CreativeChild RSS Feed http://creativechild.com/ Meet Pamela, working mom of 3 <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Pamela, talk to us about your family.<br /> My husband and I have 3 children under the age of 5. Liam who is about to turn 5, Arthur who is 3 and our little princess Annie who is 10 months.<br /> <br /> You are a working mother. How do you juggle family and career?</span><span class="s1"><br /> Going from 2 to 3 was a major game changer for us. At first it felt like we went from 2 to a dozen. It was hard.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Organizational skills became more important than ever. We learn as we go and get better at it every day. <br /> </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##<br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> What would be your best tips?<br />Creating and following a consistent plan day and night is the key. Getting the kids and yourself out the door in the morning is much easier when you follow a plan.<br /> First, my husband and I get up before the kiddos. With 3 kids, peace and quiet is rare and that&rsquo;s our time to have coffee in silence and prepare for the day.<br /> <br /> Would you recommend to plan the night beforehand?<br /> Definitely. It&rsquo;s very stressful when you when you have to look for things at the very last minute. The night before I line up everything, clothes, bags, shoes, lunches and everything else needed for the day. I have a check list that I follow. I find that I also sleep better knowing that the &lsquo;list&rsquo; is complete. <br /> <br /> Words of encouragement for other moms?<br /> Being a working mom can sometimes be difficult. Regardless of how many children you have. The first few years are rough but it gets easier. If you can-create a strong support system.</span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1914 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 RideSafer is the safe alternative to a traditional car seat or booster seat for children 3 years old and up! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">RideSafer is the safe alternative to a traditional car seat or booster seat for children 3 years old and up!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://d3mw6k1m1fi1qr.cloudfront.net/5f629162af452xpWxxR_rYaKABR4kG4qk235SxgH4yt53PSQxr_200.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="132" /></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Driving is the most dangerous activity we do every day, but your family has places to be and things to do. Safe Ride 4 Kids helps you arrive safely by equipping you with innovative products and unbiased information from our team of certified safety experts.</span></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #0000ff;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><strong><span class="s1">**<em><a style="color: #0000ff; text-decoration: underline;" href="https://shop.saferide4kids.com" target="_blank">BUY&nbsp;NOW</a>*</em>*</span></strong></span></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">The innovative RideSafer correctly positions the seat belt on the child while keeping the child lower in the vehicle seat. Small enough to fit in a backpack, RideSafer is a great on-the-go solution to keep kids safe in the car. Think travel, ride shares, taxis, carpooling, fitting 3 across, special needs and more. Easy to use, safe, legal and convenient, RideSafer is your answer.</span></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> https://creativechild.com/article/1915 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 4 Ways You Can Help Your Child Take an Assessment at Home <p class="p1"><span class="s1">When you first hear the term &ldquo;diagnostic assessment&rdquo; coming from your child&rsquo;s school or teacher, you might think: &ldquo;Great. Here is ONE MORE THING for me to navigate as we figure out the whole virtual school thing.&rdquo; Fortunately, among the many lessons learned this spring are some great tips to help you help your child through these tests, which aren&rsquo;t like the tests you may be used to. It&rsquo;s also important to understand why these assessments are important for a successful school year.</span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>So, what is a diagnostic assessment?</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Students take these assessments or tests at the beginning of the school year to show the teacher their strengths and areas in need of growth. This helps the teacher make sound instructional decisions. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Assessing at home is challenging regardless of the test or provider, but when you are confident about your role, it can ensure your child&rsquo;s teachers get the quality data they need to target instruction. Below are simple things you can do to make the process of taking a diagnostic assessment at home go smoothly.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Help by not helping</strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Unlike tests given for grades, assessments to inform teachers about instruction need to focus just as much on what your child is ready to learn (or doesn&rsquo;t know yet) as what they do know. Some diagnostic assessments use technology to tailor the test to your child&rsquo;s individualized learning. Every child who takes the test&mdash;even those in the same grade&mdash;may get different questions. It may seem off-putting to parents, and frustrating for the child, but these types of tests are designed so your child will only get about half of the questions correct. And that&rsquo;s okay. That&rsquo;s how teachers figure out both what your child knows and what they still need to learn. If you help your child when they get frustrated, you are skewing the data making it an inaccurate representation of your child&rsquo;s strengths and needs. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Assessment companies are creating informative websites and videos to help address the family&rsquo;s role in helping your child take the assessment. An example of this is the <span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="https://www.curriculumassociates.com/teaching-learning-2020/home-assessment-family-support"><span class="s2">Family Center</span></a> </strong></span>for the <em>i-Ready Diagnostic</em>. This is a great place to start to understand your role in administering the assessment at home.</span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1913 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Meet Hilary: Mom of two and high risk pregnancy nurse <p class="p1">Meet this Mama - Hilary...Mom of two and high risk pregnancy nurse.</p> <p class="p1">Q: Hilary, how is it working with pregnant mama&rsquo;s on a daily basis?</p> <p class="p1">I&rsquo;m a RN and work at a high risk pregnancy center. So I talk babies all day. I could not imagine doing anything else. I love my job and have a major passion for everything that is related to pregnancy. Some days can be exhausting but most days are very rewarding.</p> <p class="p1">Q: What are some common pregnancy fears coming from your patients?</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The patients that are referred to us usually have an added stress or fears regarding their pregnancy due to being high risk, but some are just have funny concerns. </span></p> <p class="p1">Q: What kind of concerns? We want to hear the funny stories!</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s2">The most common funny concern is &ldquo;Will I crush my baby?&rdquo; Just today, I had a newly pregnant mama say to me, &ldquo;</span><span class="s1">Hilary I&rsquo;m always afraid I&rsquo;m going to roll onto my stomach while<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>sleeping and crush my baby!&rdquo; It makes me laugh and I find it cute. </span></p> <p class="p1">Q: What do you usually reply to something like this?</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I always say &ldquo;you can relax! your body naturally protects your growing baby. In the early stages of pregnancy, it&rsquo;s actually safe to sleep on your stomach. Once your belly (and baby!) starts to grow, it won&rsquo;t be comfortable, or even possible, to lie for long periods on your stomach anyway, so chances are, you&rsquo;ll change positions in your sleep long before you could do any harm to baby.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p7">Q: Outside of work you are a mother of two, how do you juggle it all?</p> <p class="p7">To be honest, I have a hard time at it. I also happen to be a single mom so things are pretty hectic. Thankfully I have my parents nearby and they help me a lot. I start work at 7am so I often have to leave the house before my girls are even up. My mom comes over every morning to help with them and I&rsquo;m super grateful for that. When I get home from a long day I fully focus on my girls and make sure we have some great quality time together.</p> <p class="p8">&nbsp;</p> https://creativechild.com/article/1912 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Raise the Next Generation of Problem Solvers with More Creative Learning <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Kids are insatiably curious. Babies are so eager to learn that they grab any new thing they can get their hands on. And young children soak up language like a sponge, often becoming fluent by the time they&rsquo;re two or three. So if kids are natural learners, why do we expect to walk into a classroom to find a bunch of bored students? </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">To start, our current school system wasn&rsquo;t designed to foster each pupil&rsquo;s natural curiosity and creativity. According to Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, authors of &ldquo;Creative Learning,&rdquo; conventional education emanated out of necessity from the Industrial Age where students were being prepped to work in factories. It&rsquo;s no wonder, then, that our current education structure with ubiquitous guidelines, standardized tests and strict schedules resemble more of an assembly line than a place where kids fall in love with learning. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">While we can certainly use more creativity in our classroom to enhance the learning experience, infusing more creativity and curiosity is also necessary to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers that won&rsquo;t be graduating into the Industrial Age but an innovation era. Here are some ways to encourage creativity in our students and help them thrive in a changing landscape.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Take the focus off grades. </strong>One of the problems with our current school structure is that most kids don&rsquo;t benefit from sitting down and absorbing information in lecture form, which is a model of learning created to produce good test takers. We have an assembly-line education that feeds every child the same curriculum, then teaches them to regurgitate this information in the form of a timed exam.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p3">##adbig##</p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">But tests are not the best measure of a child&rsquo;s intelligence, especially non-academic forms of intelligence like emotional and creative intelligence. Such narrow standards disparage children who develop slower and excel in non-academic areas. These kids are treated as developmentally deficient. Even for kids whose brains are more wired to learn from textbooks and take tests well, the obsession with grades slowly kill a love of learning. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">A study conducted by the American Psychological Association revealed children reported feeling higher levels of stress on average across the school year than adults. One of the biggest contributors to our kids&rsquo; stress are the obsessive focus on grades. Grades have become so important to a child&rsquo;s future success that schools now focus more on training kids to pass exams and get good grades than on helping kids understand the course material. But if we are to truly raise the next generation of innovators we need to focus on inspiring our children to learn for reasons beyond good grades.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1"><strong>Infuse storytelling. </strong>Narrative is a powerful vehicle for learning in any subject. Stories provide context and make information relevant, which helps with long-term memorization unlike straight facts from textbooks, which tend to linger only in our short-term memory just long enough to regurgitate information on a test. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">If you want to introduce your child to environmental issues, they&rsquo;d benefit more from reading Lorax by Dr. Seuss than learning about the latest emission figures. Living books and great literature are cultural artifacts that connect us to the real world around us and inspire a love of reading. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Then there are the stories our own children have to tell. Encourage storytelling imaginative or real, whether at the dinner table or around a campfire. Encourage them to write their own books or recount them in a recording to produce their own audio book. In telling their own stories, they&rsquo;ll also draw upon what they&rsquo;ve learned and reimagine who they want to become. </span></p> <p class="p3">&nbsp;</p> https://creativechild.com/article/1909 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Five Positive Lessons to Teach Kids During Quarantine <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine - whatever you&rsquo;re calling it, it means that you&rsquo;re spending lots of time together with your kids at home. While this has certainly presented some challenges, it&rsquo;s good to always look for the silver linings. When the pandemic is over and life gets back to something resembling normalcy, our children will have emerged with these five positive and important lessons if we take time now to cultivate positivity. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>Hope and positivity in the face of a tough situation.</strong> This is one of the most important lessons there is in life, and it&rsquo;s up to parents to push aside our fears and anxiety and model hope and positivity now. We all face difficult times in life, and knowing how to navigate those times while holding onto hope is what keeps us afloat. There is much we can do to keep hope alive in ourselves, such as cultivating optimism, practicing gratitude, doing random acts of kindness, taking time for self-care, and finding silver linings. To teach this lesson to your child, practice these skills together each day. Keep a gratitude journal, do acts of kindness together, and take time to get outside into nature or do something fun. Keep your words and tone positive and hopeful so that the vibe of your home remains nurturing to all. </span></p> <p class="p2">##adbig##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>It&rsquo;s okay not to know the outcome. </strong>We have no idea when this pandemic will end or when we&rsquo;ll be able to gather again for a concert with friends. And that&rsquo;s okay, because not knowing the outcome forces us to find joy and happiness in the moment. None of us can truly ever know what tomorrow will bring, and so it&rsquo;s good to learn to take life one day at a time and to find the good where you are each day. Teach this important lesson by cultivating mindfulness so that your child will see you living in the present moment and enjoying it. Talk with them about the importance of taking each day as it comes because all that truly matters is the moment we are in. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>We must focus on what we can control. </strong>We can&rsquo;t control this virus. We can&rsquo;t control other people&rsquo;s actions. We can&rsquo;t control CDC guidelines or when restrictions will lift. There is much we cannot control in this pandemic or in life, so it doesn&rsquo;t benefit us to focus on those things or to be upset about them. We can, however, control our own attitudes and actions, and that&rsquo;s where our focus should be. Doing this will help you and your children cope with uncertainty because it empowers you to take control of your own reality. Teach this lesson by creating a new routine or schedule during quarantine that gives you some stability and structure. Set limits on screen time or on watching the news - anything you find to be toxic to your mindset. </span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1910 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 7 Benefits of Quarantine <p class="p1">The pandemic has caused many disappointments and challenges as families miss out on planned vacations, school activities, and social gatherings. Exciting events like weddings and graduations are delayed or cancelled and families are being forced to work and do school work from home. We are having to reinvent how we do almost everything. Parents understand that staying home is the best way to keep our families safe and healthy even if it means missing out on some things we were looking forward to. While life has changed and circumstances aren&rsquo;t what we would choose, there are still many positive things that can come out of being quarantined.</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Family bonding time</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Our family is busy and there are days where my husband and I say a passing hello as we shuttle kids to and from activities while trying to feed them dinner. Canceling sports and activities has caused us to stay home. We eat together, watch TV together, and have more family time than we have had in years. I have watched my kids grow to be closer friends and lean on each other while they are at home. It has been fun to watch them go from playing together simply because they have no one else to play with and evolve naturally into a deep friendship and truly enjoying each other&rsquo;s company. I hope the bonds they have built will last a lifetime and the extra family time during quarantine will make for great memories.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Old school entertainment</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Families have had time to enjoy activities that they wouldn&rsquo;t normally have time for like board games, puzzles, reading aloud, and arts and crafts. My kids read the entire Harry Potter series together during quarantine and then watched all the movies together. Our normal schedule would not have allowed time for that.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> Outdoor time</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"> As parents work from home and kids are doing distance learning, more families are spending their lunch hours and weekends taking walks, hiking, riding bikes, playing in the sprinkler, and playing games outside. You may have noticed that backyard pools, bicycles, trampolines, and other outdoor entertainment for families were sold out at most stores this summer. People are enjoying outdoor play and hopefully this will become a healthy habit in the years to come. </span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1911 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Having A Virtual Baby Shower <p class="p1">We recently talked with Alice, mother of 4 year old daughter Zoe and newborn son:</p> <p class="p1">Alice you had a different pregnancy than your first due to the pandemic.</p> <p class="p1">Yes. I would definitely agree to highlight the word &lsquo;different&rsquo;. We found out we were pregnant right before the the pandemic started. It&rsquo;s been such strange times. My husband and older daughter were not able to attend any ultrasounds and it&rsquo;s something we had been looking forward to as a family.</p> <p class="p1">You mentioned that your family organized a virtual baby shower?</p> <p class="p1">We were actually not planning to have a baby shower this time around but when we found out we were having a boy- it will be the first boy on both side of our families everyone decided we needed to throw a party. Beside what else was there to do during quarantine?</p> <p class="p1">How does a virtual party work?</p> <p class="p1">It was so well organized and super fun. (thanks sis!) Almost our entire family joined via zoom. I think we had over 30 people connected. We had done a small registry online and much appreciated gifts were sent to us prior to the shower day and we opened them during the virtual party. My daughter was in charge of opening the gifts so it was a great way to have her involved. A delivery of &lsquo;It&rsquo;s a Boy cookies, balloons and bouquet off flowers was also arranged to be delivered to us during the party making us feel very special and loved.</p> <p class="p1">Did you get to play any shower games on this online party?</p> <p class="p3">While we could not do some of the classic game options like decorating onesies and guessing what kind of candy bar is smashed in a diaper, and I was actually kind of glad about that (lol)<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>we still kept everyone entertained with more trivia-based games. We really enjoyed everything and it reminded us that even if we are in the middle of a pandemic and things are different we are very blessed to have such a wonderful loving family and of course our health.</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;</p> https://creativechild.com/article/1907 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Happy Kiddos = Happy Home. That’s Our Goal. <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We all know the feeling: your little one wakes up in a good mood, all grins and giggles, and you say out loud to yourself, &ldquo;Today is going to be a good day!&rdquo; And sheer minutes after the words pass your lips, the fussing starts. Playtime is stressful. Meal prep is tear-filled. Study time devolves into bargaining. No parents is safe. Which is where we come in.<br /> <br /> At pNeo, we&rsquo;ve made it our mission to invest in products that keep kiddos smiling. From your child&rsquo;s daily healthcare routine to learning sessions and free-for-all playtime, our catalog of brands help you have more of those precious good days. For instance&hellip; <br /> <br /> Do stuffy noses, sinus congestion, and seasonal allergies belong on your family crest? Our CLEARinse nasal cleaning kit provides relief for the entire family, from newborns to mom and dad. The gentle irrigation and suction helps clear airways with a sterile saline solution, so everyone can breathe easy. Moms-to-be can also safely use CLEARinse for pregnancy rhinitis, making it the perfect complement to ice cream and pickles. <br /> <br /> Has your baby not discovered the magic of naps and a full-night&rsquo;s sleep? Are you chugging espresso to keep up? Baby Shusher and its proven rhythmic shushing lulls even the crankiest of tots to dreamland. And you know what that means: quiet time for mom and dad. It&rsquo;s super portable, too, so enjoy the bliss of a soothed baby anywhere - from the crib to the grocery store. <br /> <br /> Once your baby is old enough for tummy time, they&rsquo;re also old enough to understand just how frustrating it can be. &ldquo;My head is too heavy, and I can&rsquo;t see anything,&rdquo; the little one is probably thinking. Tumzee props up baby at a 15-degree incline, safely and securely, freeing up their arms and letting them make adorable eye contact with you. Welcome to playtime, enhanced, kiddo!<br /> <br /> Our goal is to make that priceless good morning mood last all day long, for everyone. Easy-peasy home healthcare, calm and constructive learning, and laughter-filled playtime sounds pretty good, doesn&rsquo;t it? We think so, too. <br /></span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="mailto:info@pneo.org" target="_blank">info@pneo.org</a></strong></span></p> https://creativechild.com/article/1908 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Meet this Mama - Natalie <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Meet Natalie...A mama who&rsquo;s pregnant with her third child shares tip for first time pregnancy. </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><strong>This is you third pregnancy, how is it different compared to your first one? </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">I feel that in my first pregnancy I had a mixture of fear and excitement. But the fear shadowed the excitement a lot. I don&rsquo;t think I fully enjoyed it to the fullest. Not like my second or this one. </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><strong>What advice would you share for a mama&rsquo;s first pregnancy? </strong></span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Get off google! I must of spend hundreds of hours googling random questions about and every symptom I thought I had. It did nothing but create more fear. Find a reputable source of info and sign up for those weekly updates and limit yourself to one or two social media mom group. Too much info is not always good. </span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1"><strong>What else did you ease on during your second and third pregnancy? </strong></span></p> <p class="p5"><span class="s1">Maternity clothes. One mistake I made my first time around the pregnancy block was expecting that the maternity clothes I purchased in the second trimester would fit by the end of the third. In my second pregnancy, I tried to compensate for this mistake by buying clothes that were slightly too big in the hopes they&rsquo;d last all the way to the end.</span></p> <p class="p5"><span class="s1">This time around, I&rsquo;ve attempted not to spend a fortune by borrowing some clothing from friends.</span></p> <p class="p6"><span class="s1"><strong>What would be your best tip for labor? </strong></span></p> <p class="p5"><span class="s1">Get the epidural! lol But really, I would day be as rested as you possibly can be. Labor is hard work and it can be a long process and the more energy you have the better. </span></p> <p class="p7">&nbsp;</p> https://creativechild.com/article/1905 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700