CreativeChild RSS Feed A Closer-to-Normal Summer <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is the end of the COVID-19 pandemic finally in sight? According to Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, &ldquo;this summer is going to seem so much closer to normal than we've had in a very long time.&rdquo; Parents are beginning to reap the rewards of vaccination, and with children ages 12-15 now eligible, we are inching ever-closer to a post-pandemic world. As our children return to summer camps and activities, let&rsquo;s look at how we can move forward with a fun and safe season.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>CDC GUIDELINES FOR SUMMER CAMPS</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Youth and summer camps can play an important role for children. Camps help children build their social, emotional, and physical skills, and provides a structured, safe environment for kids to learn, grow, and develop their capabilities. This CDC guidance is meant to supplement - not replace - any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which camps must comply.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guidelines include mask-wearing for all campers, staff, and visitors with the exceptions of certain activities, such as while eating, drinking, or swimming. Social distancing guidelines are as follows:</span></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least 3 feet between all campers within a cohort.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least 6 feet between all campers outside their cohort.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least 6 feet while eating and drinking, including among people within the same cohort.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">At least 6 feet between campers and staff.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Of course, continue to cover coughs and sneezes and handwashing practices.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>CDC GUIDELINES FOR MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors except under certain circumstances. </span><strong>Everyone</strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can go without a mask when walking, running, hiking, or biking outdoors and also when attending a small outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends. Those who are not fully vaccinated should still wear a mask while doing anything indoors that involves contact with people who are not members of your household and also when attending a crowded outdoor event such as a parade or sporting event.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Making Sense of Your Strong-Willed Child’s Behavior <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Strong-willed children have many wonderful qualities. They are fierce, determined, courageous, and spirited. At the same time, parenting a strong-willed child can lead to many power struggles. They can be emotionally intense and sensitive which can lead to more tantrums and meltdowns. All of this can be confusing or difficult to manage for their parents.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using traditional discipline methods on strong-willed children will only fuel power struggles. These children are not easily manipulated or controlled. They challenge authority, so when you try to discipline with a &ldquo;control over&rdquo; approach, they will naturally challenge you, leading to fierce power struggles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first key is to understand your child&rsquo;s behavior. Then we will look at three solutions for successfully parenting your strong-willed child.</span></p> <p><a href=""><strong>Behavior is Communication.</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Behavior provides a window into the child&rsquo;s emotional world, and it gives us clues as to what the child is experiencing. We need to pause and listen. This is especially important in strong-willed or intense children because they get overwhelmed even more easily. When a child&rsquo;s behavior is off track, it could be because her reason centers are being overwhelmed by emotion or stress. Again, this is particularly true in sensitive or intense children. Often we feel that their behavior is deliberate, but more often it&rsquo;s that they can&rsquo;t stop themselves. He may know, for example, that he shouldn&rsquo;t run ahead in the parking lot, but he cannot stop himself from acting on his impulse to run.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This doesn&rsquo;t mean we let it slide or give up, but rather that we step in and provide predictability, clear expectations, boundaries, and positive discipline to keep them safe while their brains are still developing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><strong>Solution One - Predictability and Choices</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Strong-willed children like to be in control, so providing a consistent routine or daily rhythm will help them feel more in control of their daily life. Give your child a voice as you establish house rules, and he&rsquo;ll be more likely to follow those rules. Allowing your child to make lots of reasonable choices will also feel empowering to them. When strong-willed children are forced to submit to another person, they will become stubborn and uncooperative, but when we provide choices, they become less oppositional.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 We design affordable, trendy, and functional furniture for all families. 
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We make sure to stay at the cutting edge to offer outstanding levels of service and operational efficiencies. We now have 4 distribution centers and 3 factories across North America that allow us to be closer to our consumer and ship 95% of our orders within 48 hours.<br /> <br /> We make sure each piece of furniture is as safe as possible, from the beginning to the end of its design. All our cribs, changing tables, chests, dressers and bunk beds meet the requirements of the applicable furniture safety specification standard of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).<br /> <br /> The South Shore family is full of moms and dads that have children&rsquo;s security at heart. We understand that security is the most important thing. That&rsquo;s why all of our changing tables, chests and dressers are tested to meet the requirements of the voluntary industry tip over standard.We know our furniture is safe for everyone in<br /> the home.<br /></span><span class="s1"> <br /> Partners website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> Company website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> Email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></p> Mon, 31 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&ldquo;Emotional disconnection is a poor life strategy.&rdquo; This is a quote by Michael C. Reichert, PhD in his book <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">How to Raise a Boy</span></a></strong></span>. Yet, emotional disconnection is still what we so often require of boys. He says, &ldquo;With masculine conventions still policed vigorously, most boys learn to keep their feelings private and to suppress and override them. With the exception of anger, boys often lose touch with how they feel. Cold showers, hazing rituals, bullying, and tests of courage have historically reinforced emotional disconnection.&rdquo; Suppressing emotions has a devastating effect on mental and physical health. A 2013 study by the <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Rochester</span></a></strong></span> concluded that people who suppressed their emotions have a higher risk for developing cancer and a number of other chronic diseases and ultimately an earlier death. It&rsquo;s also been linked to depression and anxiety, poorer academic outcomes, aggression, substance abuse, and recklessness. The bottom line is that forcing boys to repress their emotions is quite literally killing them, and it&rsquo;s up to us to change the tide. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">To learn more about how we can help our boys process their emotions in a healthy way, I reached out to my friend and colleague, Bridgett Miller. Bridgett is a facilitator at the Neufeld Institute, a leading voice in child development, and the author of <strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><span class="s2">What Young Children Need You to Know</span></a></span></strong>. I asked her, &ldquo;People are still afraid that a boy who cries will be too &lsquo;soft&rsquo; or &lsquo;girly.&rsquo; What&rsquo;s the emotional consequence in plugging up those tears?&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">She said, &ldquo;Parents who are hoping to toughen up their sons to fit into a society that venerates men exhibiting toughness are neither ill-intentioned nor malicious. They have been misled by a false but prevailing belief that boys shouldn&rsquo;t cry. Some beliefs are hard to change, and this is certainly one of them. When we consider that boys and girls have the very same emotional systems, it&rsquo;s mind-boggling to think they would need to be treated differently. Being able to feel their sadness is what moves young children to have their tears. Tears are meant to signal to us they&rsquo;re upset and in need of our comfort. By the time a child cries tears of sadness, loss, or disappointment, they have already experienced the emotional hurt of things not going their way. When they burst into tears upon hearing they may not have another cookie, it&rsquo;s an indication they&rsquo;ve felt the pang of futility associated with not getting what they so desperately want. Their tears are an external sign of their brain&rsquo;s acceptance of this very sad fact and shows they have entered the emotional process of adapting to circumstances they can&rsquo;t change or control.&rdquo;</span></p> Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Pretend Play and the Development of Creativity <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Creativity is beneficial to every one of us. It allows us to view and solve problems, enables us to be innovative and have new ideas, inspires us to live fully, relieves stress, and supports resilience. As Jane Fulton Suri says, &ldquo;Creativity is at the core of being human.&rdquo; It is an important element for success in adulthood and a vital component to the healthy development of a child. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When one thinks of creativity, what often comes to mind is art in all its various forms - an interesting painting, a beautiful piece of music, an innovative dance routine, a riveting novel, or a breathtaking sculpture. Yet, artists are not the only people who hold, value, and use creativity. We all have the potential for creativity, and it can be found anywhere - from a PowerPoint presentation to a homemade meal to an invention that improves our daily lives. Pointedly, creativity is always found wherever there is a child pretending. Creativity begins in childhood, and perhaps this is there where it can best be observed, studied, and understood. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##adbig##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Researchers in creativity and child development have identified various cognitive abilities that are especially important for creativity, such as divergent thinking, insight, cognitive flexibility, broad associative skills, and perspective taking, and have observed that many of these also characterize pretend play.</span><span class="s2"><sup>1</sup></span><span class="s1"> Pretend play gives children opportunities to express many different processes important to creativity, including:</span></p> <ol class="ol1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Affective processes which include all positive and negative feelings and responses.</span></li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1">Cognitive processes such as sensation, attention perception, language use, memory, reasoning, and decision making. Interpersonal processes which is the interplay of cognitive, motivational, and behavioral activities in social interaction.</span><span class="s2"><sup>3</sup></span></li> </ol> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When children are engaged in pretend play such as exploring a cave, using one object as something else (a Lego brick as a horse, for example), role-playing, story-telling, playing with puppets, painting, dancing, or any form of creative play, they are developing and strengthening creativity which in turn will help them be more confident, socially and emotionally intelligent, and successful. </span></p> Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Building Creative Minds <p class="p1"><span class="s1">It&rsquo;s May and that means we get to celebrate Mom! Moms play an important role in their children&rsquo;s lives and in helping them build creative minds. To thank Mom everywhere, let&rsquo;s make this Mother&rsquo;s Day extra special with the chance to spend quality time with their little ones on a crafting adventure that will create memories for the whole family. <br /> <br /> Enjoy hours of off-screen fun with our Kids Extreme Craft and Educational Box. Cure kids&rsquo; boredom and craft with Mom outside or get comfy indoors. Spark your imagination with 6 craft kits, put your thinking caps on and tackle 2 small STEAM projects and 6 activity sheets and start up a family game with one of our 6 game boards. Oh! Don&rsquo;t forget the read to me story book, activity and Crayola art books as well as creative novelties and a full-size package of Crayola pencil crayons. It&rsquo;s full of crafting fun with many surprises along the way. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##<br /> <br /> The creativity doesn&rsquo;t stop there! 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The adventure starts here! &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Extreme Craft and Educational Box<br /> $43.08 USD &nbsp;| &nbsp;$55.95 CAD</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Receive 15% off our Kids Extreme Craft and Educational Box with code: <strong>CREATIVECHILD15</strong><br /> <br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /> 1-800-485-6082<br /><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /></span></p> Mon, 10 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Bedtime from a Young Child’s Perspective <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bedtime can be such a trying time for parents and children. Sometimes it seems as though our children are purposefully trying to send us into a sleep-deprived stupor. Take heart, parents. One day, they will be teenagers. They won&rsquo;t ask you for water, a snack, or anything. They probably won&rsquo;t even tell you goodnight. And you&rsquo;ll have to drag them out of bed in the morning! Until that day comes, though, there are some things we can do as parents to make bedtime go a little more smoothly. But first, we have to understand just what is going on in a young child&rsquo;s mind when we say, &ldquo;Time for bed!&rdquo;<br /></span><br />##Ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To answer this, I turned to Brigett Miller, author of What Young Children Need You To Know. Bridgett is a facilitator at the Neufeld Institute and has decades of experience working with young children. She explains this development:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">&ldquo;From a child&rsquo;s perspective, bedtime is when the people they love most leave them to go off and do more important or exciting things. Even though we might not use these specific words and the exciting thing we have to do is load the dishwasher, they pick up on our energy, which conveys our hurry to move the bedtime routine along. Children lock in on our intent to leave them like a shark senses blood in the water. They become preoccupied with doing whatever it takes to keep us with them a bit longer because they are emotionally agitated by the anticipation of the impending separation.&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p>&nbsp;##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although it may seem like a brilliant manipulative tactic when kids give endless requests for water, snacks, and extra stories at bedtime, they&rsquo;re really being driven by a biological need for closeness. However, without an understanding of their developmental stage, we do tend to feel that they&rsquo;re being manipulative, and as we get more desperate for them to go to sleep, they become more desperate for us to stay, and this is where bedtime becomes a battleground.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridgett says, &ldquo;</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whenever we fixate on trying to get our children to go to sleep, we inadvertently make things more difficult on ourselves, and on them. Yes, adult persistence may eventually appear to work, but when a child collapses out of sheer emotional exhaustion, few parents are left feeling satisfied. Relieved maybe, but seldom content with their methods.&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The underlying belief that causes the bedtime power struggle is that we see their overt resistance as a behavior problem that needs fixing instead of seeing a child who is attempting to prolong their time with us out of a basic biological need for closeness with a parent. When we shift our mindset from fixing their behavior to meeting the need, we see that it is not discipline or a sleep training technique that is needed, but a shift in our focus.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Bridgett, &ldquo;</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">We need to give more consideration to how they are feeling and focus less on what they are doing to delay the inevitable separation. When we generously provide them with more contact and closeness and stop drawing their attention to how many stories, minutes, or hugs they have left with us before we leave them, we&rsquo;re better able to fill them up with our presence rather than reminding them of our looming departure. If we change what we&rsquo;re paying attention to, we subtly shift the energy we bring to the bedtime experience. Instead, we find ways to emotionally settle our children and lead them into sleep. It&rsquo;s only then that we discover that bedtime doesn&rsquo;t have to be battle time.&rdquo;</span></em></p> Mon, 10 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 Three fourths of all pregnant women need back support 
 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">DID YOU KNOW MOST PREGNANCIES CAUSE back PAIN: About three out of every four women complain of back pain during pregnancy, and more than half mention pain in the pelvic area.<br /></span><span class="s1"> <br /> To support mom&rsquo;s baby bump and lower back during activities, a Best Cradle, Mini Cradle or Embracing Belly Boostier by It&rsquo;s You Babe relieves discomfort and overall pelvic and back pain. &nbsp;<br /><br /> ABOUT RELAXIN: During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin causes hips and tendons to become soft and loosen to prepare the female body for birth. This process frequently results in SI joint pain that is sharp and can be excruciating where the tailbone meets the lower back. &nbsp;A medical grade full support like the It&rsquo;s You Babe Prenatal Cradle, Best Cradle or Embracing Belly Boostier &nbsp;lifts weight to prevent pain while active.<br /><br /> ROUND LIGAMENT PAIN CAN GO AWAY: Pregnant women often describe round ligament pain as an ache or sharp pain on the side or in front under the belly. The Best Cradle or Prenatal Cradle supports these ligaments to provide comfort and relief.<br /><br /> SUPPORTS ARE GOOD FOR EXERCISE: Would a woman go for a run without wearing a sports bra? It&rsquo;s the same principal with a growing belly. The Best Cradle by It&rsquo;s You Babe or Embracing Belly Boostier provide support and stability while physically active. &nbsp;<br /><br /> IMPROVE POSTURE: &nbsp;It&rsquo;s You Babe supports actually improve posture, reducing the need to counterbalance. &nbsp;Pulling shoulders back &nbsp;to compensate for increasing weight in front is sometimes called &ldquo;swayback, or lordosis.&rdquo; &nbsp;The Prenatal Cradle by It&rsquo;s You Babe centralizes the weight so that a woman feels comfortable as her posture is supported. This also has been used at night to make turning in bed easier.<br /> <br /> Website: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /> Email: <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></span><br /> P: 989-544-2988</span></p> Mon, 03 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 This Pop Rocket can fly and stick to almost any clean, flat surface. <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Flick it and Stick it!&nbsp; This Pop Rocket can fly and stick to almost any clean, flat surface. Made of lightweight foam.&nbsp; It's Safe, it's Soft and it's Fun!&nbsp; Green and Orange Dart with Blue Fins.&nbsp; Recommended for Ages 3+.</span></p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 16pt;">*<strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></strong>*</span></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 The Trouble with Separation-Based Discipline Part 1 <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When it came to light that </span><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="">spanking was a harmful practice</a></strong></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> which caused increased aggression, antisocial behavior, and mental health problems, many parents switched to using time-out to discipline their children. At the time, this seemed to be a step in the right direction. Many touted time-out as positive discipline, and it started to be recommended by pediatricians, counselors, and parenting &ldquo;experts.&rdquo; However, since it became popular, studies have been done to assess if it&rsquo;s really helpful for correcting behavior and what the effects are on the developing child. It turns out that discipline tactics that use forced separation are emotionally and psychologically damaging to children. The reason is that these practices attack the most basic need of all children - attachment.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;##ad##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To understand the developmental science behind separation (and to find out how we can discipline in a way that doesn&rsquo;t harm), I consulted a couple of esteemed authors who are experienced and knowledgeable in child development. Bridgett Miller is the author of </span><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;"><a style="color: #0000ff;" href=""><em>What Young Children Need You to Know</em></a></span></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and an authorized facilitator at the Neufeld Institute. I asked her, &ldquo;Why are separation-based techniques not ideal?&rdquo; She replied, &ldquo;Many people don&rsquo;t realize that they [time-outs] can come at a cost to healthy emotional development. Separation-based techniques, like the popular approach &ldquo;time out,&rdquo; use what children care most about, against them. Knowing that a young child&rsquo;s greatest need is to be physically close to their primary attachments, it makes sense that separating them from their parents may get some children to change their behaviour, some of the time.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;##adbig##</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridgett told me that , when time-outs stop working, it&rsquo;s because the child&rsquo;s emotional system has been overworked and this knocks out their desire to connect with us. They, in a sense, have given up on connection and have shut down their feelings because it hurts too much. She says that this is the brain&rsquo;s attempt to protect the child from feeling the unbearable intensity of physical and emotional separation. When we take away the physical closeness they require, we inadvertently push them away emotionally in the moments they most need to feel a secure heart connection.</span></p> Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700