Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I love listening to Christmas during the holiday season. My top two favorite Christmas song performers are the Celtic Woman group and Bing Crosby. Below are some videos of Celtic Woman Christmas performances and video clips from my all-time favorite Christmas movie, "White Christmas". They are perfect for getting you and your family into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
- You could also put a bowl, pen and paper out for people to write down memories of your loved one and put it in the bowl. Although others to read them or keep them for yourself.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Now that my oldest is in elementary school, he is always asking for his friends to come over. I love the idea of my kids having their friends over. However, I was so nervous my first time having a playdate at my house. I didn't know what to ask the parents, how long the friend should stay over, and if I should plan some kind of activity. Luckily the first friend my son had over has a wonderful mother. She was kind enough to answer all of my questions. (Thank you Danielle!) After hosting a few playdates I've learned a few things:
Schedule the playdate for 1-2 hours. After the first hour or so they may get board with each other.
There is no need to plan activities. Remember, your child's toys are new to their friend and that will be entertaining enough.
If your child's friend rides the bus home with your child, call the parents to let them know that their child made it to your home safely. This will also give you the opportunity to confirm pick-up time.
Remind your child and tell their friend of your house rules (ex: no running inside, rooms that are off limits, etc.) upon the friend's arrival.
Stay close by and check on the children frequently, especially if it's the friend's first visit.
Make sure you have snacks and drinks on hand.
Remember, playdates are a great way for your child to make long term friends and a wonderful way for you to get to know your child's friends and their family.
- Communicate with the other parents:
- Ask the parents if their child has any food allergies.
- Find out if there are any cartoons their child is not allowed to watch.
- Let them know if you have any pets and what kind.
- Tell them who will be at the house while their child is there.
- If you have any hazards in your home (ex: pool, guns, etc) let the parents know. Tell them what measures you take to keep the children safe (ex: fence around the pool, gun safe, etc.)
- Ask for a phone number where they can be reached.