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Growing Creativity in your Children

Creativity is a vital component of your child’s happiness and health, so it’s important to treat it as a core skill. It doesn’t just refer just to music or art, although arts and crafts can help your child to become more creative.
Provide your child with the resources she needs to express herself creatively. She should have plenty of time for child-directed, imaginative play, and you can also work together with her to develop her sense of creativity.

Painting

If it’s been raining and your child can’t head outside for constructive play, you can bring the fun indoors. Gather several rocks with your child, and together you can create works of art from simple pebbles.

You will need:

  • A few small rocks
  • Water
  • Sponges or paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Magic markers
  • Old margarine containers
  • Newspapers to work on top of
  • A bottle of white glue

Help your child to:

  • Clean off the rocks and allow them to dry.
  • Decide what you’ll create together – animals are very popular.
  • Paint the rocks with colors, designs or animals.

When the painting is done and the paint is dry, seal the rock using water and white glue. Mix them together and brush the solution onto the rocks. This gives it a clear seal. Now she will have a piece of art she’s created herself. Paint some more rocks together, and save her favorites after you and she have sealed them.

Crafts

You and your child can make a simple DIY finger puppet animal using craft store googly eyes, pomp poms..

Help your Children to Deal with Bullies

Bullies are a way of life, in every city and state. Whether you live in rural Iowa or New York City, your children can be exposed to bullies. As parents, we can work together to learn ways to identify bullies and their victims. You can teach your children not to be victims, and not to allow other children to remain victims, either.

How to Identify Bullies

Most kids have experienced teasing at the hand of a friend or sibling at some time. If it’s done in a friendly, mutual, playful way, and both kids are amused, it’s not normally harmful. However, when it becomes constant, hurtful and unkind, this crosses the line into bullying. It needs to be stopped.

Harmful bullying occurs when one person torments another, in psychological, physical or verbal ways. It may include mocking, extorting money, threats, name-calling, shoving or hitting.

Some children bully by spreading rumors about others, or by shunning them. Today, text messages and social media sites are too often used to hurt others’ feelings, or taunt them.

As parents, we need to take any bullying seriously, rather than brushing it off as a thing that the kids need to “work out”. The effects of bullying may be serious, and could affect our kids’ sense of self-worth and safety. Bullying can lead to tragedies, in serious cases.

Why Do some Kids Bully Others?

Kids commonly bully others because they lack attention from one or both parents at home. They lash out to get attention. This includes children with a paren..