Photos by Magnolia Rain Photography
When we tell our children “no”, their response is often to whine, complain, get upset, ask the same question again hoping for a different answer, ask why, etc. And it can start to feel draining to us parents (and to the child too). But saying “no” is a very necessary part in helping our children grow and stay safe. It also models for our children the ability to say “no” themselves, which an important life skill.
Each year, the girls and I make Christmas ornaments. With my girls only being 3 years old and 18 months old, we need to make ornaments that are age appropriate for their skill level. I found these wooden beads and knew they’d be perfect for this years ornament. Both girls were able to help string the
I’ve been really trying to simply the girls’ toys and provide them with things that will allow them to use their imagination, and things that they will enjoy playing with for a long time. I’ve noticed that some of the gifts that they get the most excited about when they open them are the same toys that sit untouched weeks later because they quickly lose their appeal.
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is getting a new Christmas books for the girls each year. Hazel is eagerly awaiting the day we bring down our Christmas books this year, and I know both girls will be super excited to get a brand new, never read before, Christmas book! I’m having the hardest time picking out which books I want to get the girl this year–I read several when we were at the book store a couple weeks ago and they were all so cute!
The girls love going on walk and collecting “tiny perfect things”, so I try to come up with crafts we can do with the things they collect. For this craft, we went on a leaf hunt around the neighborhood to find as many different colored leave as we could.
I recently swabbed my (now old) iphone case to see how many microbes/germs were on it, and the results were so gross! I had never really thought of the cleanliness of my phone before—but it makes sense that it would be disgusting considering all the places my phone has been as a mom-on-the-go. It has been touched by grubby little toddler hands, on the floor of a public restroom (thanks Hazel for digging it out of my bag and setting it on the floor while I sat helpless going pee. Ha!), and once I accidentally dropped in a dirty diaper. Oops!