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What do you get when you give two seven-year olds some construction paper, markers, scissors and tape?
You get the most amazing creations! And you get happy kids!
I encourage parents to keep simple arts and crafts supplies on hand. Paper, scissors, markers and glue are imagination enablers. Kids can spend hours, happily engaged in expressing their creativity, exercising their problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Last week, my son and his family stopped by.
Knowing that my grandchildren LOVE making things, I had put a few arts and crafts supplies on the dining room table. After we visited for a while, I asked the kids if they wanted to sit down and use the materials.
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Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is HOPE. To hope is to have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true. Hope is the first step to success. It’s important to take other steps to make sure what you hope for will actually happen.
Many years ago, I hoped to write a book for parents and teachers. That was the first step and, in 2011, I went to Chicago for a book event at Lollie’s, one of the stores that sells that book.
This year, I hope to have some of my picture books published.
But hoping for this is only the first step. There are other steps that must be taken if I want to succeed.
One of those other steps involves Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Writing Challenge. Last month I submitted a picture book query for a special critique from author Emma Walton Hamilton. This month, as a Golden Book member, I was able to submit a full picture book manuscript, The Boots of Dylan McGee, to agent Stephen Fraser.
Another step I’ve taken towards realizing my hope of having my picture books published is to take Emma Walton Hamilton’s online picture book writing course, Just Write for Kids. I’m only on lesson four out of eight…but I’ve learned lots already.
Entering contests and writing challenges is another important step in making this hope become reality. Last month I sent a children’s story to the Highlights Fiction Contest. In addition, I entered Nancy Hatch’s Writer’s Desk Contest with a poem about why and where and how I write.
The seven finalists were announced yesterday…and yes, I am one of them!!!!
For those of you who might not have seen it:
I WRITE, THEREFORE I AM
A writing space by any name does serve me well.
By lamplight or with sunlight streaming
Ideas flourish while I’m dreaming.
From mind to pen words quickly teeming
Pages fill with stories beaming.
In quiet or with children screaming
Cluttered desk or table gleaming
I’ve found my heaven…not to write would be my hell.
If you would like to vote, you can go here. All of the entries are great…I am honored to be among them.
As parents, we also have to instill hope in our children…and then offer them opportunities to realize those hopes. If you have the time, please watch this video of Jarrett Krosocska’s TED talk on ‘How a boy became an artist’…it is inspirational and educational and Jarrett is an amazing speaker!
How can a parent instill hope in a child?
- Be a good role model…be hopeful about your own life
- Encourage your child to try new things…go to museums, read books, etc.
- Provide support when your child fails…but please allow your child to fail
- Allow your child to pursue his or her talents and gifts
- Spend positive time with your child
My book, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking, is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers that build self-esteem, develops better literacy skills and creates a life-long parent-child bond. Isn’t that what we all hope for our children? It’s a one-stop book that provides quick and easy activities. Grab a copy! Engage your child, encourage creative expression and, most of all, have fun together!
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- Why spend time creating? :: How a boy became an artist (fibrofeist.com)
- Super Bowl Sunday: Including the Kids with Snacks and Stories (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Paula: my take
Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is FOCUSED ATTENTION.
Birds do it!
Bees do it!
Even precious little kids do it!
Have you ever watched young children coloring a picture? Head close to the page, crayon gripped in their fingers, tongue clenched between their lips…they are focusing every fiber of their attention on what they are doing.
Observe your children next time they are learning a new task or playing ball or dancing…you will see how their entire body is involved.
Do you give your children YOUR focused attention when you are reading a story with them or participating in some activity or just listening to them tell you about something that happened at school?
So often, parents are busy and listen with ‘half an ear’.
I remember, years ago, when our daughter was about 6 years-old. She had come home from school and her father, who was sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper, asked her how her day had gone. Carrie began telling him what she had done in school. After a minute or so, she stopped. “Daddy” she complained. “Listen to me!” “I am listening to you” replied her father. “No, Daddy!” our pig-tailed poppet responded as she pulled the newspaper away from him. “You have to look me in the eye when I talk to you!”
Five Tips for Great Parent-Child Interaction
1. Give your child your focused attention
2. Maintain a positive up-beat attitude
3. Choose an activity that is age-appropriate for your child
4. Communication is a two-way street…TALK AND LISTEN
5. Have FUN!
If you need a book that will give you and your young children many positive, age-appropriate quick and easy activities, please buy a copy of my award-winning parent-teacher resource, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking.
You will be entertained for five minutes…and inspired for the rest of your life!
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