Why Kids Need the Creative Arts

July 8, 2011
Hosted by Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator

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Every day we hear of cuts made to school budgets around the nation. And it seems the first thing to go is the creative arts – painting, drawing, drama, dance – art classes where often kids have the most fun and get to express their pent up creativity. What can parents do to keep the creative arts in their children’s lives? On this show we will be speaking with Kimberley Rayevsky, a talented artist who has worked closely with her husband Robert Rayevsky to create wonderful illustrations for a number of popular children’s books including Pirate Pup, Under New York, The Sleepy Men, Small Vampires – Picus the thief, and many more. She also wrote the text for a wonderful book called Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms which Robert illustrated and which should be in every school library because it makes a tough subject so much fun. With her own children Kim encouraged them and didn’t worry about how they would make a living. I’m excited to have Kim will share her insights with us.

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Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator

Randy Rolfe, JD, MA, Bestselling author, family therapist, and wellness educator

My focus on family began in the fifth grade, when my mother suggested I do a study of the American family for my history class. I received the top academic prize at the Shipley School and was elected Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Pennsylvania. By age 20, I had traveled to 29 countries and was convinced that world peace begins with the family. I studied law at Villanova Law School to learn how society serves families, served on the Law Review Board, and joined a top Philadelphia firm where I was the first woman attorney ever hired. From the beginning, my husband and I put family first and when we had our own children, I was inspired to write my first book on family: You Can Postpone Anything But Love. I founded the Institute for Creative Solutions to serve families, and I soon became a popular TV and radio personality, “One of the best guests ever,” according to Geraldo Rivera. Other books include: Adult Children Raising Children; The Affirmations Book for Sharing (written with my husband John); The Seven Secrets of Successful Parents; and The Four Temperaments. The books led me to public speaking as far away as Russia. In my family therapy practice I included wellness counseling. I also earned a Masters degree in theology from Villanova University. For my volunteer work, I received the Chapel of the Four Chaplain’s Legion of Honor. Whether spiritual, practical, health or school-related, or financial, I know my expert guests can help you have a great family life!

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