Wed, 09/28/2011 - 03:32 — amywickstrom
Slippery Fingers: A Fun Way to Soothe Children
Tue, 09/20/2011 - 20:44 — amywickstrom
A Creative Way to Talk to Girls About Their Feelings
I learned about this activity in graduate school, and I thought it was so fun that I wanted to be sure never to forget it. For those who have young girls in their lives, this is a great activity to cultivate meaningful conversation in a playful way.
Wed, 09/14/2011 - 02:54 — amywickstrom
3 Tips for Teaching your Child Generosity
I recently stumbled across a few creative ways children can be a part of giving to others. I’m always excited to find new opportunities to cultivate generosity in kids. If you want to “go big,” then ask your child to consider having people give in one of the ways I’ve listed below in lieu of receiving gifts for his or her birthday!
Tue, 09/06/2011 - 20:14 — amywickstrom
Tips for Getting Your Child Back on a Sleep Schedule
It’s back to school time, which means it’s back to bedtime… though it’s harder than it sounds for most. If you’re like many other families, bedtime often gets pushed back over the summer. BBQ’s, pool parties, and other fun activities make it later than it would otherwise be. With that said, it’s important to get children back on their sleep schedule when school starts. This will help them focus, behave, and learn.
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 20:28 — amywickstrom
Advice for Parents on Bullying
As parents are prepping their kids for school, many are also prepping their kids for how to “fight back” if someone tries to bully them. But there are better ways to teach children how to handle these situations! Here are the top 5:
Wed, 08/24/2011 - 03:33 — amywickstrom
Just B. You: A Peek into the Amazing World of B. Toys
Speaking with B. toymaker, Gisela Voss, was like a breath of fresh air. No pretense. No rushed conversation. A real person with a real life, and honest about it.
Tue, 08/09/2011 - 19:43 — amywickstrom
The Power of Play-Doh
Interested in finding a high-quality toy for under $5? Unlike most other toys, Play-Doh only costs a few dollars, and it can be used in multiple ways to foster your child’s social and emotional development.
Here’s the scoop. Play-doh can help your child be creative, express anger, and learn how to self-sooth.
Tue, 08/02/2011 - 21:41 — amywickstrom
Breaking the Cycle of Selfishness with Family Service Projects
If you want to teach your children how to think beyond themselves, consider doing a family service project. Few things compare to pulling weeds for your neighbor, cleaning up a local park, or cooking for someone in need.
Something wonderful happens when children serve others alongside their parents. They feel stronger as a family and they develop a greater appreciation for what they have.
Tue, 07/19/2011 - 21:11 — amywickstrom
What happens when children don’t get to play?
In an article published by the Scientific American Mind in 2009, psychiatrist Stuart Brown found that there were two common denominators in his interviews with 26 convicted murderers in Texas: they were from abusive families and they never played as kids.
Tue, 07/12/2011 - 16:54 — amywickstrom
Does Your Family Struggle with the Blues?
If you haven’t personally struggled with depression or the blues, you know someone who has. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) prediction, depression is the fourth most significant cause of human suffering and disability around the world, and it will be the second most debilitating human condition by 2020!