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."
Topics: parenting, creativity
We are raising our children in a world of connectivity. Today, more than ever, we are truly able to step into someone else's life through the Internet. As children begin to investigate the world around them, time and distance no longer impedes their ability to view other's perspectives and share thoughts and ideas. But the Internet is not the only place young people can gain exposure to the plights and hardships of others. They can do it through books too. Books that teach empathy can help children begin to formulate ways to make the world around them better.
Topics: parenting, Technology
In our culture, there's a lot of talk about passion. The upcoming generation isn't interested in punching a time-clock and waiting until they retire to have fun. They are interested in finding their passion now, while they are young, and figuring out how they can enjoy it their entire life. For some, it might translate into a career, while others may participate in activities on their own time.
Either way, finding one's passion can enrich one's life and lead to true happiness in life, so parents should spend time learning how to cultivate and nurture their child's passion. Whether your child is in kindergarten or high school, it's never too late to learn something new.
Topics: co-curriculars, Passion, nurturing talents, discovering interest
In 1983, President Reagan signed a bill that approved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday. King is well known for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s at which point he was assassinated. For his work, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. While arguably every American has at least familiarity with King’s work, his life and work provide a powerful message within the Christian community. King was a Baptist preacher who utilized biblical principles to launch and carry out the Civil Rights Movement. In 13 short years, Dr. King guided a movement that is still relevant, studied, admired, and remembered. While all of his accomplishments are vast and impactful, as a Christian community, we should recognize that his biggest accomplishment was his dogmatic and insightful approach to using God’s Word for effectively transforming the conscience of a nation. He used God’s word as a guiding force for the Civil Rights Movement and he continuously credited God as the force pushing the movement through. Dr. King’s unwavering faith in the truth of God’s Word is what propelled him to carry out the dream of equality no matter the cost.
There are five biblical principles Dr. King taught America that transcended race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and religion.
Topics: civil rights