect your child without being a pushover? How do you use positive, respectful discipline? Respecting your child certainly doesn&rsquo;t mean she always gets her way. That would, in fact, be disrespectful if what she wants is dangerous or unhealthy! It means, rather, that we hold our boundaries with empathy, warmth, and gentle firmness. It means taking her feelings and her personhood into regard as you interact with her. Remember, respect means &ldquo;a feeling of deep admiration for someone,&rdquo; so even when you have to put your foot down or hold a boundary, you remember that deep admiration and hold it in your heart as you say, &ldquo;no.&rdquo; Why? Because this changes your tone and demeanor and helps you remain calm, positive, and warm even while you hold the boundary that is best for your child.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Showing your child respect also means showing empathy and understanding for his feelings, even when those feelings seem too big or unwarranted. By seeing things from his point of view, he will at least feel understood and valued, even if he&rsquo;s being corrected or denied something he wants.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, showing respect means working with rather than against your child, and this means sometimes a compromise is in order. Strong leaders know when to be flexible and when to hold their ground. Sometimes, you need to give up a little control in some areas so that you can hold more control when it really counts because children will respect you and follow your lead more if they feel they are respected.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Five Day Activity Guide for Stir Crazy Kids <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most of us have been under a stay-at-home order for what feels like years now. As a result, our kids are going absolutely stir crazy, or at least I know mine are! You&rsquo;re probably weary of trying to keep them entertained or maybe you&rsquo;re a bit stir crazy yourself as well, and this can be a recipe for bad moods, snappy kids and parents, and negative energy in the home.</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It&rsquo;s not that there&rsquo;s a shortage of activities to do. The internet is swarming with great activity ideas, but taking the time to search for them and gather the materials is an extra chore that no one needs right now! So, to make it easy for you, I&rsquo;ve gathered a workweek&rsquo;s worth of fun and engaging activities to keep your stir-crazy kids entertained for a whole week! Having this plan of activities at your fingertips will ease stress and allow positive energy to start to flow once again.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This short list of supplies is stuff you likely already have at home. Enjoy!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Supplies Needed:&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Washi tape (or any kind of colored tape)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cotton balls or pom poms</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Straws</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Socks</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Large cardboard box</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">One pool noodle</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Playdough</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whatever craft supplies you have on hand, such as pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, sequins, etc.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small rocks, twigs, acorns, flowers from your yard</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glue</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yarn</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paints</span></li> </ul> <p><strong>Monday</strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Washi Track</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Create a track with your Washi tape on your hard floor by placing parallel lines. Your track can go straight for a good length, or it could have a few turns to make it a little more challenging for older kids. At the end of your track, create a square with the Washi tape.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This track can be used for multiple activities, including using it as a racing track for toy cars or horses, a walk-along course for little ones, or my personal favorite - a cotton ball track. Have your child place a cotton ball or pom pom at the beginning of the track. The objective is to blow the cotton ball down the track and into the square at the end using only a straw. No touching the cotton! If you have multiple kids, you can create two tracks for racing!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can also help them work on gross motor skills by dumping several cotton balls onto the floor and having them sweep the balls into the square.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Puppet Theater</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Creating a puppet theater is really simple. All you need is the side of a large cardboard box and one pool noodle cut in half. Carve a square &ldquo;screen&rdquo; out of the cardboard and cut a slit in each of your pool noodle halves. Slide the cardboard into the pool noodles so that it stands on it&rsquo;s own, and there you have a quick and easy theater. For the puppets, simply use up some of your old mismatched socks. You child can decorate the sock puppets however they wish using whatever materials you have lying around, such as yarn, felt, googly eyes, and markers. Now they&rsquo;re ready to put on a fantastic show!</span></p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Playdough Fun</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are so many fun activities you can do with playdough! Here are a few ideas to keep your little one happily entertained.</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Print a free playdough mat from A Little Pinch of Perfect found </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. These adorable themed mats can be decorated with rainbows, bugs, flowers, and more!</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make playdough monsters like </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">these</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> using whatever craft materials you have on hand (googly eyes, pipe cleaners, etc.)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Make playdough muffins. Get out your muffin tin and let your child create and decorate playdough muffins.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Create playdough fossils and impressions by pressing things into playdough. Try combs, leaves, buttons, keys, etc.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Build playdough faces by rolling out playdough to a round face and using buttons, rocks, twigs, leaves, pipe cleaners, or sequins to create faces.</span></li> </ol> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 The Trouble with Ignoring Cries <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I very often see others advising mothers to ignore their childrens&rsquo; cries. I see it in comment sections of friends&rsquo; posts and in articles written by numerous &ldquo;experts.&rdquo; I see it in books and blogs and I hear it in waiting rooms and at the playground, and each time I do, my heart sinks and all I can think is &ldquo;</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">where is the empathy?</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">&rdquo;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Empathy is lacking in American culture all over the board, but there is a pronounced lack of empathy in dealing with the emotions of children from infancy through teenhood. We are bombarded with advice to ignore them almost as soon as they exit the womb in a sad and misguided attempt to &ldquo;train them.&rdquo; It is common to allow babies to cry to teach &ldquo;self-soothing&rdquo; and to ignore the screams of a distressed toddler so as not to &ldquo;reinforce negative behavior.&rdquo; </span><strong><em>(I&rsquo;m not villainizing parents here, either. Stick with me!)</em></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> We are told to ignore the cries of preschoolers so as not to spoil them and boys so as not to feminize them. We are asked to ignore the distress in our teens so we don&rsquo;t &ldquo;feed the drama queen or king&rdquo; or to teach some twisted form of resilience. It&rsquo;s all perfectly normal.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Our friends tell us they do it. The internet tells us its fine. Some parenting experts even advise it. However, the fact that everyone else is doing something doesn&rsquo;t automatically make it right or best, and while I could cite study after study of the negative effects on children&rsquo;s brains and emotional development when they are ignored, left to cry without the comfort of a parent&rsquo;s loving arms, the question that I want to propose is this: </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">How does it make you feel?</span></em></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You see, I believe we often sacrifice our own internal compass when the voices and opinions of others crowd out our own inner voice. In our states of exhaustion or distress, we feel we have lost our way and even perhaps that we have no choice than to give in and give ignoring a try - for our own sanity at least! But never does it feel good or right to the parent when she ignores the cries of her little one, and often doing so causes even more distress, but being told that we must stick to our guns, we force ourselves to walk away.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700