Jul
22
2014
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Kids, My Projects, PRESS

Hey parents. Remember when you first had a baby? That feeling of waiting and waiting to meet the baby and then she’s finally here!

 

Well, premiering a new show is NOT like that.

 

Premiering a new show is like loving your baby up for 4 years and then they finally go to preschool and share their brilliance with the world.

 

Premiering a new show is like THAT!Creative Galaxy Premiere

 

 

I want to thank all of you who welcomed Creative Galaxy with open arms.

 

I want to thank all of you who responded to the hard work from my team at Out Of The Blue Ent & so many other talented individuals that are behind Arty and his Creative Galaxy friends!

 

Thank you for being open to being inspired and for creating along with Arty!

Creative Galaxy premiere

 

Thank you for having your kids fix things with Art!

 

And as an answer to some of those summer blahs, please go make some of our crafts!  Arty’s Starry Night Light and the Homemade Snow Globe are two of my favorites. Make them and PLEASE share them with me here!

 

I will share some of our craft recipes with you and even post some of Arty’s crafts. Here’s to inspiration! GO BE AMAZING!!!!

 

While the Creative Galaxy premiere in NYC was an incredible event, the positive reviews and supportive feedback was more than I could have ever imagined. Here’s just a few worth mentioning:

 

Babble2

 

 

Jun
23
2014
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Kids, My Projects, PRESS

Creative Galaxy Premiere

Creative Galaxy!! Tonight’s the night of the big premiere.

So excited to hear what everyone thinks of Out of the Blue Enterprises latest show for Amazon Studios.

Much more to come!!

xo

Angela

Jun
12
2014
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Kids, Parenting, Research Parents Should Know About!

Difficult conversation with your child

Superheroes with the power to read, salt and pepper shakers that talk and toe tapping strategy songs are a large part of my day. They serve as a means to help preschoolers share, cooperate and enjoy their environment that they are a part of.

So, how do we talk to kids about the not so enjoyable..the troubling and scary events that occur in the real world?

Less is more.

The best course is to answer the questions in a clear, concise way. Don’t offer up extra information. And for the very little ones, it’s best to shield them from what’s happening all together (an easy way to do this is to avoid having the news on when they’re in the room).

As kids move into grade school, they are much more aware of the world outside of themselves. They also have great difficulty understanding the distance between that world and themselves. How they see the world will depend on how we, as parents, help to paint the picture.

When it comes to the tragedies that they’ll inevitably hear about, it’s best to focus on the facts and what you can do to help. One of the workers at my daughter’s school lost a large portion of his family in an earthquake. We talked about it as a family and focused on what we could do to help. My daughter wrote a letter telling him how sorry she was and we helped collect food and supplies for the people affected. The worst part of these situations for kids is their feeling of powerlessness, so enabling them to take control by being proactive about helping is important.

Sarah Solves It

 

Here are 3 more tips to help you talk to your kids about topics you may tend to avoid:

  1. Listen first, then talk. With the less is more philosophy, listening to our children in an empathetic, interested way is of utmost importance. Find out what they want to know, what questions they have, and take cues from the way they are talking. Do they want a hug? Reassurance?  Answers?
  2. Be truthful, calm and explain the situation. If children ask about a specific situation, such as natural disasters, a good answer is: “Yes, this was a terrible tragedy but it is very unlikely that it would happen here. We prepare ourselves for emergencies such as these. We have a lot of people whose job it is to keep us safe.” Even kids as old as twelve need to be reassured.
  3. Make them feel safe. Many specialist’s believe that it’s better to apologize and explain if an improbable, traumatic event does occur rather than have kids live with the fear that something “could” happen. PBS does an excellent job of explaining the science of tsunamis, earthquakes and the improbability of it happening to us on Savage Earth.

 

Please share some communication tips that have helped your little ones feel more secure after a difficult time, because we’re all in this together!   

 

 

Feb
12
2014
by: Angela Santomero | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, PRESS

Daniel Tiger Renewed

PBS Kids Renews Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

I literally just sent a note to Nicole, a mother of two year old twins. In the message, I explained that there’s a lot of love poured into Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and while, like any other business, there are challenging times where it’s necessary to fight for what you believe in, knowing who our audience is and receiving such incredible feedback like hers helps so very much.

I honestly believe that we treat the characters as our own children and have the utmost of respect for yours..we hope that comes through in the show.

So thank you Nicole, Malina Saval @MalinaSaval (Variety – Assoc Editor) and everyone who’s ever had a kind word to say Fred Rogers’ baby, Daniel. After all, we do it to make this a happier world.

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, 
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you. 

So let’s make the most of this beautiful day, 
Since we’re together, we might as well say, 
Would you be mine? 
Could you be mine? 
Won’t you be my neighbor?

-Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Jan
29
2014
by: Greg | Filed under Dad's Clues, Kids, Parenting

be A man

Act like a man!

What does that even mean?

Especially today.

 

It means A LOT.

Especially since I have two daughters.

 

It definitely doesn’t mean what I thought it meant when I was making that mysterious transformation, into becoming a man. That’s certainly because most old fashioned attitudes teach our young men to stifle who they truly are and make life changing decisions for often absurd reasons and superficial rewards. That sounds like the opposite of manly to me.

 

I saw the poignant but powerful documentary from The Representation Project on goodmenproject.com. Hopefully it will aid young boys in their transformative years. To teach them what  “Act Like A Man” should mean.

And especially what it NEEDS to mean..for all of us