Our family isn't religious. Do you have ideas to engage children in the community during the holidays that aren't focused on religion?
Holidays and Celebrations
What are some activities that will help the kids focus on others and giving during Christmas? It's hard to change the focus when our children are being bombarded with ads for toys.
Do you have any ideas on how to keep my kids from breaking into the "gimme, gimme's" with all the holidays coming up?
Father's Day is a unique opportunity for dads and kids to step outside the norm, learn a bit more about each other, and have some fun in the process. Here is a list of activities for fathers to do with their sons and daughters on Father's Day.
The way I see it, there are two groups of people: those who love the holidays because they love spending time with family, and those who dread the holidays because their family—or spouse's family -- is difficult to be around. I wrote this article for those of you in the second category.
We're having the whole family over for Thanksgiving. There are several little ones, ages 2 to 8. I need a project to keep them busy. Do you have a suggestion for me?
A Thanksgiving tree can be drawn, cut out and hung up on the wall. Then cut out leaves in fall colors to add to the tree. The fun part is writing something that you are thankful for on each of the leaves. Be sure to include everyone in the fun, even the pizza delivery boy!
'Tis the season to be merry-or stressed out, depending on how you pace yourself during the upcoming weeks. Make the holiday season as stress-free as possible for you and your kids.
Do you have little kids in the house? They love creative crafts and then, of course, they want to give their creations to someone they love as a gift, eager for applause. With Christmas coming, start a craft box with a few basic supplies so they can make amazing little gifts for family, friends and teachers. A handmade gift is always special and unique. There is pleasure in the making and then more pleasure in the giving.
All kids are creative. Just observe their wonder in playing with sand or old boxes or pots and pans. Some latest toys, no matter how colorful and fancy, attempt to be too much and do too much. Yet, give kids just basic craft supplies and they discover, all by themselves, an endless joy of creating something new out of almost nothing. Creativity is such an important pleasure for children and for all of us.