Your Children Are Masterpieces

July 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Child Development, Parenting

Your children are masterpieces!

He was standing in front of the room, drawing. Big, sweeping strokes with different colored chalk—back to the audience, not caring what we thought. He didn’t seem to think much, just stared at the canvas for a few seconds, and then went to work. First came the broad stokes of pink and yellow and blue. Then, he started to overlay the colors—orange over blue, white over yellow..and on and... 

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Playing With Your Kids: Infancy To Age Two

Playing With Blocks

Kids Are From Krypton, Parents Are From Pluto Radio Series update July 15, 2010: The key to playing with your kids is to provide toys and activities that meet their developmental level. Kids can play with the same toys for many months, playing with them in different ways as they reach new developmental stages. Some of the basic toys, such as blocks, serve so many developmental purpose that you don’t... 

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Playing With Your Kids—Ages 6 And Up

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio series update July 8: As you know by now, (or read below) I am a great promoter of playing games with your kids at any age. Last week’s show focused on the tremendous benefits of playing Candyland with your little ones. Although this is purely a game of luck (with the pick of the cards,) with no problem-solving skills required, there are numerous... 

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Playing With Your Kids—Through Various Ages And Stages

Playing Candyland

Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto  Radio Series Update July 1: Games provide great ways to build various kinds of skills. They fall into a number of different areas, including: cognitive development, motor coordination and development of values, morals and self-control. Cognitive development via games begins with the simple learning, and works its way into more complex development as... 

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Are You Nurturing Your Children’s Dreams?

American Idol Top Ten 2010

Well, the American Idol 2010 has been revealed! For those of you who are not familiar with this show, it is a vocal talent show to choose the most talented singer in America. To the winner goes a million dollar music contract and international exposure. Starting out with about 10,000 hopefuls, the top 24 are chosen and then each one is eliminated until the top 10 are chosen. These talented singers... 

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To Spank Or Not To Spank–That Is The Question

You have probably heard this old Mother Goose rhyme: There was an old woman who lived in a shoe She had so many children she didn’t know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread, Then whipped them all soundly And put them to bed. Here’s a kinder, gentler alternative of “Old Woman In A Shoe” from Jordan Riak: There was an old woman Who lived in a shoe. She was a kindhearted... 

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Giving Teens A Chance: Is Curvy The New Skinny?

Thin is not in at Paris Fashion Week (as seen on ‘omg! from Yahoo’) After many years of international criticism over the apparent unhealthiness of the skinny models chosen to walk the runways at the fashion world’s most elite shows in New York, Milan, and Paris, designers seem to finally be coming around to the idea of diversity in who models their clothes. While the ethnic diversity... 

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Make Drive Time Special

Continuing yesterday’s discussion of where and when to have conversations with your kids: My favorite time is driving in the car…home from school, on the way to a sports practice, going grocery shopping. It really doesn’t matter. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk with your children. You have a captive audience! I know, it’s usually spent telling them to leave their sibling alone,... 

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The Importance of Dinner Conversation

Radio show update: Today we wrapped up the communication topic on my radio series, discussing some of the times, places and methods of talking with your kids. Dinner time as a family can be a wonderful time for everyone to share about their day, or anything else they might want to talk about. It can be a time to get to know some things about them that you usually don’t take the time to discuss.... 

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What Kids Would Tell You…If Only You’d Ask!

Radio series update: What Kids Would Tell You…If Only You’d Ask! This week, we explored conversations you don’t need to have with your kids! Think about this: When’s the last time you had a conversation with your kids? I don’t mean, “How was school?” or “What do you have for homework?” or “Did you clean your room, brush your teeth?” I mean an honest to goodness conversation... 

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