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C is for Creativity

Whether you are a work outside the home or a SAHM creativity has to be one of your many talents.  Mom's need to be creative with the household finances, menu planning, discipline technique, bath times, providing a balance and finding ways to get your child to do their homework or chores.   Creativity is (according to the dictionary) "the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination"  What does that mean for mom's or dad's? It means getting down on the floor and playing with your children.  It means entering their world for just a little while. It means finding new ways to relate to your children and the world around you.  And sometimes being a creative parent means doing something as small as finding a new new for "grilled cheese" because your children say they don't like it and it's what you have already made for lunch. 

5 other ways to be creative when parenting

Trying a new discipline method that you think "will never work."

Finding something new and interesting to motive your child.

Sneaking vegetables in their favorite dishes to make sure they get the nutrition they need.

Finding a new acctivity, event, or place to go with the whole family at least once a month.

Read a book - but act it out.

In what ways are you creative when you parent and what really works for you?

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.

Norman Podhoretz


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