CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Don't just wash...CLEAN with Unicorn Baby! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Don't just wash...CLEAN! With Unicorn Baby's Earth Friendly &amp; Fragrance Free products that work hard so you don't have to. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Clean and refresh without bleaches or enzymes and remove those funky smells from diapers, bibs and sleep ware, then condition without residue or buildup that inhibits absorption with Unicorn's Earth Friendly products.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.unicornclean.com/baby">www.unicornbaby.com</a></strong></span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1953 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Meet Julia mom of 3 year old Karim and expecting baby #2 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1.Talk to us about your family.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I&rsquo;m the mother a of a sweet little boy, Karim. He&rsquo;s definitely a boy boy- loud, active and loves his cars! We&rsquo;re also expecting baby #2 next spring.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">2.Congrats! Do you know if Karim will be having a baby sister or a baby brother?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">No! We&rsquo;re keeping it a surprise. We also kept it a surprise with our first pregnancy.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">3. That&rsquo;s exciting! A surprise is always fun.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">To be honest I want to find out the sex this time but my husband is adamant about keeping it a surprise so we will see. I truly wanted a gender reveal party. It&rsquo;s been a crazy year and I think it would bring some excitement to our family. Maybe I&rsquo;ll be able to convince him! Fingers crossed!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I also think that it would be easier to prepare our son by being able to tell him you&rsquo;re going to have a little sister/ little brother as opposed to just saying you&rsquo;re going to be a big brother.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">4.Do you have a hunch?&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I&rsquo;m not sure yet. But I have a lot more morning sickness with this one. It was a rough first trimester and I was never sick with my son. So maybe a girl? Time will tell.&nbsp;</span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1954 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 COVID Christmas: Finding Joy and Spreading Cheer in a Pandemic <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Welcome to the 2020 holiday season. Grab your masks and sanitizer, we&rsquo;re about to have a COVID Christmas. This season is usually defined by large social gatherings, shopping store to store, and spending time with our elderly relatives, but these aren&rsquo;t safe practices this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If this year has taught us anything, though, it is that we are adaptable. There are still plenty of ways to capture joy and create magic this Christmas. Here are some tips for finding joy this 2020 holiday season.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>The Gift of Acceptance</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When someone mentions Christmas, one of the first things we think of is gift giving! Acceptance is going to be the biggest gift you give yourself this year, and possibly the best gift you give your loved ones as well. Accept that this season will look and feel different, and that&rsquo;s okay. Accept that you can do your best, and that&rsquo;s enough. All that really matters in the end is not that we&rsquo;ve hosted a killer party or bought the best/most presents, but that we love well. That&rsquo;s what makes holidays memorable, after all. So, rather than feeling defeated or pushing against the situation, just accept that this is where we are and claim your power to make the most of it. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Intimate Gatherings</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sure, you may need to scale down your dinners and parties, but you don&rsquo;t have to forgo them altogether. In fact, going for intimate gatherings of a few close family members and friends can be more relaxing, connecting, and fun. Sometimes, when we can&rsquo;t be as social as we&rsquo;re used to, we may tend to go the opposite direction and isolate ourselves, but that isn&rsquo;t necessarily healthy, at least not for long periods of time. We need each other. So, scale down that Friendsgiving and trim your holiday party list, but don&rsquo;t stop celebrating and connecting with the people you love. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Connect Online</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Luckily, we have so much technology at our fingertips that makes connecting with one another so easy. While it may not be safe to gather with grandma and grandpa, you can certainly still connect with them via FaceTime or Zoom. In fact, maybe you can plan the first every family holiday zoom party! If your holiday travel plans are thwarted, look up some virtual travel opportunities. Lots of tourist hotspots are available virtually. Check out <a href="https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/tripideas/5-virtual-holidays-were-taking-right-now/ar-BB11X2Dd"><span class="s2"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>this list of destinations</strong></span>. </span></a>My personal favorite? Log into explore.org and watch a live stream of the Northern Lights. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Honor Your Traditions</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">There are so many Christmas traditions that this pandemic can&rsquo;t touch, like advent calendars, gingerbread houses, handmade ornaments, Santa letters, and so much more! So while this holiday season will be different, it can also still feel very much the same if we follow our usual traditions. Doing so will create a feeling of safety and normalcy for the kids, and I&rsquo;m sure they could use that, as could we parents. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Spread Extra Cheer</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s been a hard year, and we could all use a little extra cheer. If you want to put your tree up now, do it! Decorate more than usual. Watch more Christmas movies with the kids, bake more cookies, go on more drives to see neighborhood lights, and make more Christmas magic! Do more acts of kindness like paying for the person&rsquo;s lunch who is behind you in line, giving food to the needy, volunteering at soup kitchens and shelters, donating to food pantries and thrift shops, and leaving bigger tips than usual. Most of all, cuddle more than usual, laugh more than usual, and love harder than usual. When we look back on this COVID Christmas one day, may we remember the joy and love more than the masks and sanitizer.</span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1955 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Hunt for treasure, race to tropical islands, or create a new game! <p>Magna-Tiles Treasure Hunt combines the power of play with hands-on learning and creativity!&nbsp;<img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5fc7ead2bf721dq2XhMHEcPw7WAYCzFfftxQS6bY3n81zbq55B_200.png" alt="" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p>Collect golden coins in Jungle Treasure, act like a monkey in Island Race, or create their own game by making new rules! Magna-Tiles&reg;: Treasure Hunt is a great first game that grows with your child and encourages fine motor skills, imagination, social development, and more!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.target.com/p/magna-tiles-treasure-hunt-game/-/A-79415959" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1956 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Presence Over Presents <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The holiday season is here again and many parents find themselves scrambling to shop for all of the important people in their lives. Shopping for the perfect gift for your kids can be stressful. Gift giving can be full of joy but oftentimes what kids want and need is their parents time over a pile of gifts. This year try prioritizing presence over presents. This slight change in perspective can relieve this stress and give your kids the gift of memorable experiences that last longer than the thrill of a new toy.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The gift of experience</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Sharing an experience can be a great alternative to giving a physical gift. Find something your family enjoys doing together and make it into a surprise. Some ideas may include taking a trip, attending a concert, visiting a museum or a local attraction, or eating at a special restaurant. Most importantly, you will be enjoying the activity as a family. Experience gifts promote family bonding and create memories that will last a lifetime.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> The gift of time</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> Time spent together has great value for kids. When you are shopping for gifts this year, look for items that promote family time such as games, puzzles, a cookie baking kit, sports equipment, or crafts. Take the time to play and spend time together. You may find that these activities will become family traditions you return to every year.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> https://creativechild.com/article/1957 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 A Better Year May Be Ahead. But the Best Time to Pursue Happiness is Now. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">After the grueling year we just had, it&rsquo;s tempting to bury our heads in the sand for just a little while longer, hold our breaths, and hope for better times ahead, especially with a new year right around the corner. But waiting for external circumstances to change before we feel happy will surely amount to missed opportunities. Truth is, there&rsquo;s no better time than now to pursue happiness. If we depend on external circumstances to determine how we feel internally, we will always be vulnerable to changing tides. How poised we are today will determine how happy we feel tomorrow. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Below are seven ways to pursue happiness today. While most articles written for Creative Child are parenting advice for our kids, I believe the tips listed below can apply to us all, whether grown or young, weathered from the pandemic or relatively unscathed. There&rsquo;s no better way to teach our kids to be happy, than leading by example. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>1. Forge strong connections</strong>. Researchers have long known that the happiest people are those who have the strongest relationships. It might be tempting to put relationships on the backburner during a pandemic. But living isolated could be the single biggest obstacle standing between you and happiness. Maintaining connections during a pandemic will require extra effort and some creativity. It might even hurt initially to speak to those we miss so much. But the effort will pay off.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1">If your child is weary of Zoom, try sending a care package, hand-written letter or drawing to a friend by mail or by dropping it off in person. Even seeing a friend briefly from a distance from inside a car, can bring cheer to your child and the friend he is visiting. It will also remind your child that his friends haven&rsquo;t gone away. They&rsquo;re still within reach.</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>2. Incorporate altruism.</strong> When toddlers were given gummy bears, a study revealed they felt more happiness giving gummy bears to a puppet than when they received it. If toddlers felt increased happiness by sharing, and to a puppet no less, there is a whole spectrum of happiness we are missing by remaining focused on ourselves. </span></p> <p class="p6"><span class="s1">When we help others and make them feel happy, we gain a sense of accomplishment and learn that we can spread happiness. This boosts self-esteem and makes us more capable of connecting with others.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p6"><span class="s1"><strong>3. Formulate a positive narrative.</strong> Forming a positive narrative is like looking at a cup half full, but creating a story about how the cup came to be half full. If Timmy is upset because his younger brother just told him he hates him, help Timmy form a different narrative than what meets the eye. His brother likely does not hate him, you might explain, but perhaps loves him so much he does not know how to handle disappointment coming from his older brother. Remind Timmy of the many times his brother has told him he loves him, as well as some of the thoughtful things he has done in the past. Validate Timmy&rsquo;s feelings as it&rsquo;s not ok to tell someone you hate them. But teach Timmy that anger is not the result of what happened but what we tell ourselves has happened. Ultimately, we have the final say in how we feel.&nbsp;</span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1958 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Unique Baby Product Made for Parents by Parents <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Our goal at Arabella Baby is to provide parents with tips and products that will ease the stress of hard working parenthood. Whether you have a relaxing day at home or a busy day on the go planned, you want to have everything you need for diaper changes right when you need it. We put together a list of what to put in diaper caddies for your home or car. <br /> <br /> Baby Shower Gift Must Haves: Organization Caddy<br /> Why not turn your gift basket into something practical? Instead of yet another ornamental basket, place your gifts in a diaper organization caddy. The caddies available at Arabella Baby have so much space to put baby clothes, toys, books, and more items the mom-to-be will need. With so many pockets and adjustable dividers, you'll have fun seeing how many cute items you can put in! A diaper caddy is a must have for your touching shower gift.<br /> <br /> What to Do When Your Infant&rsquo;s Grown Up?<br /> After your infant grows out of the diaper phase, what should you put in your diaper caddy? For most infant products, such as creams or changing pads, there's really no way to continue use. You can, however, repurpose your diaper caddy in multiple ways. Some of our favorite extended uses include storing your pet's products or your art supplies. You could even organize emergency items in your car. You can also transition your organization caddy to match your child's needs as they grow. Continue to store your child's toys, books, and games in their former diaper caddy for easy use around or outside your home.<br /><br /> <br /><a href="https://arabellababy.com/" target="_blank">arabellababy.com</a><br /> admin@arabellababy.com<br /> 208-724-7649<br /> IG: @arabellababyco </span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1952 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 The Table is Lava is great for the family, because it combines imagination with dexterity! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What do you get when you combine lots of wooden meeples with an erupting volcano? Imagine the calamity! And that&rsquo;s exactly what happens when kids play The Table is Lava &mdash; They ignite (pardon the pun) their imagination. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s an easy-to-learn game that allows players to imagine the dining room table is overflowing with lava, and everyone is trying to save their own wooden meeples. But there&rsquo;s not enough room for everyone, so players toss cards to try and knock other player&rsquo;s meeples off the high ground. An entire game takes about 20 minutes to play, and allows for up to 4 players. (But if you have a family of 5, you can add a 5</span><span class="s2"><sup>th</sup></span><span class="s1">&nbsp;player with the Coconuts Expansion.)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 16pt;"><strong>**<a href="https://www.RnRGames.com" target="_blank">BUY NOW</a>**</strong></span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1948 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 Raising a Blended Family <div class="page" title="Page 12"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>We recently met with Gina, a mama navigating life with a blended family.</p> <p>Q: Gina, talk to us about your family.</p> <p>A: We are a blended family. My husband has two older kids from a previous relationship, together we have our two year old daughter Sophie and we are expecting a baby in February.</p> <p>Q:Do you know what you are expecting?</p> <p>A: We are keeping it a mystery this time. We thought it would be a nice surprise to find out at birth. We&rsquo;re hoping for a boy but a healthy baby is really what matters the most.</p> <p>Q: You mentioned being a blended family, how&rsquo;s that dynamic?</p> <p>A: I feel lucky to be a bonus mom to my husbands children. But the relationship we have now definitely did not happen over night. We had to go trough many adjustments and learning phases to get where we are today.</p> <p>Q: Any tips to other parents experiencing a similar situation?</p> <p>A: Everyone needs to get to know each other first. Love and affection take time to develop. Give it the time it deserves and everything will fall together naturally. Communication is key. The way a blended family communicates says a lot about its success. We&rsquo;re not the prefect extended blended family but we try for the children. They always come first!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> https://creativechild.com/article/1949 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 The Softest Holiday Snuggles <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Our precious gift sets include a plush, super soft knit blanket, two bibs &amp; a wooden and silicone teether. These gorgeous collections are great for any baby and make the perfect gift for Christmas. See them <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="http://www.goosewaddle.com" target="_blank">here</a></strong></span>!</span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1950 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800