Parenting Tip: 10 Ways to Make Up Great Child Stories for Your Kids

It’s fun to read child stories to your kids, but it’s even MORE fun to make up your own. You don’t need to be a creative genius to do so. All it takes is a little imagination and patience (with yourself). Follow these 10 suggestions, and you’ll find that making up entertaining child stories is as easy as talking with a good friend. 1. A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words Select a picture or series of pictures from a magazine, book, newspaper or wherever. Then describe what’s happening in the picture or pictures. 2. Truth is Stranger than Fiction Draw in events from your everyday life and then embellish them. For example, instead of “Jason played in the basketball game …

No Invitation Needed: Sacred Children Series – 3 of 3

I had my first two children on either side of my twenty-third and twenty-fifth birthdays. I had always assumed that by the time I was forty, I’d have a ton of freedom to finally push forward with my dreams of becoming a motivational writer and speaker. It really looked like that was the way my life was going to go too. I fell in love with a man when I was in my mid-thirties and he was in his mid-forties. We were very much in love and planning to get married. I actually found myself wishing I could have his baby. I hadn’t felt like that in many years. We were discussing whether or not to have a child together. …

Meta Patterns & Genius – A Simple Game To Increase A Child’s Intelligence

As a side effect in my life long study of human excellence, genius and creativity, I have discovered ONE particular thinking pattern that makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in: – understanding the world – problem solving – innovation and creativity – and even inner harmony. This is a meta filter which people LEARN, they are NOT born “that way”, and it is a really profound one that makes the difference between a great thinker and someone who isn’t, at the end of the day. This filter is about whether a person sorts all manner of incoming information by difference, or by similarity. Fascinatingly, across the board, children’s games are games of “difference”. Spot the difference; Sesame Street’s “One of these things …

Meta Patterns & Genius – A Simple Game To Increase A Child’s Intelligence

As a side effect in my life long study of human excellence, genius and creativity, I have discovered ONE particular thinking pattern that makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in: – understanding the world – problem solving – innovation and creativity – and even inner harmony. This is a meta filter which people LEARN, they are NOT born “that way”, and it is a really profound one that makes the difference between a great thinker and someone who isn’t, at the end of the day. This filter is about whether a person sorts all manner of incoming information by difference, or by similarity. Fascinatingly, across the board, children’s games are games of “difference”. Spot the difference; Sesame Street’s “One of these things …

Heroes

In today’s society like in the past, kids have heroes. This is a good thing. However, in modern society it seems the process of selecting heroes has become rather muddled or confused. Fame should not necessarily make a person a hero. We have experienced this from both sides: first as parents of two sons who chose heroes while growing up, and now with two sons who have distinguished themselves as outstanding athletes who are often the object of hero worship. Please hang in here with us on this one so there is no misinterpretation of what we are attempting to say with this article. We do believe that both our sons are worthy heroes. Both are moral and admirable people …

Are Your Children Growing Up Too Fast?

Each time our children graduate from one stage to another (i.e. crawling – walking, preschool – school, highschool – graduation) we as parents are excited and a little sad as well. We want our children to grow up, but we reminisce about the “good old” days. I think those mixed feelings are normal for all of us. My question for you is – “Are your children growing up too fast emotionally and socially?” We can’t stop their physical growth, but we can effect their emotional and social growth. Our society is compressing childhood more and more to where children are not children for very long. We only have 18 years in our entire life to be children. We struggle as …

25 Top Irish Names for a Baby Boya

Would you like to give your baby boy a name reflective of your Irish roots? In this article, I’ve listed some of the most popular names for a boy in Ireland, according to the Central Statistics Office of Ireland. For each name appearing below, I have given the Gaelic spelling, the name’s meaning, and, when applicable, the Anglo-Saxon version of the name. Adhamh – Gaelic for Adam; “red earth, ruddy” Aidan – “the little fiery one” Ailín – Gaelic for Alan, Allen; “noble” Aindréas – Gaelic for Andrew; “manly, valiant, courageous” Áron – Gaelic for Aaron; “shining light, messenger” Breandan – Gaelic for Brendan; “prince” Caoimhín – Gaelic for Kevin; “handsome” Concobhar – Gaelic for Conor/Connor; “a strong will” Cormac …