Need to get your creativity kick-started? Hop, Skip, Jump this way!

November 2nd, 2014

HOP SKIP JUMP Quiz

 

I’ve jumped into the inspiringly creative book by Marney Makridakis, the creator of ArtellaLand.com called HOP, SKIP, JUMP: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life.  If you’re in need of some whimsey, playful magic to get your creative juju flowing- then dive into this easy to read and fun to play with, creativity primer. To find out if you are a Hopper, Skipper or Jumper take this fun quiz: http://artellaland.com/play.html


The Blossom Method ™– the revolutionary way to communicate with your baby from birth

November 25th, 2013

ARE YOU A PARENT OR PROFESSIONAL?

Join the International Parents & Professionals Community (IPPC). Our monthly Parent & Professional Support Call is Tuesday, November 26th. Topic: “The Blossom Method ™– the revolutionary way to communicate with your baby from birth” an interview with guest expert, Vivien Sabel.

Imagine how much easier life would be if you could talk to your baby and understand his or her emotions, needs and wants. In The Blossom Method™, Vivien Sabel supports you to do just that – through learning about your baby’s non-verbal communications. With this groundbreaking technique, you will learn how to meet your baby’s needs before he or she cries, and how to talk back so that your baby feels understood.

On this call you will learn:

  • How and when Vivien discovered more about infant communication
  • The Blossom Method and the value of this communication tool
  • Specific examples of infant communication and their meanings
  • The value of using the key features of The Blossom Method with all children from toddlers and teens
  • What parents and professionals are saying about The Blossom Method

The Blossom Method™ encourages you to understand and communicate with your baby from day one, leading to an even happier, settled baby and a strong parent–child bond.

This call and audio recording is F-R-E-E for IPPC Members. This exciting international parents and professional community is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly parent & professional support calls, guest faculty calls with parenting and family experts, quarterly Q&A calls, instant access 24/7 to support resources, and a supportive, non-judgmental & downright awesome community of parents & professionals…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to find out more


Don’t let your child continue to struggle with academics

October 28th, 2013

It’s early on in the school year and things seem to be progressing well at school, then all of a sudden it happens. You start to see signs of academic struggles at home, and your child’s teachers notice his/her difficulty with reading, comprehension, writing or math.

Their teachers talk about your child’s lack of attention, difficulty with speed, or remembering information. You’re worried that at the next parent teacher conference they may suggest your child has ADHD and may recommend seeing a doctor for medication (or you need to adjust your child’s medication). What may appear to be symptoms of attention deficit disorder may actually be an issue with your child’s fluency, and this impacts all areas of your child’s life.

If your child, or the children you work with, are struggling with academics then you will want to attend the guest expert call “How to get fluency: Helping kids who struggle with reading, writing, and math” an interview with guest expert, Amy Weinberger.  Amy will be sharing this valuable information with the International Parents and Professionals Community, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th.

If you know a child who seems easily distracted, their timing if off, or they take forever to eat their food or tie their shoe, then you may be wondering if they are being willfully disobedient and just trying to push your buttons? They may be smart, but they seem to struggle with everything; if so they may have an issue with fluency, and it impacts everything!
For over 20 years Amy Weinberger, the founder of the Thinking Center, has been providing reading, cognitive and fluency training, as well as, educational consulting to families experiencing educational crises for students in grades K-12 and beyond.
On this call you will learn:

  • What is fluency and how does it affect learning
  • What is the difference between an independent and dependent learner and how to help prepare your child become an independent learner
  • What is automaticity and executive function and control and why you need to know this to help your child succeed with academics
  • The importance of automating phonological processes, math fact retrieval, and handwriting to create success in the classroom at any level
  • What’s a self-distracted learner and how to create Neural Networks for the classroom and at home

Don’t miss this remarkable complimentary call for IPPC members. Click here to find out more

If you are already an IPPC member I can’t wait to connect with you on the call- “See” you there!

Until we connect again, let your brilliant light SHINE!

Dr. Laura Dessauer,
the “Creativity Queen”
Founder, International Parents & Professionals Community

P.S.- This call and audio recording is F-R-E-E for International Parents and Professional Community Members. Enjoy monthly parent & professional support calls, guest faculty calls with parenting and family experts, quarterly Q&A calls, instant access 24/7 to support resources, and a supportive, non-judgmental & downright awesome community of parents & professionals…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here now for all of the exciting detail


Got unhappy kids?

September 23rd, 2013

ARE YOU A PARENT OR PROFESSIONAL?

Join the International Parents & Professionals Community (IPPC). Our monthly Parent & Professional Support Call is Tuesday, September 24th. Topic: “Growing Happy Kids” an interview with guest expert, Maureen Healey.

We all want to raise confident and happier kids today but the question remains how? Maureen Healy, author of Growing Happy Kids, shares how to nurture a deeper sense of confidence and ultimately happiness in children. Come along and learn about the keys to children (and even perhaps your own) lasting happiness.

On this call you will learn:

  • Difference Between Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • How Confidence Connects to Happiness
  • What the 5 Building Blocks of Confidence Are
  • Things to Avoid
  • Keys to Your Kid’s Happiness

Maureen Healy is a popular author, speaker and healer working with parents globally. She writes a popular blog for Psychology Today and PBS along with her book, Growing Happy Kids, which we’ll talk about on the support call. Her next book, The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids, comes out next month about how to help our most sensitive children thrive.

This call and audio recording is F-R-E-E for IPPC Members. This exciting international parents and professional community is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly parent & professional support calls, guest faculty calls with parenting and family experts, quarterly Q&A calls, instant access 24/7 to support resources, and a supportive, non-judgmental & downright awesome community of parents & professionals…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to find out more


Back to school without meltdowns, tantrums or shutdowns

August 27th, 2013

ARE YOU A PARENT OR PROFESSIONAL?

back to schoolJoin the International Parents & Professionals Community (IPPC). Our monthly Parent & Professional Support Call is Tuesday, August 27th. Topic: “Back to school without meltdowns, tantrums or shutdowns”.

Parents:

Does your child have anxiety or worry in social situations or with new experiences,

Do they have a difficult time transitioning and separating,

Does homework becomes a struggle as the school year progresses?

If so, then back to school can be a very difficult time.

Professionals:

Are you at a loss with helping families struggling with school issues,

Do you need some more tools in your toolbox to help families with school problems,

Do you want some creative cognitive behavioral strategies to help children shift their behavior and thinking so they can be successful at school?

If so, this is a must attend call.

On this members only call Dr. Laura Dessauer will share with you creative tips and practical strategies to help your child have a successful school year from the very start.

On this call you will learn:

  • Common struggles that prevent children from having a successful school year
  • How you can help children shift their thoughts about school and change their resistant behaviors towards schoolwork
  • Creative ways to engage your child, or the children you work with so they are feeling more empowered to manage the stress and worries of school and peer relationships
  • Plus some practical strategies you can use right now to start the school year off in a positive way

Whether your child is attending a new school, moving up into middle school or high school, or returning back to their old school, you will find this call filled with valuable information to help your child have their best year yet.

This call and audio recording is F-R-E-E for IPPC Members. This exciting international parents and professional community is surprisingly affordable and includes monthly parent & professional support calls, guest faculty calls with parenting and family experts, quarterly Q&A calls, instant access 24/7 to support resources, and a supportive, non-judgmental & downright awesome community of parents & professionals…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here to find out more


Feeling awkward in your bathing suit?

July 29th, 2013

Okay, so you’re not alone- you slip on the suit to head to the pool and wonder if anyone will notice you, in a not so good way.

I get it, you are so super busy, and you find yourself grabbing a bite to eat on the go without thinking. Then you’re left standing in the hallway heading out the door wondering if your beach coverup will really cover you up.

Faced with the same dilemma I asked a dear colleague and fellow parenting professional, Susan Epstein, to be interviewed tomorrow, July 30th. She will share with our International Parents & Professionals Community her “6 Secrets to a Healthy Body and Healthy Home”. If you are not a member, it’s not too late to register and get access to the call and recording, just click here

Susan Epstein will be sharing some tips she gleaned from her parents, who are living a healthy active lifestyle in their 90’s. When Susan started to use these secrets in her own life she lost 20 lbs, pretty awesome if you ask me.

So here’s what we are covering on this don’t miss call:

  • Are you a yo-yo dieter?
  • Do you hate to exercise?
  • Are you worried about your health and the health of your family?
  • Do you or someone you know have a weight related illness?
  • Are you confused about what and how much to eat?
  • Are you completely frustrated and ready to give up?

If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions, Susan will share how to turn your struggles around and move toward the healthier and happier life you and your family were meant to live. Susan will teach easy, practical, and realistic tips for busy families. You’ll learn the 6 things you can do to start you and your family on the path to optimal health one step at a time.

Don’t miss this remarkable complimentary call for IPPC members. Click here to find out more

Until we connect again, let your brilliant light SHINE!

Dr. Laura Dessauer,
the “Creativity Queen”
Founder, International Parents & Professionals Community

P.S.- This call and audio recording is F-R-E-E for International Parents and Professional Community Members. Enjoy monthly parent & professional support calls, guest faculty calls with parenting and family experts, quarterly Q&A calls, instant access 24/7 to support resources, and a supportive, non-judgmental & downright awesome community of parents & professionals…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here now for all of the exciting details.


Summertime success, really?

July 22nd, 2013

Okay, I bet I got you thinking…what’s the CQ up to talking about “SUCCESS” and summertime in the same sentence?

Yup, it’s kinda funny to think of summertime as a time when you want to encourage success, but it’s so filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and explore beyond the classroom.

So I ask you dear reader to think about what summertime success would look like for your child. Then ask your child what a successful summer would look like for them? You may even want to get some art supplies and get creative with this.
I imagine there are quite a few differences, and lots of opportunities for learning from each other.

Here’s the beauty of this exercise- both of you have a visual creation of what’s important, and from here you can begin negotiating the differences.

Your kiddo wants more electronics time and you want more reading time, look to find a way you can both get your needs met, and teach the art of compromise.

They want to go a sports camp with their friends, and you want them to join the academic camp, how can you come up with a compromise and create a win:win?

Life is all about negotiating differences, learning to communicate your needs, and how to be flexible when things don’t go your way.

Now that you and your child have an agreement on what a successful summer looks like, be a detective and collect evidence of positive moments.

As you’ve heard me mention before, Dr. Rick Hanson talks about Taking in the Good, and savoring positive moments.

Here are some ideas to savor summertime success:

*Take Instagram pictures of summertime success moments (both your definition and theirs)
*Create a Wordle  (word cloud) with key phrases or words that describe your child’s
summer of success
*Make a collage of words and images depicting their summertime goals
*Put together a scrapbook or Smashbook of summer highlights (need some inspiration
search Pinterest for ideas)
*Make a summer movie and include a highlight reel from key moments of summertime
success
* Get creative and ask your kiddo to come up with ideas to celebrate their successes!

Need help negotiating differences and create a win:win with your child? We hear you! Join us on the upcoming International Parents and Professionals Community Support call “You Can’t Make Me: Effective Boundaries and Follow Through for Motivating Kids! Practical and positive strategies to build cooperation, responsibility, and mutual respect with children” Click here to learn more


Using art to teach boundaries, respect, communication, and cooperation

July 9th, 2013

Last month’s International Parents and Professionals Community Support call was with Dr. Jane Bluestein and we talked about practical and positive strategies to build cooperation, responsibility, and mutual respect with children (if you missed this ‘must listen to call’ you can find out more here https://thecreativityqueen.com/bluestein).

It got me thinking about how important it is to set boundaries and clear expectations with kids. Also, the importance of very specific and concrete consequences (both positive and negative).  I find that the kids who struggle the most are often the ones whose parents flip flop on boundaries (sometimes a NO turns into a YES) or a child’s negative behavior triggers you to lose your cool or frustrates you to the point that you give in.

Summertime means more time with your family, more sibling time together, and more unstructured time. All of that can lead to arguments, annoyances, and frustrations.

You can teach your kiddos lots of great skills using art, such as respecting boundaries, communicating wants, cooperating, and learning consequences.

Here’s a creative playful CQ activity:

Get a large piece of paper and set the rules for playing together. Let your child know how long you’ll be making art and the expectations (such as helping pick-up the materials, asking for help, etc). Explain that you’ll be working together or that they will be working with their siblings. Pick a theme to create, this time of year an underwater theme or at the beach is a fun theme to explore. Tell your child that they can create on one side of the paper their own scene, and you (or their sibling has the other side of the paper) and explain that the middle of the paper is where they can create things together. Be clear that they need to ask before touching another person’s materials or going on the other person’s side. Let them know what the consequences will be ahead of time for good choices and poor choices. If your children are doing this together monitor the process, provide feedback, and explore choices.

Depending upon your child, you can provide basic materials such as markers or crayons, or you can provide sensory materials such as glitter glue, pom-poms, finger paint, or play-dough. Use this experience as a teaching opportunity to explore respecting boundaries, develop communication skills, such as asking for what you need, tolerating frustration, and organizing materials. Recognize positive choices and explore consequences of poor choices.

Every moment is a teaching moment, so help your child develop the skills to understand and respect boundaries, communicate their wants, and learn the consequences of their choices.


You Can’t Make Me: Effective Boundaries and Follow Through for Motivating Kids

June 15th, 2013

Have you ever listened to someone talk and you know with all your heart they are speaking your truth? I felt that way the first time I saw Dr. Jane Bluestein speak when she came to visit FL a few years ago. I was so enamored with her message. It spoke directly to my heart, so much so that I got a bunch of books she wrote, and still use them to this day!

When I reached out to Dr.  and asked her to speak to the International Parents and Professionals Community, I was overjoyed when she said, YES!!

She’ll be speaking Tuesday, June 18th, on the topic of “You Can’t Make Me: Effective Boundaries and Follow Through for Motivating Kids! Practical and positive strategies to build cooperation, responsibility, and mutual respect with children”

Few things are as aggravating or exhausting as power struggles with kids. If you find yourself nagging, arguing or threatening, being ignored by your children (or students) or having your authority challenged, then you don’t want to miss this call. This also works with whiners, feet-draggers and “space cadets”!
Rather than focusing on how to react to oppositional, obnoxious, passive-aggressive, or disrespectful behaviors, we’ll concentrate on how to prevent these behaviors from occurring in the first place.
On this call you’ll learn how to create a win-win authority relationship in which you can generate cooperation without threats or punishments. We’ll explore practical, effective strategies for reducing stress and conflict in the relationship— including setting and maintaining boundaries, following through to build accountability, increasing positivity, building trust and mutual respect, and accommodating kids’ needs for power within limits that won’t make you crazy. We’ll also examine practical and effective alternatives to common patterns and traditions that tend to undermine our authority.
You seriously don’t want to miss this- she’s been a guest expert on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Oprah Winfrey Show and she will be sharing “magic sentences” & “magic questions” to:

  • Create a win-win authority relationships with kids
  • Generate cooperation without threats or punishment
  • Set and maintain effective, positive boundaries
  • Follow through on boundaries
  • Increase positivity as well as your authority
  • Avoid negative, self-defeating parenting behaviors

This call is applicable to kids of all ages, with strategies for educators, counselors, community workers, and other social service providers, as well as all parents, grandparents and other caregivers.
Dr. Bluestein is amazing! You’ll leave this call with practical ideas and word-for word tools to help create a more positive and peace-filled school and home environment!
 Don’t worry if you can’t make it live:  a recording of the call will be added to our library and you can listen at anytime 24/7 (or download it to your phone/ mp3 player and take it on the go) Click here to find out more.

If you are already an IPPC member I can’t wait to connect with you on the call- it’s going to be AWESOME! “See” you there!

Until we connect again, let your brilliant light SHINE!

Dr. Laura Dessauer,
the “Creativity Queen”
Founder, International Parents & Professionals Community

P.S.- This call and audio recording is F-R-E-E for International Parents and Professional Community Members. Enjoy monthly parent & professional support calls, guest faculty calls with parenting and family experts, quarterly Q&A calls, instant access 24/7 to support resources, and a supportive, non-judgmental & downright awesome community of parents & professionals…all for just a few pennies per day. Click here now for all of the exciting details.


Give Yourself a Break!

June 7th, 2013

Mini-breaks are so important. They help us to recharge, reconnect, and recenter. However, there are just so many hours in the day, and it’s easy to fall into the mindset that when there’s free time we must fill it, and yes we all know lots of things to fill it with.

So put down the phone, turn off the computer, step away from the laundry pile…

 

  • Give yourself permission to have a mini-break. Modeling to your children that it is healthy to take a break and chill without having to “plug-in” to electronics is a priceless gift.  Make a public declaration that it’s your time to relax. Tell your parenting partner  they are in charge or ask a friend to babysit. If you don’t have anyone to watch the older kiddos- put on a timer and let them know you are not to be disturbed until the timer goes off, unless it’s an emergency (and be clear what’s an emergency). Have a few new movies on-hand that you’ve collected and stashed away for these moments.
  • Declare a mini-break before your batteries have run out. It’s common to push through the exhaustion and overwhelm and think you can get a few more things done. However, this can lead to a very reactive, cranky behavior, and you may do or say something that is not very nice. You don’t want your child modeling this behavior! Know your triggers, state how you feel, and tell those around you what you need. You’ll be able to help your child identify their triggers and needs by calmly sharing your own.
    Spend your mini-break wisely. You may be temped to catch up on paperwork, get some laundry done, start dinner, or check your emails. Don’t go there. Instead do something (or nothing) that helps you to center and renew yourself. Want to teach your child how to recognize their needs so they avoid a meltdown or tantrum? Model this by creating a list of min-break activities on the refrigerator for each person in the family. Do this with your kids and have them add actives to their list (and decorate it too). When it’s time for you to take a mini-break pick an activity from your list.  Let your family know this is what you’ll be doing and teach your kids to do the same.
  • Create a mini-break retreat space. Go into the bedroom and light a candle and rest with a scented eye pillow, sit outside with a cool drink and a book, go to the bathroom (turn the lights down so you don’t have to look at the bath toys or tub that needs to be scrubbed). Have a ritual that you do, and things on hand to help you quickly renew, such as magazines in a basket, scented candles, or art supplies in a special box.
  • Help your child create a mini-break retreat space too.  I like to teach families and educators how to create a calm-down area. Find a space where a child can chill out and fill it with self-soothing activities. If your space is limited put pillows in a corner or a small tent to create a designated area.

Need more support and ways to help your child? Join us on the upcoming International Parents and Professionals Community Support call “You Can’t Make Me: Effective Boundaries and Follow Through for Motivating Kids! Learn  practical and positive strategies to build cooperation, responsibility, and mutual respect with childrenClick here to learn more