Parenting

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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Play Date Sharing

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Play Date Sharing

It’s Sunday afternoon, two hours into your four-year-old daughter’s third play date with the neighbor’s kid from across the street. So far, you have had to come up with at least 30 different ways to convince your child to share the toy she’s got in her hands. There are at least a million and one different toys available, but your daughter’s guest only wants to play with the toy your child has. The problem isn’t so much that the girls are getting tired, but YOU are getting tired and rapidly running out of creative ideas to manage the impossible sharing dilemma. Really, the only option left is to just stand in the room and every time your child picks up a toy...

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Tattling Vs. Bullying

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Parenting | 1 comment

Tattling Vs. Bullying

Is your child’s school protecting the bullies? My daughter was six years old and attending the public school in our neighborhood. She was always a sweet child; gentle with animals and kind to her friends. She was a bright enthusiastic student with a proclivity for math. She loved going to school. She was eager to learn and make new friends. Always the social buff. She also had a lisp that sometimes made it difficult to understand her, and it made her different. Approximately two months into the school year her happy attitude began to change. At first I just thought maybe she was tired or coming down with a cold–some simple thing that would be easy to resolve...

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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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Handling Your Child’s “Baby Hair.”

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Parenting | 2 comments

Handling Your Child’s “Baby Hair.”

How long do you let your child’s hair grow before you can bear to cut off the “Baby Locks?” I cried for three days when my three-year-old used the blunt-tipped, child-safety scissors to cut the left side of her shoulder-length, silky soft little angel hair to her chin. Not only was her hair gone, but I was forced to cut the other side off myself to make it even. It seems like this should be maybe an “oh darn” moment than a devastating trauma, but it wasn’t. We want our children to stay babies as long as possible, and when their “baby hair” is cut they suddenly look like two years older. Every parent I have discussed this with feels pretty much the same...

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The Importance of Conversation.

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

The Importance of Conversation.

The importance of conversation. That’s what CreativeKrate is all about, after all. Quality time with your children will help immensely later in life. Not only will you have better relationships with your children, but studies have shown that children who spend more quality time with their parents tend to do better in school, as well as a whole bunch of other awesome benefits. But how can you make sure you get that quality time? What do you do? The absolute most important thing to do, and one of the easiest ways to create quality time with your child, is simply to talk to them. You should begin doing this while they are still in the womb. The comprehension rate may not...

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