Do your children like to draw? Of course they do. Here are some drawing videos I found on YouTube that are child tested and approved by me. Drawing enhances brain development and works like meditation to improve focus and self-regulation. If you are like most parents, you don’t feel confident to help your children with this lofty skill, so these videos could be just what you need. You might even find yourself drawing right along! [Read more…]
You can’t beat hiking with your kids, especially in the fall. The weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, just right. The trails aren’t nearly as busy as in the summer since a lot of travelers have gone home to get ready for school. And, it’s beautiful in the woods in the fall. Oh the colors, no matter where you live!
Now, when I say “hiking” I’m not talking about arduous, thigh killer events that make you want to say, “We did it. NEVER doing that again.” We’ve known folks who hike like they have invented speed hiking or something. No slowing down once they hit the trail. But that didn’t work for us, or for our kids. Then we figured out a few things. Here’s what we came up with. [Read more…]
Welcome! You’ve read Part 1 of Art with the Kids, and you are gathering things on the Budget Supply List. Now, let’s talk about how to create a studio space in your home. It’s easier than you think and mainly because we will get creative ourselves, and flexible, about how to do this. There are no rules and even you have the space!
Often I feel like making messes. Well, art messes, that is. Sometimes it’s because life has moved inside a bit from the outside living we do in the summer. Other times I see an awesome art supply in the store and get an idea of how to use it. And, often I want to try something out before I introduce the idea to a client in an art therapy session.
So, this is the first of a few posts on art with the kids for you and your children. Let’s go over some different ways to get that going, or jazz up what you are already doing.
No matter how much we focus on our parenting, there come times when we wonder, “How are my kids doing?” Those moments might appear when a challenging incident occurs, such as a public tantrum, or the dreaded minor stealing event. We might also torture ourselves with doubts about our children’s emerging character traits when we see someone else’s child handling a situation seemingly better than our own. Worst of all, these questions can howl in the middle of the night for….well, just because. Night yaps. That’s what they called it in one episode of West Wing. Good name for it? Relax. You can breathe now. There are solutions for these doubts!
“How are your children’s chores going at home?” Whoa! When I ask this question during a session with parents it brings on a crackling conversation with a wild range of responses. It starts out pretty positive – ” Oh. Chores. Pretty good actually.” Then – “Well, except for (insert chore here)”. And finally – “To tell the truth, chores are a mess in our house.”
At this point the discussion falls apart and out comes the frustration, anger, and maybe even some tears. So, as you read this, what are you thinking about chores in your own home? Would you like your children’s chores to go better? [Read more…]
All of the experts agree that crying is a complex behavior. So, a little confusion about it is understandable. When your child cries you feel that confusion, right? Along with many thoughts, and your own emotional reactions. In addition to the “why” question, any parent will also ask themselves…