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How to teach the spirit of giving during the Christmas season

Christmas snowmanIt’s that time of year — and there is no better time to teach your kids about the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year when we gather with our family and friends to enjoy each other’s company, good food and lots of wonderful presents.

But it is also a sad time of year for some that are not as fortunate. Read the rest of this entry »


My husband…Clark Griswold


Earlier in September, I wrote a blog titled “Traveling with teenagers – tips on how to survive”.
When writing that blog post, I mentioned that I should probably start referring to my husband as Clark Griswold, as he has a passion for large Christmas trees. Now, when I say large, I mean gigantic. We scour the field, up and down, looking for the largest possible tree that will fit in the sunroom – where the ceiling is 12 feet high at the peak. Once we get home he usually has to trim the bottom of tree by a few feet as he always thinks that “the tree will fit”. Read the rest of this entry »


Relaxed Christmas Strategies: strategically feed your family


6 Steps to a Relaxed Christmas: strategically feed your family is from a really great blog titled, Simple Mom. I subscribed to this blog about a year ago, and it is a fantastic resource for moms (and dads for that matter).

Here are some ideas to simplify,  “stay relaxed” and strategically feed your family during the holidays: Read the rest of this entry »


Let’s go to the movies

A great post from Today’s Parent  – Best kids movies of 2012.

Whether it’s a matinee or an evening out at the movies, all kids, no matter what age, enjoy this family-fun activity. It’s a wonderful way to connect with your kids, especially if you don a pair of silly 3D glasses! Clever, adult focused jokes are often slipped into animated movies, which adds to the fun for mom and dad.

So, next time you are wondering what to do with the kids, pile into the car and go to the movies.

Don’t forget to get the large bucket of popcorn – it’s calorie-free, right?

Remember this song from the musical, Annie? It was one of Becca’s favourite movies. I believe we watched this movie at least 20-30 times when the kids were little! Enjoy!


Encouraging Teens to Read

Lia Reading

Most parents read a bedtime story to their children during the toddler and early years. It is part of the regular nightly routine, and helps with the transition from active play to quiet, restful time. It also provides an opportunity to snuggle and allows parents an escape from the pressures of the day into the land of make-believe and Dr. Seuss.

As kids transition from pre-school to school age, parents go from reading to their children, to reading with them. I have a wonderful memory of Becca, 5 years old,  standing over Chrissy in her crib, reading The Foot Book by Dr Seuss, a favourite at the time.

In elementary school, we continue to encourage our kids to read and help them fill out their scholastic book orders. We spend time reviewing their book report choices and continually help expand their reading interests.

But what happens when they reach the teen years? We seem to think our jobs are done. Far from it. Read the rest of this entry »


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