Fostering your child's creativity is important for a variety of reasons. Creative children are more apt to think critically and develop problem-solving skills. They are more likely to channel their feelings in healthy ways and grow in self-confidence. Creativity is an asset to one's long-term professional, social, and emotional development. Child experts encourage caregivers to nurture children's creativity. Mark Runco, Ph.D., director of the University of Georgia's Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development claims that everyone has creative potential, but, like many child-experts he believes "Our job as parents and teachers is to help kids fulfill it."
The Center for Data Analysis reports that peer influence is one of the greatest determinants impacting students' academic achievement. Studies found that peer relationships result in shared values and common academic performance goals. Some researchers believe that peers are "the single most potent source of influence" in major areas of development.
In fact, a survey by Parent Further found that 90% of students claim that their peers have influenced them. Given the likely influence of a child's peers, parents not only have the right to be concerned about their child's friendships, but they also have a responsibility to do so. Encouraging positive peer relationships is important to academic success, which is the foundation that will follow students throughout their lives.
As our exciting holiday celebrations come to an end, quiet reflection on hopes and dreams for the coming year come naturally to many of us. For kids, the end of the Christmas season can feel a little sad. Focusing on New Year’s resolutions helps them shift their focus and devote attention to their exciting future. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to guide them through the process of forming a vision for the upcoming year; both as a family and as individuals.
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory or tradition from your childhood? Are you wanting to create your own Christmas tradition for your children to participate in year after year?
Chances are your traditions will become some of your children's favorite memories, and they may even incorporate the same traditions into their own families when they are older. Christmas traditions are an great way to invest time in your family and place more emphasis on sharing experiences and building memories together.
While most adults understand the true meaning of Christmas, it can be more difficult for kids to grasp the importance of this season.
Helping kids shift their priorities during this exciting time of year from "getting" to "giving" helps them develop a deep sense of empathy and caring that will bring them closer to their peers and their community. Teaching your child to give back this Christmas is a great way to help them participate in the spirit of kindness that inspires this season.
As Christians, we have received the most wonderful gift of all with the birth of Jesus. What better way to celebrate that gift by giving some of the comforts and resources we enjoy to those in need?