Monthly Archives: December 2017
At some point in our lives, we’ve probably all had a favorite stuffed animal that we would never let go of. You would sleep with it, eat with it, and take it everywhere you went. It brought you a certain sense of comfort and security. It would help keep you safe when things went bump in the night, and keep you entertained for hours on end while you let your imagination run wild. Personally, mine was a stuffed dog that I got when I was three. His given name was Patches, but of course I decided to call him “Softy and Fuzzy.” Softy and Fuzzy was my best pal! I took him to daycare, to the park, on road trips, you name it. I grew up with him. The sentimental value that this little stuffed dog holds is indescribable. I still have Softy and Fuzzy to this day, and he reminds me of so many of the joyous moments of my childhood.
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So we are officially 4 days away from 2018, and I haven't even thought of a resolution for the new year. I've decided that this year, I'm not going to worry about it. Deciding on resolutions, and sticking to them, is stressful...and I'm not going to put myself through it. My 2018 resolution is to not make a resolution. Just writing it down makes me feel a whole heck of a lot better, it's like a weight has been lifted from my exhausted shoulders. There is a method to the madness in my anti-resolution thinking this year, just let me explain.
Life for a parent is hectic enough without the added pressure of making ourselves promises we may or may not keep. Different from a goal, a promise truly hurts when we break it. Whether to ourselves or our loved ones, a broken promise can break a heart in two.
Goals are a step by step, gradual progress we choose to reach for on a daily basis. They can change yearly, monthly, or even daily.
Goals drop out of the sky when we
Picture this: You’re 6 years old again. It’s Christmas morning. At the crack of dawn your eyes fly open and your heart starts pounding with excitement. “It’s time,” you think to yourself. You hardly slept the night before but you’ve never felt more alert and awake. You’re hoping that Santa got your letter and that maybe, just maybe, he brought you what you’ve always wanted: an adorable furry friend. As you spring out of bed you don’t even bother changing out of your snowman pj’s. You race down the stairs and holiday fun ensues. There’s a blur of red and green wrapping paper as you’re opening one amazing gift after another. That’s when you see it: the Perfect Pet!
Okay, back to reality. Pefect Petzzz are the perfect gift to put under the tree this Christmas! They give you all the same warm fuzzy feelings of a real puppy or kitty without the hassle! That’s right – no clean up, no v
Every year, as soon as my kids are out of school for winter break, we sit down together and start our holiday crafts. Some crafts we keep, but most of the kid's creations are gifts to friends and family. I start this annual tradition by opening my carefully organized, clean, color coded craft cabinet, and select the afternoon's project. Just kidding! What mom has that kind of time of her hands? I'm no Martha Stewart. Not by a long shot. But I really do love my handmade ornaments, Christmas cards, and little presents my children have made for me over the years. Whether the presents were made at school or at home, each craft holds precious memories for me. One glance at my tree and it's obvious, I'm a sentimental old fool, especially since these kids of mine are soon to be college bound.
If you're like me, having any sort of craft closet is usually a shelf in the hall closet with a few scraps of fabric, some markers, a dried up glue stick, and a pack of un
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Holiday gift giving can get pretty tricky when there are only 17 shopping days left until Santa's sleigh swoops into Charleston. Luckily, adult friends and relatives are pretty easy, but buying gifts for the young ones can be frustrating when our time for shopping is limited. Shopping for kids can also be a guessing game - I know there have been a few Christmases in my own house when, just a couple of days before the big day, a kid has suddenly changed their mind about what they REALLY want from Santa. That's when we as parents hide under our beds with the laptop, frantically searching with fingers crossed.
In this crazy, social media driven world of ours it's easy to forget that the latest trendy toy will probably be easily replaced by next year, a toy even more awesome than the one at the top of the list for this year. What if there was one perfect gift for all the kids on your list? A gift that is guaranteed to help in their emotional and social