CreativeChild RSS Feed 5 Hygge Activities To Do With Your Kids <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s been described as cozy contentment and peace as you enjoy the little things in life. I&rsquo;m talking about hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), the Danish culture concept that became mega trendy in the U.S. several years ago. It sounds so appealing to us because we have grown accustomed to the nonstop busyness and overwhelm of our American culture, and we are deeply craving rest and happiness.The Danes are consistently high ranking in happiness, and their dedication to a simple, cozy lifestyle is a big reason why they are some of the happiest people on earth. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are, as you might imagine, plenty of benefits to this simpler, cozier lifestyle, including:</span></p> <ul> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Reduced anxiety</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Improved emotional well-being</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">A sense of comfort </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Improved sleep</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Connectedness with others</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Better relationships</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Less depression</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Increased optimism</span></li> </ul> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Moms everywhere are thinking t<em>his sounds great, but who has time to just sit around being cozy</em>? I hear you! That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve put together this list of hygge activities you can do with your children to create this sense of peace, comfort, and connection. Remember, though, that it&rsquo;s as much about the <em>feeling</em> as it is the activity. These activities should evoke a sense of togetherness, joy, lightheartedness, and well-being. Focus on that feeling, and point it out to your children so that you can experience it together - this is hygge.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">1. Add a little extra comfort and cozy to your family movie night. Consider pulling in a mattress to put on the floor, or layering blankets or cushions for an extra comfortable place to snuggle up. Light a candle, dim the lights, and grab your mugs of hot cocoa! Here are 10 movie suggestions:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Chronicles of Narnia</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Treasure Island</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anne of Green Gables</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Princess Bride</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">E.T.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beauty and the Beast</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hugo</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Wizard of Oz</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fantastic Mr. Fox</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Black Beauty</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">2. Bake and decorate cookies. Does it get cozier than the smell of freshly baked cookies? I think not. Fill your home with a pleasant aroma as you create warm and wonderful memories with your children. And in the spirit of hygge, keep it simple with these 3-ingredient sugar cookies. You&rsquo;ll need:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, divided</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instructions:</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a medium bowl, beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar until combined using a handheld mixer.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Add in flour and blend well (add in the optional vanilla here).</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Roll the dough into 1-inch balls.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gently roll the balls in the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar until lightly coated; place on the baking sheets 2 inches apart.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the bottom of a measuring cup or glass, press down on the balls to flatten.&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bake for 14-16 minutes or until just slightly golden around the edges and on the bottom.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Remove from the oven and let rest on the baking sheets for at least 10-15 minutes (don't skip this step!) Then eat or transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Decorate if desired!</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">1 teaspoon of vanilla, optional but recommended</span></li> <li><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instructions:</span></li> </ul> <p><span>3. Get crafty making your own holiday decorations. There are tons of craft ideas on the internet for every holiday. Since Valentine&rsquo;s Day is coming up, I thought I&rsquo;d include </span><a href=""><span>this 3D paper heart craft from Easy, Peasy, and Fun.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You&rsquo;ll need:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Red construction paper</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;">Scissors</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thread</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cardstock</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pencil</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Instructions:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Draw a half heart shape on the cardstock and cut it out. This is your template.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fold the red construction paper and use your template to draw the half heart shape, then cut it out. You need 4 paper hearts to make one 3D heart.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glue a string down the middle of one of the hearts. Apply glue on half of that heart (the one with the string) and glue on another heart. Repeat. Now apply glue both on the last heart you glued on and on the other half of the first heart and glue on the last heart.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hang and enjoy!</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">4. Read together. You knew this was coming as it is the most hygge activity I can think of! Snuggling up with your kids while you read them a book or listen to an audiobook is such a peaceful and cozy activity, but unfortunately, many of us don&rsquo;t find the time often enough! Not sure what to read? Check out this </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">list</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of 100 Best Children&rsquo;s Books of All Time. Or try my personal favorites:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Harry Potter series</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Neverending Story</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Spiderwick Chronicles</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Phantom Tollbooth</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Emerald Atlas</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Alice in Wonderland</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Wizard of Oz</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Bridge to Terabithia</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">His Dark Materials</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">5. Family game night, but hear me out. Sometimes, the competition of board games leads to, well, the opposite of peace. And since we are striving for a &ldquo;hyggelige&rdquo; feeling, we want to avoid arguments. As such, here&rsquo;s a list of fun, cooperative board games to try!</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Menara</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Forbidden Island</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Castle Panic</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hanabi</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hoot Owl Hoot</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cahoots</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">5-Minute Dungeon</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flashpoint: Fire Rescue</span></li> </ul> Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:00:00 -0800 When Motherhood Brings Rage <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;A sequence of provocations.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s the term University of Alabama psychologist Dolf Zillmann uses when he describes how rage builds on rage. Zillmann discovered that the physiological effects of rage can last for days, and that &ldquo;a sequence of provocations&rdquo; can dramatically increase anger so that we end up reacting more and more quickly.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">##ad##</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The funny thing - motherhood is a sequence of provocations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nothing tests your patience like raising tiny humans, and yet the patience of a saint is exactly what mothers are expected to have - to calmly and lovingly hold space for the relentless aggravations. We try to block it, hide it, sweep it under the giant rug of shame, but the truth is that the rage hasn&rsquo;t singled you out. You&rsquo;re not alone. Many mothers feel it coursing through our veins, creeping with us like a shadow, and all we can hope for is to contain it for another day, another hour, another minute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before we look at how to get a handle on the rage, let&rsquo;s look at what&rsquo;s lurking underneath it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">##adbig##</span></p> <p><strong>What Causes Mom Rage?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You&rsquo;ve heard of postpartum depression, but did you know that </span><strong>postpartum rage</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a thing, too? Rather than feeling sad or numb, some mothers experience sudden outbursts and intense anger. If you&rsquo;re having trouble controlling your temper, violent urges or thoughts, or increased yelling or swearing during your baby&rsquo;s first year of life, postpartum rage could be to blame.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These mothers fear reaching out for help. They don&rsquo;t want to be seen as a bad mother, or worse, to have their baby taken away. So they often suffer in silence. However, it&rsquo;s important to talk to your doctor and pursue avenues of treatment, such as therapy and medication.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rage is also a mask for </span><strong>depression and anxiety</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Often running just in the undercurrent of our anger is fear. Anger is often an automatic response to an anxious trigger. Sleep deprivation, which often accompanies anxiety, can make anger issues worse.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additionally, rage can be a </span><strong>stress response to childhood triggers</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">. These are triggers that were &ldquo;coded&rdquo; into your brain in your early years and are often subconscious triggers that trip without warning. For example, if you were shamed or punished for crying as a child, it is possible that your child&rsquo;s crying could be a trigger for you.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Solutions for Dealing with Rage</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following section will offer some proven calming tools for you to use. While these suggestions can certainly help,&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t want to minimize the seriousness of rage or the possible need for medical or psychiatric treatment. While these can be helpful tools for reducing anger, please use these alongside professional help.</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Look for a safe release. Get outside and throw a ball, scream silently into a pillow, or do 20 push-ups. Boxing, running, or any intense cardio will also do the trick. An immediate (but safe) physical release is the best way to feel better in the moment.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listen to music that has some anger in it. This can be extremely cathartic as you let your emotions flow through the music and release it through singing along.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Journaling has been shown to reduce stress and increase mindfulness. In the case of rage, it can be very helpful to keep a journal of your triggers so that you can see patterns in your behavior that can be modified.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Channel that energy into something positive and creative. Try dancing, painting, drawing, or writing poetry. Creative expression is a great way to release pent up anger and anxiety.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harness that small space between stimulus and response. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ronald Potter-Efron, PhD, co-author of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Letting Go of Anger</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, says that studies show that the neurological anger response lasts less than 2 seconds. Beyond that, it takes a commitment to stay angry. In other words, if you don&rsquo;t add fuel to the fire, it will burn out really quickly. The problem is that it is so easy to add fuel when we feel wronged in some way, and it&rsquo;s our negative thoughts that fan the flames. Try to just observe the emotion and let it pass by deep breathing as you repeat a mantra like &ldquo;I am safe.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It goes without saying that proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise go a long way in improving your physical and emotional health as well, so please make yourself a priority. The better you feel, the better you show up for your children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mom rage is a difficult subject to talk about, but rest assured you are not alone. If you can find the courage to open up and ask for help, I feel confident you will find the support you need.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:00:00 -0800 Extra Safety, Extra Security, Extra Peace of Mind 
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The Door Guardian products are versatile and easy to install with only the included 3M tape needed to provide incredible child safety.<br /> <br /> The Door Guardian name means Extra Safety, Extra Security, Extra Peace of Mind.<br /> <br /> The Door Guardian products are favourites amongst consumers and locksmiths alike because they&rsquo;re cost-effective (all of their products retail for less than the cost of a couple of hours with a babysitter), they work unlike any other lock due to their patented design, and do exactly what you need them to: Keep you and your family safe!<br /> <br /> <a title="nem kurutma" href="">nem kurutma</a> The Door Guardian: The original Door Guardian lock is an effective solution in securing and reinforcing exterior doors. With the capability to be applied on front doors, side doors, back doors, garage door entrances and balcony doors. The Door Guardian is an effective tool in providing quick and easy childproofing solutions.<br /> <br /> The Patio Door Guardian: With the three most common means of entering a locked patio door being prying, lifting and breaking the glass, The Patio Door Guardian protects against those by installing on patio doors with the fixed door on the outside and the sliding door on the inside.<br /> <br /> The Door Guardian Locks for Inswinging and Outswinging Doors: Safeguard your family and your home with The Door Guardian Locks for Inswinging and Outswinging Doors. They install easily with 3M VHB tape or screws and effectively secure inswing and outswing double doors. They have included a childproofing safety insert for additional peace of mind, preventing children from opening the lock without the key. You can rest easy knowing you&rsquo;re safe and secure.<br /> <br /> To learn more about Meranto Technology, their Door Guardian products, as well as their 25+ years of experience in providing safety and security excellence, visit them at or email them at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> to place an order.<br /></span></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2022 00:00:00 -0800 The most awarded children's board game in history. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The most awarded children's board game in history. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Story Time Chess teaches children to play chess through fun, silly stories and interactive games. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">No chess experience is required. If you can read a story you can learn how to play chess. Ages 3-103</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">LEARN MORE!</a></strong></span></p> Tue, 21 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800 Reframing the Naughty List <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He&rsquo;s making a list. He&rsquo;s checking it twice. He&rsquo;s gonna find out who's naughty or nice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Santa Claus doesn&rsquo;t understand child development.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For nearly 100 years, we&rsquo;ve been using the same practices of behaviorism - punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. This came about based on the idea that all behaviors are based on simple stimulus-response reactions. Thanks to advances in neuroscience, we now understand that behavior is much more complex and involves internal factors that cannot be punished away.&nbsp; <a href="">nem kurutma</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A child&rsquo;s thoughts, emotions, experiences, and sensations affect behavior. Trauma, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and a slew of other brain and body differences also contribute. We now understand that behavior isn&rsquo;t simply naughty or nice, but a clue to the complex internal world of the human being. To understand behavior, we have to look beyond the action itself, to the root. We must take into account the child&rsquo;s experiences, temperament, conditions, environment, and emotions. Sometimes the behavior is an autonomic response to the nervous system&rsquo;s perception of threat. Neurodiverse children require different solutions than neurotypical children do. The key point is that all children are unique, and the one-size-fits-all behaviorism solutions are outdated and ineffective.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dichotomy of punishments and rewards - naughty and nice - does not help children do better. Threatening to &ldquo;tell Santa&rdquo; only trips more alarms in the brain. Likewise, threats to &ldquo;cancel Christmas&rdquo; or get nothing but a lump of coal only serve to make children </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">feel worthless.</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> If better behavior results, it is but a temporary and desperate attempt by the child to control a brain that is not yet developed enough to comply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The naughty list doesn&rsquo;t take into account all the reasons children are &ldquo;naughty.&rdquo; Annette Breaux said, &ldquo;Nine times out of ten, the story behind the misbehavior won&rsquo;t make you angry; it will break your heart.&rdquo; Children who are acting out are often struggling. They are calling out for help. The question is, how are we going to anwer?&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Reasons Kids are &ldquo;Naughty&rdquo;</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As I stated earlier, behavior is complex. It isn&rsquo;t always easy to discern what is causing a behavior, but it is worthwhile to get curious and try to find the root cause. Dr. Gordon Neufled says, &ldquo;Most problem behavior is rooted in instinct and emotion.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even if you never figure out the exact problem, you are now looking at this child through a different lens. Rather than seeing &ldquo;bad,&rdquo; you begin to see &ldquo;troubled&rdquo; and you will react quite differently to a troubled child.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Here are 10 common reasons for misbehavior.</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trying to get a need met.&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feeling disconnected from caregivers.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Imitating others.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emotional distress.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sensory and other physical challenges.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stress.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Perceived threats, possibly subconscious.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Attention seeking.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Trauma.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Grief.</span></li> </ol> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As you can see, the cause for &ldquo;naughty&rdquo; behavior is not something that needs to be </span><strong>punished</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, but something that needs to be </span><strong>healed</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>Reframing the Naughty List</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">So let&rsquo;s change the name of the naughty list and see how it changes our perceptions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Dysregulated list.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Traumatized list.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Struggling list.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Anxious list.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Grieving list.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;Stressed list.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do these children deserve coal? Or do they deserve love?&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When we change the way we see children, we change our responses to them. While we want to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">punish</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> naughty kids, we want to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">help</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> anxious, stressed, traumatized, grieving, dysregulated children. We want to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">heal</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> them.&nbsp;<br /></span><br /><span style="font-weight: 400;">All children are </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">good</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Some are just having a hard time. Let&rsquo;s not make it harder by labeling and threatening. If you want to help a child get off the &ldquo;naughty&rdquo; list, see the reason behind the behavior and help them heal.</span></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800 Ten Winter-Themed Toddler Activities and Crafts <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winter is almost here, and with those cold, snowy days, it&rsquo;s good to have a list of activities to keep your toddler busy and happy! I&rsquo;ve gathered 10 winter-themed activities and crafts that are simple, fun, and engaging for your little one. Enjoy!</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>DIY Snow Globe Sensory Jar</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There&rsquo;s something so soothing about shaking up a snow globe and watching the snow swirl and settle. It&rsquo;s very calming for little kids, too! Create your own snow globe with your child this season with these instructions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To create your own snow globe, you&rsquo;ll need: <a href="">eczane ila&ccedil; moto kurye</a></span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A small mason jar</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">A hot glue gun&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glitter or confetti</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elmer&rsquo;s clear glue&nbsp;</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">An optional winter figurine, such as a small snowman.&nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">First, you&rsquo;ll need to hot glue your mason jar&rsquo;s lid components together. This will prevent leak. Next, hot glue the figurine to the inside of the lid so that it will be facing upside down when you place the lid on the jar. After that, fill the jar approximately 30% full with the clear glue and then add glitter or confetti and fill the rest of the way with hot water, leaving a bit of room at the top, and stir.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Quickly pipe a thick ring of hot glue around the inside of the lid and screw the lid on as tight as you can.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Let dry, and shake!&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you&rsquo;re not crazy about giving your little one glass, you can purchase empty plastic snow globes at craft stores!</span></p> <p><strong>No-Cook Winter Playdough</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This playdough sparkles like snow! If you&rsquo;re up for making your own, this </span><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">recipe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will make one big ball of glittery, snowy-looking playdough. You&rsquo;ll need:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2 cups plain flour</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">&frac12; cup table salt</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2 tbsp cream of tartar</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2 tbsp vegetable oil</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">1 cup boiling water</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">�</span></li> </ul> Fri, 17 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800 Creativity and the Environment <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A great way and very impactful way for children to learn about the environment is through creating upcycled art projects. </span></p> <ul> <li class="li2"><span class="s1">When children use recycled or upcycled materials to make successful crafts projects, it helps them learn the importance of reusing or conserving earth&rsquo;s resources. This is a lesson that they will carry with themselves all throughout their lives and make them better global citizens of the future.</span></li> </ul> <p class="p3">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The greatest part is you can engage the children in saving things like toilet roll tubes, milk jugs, pop tabs, plastic bottles, bottle tops, cardboard and the list goes on! It will completely change the way they look at trash and the whole topic of recycling. Our children don&rsquo;t have the luxury we did when it comes to being good global citizens by the 2050 it is predicted that they will be more plastic in the ocean than marine life.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Google upcycled art project with toilet roll tubes or what ever you have saved to upcycle, and you will be amazed at the creative and fun ideas.&nbsp;<a href="">konya escort bayan</a></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As the President of Creative Kids Rock, I have spent years celebrating thinking differently as a person with dyslexia. Turning trash to art to benefit our environment. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">As the Ambassador of Washed Ashore &ndash; Art to Save the Sea I am seeking youth ambassadors in every state to learn about plastic pollution through the Washed Ashore Curriculum and upcycled art!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Would you love your child to have an opportunity to learn more about the environment and help influence others around them to! Please email me at <a href=""><span class="s3"></span></a> because I am looking for you!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Washed Ashore &ndash; Art to Save the Sea is a non-profit with a global mission of saving oceans and waterways of plastic marine debris by making art to save the sea.</span></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800 If you could be a dragon, what kind would you be? <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Adventure through magic, mystery, and family secrets in this multiple-award winning book about a modern Florida boy who discovers that the swamp where he lives has monsters far more terrifying than alligators.<br /> <br /> The first time a hunter came for him, Bradley was only nine years old. That was three years ago, and he barely escaped. As his twelfth birthday approaches, he doesn&rsquo;t remember the attack. He doesn&rsquo;t know anything about hunters, or dragons, or even magic. As far as he&rsquo;s concerned, he&rsquo;s a regular kid living in a regular trailer park.<br /> <br /> He&rsquo;d better figure it out soon. The hunters are coming and his world will never be the same.<br /> <br /> Kirkus Magazine calls it an &ldquo;intriguingly exciting hero&rsquo;s journey that&rsquo;s also beautifully thoughtful and humane.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> says the book is &ldquo;seriously awesome,&rdquo; and &ldquo;5 stars are rare for us, yet we&rsquo;d give this one 7 if that were possible. Seriously, I could barely put it down.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Children&rsquo;s Book Review sums it up as &ldquo;an excellent choice for readers who enjoy thought-provoking, thrilling, and suspenseful fantasy stories!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Winner of Creative Child Magazine&rsquo;s 2020 Children&rsquo;s Book of the Year, a Mom&rsquo;s Choice Award, and a certified Great Read award from, Bradley&rsquo;s story will have you and your kids on the edge of your seats, reading together, and maybe even asking the most important question: what kind of dragon will you become?<br /> <br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> </span></p> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800 The Emotional Toll of Holiday Magic <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Did you get the perfect presents ordered yet? The ones that will make their eyes light up with excitement? How about groceries for Christmas dinner? And the invitation list? What about the home decorating, tree fixing, and present wrapping? Have you made those magical memories yet? That sleigh riding, cookie baking, reindeer food making, snowman building, snow cream eating, Polar Express watching with hot cocoa holiday magic? Also, don&rsquo;t forget to do your normal hustle - clean the house, pay the bills, cook the meals, play with the kids, walk the dog, answer emails, and work, work, work. And for goodness&rsquo; sake, did you remember to move the elf?</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Ah, the holidays - when exhaustion, worry, and anxiety run just beneath all that Christmas cheer. When it&rsquo;s on you to be a super parent, Santa, and a whole team of elves, the holiday hustle can take an emotional toll. When you add in factors such as a pandemic, divorce, loss of a family member, or financial difficulties, the stress can go through the roof, leaving us trying to cope in unhealthy ways. As we try to make everything perfect for our children, the weight of increased expectations feels crushing and sucks the joy right out of the season. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are a few things we can do to put the cheer back in Christmas. It just takes a dash of planning, a sprinkle of self-care, and a heaping helping of boundaries. Here are five ways to lessen the emotional toll and enjoy the season with your family.</span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Every article you read on this topic will tell you to just say no to things that stress you out. As if it were that simple! My advice is to say yes - with <em>gratitude</em>. It&rsquo;s all about inner dialogue and the story you tell yourself that will shape your holiday experience. Flip &ldquo;I have to&hellip;&rdquo; to &ldquo;I get to&hellip;&rdquo; or even &ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to&hellip;&rdquo; Feel the stress and anxiety melt away when you shift to a mindset of thankfulness for all you and get to experience. Psychologist Tim Sharp, founder of The Happiness Institute, recommends planting small seeds of optimism that will blossom into a more positive outlook overall, such as &ldquo;once I get these gifts wrapped, I can check it off my list and stop stressing about it.&rdquo; He also recommends making whatever you&rsquo;re doing more fun by adding cheerful music or making a game of it. It&rsquo;s tough to be in a bad mood when Christmas jams are playing. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">If you can&rsquo;t stick to the routine, give the kids a heads up, and maybe even a practice run! For many, the holidays involve lots of traveling or company over, and that can wreak havoc on your kids&rsquo; routine. Cue cranky kids! Bringing along familiar books, blankets, and toys when you travel is helpful, but also doing some part of your normal home routine while away will make your kiddo feel more secure. So if you usually read a story to them before bed, don&rsquo;t skip it at Grandma&rsquo;s. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Connection is better than perfection. Sometimes life throws us curveballs. Maybe this is the first Christmas since your divorce, or maybe you just cannot afford to get your kid that new gaming system he&rsquo;s asking for. These types of situations can make us feel so guilty for not being able to give our kids the perfect holiday, but perfection isn&rsquo;t as important as your relationship and the heart to heart connection your child feels with you. Feeling cared for, adored, and delighted in will do more in the long run for your child than a PS5. Children are resilient, and it is not a failure to be less than perfect - it&rsquo;s human.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"> Yes, I&rsquo;ll say it. Make time to pamper yourself. I know, I know! You barely have time to shower, but I&rsquo;m not talking about long bubble baths and mini ski vacations. I think, especially when you have little kids, you have to adjust your expectations around self-care a bit. It&rsquo;s not so much about finding time alone, away from the kids (although that&rsquo;s nice, too!) as it is finding little things that fill you up along the way. Chatting with a bestie while you push the stroller through the park, reading a chapter of that novel you&rsquo;re loving during nap time, or just being in the present moment enjoying your toddler&rsquo;s laughter and soaking really soaking it in. Self-care doesn&rsquo;t have to be expensive or time-consuming, it just has to make you feel better.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Try a little mindfulness. Really take a moment to savor that Christmas turkey. Chew slowly and really taste it. Put down the camera or iphone and watch the delight on your children&rsquo;s faces as they open gifts. Mindfulness is about bringing yourself into the present moment. It&rsquo;s taking a walk in nature and feeling the wind, looking at the trees, listening to the birds - not thinking about the 75 things you need to do when you get back. Mounting evidence from hundreds of universities shows that mindfulness reduces stress and builds inner strength so that future stressors have less of an impact. Start with awareness, becoming more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and senses.</span></li> </ol> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Wishing you a season filled with laughter and joy, from our families to yours. </span></p> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800 5 Gifts Your Child Needs That Cannot Be Wrapped <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Have you heard of the 5 gift rule? It&rsquo;s a way of simplifying Christmas by giving your child just five things: Something they <em>want</em>, something they <em>need</em>, something to <em>wear</em>, something to <em>read</em>, and something to <em>do</em>. This idea got me thinking about things our children need that cannot be wrapped and put under a tree - things that nurture hearts and honor spirits. It isn&rsquo;t likely that your child will remember 10 years from now what they opened on Christmas Day 2021, but they will always remember how they <em>felt</em> at home. In that same spirit of simplification, here are 5 gifts your children truly need every year.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>A Place to Belong</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We are born with a deep need for attachment and belonging. Often, we require children to &ldquo;fit into&rdquo; our family systems. We send subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, messages that you must be/do something specific to fit in here. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re naughty, you are sent away. You don&rsquo;t belong.&rdquo; &ldquo;If you disappoint me, you are shunned. You don&rsquo;t belong.&rdquo; &ldquo;If your grades slip, if you hit your sister, if you are too exuberant or too quiet, if you&rsquo;re too this or too that&rdquo;&hellip; You get the idea. There seems to always be a bar our children must reach in order to be acceptable, and we&rsquo;ve all dealt with it. Starting in childhood, we all get the message of how to fit in loud and clear, at home, at school, on the field, everywhere. And while children are adept at bending and reshaping themselves to fit into the boxes everyone molds for them, this isn&rsquo;t filling the need for belonging.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">To understand the distinction, I turned to Brene Brown, world-renowned researcher and author of Rising Strong. Brown says, &ldquo;Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn&rsquo;t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.&rdquo; </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The message we must send to put our children&rsquo;s hearts at rest is this. &ldquo;You belong, no matter what. You are loved, no matter what. You are worthy, no matter what.&rdquo; Separating the human from the behavior is so important, and our language plays a big part. It&rsquo;s the difference between &ldquo;This behavior is not acceptable&rdquo; and &ldquo;You are naughty.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s the difference between &ldquo;Go to your room until you can act right&rdquo; and &ldquo;Come sit by me. How can I help?&rdquo; It&rsquo;s the message that absolutely nothing can separate you from my love. If we can give our children the gift of belonging, they won&rsquo;t need to search for it their whole lives, like so many of us have done.</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Special Time</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We know that quality time is important, but let&rsquo;s face it - we all have a lot on our plates. It&rsquo;s easy to slip into autopilot and complete our daily routines like a checklist. We can spend a lot of time near someone and never truly connect. It becomes even more of a challenge when kids turn into teens and they barely want to come out of their rooms, and time with friends is much more important to them than time with mom or dad. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">By building small amounts of special time into your daily routines, you can achieve this goal with little effort. A morning ritual of breakfast and chit-chat before school, an after-school ice cream run, or 10 minutes before bed reading, listening to an audiobook, or talking about your day will help fill your child&rsquo;s emotional cup. But it&rsquo;s not just about spending time but <em>how</em> you spend the time. Forcing a child to play a board game with the family checks the box, but it may leave them feeling more irritated than filled up. Special time should be child-led, fun, and lighthearted. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Speak Their Love Language</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">We all express and receive love a little differently. In <a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0802403476&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=creachilmaga-20&amp;linkId=APM4FCSQWRGPBFRO"><strong>The 5 Love Languages of Children</strong></a>, authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell outline the 5 different ways children receive love. All children receive love through each language, but for each child, there is one particular that has the loudest voice. This personal love language fills their tank the fastest. This is important because when a child&rsquo;s tank is full, when they feel loved and <a href=""><strong>connected</strong></a>, they are happier, more cooperative, and they take in what we teach much more readily.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">If you aren&rsquo;t sure what your child&rsquo;s love language is, you can <a href=""><span class="s2"><strong>take the assessment here</strong></span></a></span><span class="s2">.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Don&rsquo;t have time for the assessment? Ask yourself these three simple questions:</span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">How does my child show love to me?</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">What do they often request?</span></li> <li class="li3"><span class="s1">What makes their eyes light up?</span></li> </ol> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Dr. Bethany Cook, clinical psychologist and author of &ldquo;What It&rsquo;s Worth - A Perspective on How to Thrive and Survive Parenting, says, &ldquo;When children feel loved, not only does it bolster their self-esteem, but it also gives them a solid foundation and sense of security so they can more fully explore the world around them.&rdquo; She adds, &ldquo;When you know your child&rsquo;s specific love language, you are able to channel your energy toward gestures that reflect their language.&rdquo; Read <a href=""><span class="s4">this</span></a> for 50 ways to love your child according to their love language. </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><strong>Respect</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">We often talk about how to teach children to respect adults, but we rarely talk about the importance of showing respect to children. In fact, many adults don&rsquo;t often think about showing children respect, and so we boss them around, talk over them, dismiss their emotions or arguments, and so forth. I believe that all humans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and that children best learn how to show respect to others when they have experienced it for themselves. Here are a few ways to show children respect.</span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Allow them to make choices about their bodies. Don&rsquo;t force your child to hug or show affection to anyone. Stop tickling when they say stop, or don&rsquo;t tickle them if they ask not to be tickled. Don&rsquo;t spank or physically punish them. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Model courtesy. Simply treat them how we want to be treated and how we hope they treat others.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Listen. So often, we dismiss their point of view or their feelings because our own problems seem bigger and our views more valid. However, we can show our children respect by allowing them to speak up for themselves and truly listening to what they have to say.</span></li> <li class="li3"><span class="s1">Respect their privacy. Trust is an essential part of every relationship. Don&rsquo;t share embarrassing photos or stories, and keep their private lives private. Refrain from embarrassing them in front of their peers or talking about them to an adult in their presence, unless of course it&rsquo;s positive!</span></li> </ol> <p class="p3"><strong><span class="s1">Creativity</span></strong></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">We come into the world as creative geniuses. That&rsquo;s what one study by Drs. George Land and Beth Jarman determined back in 1992. THey tested 1600 children between the ages 4-5 years old and found that 98% of them scored at genius level in creativity. By grade school, only 30% were considered creative geniuses, and only 12% by high school. Guess how many adults are creative geniuses? Less than 2%. It&rsquo;s clear that we lose our creativity over time, but there are things we do to protect and support creativity. Here are a few ideas:</span></p> <ul> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Designate a space for being creative. Provide art supplies, Legos, and other creative toys and materials that allow your child to explore different forms of creativity.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Allow unstructured time to play freely. Creativity often arises out of boredom. Don&rsquo;t feel the need to entertain your child constantly or schedule back to back activities so they don&rsquo;t complain of having nothing to do. </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Avoid over-managing their play or art. If they color the grass red, let it be red. If they want to put out a pretend fire wearing a princess dress, why not? </span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Praise the process, not the result. Maybe the LEGO structure fell apart in the end, but they stayed at it!</span></li> <li class="li3"><span class="s1">Help them find and pursue their passions. Expose them to different creative outlets such as art, dance, sculpting, and theater and let them decide how to best express themselves.</span></li> </ul> Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:00:00 -0800