Teen Uses Creativity to Repurpose Wedding Gown into Prom Dress

prom dress

This teen made a stunning and unique prom dress. How heartening to know that there are still young people whose inborn creativity has not been squelched! Note that her mother helped her with the project. If only all parents encouraged their kids in this way.

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11-Year-Old Entrepreneur Makes It to Kickstarter

Here’s a great story about an 11-year-old who solved a problem: she invented a spill-proof cup for her grandfather, who has Parkinson’s disease. Now she’s selling her invention on Kickstarter. WTG Lily!

BTW, did you note her dad’s comment? He said, “…one of the reasons I have so much passion for this project is that Lily wasn’t really recognized by her school. If it wasn’t for crowdfunding, she’d still be asking me, ‘What am I good at?'” As I’ve said so many times, schools do not encourage creativity. Sometimes they even discourage it. Kudos to Lily’s dad for helping her with her idea.

Weekly Update: August 8, 2012

News and Info for 21st Century Parents

Trade school grads are finding themselves in demand.

Some of those jobs we offshored to China have become pretty grueling.

The truth about “unskilled American workers” (with a nod to the need for creativity).

If your child is college material, here’s a site that will help you choose a college.

As schools stop teaching cursive, some are mourning the loss.

 

What Homeschooled Kids are Missing Out On

In this Texas school, they can force you to sing the national anthem of Mexico and say its pledge of allegiance.

 

You Can Say That Again!

When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity. (Linda Naiman)

 

So, how are you preparing your children to thrive in the 21st century? Check out the links to the left for articles and information that will help you.

See you next Wednesday,

Barbara Frank
http://www.thrivinginthe21stcentury.com

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Weekly Update: August 1, 2012

News and Info for 21st Century Parents

Has parents’ aversion to sending kids into manufacturing forced companies to import workers from other countries?

Teens once found part-time jobs at stores like J.C. Penney’s; now JCP is ditching cashiers for self-checkout registers.

The humble binder clip is used for a wide range of purposes by those who tap into their creativity.

Looking for free-market economics and history courses online? Here are some free samples.

Like the U.S., the United Kingdom is finding that many of its college grads can’t find jobs that require a degree.

 

What Homeschooled Kids are Missing Out On

If you pay kids to go to summer school, won’t they expect the paychecks to keep coming all through the school year?

 

You Can Say That Again!

All we can do when we think of kids today is think of more hours of school, earlier age at the computer, and curfews. Who would want to grow up in that world?
(James Hillman)

 

So, how are you preparing your children to thrive in the 21st century? Check out the links to the left for articles and information that will help you.

See you next Wednesday,

Barbara Frank
http://www.thrivinginthe21stcentury.com

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Weekly Update: July 11, 2012

News and Info for 21st Century Parents

Some claim Chinese schools don’t allow children to develop their creativity.

Debt-free! Man pays off his mortgage with pennies.

Unlike many others, some colleges are actually graduating the majority of their students within four to six years.

Over at my blog, I’m sharing some ideas for helping your kids choose a career.

Family selling Lou Gehrig baseball to help defray student loan costs.

What Homeschooled Kids are Missing Out On

Nice…teacher slaps student and claims movie reenactment as her excuse.

You Can Say That Again!

I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that. (Dick Gregory)

 

So, how are you preparing your children to thrive in the 21st century? Check out the links to the left for articles and information that will help you.

See you next Wednesday,

Barbara Frank
http://www.thrivinginthe21stcentury.com

Subscribe to these weekly updates via RSS or email: see your options in the top right corner.