Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids

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Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile.

  1. Go for a walk with just one child.
  2. Slip a note (and an occasional piece of chocolate ) into their lunch box.
  3. Say “yes” to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter.
  4. Show as much enthusiasm on amusement-park ridesas they do.
  5. When their room looks like a tsunami swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.
  6. Skype or do FaceTime with Grandmaevery now and then.
  7. If your child has given it a good try, but he’s still miserable and anxious and really, truly wants to quit the team, give him your blessing.
  8. Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stomp in every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots.
  9. Take in a pet that needs a home and a child’s love.
  10. Give your toddler a chance to fight his own battles in the sandbox or on the playground before you intervene.
  11. Cultivate your own rituals and traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, apple picking every fall. Our tradition is Pizza Night on Fridays J
  12. Ask your kid to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a good teacher he is.
  13. Let your child wear their dress-up clothesto the supermarket. All month if she wants to.
  14. Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about them.
  15. Stay up late to see the full moon. There’s one on October 27.
  16. Print their childhood photos so they have something physical to look at one day.
  17. Don’t be in a hurry to tell your kid to let it go. He needs to vent too.
  18. Crank up the music in the middle of homework and have a dance party.
  19. Make a secret family handshake.
  20. Hang a whiteboard in their room to leave messages for each other.
  21. Start a pillow fight.
  22. Share your old diaries, photos, and letters from when you were their age.

A Different Easter Sunday 

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A little thinking….

I remembered Easter Sunday as a sunny day in my early years in Lima, Peru. I attended a girl’s only Catholic School, very strict and religious 100 percent, the meaning of Holy Week was different, it was deep into the religion and the sacrifices you were supposed to promise to do probably for the complete year until the next holy season starts, and it was a day to be together with the family. Good Friday was a quiet day, probably dark and not shiny outside, I have never heard of the tradition of the Eastern bunny, hide of eggs, or buy more and more gift as it was Christmas time, probably we had the chocolate eggs with the little toys inside, forbidden in USA by the way, but nothing similar as many people celebrate here, we used to enjoyed it as a special sunny Sunday with the family.  In the coming years probably when my child grows up, I will have to follow the tradition in a different way; for now we continue as the way I celebrated since I was in my early years.

 

FAMILY TRADITIONS TO START TODAY 


Today’s traditions are tomorrow’s. Scan these fun, easy ideas for new traditions to best fit your style.

1. Family Night In

Have a weekly or monthly night where you turn off all smartphones and cozy up at home. Cook dinner together, play games, do a movie and Popcorn whatever type of togetherness your family loves best.

2. Volunteer Together

Choose an annual family project or two, such as an Earth Day Cleanup, “adopting” a local family in need over the holidays. You’ll foster a deeper connection with your community and each other.

3. New Year’s Interview

Create a sheet of easy, age-appropriate questions for kids to answer, such as favorite color, season or memory from the previous year. Snuggle in with cocoa and popcorn to make it a New Year’s Day event. Start a three-ring binder to hold each year’s sheets.

4. Monthly Potluck

Create a standing potluck party, inviting a different group of friends each month. Consider giving each a theme from Tuscany to fall to finger foods to give it focus. 

5. Saturday Morning Snuggle-ins

Designate one weekend morning to hanging out together for a bit, reading books, cuddling, and talking in bed. Even just 10 or 15 minutes is enough to establish a cozy, bonding tradition.

6. Anniversary Party

Incorporate a whole-family event into the anniversary of your big day. Look through wedding photos together or, better yet, watch the wedding video, with popcorn and other movie snacks. If the kids are old enough, let them make you a special dinner.

7. First Day of School

Pick an easy way to make their annual sendoff that much more special each year, such as sidewalk chalk cheer-ons, a School Year’s Eve dinner or a fun family breakfast party.

8. Pizza Night

Have one regular weekly easy-hit meal that everyone can count on, such as Friday Pizza Night, Taco Tuesday or Breakfast for Dinner. 

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