Posts by mhunton

Book Review: Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Book Review: Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids

There is such a massive amount of information about the subject of parenting that just trying to get a general idea of the main concepts can be overwhelming. Plus, most people looking for parenting material have kids, so the amount of time available for research is seriously limited. Occasionally in my quest to keep informed on the newest ideas and ideals relating to the topic of parenting, I come across someone exceptional. This is the case with Dr. David Welch. His book Smart Parenting,Smarter Kids is based on actual knowledge of how the brain develops and how this relates to behavior. One of the concepts I particularly appreciated was the idea that a parent should not...

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Are you a Paranoid Parent?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Are you a Paranoid Parent?

It seems there are so many things that can go wrong with your child’s normal development that trying to keep up with all the new current information is overwhelming. Just keeping up with what the other kids on the block have been diagnosed with can be a daunting task. So how do I know if I am being the observant parent whose attention and evaluation will save my child from harm or if I am just the excessive worrier? I think that one thing we should all consider is seeking a medical evaluation. Any time a Mom or Dad has a gut feeling that something might be wrong, a good idea is to run your thoughts by your healthcare provider. If nothing else, reassurance from a...

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Tied Sock Caterpillar!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Creative Projects | 0 comments

Tied Sock Caterpillar!

That’s right–you can make your own caterpillar stuffed animals right at home with simple supplies most parents have at home. No more throwing away those old socks that don’t have a match. Instead, turn them into little caterpillars! These caterpillars are so easy to make, and you only need 6 things: 1) An old sock (the longer the better!) 2) A long piece of yarn 3) Stuffing 4) Pipe Cleaners 5) Googly Eyes 6) Glue It’s that simple! So let’s get started: 1) Gather all your materials in one place. It just makes things easier. 2) Stuff the sock until it’s almost all the way full. 3) Tie a double knot on the bottom of the toe of the sock...

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Fun out of the sun.

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Activity Ideas | 0 comments

Fun out of the sun.

Today’s article is influenced mostly by the sub-freezing temperatures in my neck of the woods, but in thinking about it, these tips are really good for any time of the year in any kind of weather. From not wanting your kids out in a thunderstorm to keeping them out of the sun’s harsh rays, finding things for them to do inside that don’t involve video games or TV is an excellent way to keep them safe and stimulated. Best of all, I’ve only included ideas that won’t make a HUGE mess of your house (let’s face it, though–they’re kids. We’re going to be picking up a little!). Magic Show As their lovely assistant, help your child come up with some...

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How CreativeKrate Got Its Creative Legs

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in CreativeKrate Updates | 0 comments

How CreativeKrate Got Its Creative Legs

Did you ever wonder how CreativeKrate got its start? It happened in a little town in the Middle Of Nowhere, Nevada, at an event called “Start Up Weekend Elko.” There, three members of the current CreativeKrate team joined up with a group of others and, at the suggestion of Deb’s son, embarked on the journey we’re on today. We hadn’t expected CreativeKrate to take off the way it did, but on that one weekend we got so much positive reinforcement from people all around the country interested in what CreativeKrate was up to, we knew it was too good to put down. So that’s that. The team got home and built CreativeKrate up from the framework developed initially at...

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