Tue, 11/13/2012 - 22:38 — amywickstrom
Red Light, Green Light: A Game to Teach Children How to Listen
I never thought of using this game to teach children how to be good listeners until I read an article describing it this way. You can do it together as a family with as few as three players. Whether you are in the backyard or a hallway in your house, it’s a simple and fun way to teach your child about listening skills!
How to play:
Wed, 11/07/2012 - 04:12 — amywickstrom
How you can help solve the orphan crisis
Last Sunday was Orphan Sunday, which is an internationally recognized day designed to build awareness about the “orphan crisis” around the world. It’s also a day to help people find ways to get involved in solving this global problem. I got a brochure with some creative ideas for how you can be a part of helping children who don’t have families, and I want to share them with you!
Wed, 10/31/2012 - 03:10 — amywickstrom
5 Tips for Managing a Bossy Child
A reader asked if I would write something on this topic, and I have a feeling bossy children are something most of us are more familiar with than we’d like to admit. With that in mind, I’d like to share a few pointers for how to manage a bossy child.
Tue, 10/23/2012 - 20:59 — amywickstrom
A simple way to talk to your kids about morality
Teaching your child morality isn’t something you want to leave to chance. Be intentional about it, and find creative ways from the get-go. Even preschool children are capable of understanding right, wrong, and basic ethics if you keep it simple. Try this fun game to get a playful, meaningful conversation about morality going with your children, no matter what age they are!
How to do it:
Wed, 10/17/2012 - 21:45 — amywickstrom
Making a Family “Harvest Offering”
When I was at church last week, I picked up a parenting brochure that described a new, creative spin on using money jar for a family service project. For those of you who have tried to teach your children how to “give” in a culture that likes to “take,” this may be just what you are looking for.
Making a “Harvest Offering:”
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 21:51 — amywickstrom
Using pumpkins to teach children about their feelings
I was at the pumpkin patch over the weekend with my family, and I was trying to drum up ideas for how to use pumpkins for more than just carving. I had an idea for how they could be used to teach children about feelings, and I’m excited to share it with you!
Here’s how to do it:
Wed, 09/26/2012 - 04:42 — amywickstrom
14 Ways to Help Children Make Transitions and Adjustments
Tue, 09/11/2012 - 21:17 — amywickstrom
A creative way to do counseling with orphans in Africa
In the past few months, I’ve been watching and learning from two girls in Uganda who are serving as lay counselors for 60+ orphans there. After a few months of training them each week, they flew to Uganda and began working with a handful of selected children in the Children of the Nations children’s home each week. To my knowledge, this hasn’t been done in the mental health field before, so I have been really curious to see how it will turn out.
Wed, 08/29/2012 - 06:00 — 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: