When my kids grow up, I want them to remember feeling loved.So instead of talking about love just on this day, what if we focused on loving each other all year long? I want my kids to know how to love their neighbors and how to love themselves. I want them to be confident and proud of who they are. I want them to know that I love them unconditionally, regardless of their behavior, actions, and feelings.
These four intentional activities are ways we have focused on love in our family. I hope you can use them with your own kids!
I think we can all agree that 2020 is not what anyone was expecting or hoping for a year ago at this time. We all have our own traditions to bring in the New Year with to make way for health, positivity, good fortune, prosperity and more. But does anyone ever look beyond the fun superstitions and really consider how they can contribute positively to their own community and families? Do we ever try to consider what someone else’s perspective or hardships might be and how they might differ from our own? This year let's strive to help our community and show our littles by example how to show kindness and compassion to the world around us.
When Grammy asks, “What should I get the kids for Christmas?”, I usually respond with, “They like about anything,” “we really don't need anything,” and,“they have so many toys!” But of course, Gram, Aunt Sue, and Cousin Barb insist on getting them something.
If you're like me, hmming and haaing, trying to think of something that won't just get thrown to the side, look no further! I've rounded up my top ten favorite gifts that will last beyond Christmas week and maybe even help make a few memories.
Every year, Cambri heads to the store with me. She takes a little more active role each year she gets a little older. This year, she loved picking out toys for a little girl her age, and we chose a boy slightly older (people love to shop for the tiny kids, but try to remember the big kiddos need our love too!). She picked out colored socks, a toothbrush with a cover, hair bands, a baby doll, a football with a pump, matchbox cars, and more!
We have a conversation while we're shopping about all the things we take for granted that other kids would love to have. She now understands and loves picking out things for others, even while knowing that she doesn't get to keep them. We absolutely adore this program if you're looking for a way to give back this year.
Here in the US, and I'm sure in your own hometown, there are also kiddos that need a little extra love. Check with your local shelters for items they need, or if your family is able, you could even adopt a local family for the holidays. I think it's so important to instill in our kids from a young age to give back to others. It's never too late to start!
The upcoming holidays mean most of us are trying to get our homes in tip-top shape and decorated to the nines. When you're a designer, it's a piece of cake, but when you're a mom with no background in decorating, that may seem a little easier said than done.
Not only do we have Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the bend, but my daughter's birthday is thrown in the mix too. My house is about to a frenzy of gourds and turkeys, Santas and mistletoe, AND pink and glitter. And although decorating may not be my passion, I've stumbled upon a few amazing small shops, and Pinterest projects along the way to make the job a little easier.