Stuck in the house on a cold day, need a creative stocking stuffer, or are you tired of broken little crayons? Make Crayon Molds!
Hey Moms! Looking for fun ways to foster an attitude of gratitude with your kids? Download my 5 Fun Ways to Count Your Blessings as a Family! Get the whole family to reflect on their blessings and express their gratitude this November!
If you’re like me then you love your kid(s) to the moon! So it should be easy to show them kindness right? Well, yes and no, not really no but, when life gets hectic and there are a million things tugging at you, kindness can fall by the wayside. Luckily for us, our kids are pretty forgiving. Kindness doesn’t have to come through grand gestures, it doesn’t cost money, it’s the simple things that you can do that will speak volumes to your children.
Here are 5 Simple Ways to Show Kindness to Your Kids Everyday:
Be Present: Put down the phone, shut the laptop, stop doing 10 things at once and simply sit in their presence. Maybe it is just watching a movie with them without being distracted by the text coming through, or talking to them without running from one room to the next finishing up chores, or sitting down with milk and cookies and being completely absorbed in what they are saying without your mind racing. Simply just practice being in their presence and being present with them.
Show Them You’re Interested in Them: Being interested is more than just being present, it is being curious about their very essence. It is asking questions, digging below the surface, and developing a bond with the person they are evolving into as they grow through childhood. It’s easy to get caught up into routine and have the same stale conversation day in and day out. When this happens we miss out on discovering who our child really is. When you show your child you are interested in them you convey that you care about them as an individual.
Give Them a Hug and Kiss: I find one of the easiest and sweetest way to show my child kindness is with a big hug and kiss. Don’t underestimate physical contact! Your body language says so much to your child. I know the older they get they might shy away, but I say do it anyway! Sneak it in whenever you can and I believe they will appreciate mom’s touch.
Be Forgiving and Show Grace: When we give our children forgiveness and grace we show them our pure unconditional love for them, not to mention we model Jesus. Forgiveness is kindness. It says yes, there may be consequences, but I love you anyway. When we give our child grace we show the softness that Jesus shows us.
Say, “I Love You”: These three words so simple yet so full of kindness and power. Tell your child you love them, whenever you can. Let them know how you feel and that they are loved. There is no greater gift to a child then to say those words.
I always feel at home near the water or on the water. My preference is the ocean, but if one isn’t near, I’ll take a lake. Especially, if it is a gorgeous day and I’m with my favorite girl! If you’re looking for an inexpensive outdoor activity, and live in Maryland, visit Lake Needwood.
It’s a beautiful serene 75 acre lake where you can rent kayaks, row boats, canoes, pedal boats, or even take a tour on a Pontoon boat. We decided on the pedal boat. They provide everyone with a life jacket and at least 4 people can fit in the boat. We paid $9.50 for a half an hour and was on the lake for about an hour and a half. We paid under $20 bucks which was a great price for all the fun we had!
The first time I went to Lake Needwood I was pregnant which was 10 years ago! Now, my girl is 10 and can help pedal the boat! What better way to celebrate a glorious Sunday then hop into a pedal boat on a lake? It was a ton of fun and I totally recommend going with your kids. It was a sweet bonding experience just being out on the glistening lake, talking, laughing and pedaling.
For a complete list of prices and park hours, Visit: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/lake-needwood-boats/
15700 Needwood Lake Circle
Rockville, MD 20855
I can’t wait for this workshop! I’m nervous, but excited about starting something new! If you live in DC metro area I would love for your daughter to come! She’ll learn, have fun, get some great goodies, and make some new friends! Register by Monday, you’ll get 15% Off! Also if you have more than one child attending you’ll get 50% off on the other registration!
Hope to see you!
If you’re like most parents you keep your eyes open for any discounts that will save you a few bucks! Every year I try to post some resources that may save you a few dollars. This is one of my favorite resources from Bankrate, which is a list of each state and the days you can shop for school supplies, clothes and more…tax free. Check out the list below and start shopping!
The city of Heidelberg is not participating in the 2016 tax holiday and will collect sales tax during the tax-free period.
Local jurisdictions can opt out, meaning that they will collect those sales tax amounts, but the state’s 4.225% tax will remain exempt for qualifying items.
|New Mexico||Aug. 5-7||
|South Carolina||Aug. 5-7||
Read more: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/sales-tax-holiday.aspx#ixzz4G6hybTdl List provided by Bankrate.