Parents Feeling Guilty About Screen Time?

Parents Feeling Guilty About Screen Time?

Almost every parent uses it with their children. Some use it more than others. I bet at least 75% or more have some kind of GUILT over how much or how often we use it. Are you one of those parents feeling guilty about screen time? Read on for some reasons why I think we should not feel so guilty. Also, included at the bottom, some cool ways to moderate screen time. 

Kids hands on X box one controller.

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I find myself longing for simpler times.

When people had more self sufficient life styles and looked to other humans around them for things like company and help. As much as I want and miss those times and ideas, in their pure form they are not realistic goals in this age of technology.

So many modern amenities I love to use take away the opportunities for the face to face interactions of those simpler times.

Some of my favorite examples of awesome technology include but are not limited to:

  1. Working online-from home.
  2. Searching Google instead of going to the library.
  3. Facebook communication instead of a good old telephone chat.
  4. Amazon prime instead of going anywhere to shop.

To throw it way back-

Most of us would choose a dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes wouldn’t we? This is why technology will keep moving, getting better and making simpler times seem further and further away.

Throw back to hand washing dishes and reading actual books.

I am sure that once upon a time, long ago there were parents telling their kiddos not to read! Thinking it would keep them from other important life pursuits. You would never catch a parent saying that this day and age! 

How do all my thoughts on technology connect with screen time for the kiddos?

Well, while I find comfort and importance in the simpler times of harder work and face to face interactions, times are a changing! I find it just as important for myself and my kiddos to learn and be aware of all the great technology out there. Even if it means making some of those simpler times harder to come by or harder to instill in my kiddos.

Parents Feeling Guilty About Screen Time?

Technology is especially important for the future of our kiddos, more than it will ever be for us.

Their future success will lean so heavily on technology and screens. I am going to say that screen time is IMPORTANT!

Now I am not a doctor or even a scientist but to me screen time should be treated the same as any other thing we give to our kiddos. We give it to them in MODERATION and with our guidance. 

Yes, I am sure there have been medical studies to research the negative implications of screen time on child development. Such as it being bad for fine motor skills like eyesight and finger dexterity or slowing social and emotional growth. Again I say- moderation. Screen time should not be your child’s only form of entertainment and education.

So everyone is worried about that magic number of how much, but really you should use your judgment. Trust you instincts and guide those kiddos to use it appropriately. It will be in their life now and forever.

Model, Teach and Practice what you preach!

Kid wearing Xbox head set.

If you are looking for some tips and tricks to help you moderate screen time for you kiddos here is a wonderful list of ideas and even a free printable tracker I created just for you!

If you like my throw back mentality please go check out my blog about Free Range Kids.

Screen Tine Allowed Check List



Screen Time Weekly Tracker
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DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp

DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp

Here is a quick and easy craft for creating a sweet snowflake stamp using only a wine cork and puff fabric paint! The learning activities with stamps are endless. I will give you some great examples with photos and a full list of all the ideas I can think of! Time for some DIY Snowflake cork stamp fun!!

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How to make the Stamps:

I love recycling and up cycling things that I have when crafting.

  1. Pull out some wine corks from my collection.
  2. Grab a bottle of black puff fabric paint leftover from another craft.
  3. I turned the cork up and drew some lines, dots, and circles with the paint on one side to create a “snowflake like” look and shape.
  4. Let the paint dry over night or if you can’t wait- at least 3 hours.
  5. Then all you need is some stamp pads and paper to let the fun begin!
DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp
You can see that last one wasn’t all the way dry yet. Oops!

Math Learning Activities 

For my Pre-school kiddo, I modeled how to create number sets. #1 gets 1 stamp, #2 gets two stamps etc. I also encouraged her to use the stamps to create fun repeating patterns.

Snowflake Stamp Number Sets

For my Kindergarten kiddo, I wrote him some subtraction problems to practice (that’s the math skill happening at school right now).  He stamped out the total and then crossed off the snowflakes that needed to be subtracted. I also, had him making patterns because they are just fun!!!

Snowflake Stamp Subtraction

Other Math Ideas

  • Filling in 10 frames.
  • Measuring in non standard snowflake units.
  • Addition, Multiplication and even Division too! 
  • You write the number and they stamp along the line.
  • Taking surveys and filling in charts. 

Literacy Learning Activities

For my Pre-school Kiddo, I write the letter S and have her stamp the snowflakes along it to become familiar with the shape and associate the sound. 

For my Kindergarten Kiddo, I get him to write a few sentences about snowflakes using his sight words and the stamps to stand in for the word snowflake. 

Other Literacy Ideas

  • Letter match by stamping the same snowflake next to matching letter. 
  • Decorating an illustration about a winter scene and then labeling. 
  • Recognizing the correct letter/word by stamping out all the letter S or S words in a group of words or letters.

There are just so many ways you can use these for fun and skill practice at home or in a classroom! Great way to incorporate winter and snow theme into learning!

Please check out The Snowball Learning Game here for more winter themed fun!



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Word Family/ Alphabet Snowball Sorting Game

It is winter here in Maryland and the weather can’t make up its mind. I am ready for snow! To get the family in the mood I created some fun snow themed activities. This first one was inspired by my sons school work about word families and the fact that my daughter doesn’t know her alphabet as much as I would like. I created a snowball fight game where they have to practice these skills. 

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Supplies You will need: 

  1. Practice golf balls or ping pong balls-24 of them. (They are great for throwing inside the house and not hurting anyone or anything. They do get lost easy though.)
  2. Wet erase marker (Expo Vis-a-vis). 2 colors- 1 for each kid. (Great for staying on during the game but easy to change for a new set of letters or words to practice.)
  3. 2 Egg cartons or Ice trays can be used too!
  4. 2 Piles of pillows. (These are just for fun!)

Use the photo links below if you want to get the ping pong balls and markers on Amazon!

My Kindergartner

He will be sorting word families and some digraph words because he started them in school this week. He will have 4 different kinds to read and sort before he is able to join the fight. 

Here is the list:

  1. -ed words are red, bed, led
  2. -all words are fall, wall, ball. 
  3. sp- words are spill, spot, spend. 
  4. sh- words are shell, shoe, shirt

I added little notes on the egg carton where to sort the different kinds of words. You could just write on the carton but I am hoping to reuse them for different words. 

Word Family Sorting Snowball Game

My Preschool Kiddo

She will be sorting letters because I realize I have been slacking in that area with her. I chose only 4 letters and only uppercase since she is just a beginner. 

Here is the list: 

  1. L
  2. S
  3. N
  4. B
Letter Sort Snowball Game
As you can see I took the photo after we played and lost a letter N.

They each built up their pile of pillows and I gave them the balls mixed in the other side of the carton. They had to sort them first and then came the snowball fight and hiding behind the pillows while trying to get each other with the balls. It was a little challenging for my preschool kiddo at first with the sorting. She really doesn’t know letters but after some prompting she matched them up great and was repeating the names of them back to me. They loved the final throwing part and even did the sorting a few more times. 

I am sure we are going to try this out again with different words and letters. Maybe up the challenge by matching an uppercase to a lowercase letter, or for the bigger kiddo even writing his own word families before tossing. 



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Potty Training- The #1 thing that made her “get it”.

Here it is, the #1 thing that made potty training click for my daughter.

ATTENTION from me, the Mom!! 

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Potty Training- The #1 thing that made her _get it_.
Here is the link to the cute Mini Mouse Potty on Amazon!

Last week I started potty training my 3 1/2 year old daughter, for like the 4th time. My son was so much easier. Second kid and you would think I would be a pro at this by now- NOT!

There is a laundry list of reasons we both have been dragging our feet on the whole potty training thing. 

  1. This is my baby! Potty means getting older and bigger. I have not been ready for that!
  2. She is constipated A LOT. Going #2 is always difficult and scary. Adding a toilet to the mix makes things even more challenging. 
  3. I broke my foot and have been trying to get my mom self back on track. 
  4. Changing diapers is a lot less work in the present moment. 

What I know about potty training and had been applying with poor results. 

  1. Rewards, rewards, rewards. 
  2. Feed water and set timer for pee reminders. 
  3. Remind, encourage, and more rewards. 

Reasons things were not going well.

  1. Again, she hates doing #2. 
  2. She was wanting the reward before it was time- telling me she had to go every five minutes even though she really didn’t have to. 
  3. I was lacking in consistency. 

Trying to get back to myself after my foot injury and surgery had me in mom survival mode. House work, this blog, and my own issues distracted me. It all kept me from giving her the one thing to make it all click- ATTENTION!

Being consistent with the timer and rewards just wasn’t enough. It was my attention she needed. A distraction from the potty training to actually do the potty training. I had to stop thinking about and doing everything else and just play with her. Barbies, little people or whatever to keep her from thinking of peeing and the reward until the proper moment. 

3 days of constant timer every 15 minutes to sit and try. 3 days of my total focus, attention, consistency and distraction. We got it! She has learned the feeling, catches herself and knows what to do when the feeling strikes. #2 is still a process but she is has even nailed that a few times. I have no expectations for sleep times yet but we have come a long way and I am very proud. 

The reward chart I used was super simple.

  1. Cut paper into strips and drew lines for 6 spaces.
  2. Pinned a barbie outfit (I have a huge stash from my own childhood) into the top space.
  3. Each time she peed on the potty she got a sticker.
  4. 5 stickers and she gets a barbie outfit!
  5. Once she filled 10 charts she gets a bigger prize.
  6. I hung the charts up high where she could see them well, but not reach. 
Potty Training Sticker Chart.

This process has been eye opening for me. 

Cue the mom guilt. I feel like she has not been getting as much attention from me as she should in all areas. Not just the potty training one. Yes, I know I always preach the, “do your best and sometimes depending on the moment your best will be different” but I really feel like I could be doing more for her. Time to change something and fix this. It is currently in my power to do so!

How you ask? I’m going to get up earlier! I am not a morning person currently, but I can be. Its going to be a little challenge but worth it. If I can get some things done before my kids are awake, I can be mentally and physically more attentive to my sweet girl while her brother is in school. She deserves it.  I really need to do it while I am able and before she grows again and goes to school!!!

Here is a few of my blogs featuring my “Always try your best” Mentality. 

 4 Mindful and Resolution Worthy New Years Mom Goals

5 Ways the Make it Through When Life Gets Hard 

 



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How to Remember Lunch for a Stay at Home/ Work at Home Mom

The Happy New Year is upon us and one of the top resolutions on everyone’s list involves some kind of diet change. I find it near impossible to eat a healthy lunch everyday. When I am trying to juggle two kids, running the house and this blog, the mid day meal just isn’t on my radar. Here is my plan and yours to help us remember to eat a healthy lunch at home for all you moms! 

How to Remember Lunch for a Stay at Home

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So if you are here still reading, I’m sure you share the same resolution as me! Focus on eating a better lunch. So many times I eat kid left-overs or don’t eat at all until I’m starving. By that time I just eat quick not healthy snacks. 

Back before kids I had to plan and pack my lunch everyday. I need to get back to planning things and not just fly by the seat of my pants for lunch. If I don’t try something different, nothing will change right?

I already meal plan for our weekly family dinners. We have home cooking nearly every night and I have to plan to make sure we have all the fix in’s we need. Time to take the extra 5-10 minutes to do this for lunch as well! The beginning of meal prep and being ready to eat a healthy timely lunch everyday comes with meal planning. 

The New Game Plan!

Here is my meal planning print out I am going to fill in and post on the fridge so I can’t forget. There is a section to write three meals for each day of the week, followed by the grocery list. I always hand write a list for groceries. If I forget the list, it is still fresh in my head more than any other way to record it. Even if you shop online you still will need to have the meals planned and record the things that are needed for the meals. 

Meal Plan For the Week of_
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_jMcjJNpTCm8BmJ9BbS5r5UhrFyoHs4N/view?usp=sharing

Example Meal Plan

Sample Meal Plan and Grocery List

I included the printable here and my filled out sample. Maybe seeing how my mind records the plan will help. Also, if you are reading this I’m sure you surf Pinterest. That is where I get almost all my recipes from. There are millions of great ideas and as you know super easy to search exactly what you are in the mood for. Here are some links to a few I am trying out in this weeks meal plan. 

Broccoli Chicken Divan

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/8854/broccoli-chicken-divan/?lnkid=pin4763&crlt.pid=camp.NVUBijAVAYLo

Loaded Veggie Quesadilla 

http://domesticgothess.com/blog/2017/02/17/loaded-veggie-quesadillas/

If you are interested in some more New Years resolution ideas for Moms, check out this other awesome blog post!

http://savorthemomlife.com/new-year-mom-goals/

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I hope you like my meal planner. I will check back in with a later post on how well it keeps me on track. If you like what you see here please think about subscribing. If you do so from this blog I will include a bonus habit tracker in my welcome email! You can personalize it with any habits you may like to add. Post it at your desk, on the fridge or in a planner/journal. I love keeping track of all my daily to-dos. Eating a healthy lunch is going to be included on my version this month for sure! 



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Kid Friendly New Years Eve Traditions and Activities

Kid Friendly New Years Eve Traditions and Activities

New Years Eve is a fun holiday celebrating the passing of a year and the start of a new one. It is fun to look back at the past with your family. Looking to see how far you have come and how much you have grown. A time to plan some new goals for the future and the new year to come. Here in this post I am going to make a list of fun, kid friendly New Years Eve traditions and activities. 

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Some of the photos and links in this blog are from my fellow bloggers! Please enjoy checking out their creations!

Kid Friendly New Years Eve Traditions and Activities. They are all encompassed in a fun way to pass the time the day you wait for the ball to drop!

Balloon Count Down

Kid friendly New Years Eve Traditions and Activities

This is done with 12 balloons. Each has a piece of paper inside with an activity written on it. You can pop a balloon every hour of the day if you are super ambitious with older kids who are patient.

If you have younger kids like I do, know they have a hard time waiting and you like them going to bed at a normal hour there is a shorter way! Popping a balloon every 15 minutes for 3 hours seems a lot more appealing.

Feel free to change up the time increments any way you like.  The main point is to number the balloons 1-12 to “count down” the time. You could try to hang them from the ceiling or on the wall in the shape of a clock face. I went for on the floor for my kids to search for the number. 

Keep reading for an awesome list of activities to put inside of those balloons!!! Lots of links to help you find, make, recycle or buy what you need to create these fun activities with your family.

1. Take a group photo.

This is a great way to document your family as they change, especially if this becomes part of the yearly tradition. I even want to make sure I take some individual shots as well. We are going to pose with some fun new year props! You can buy some here or find some sweet DIY versions here. Links are included below with the pictures as well. 

2. Measure the Family Height. 

This is more for the kids benefit since we adults don’t grow much after a certain point. In my house we measure right onto the wall. Below is a link for several DIY Height Measuring Wall Hangers! So Cute! Here is a link to one on Amazon. My kids like to try to measure themselves once a month almost but really all they need is once a year. How fun to make that time be on New Years Eve. 

3. Play a Family Board Game or Puzzle.

This is almost always a fun time! Remember its only 15 minutes till the next balloon gets popped so no time for marathon Risk or Monopoly games. Here are some of our family favorites that are quick and FUN! I also included a link to a fellow bloggers fantastic Minute to win it post. Enjoy!

Minute to Win it Games
Minute to Win It DIY Fun

4. Draw pictures of your favorite memory from the past year.

This is a great way to pick out some of the good memories from the year that has passed. It is a way to savor your children and see what they really remember, with some prompting I’m sure. I’ll definitely be saving the pictures they draw to look back at the following year. Its a great moment in the celebration to pause and be thankful. Here is some cool ways to savor, store and show off the pictures they draw. 

Easy Change Artwork Frame 

Or this 4 pack of 8 by 10 magnetic Picture Frames

5. Kids New Years Eve Interview

This is another great way to record your kids! Ask them some great questions, write down the answers, and save the papers to look back on for next year and beyond. If you ask the same questions each year you will be able to see the tangible change and growth. My Grandma always says, “time is fleeting.” The days are long but the years are short. 

New Years Eve Interview with the Kids
Free Printable!

6. Writing a New Years Resolution (On a wishing wand!)

Its great to think about the past and the good memories you have made as a family this year. You also want to think about the future. The new year to come. Have a family discussion about some fun events, school and work goals etc for the new year. Here is a great book called Squirrel’s New Years Resolutions.  You can read it to the younger kids and help them understand goals or resolutions.

Have each person think of one that is the most important one and write it down. If you really want to get fancy for can make these DIY wishing wands with the kids and write the resolution or wish on the star!

7. Create a birthday calendar for the next year. 

I love to get a new family calendar each year. It hangs in the kitchen and I write all the important events for work, school, etc. This year we are going to work together to write down all the family birthdays. I have most of them on the old calendar we can use to copy them. If the kids have any new ones they may want to add its nice to have the phone and Facebook to look them up! Here is a link to some of my favorite calendars if you still need a nice one for the new year.  

8. Dance Party!!!

I love having dance parties with my kids. It wouldn’t be right to have a New Years celebration and not have a dance party! I love using Amazon Music! We pay for Prime and there is so much free music to stream with just that subscription! There is a lot of new music that is only available with their Unlimited subscription. It is extra money on top of the prime subscription but currently they are running a deal for the first 3 months. Check it out!!

9. New Years Eve Party Crackers. 

My mom usually gets Christmas crackers. They are fun to open on Christmas and a big deal over in England I have heard. They usually come with a paper crown, some kind of little tool(cork screw, comb, tiny scissors etc), a happy wish for the new year and sometimes a candy. A fun tradition if I do say so myself and we had some left from Christmas so we used them again on New Years. You can buy them or make some homemade DIY versions.

10. Gather the hats and noise makers for the count down. Make them if you want. 

Being a kid I always remember counting down with a fun noise maker in my hand and a fun hat or accessory! When this balloon is popped its time to get those out and practice for the big ball drop. Below is a photo link to buy and under that is a link to DIY. 

11. Cheers to the toast for the new year. 

Time to break out the kid friendly glasses and cups. Grab that chilled sparkling apple cider and prep for when the ball drops. Talk to the kids about what a toast it and what they can say when it is time for the cheers. I am a big wine drinker. My kiddos see me have a glass probably more often than they should. We have a few tiny liquor glasses that look just like my big ones. They love to have them for special occasions. Filled with Sparkling Cider of course. 

12. Ready the Countdown!

Of course there is always some kind of count down, especially for the last 10 seconds of the old year. My sister and brother-in-law had a stroke of genius. They love hosting the New Years Eve parties but know its hard for us with the little kids. SO they decided to stream the New Years Ball drop from England! When the stroke of midnight strikes there, it’s only 7 pm here! Awesome!

It gives me time to do all this fun stuff with the kiddos with a little celebration time after the ball drop. Best part is I can have them in bed by 8 pm! This mama likes bed time. Its the best time of the day. 

There is another option for those of you who don’t need or want a traditional live ball drop. There are at least 10 different options of pre-recorded countdowns on Netflix. You can pick your kiddos current favorite cartoon or character and if they are featured on Netflix it is a high possibility they will have a countdown. 

We are not against the classic, letting the kids stay up to midnight but if I have the choice and my kids don’t know any better why not! I’ll probably be asleep before the actual stroke of midnight as well. Those days of late night parties are behind me. 

I hope you like all these fun ideas! I am very excited for the new year. My kids are going to be kept busy with all the fun.We are going to record and savor some great new memories using these kid friendly New Years Eve traditions and activities. 

Also, if you Moms haven’t already read it, please go check out my just for Mom post !

Below I have made you an easy printable. You don’t even need to write these ideas down! Just print, cut and put them in the balloons. Happy New Year!

New Years Eve Countdown activity printable.
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New Years Eve Interview with the Kids

New Years Time is upon us! There are many wonderful traditions to start with your kids during this time of year. One of my favorites is interviewing each kid and keeping it as a record. It will be awesome to go back and compare this year with next year. Some of the questions may change as they grow but mostly stay the same to look upon their growth as people. New Years interview with the kids is fast going to be a favorite tradition. They can be fun to keep to your self and savor, or share them with Grandparents and family.

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New Years Interview with the Kiddos

New Years Interview with The Kids

Think about when asking and recording kid questions (if they are not big enough to do so on their own) to ask them separately. Little ones have a tendency to be easily swayed by sibling answers! I can’t wait to try these out on my kiddos this year. New Years Eve interviews with a 3 and 6 year old will make for some good memories.

What is your favorite: 

  1. Color?
  2. Food?
  3. Drink?
  4. Toy?
  5. Thing to do?
  6. Place to go?
  7. Book?
  8. Show or movie?

9. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

10. What do you want to be when you grow up?

11. What are you going to do different this year than last?

12. Who are your friends? 

13. If I gave you $100 dollars what would you do with it?

14. What are you afraid of?

15. What is one wish for the new year?

16. I think it is very funny when?

Be sure to be on the lookout for my upcoming New Years Traditions with Kids post! 

And if you haven’t already checked it out go read 4 Mindful and Resolution Worthy Mom Goals. 

New Year Interview with the Kiddos

Click on either image to get the Printable version of the list!

Printable New Years Interview with the Kiddos



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4 Mindful and Resolution Worthy New Year Mom Goals

4 Mindful and Resolution Worthy New Year Mom Goals

New Year’s Resolutions are upon us. It is human nature to try to better ourselves. Pursuit of happiness is something we all have right to and a yearning for.  Setting goals or resolutions is one of the ways most people strive for that next level. Read on for 4 mindful and resolution worthy New Year Mom goals. Followed by a FREE printable Monthly Resolution Journal!!!

Us moms always have mom goals. Sometimes they don’t involve being a mom though. Either way, if it be fitness, parenting, personal or professional they are important even if only to ourselves. 

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I am going to challenge you this year when creating your new resolutions to be mindful and not mind full. 

As you set your resolutions this year try to think more about how you will enjoy the road along the way and less about enjoying the end result. Of course you want those end goals but just like cheat day of a diet, enjoying the ride towards the goal will go a long way in helping you reach it!

Here are 4 Awesome Mom Goals for you to aim at this year!

  1.  Treat Yo Self
  2.  Always Try Your Best
  3.  Love your Babies
  4.  Practice Teamwork with your Partner

1. Treat Yo Self

Treat Yo Self- Mom Goals

Being a parent, partner and person can mean a lot of sacrifice and struggle. Again I am going to refer to that cheat day analogy. It is so mush easier to be successful in the pursuit of happiness if we take time along the way to enjoy. I’m not saying to ignore the struggle or push off the important bits that are hard, just remember to take a break and smell the roses every once in a while. 

There are so may options to consider when you are looking to treat yourself. Each person may need or want something different. Some examples could be running and exercise, mani and pedi, hot bath and a good book, vacation and dinner out, new video game to binge out with, working in your garden, wine, …. And the list could go on and on!

The challenge here is to choose your treat as something that truly brings you happiness in the now and can keep you on track for your future goal as well. 

2. Always Try Your Best 

This may seem like an odd open ended resolution but that makes it no less important. If you are working towards these goals and you know you tried your best it is easier to enjoy the building moments. 

It is most important to remember that you are not always going to be operating at peak performance every day and therefore your best will change in each moment. Some days, weeks or even months  at a time we struggle with things like sickness, sadness or worry.

Remember that circumstances matter. A marathon runner knows things will be more difficult in the rain. A mom knows things will change if she has the kids at home and a broken foot to heal.

To read more about how I dealt with a broke foot this past summer check it out here. 

Be mindful of the moment and always try your best. 

3. Love your Babies 

Some of you may be thinking “I already do this!” and I know you do! Me too! What I really mean is to be mindful about enjoying them and yourself while you are loving them.

Choose moments everyday to savor, record or to just be in!! Be mindful of how much you have the phone in your hand. Mindful of events and extra curricular activities you choose to participate in. Mindful of the company you keep, the language you use and the example you set. 

Here is a link to another post I wrote about the Benefits of Connecting with your kids. 

You want them to truly feel the love and not just you checking off that box in your to do list. 

4. Practicing Teamwork with your Partner

Working with your significant other to achieve joint family goals. Going after happiness with that person mindfully. A part of enjoying and loving life is having people around you to share it with. When those people are happy and loved it makes everything that much better. 

Remember we are focusing on enjoying the journey and not just the end goal here. Date nights, quality time, intentional listening and mindful responses can create good communication and a loving happy team!

Working together with another person is a great time to pull on each others strengths. It is awesome to have help when you try your best and are not 100 percent. 

These are great resolutions. I hope the inspire you to enjoy the journey as you are working to the amazing end goals and Mom resolutions. 

4 Mindful and Resolution Worthy New Year Mom Goals

I have created a downloadable monthly resolution tracking journal. Please use it this year to practice mindfulness while in pursuit of happiness. 

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24 Acts of Christmas Kindness- Kid Challenge

24 Acts of Christmas Kindness

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24 Acts of Christmas Kindness- Kid Challenge

 

December is officially here. My kids are like most and very excited for the visit by Santa. They get treated well each year by the guy in the big red suit! Goodies from Mom, Dad, and doting family easily add to the spoils. It is so easy for them to get swept up in the “I want” attitude.

 

 

The Incident

Just the other morning we went to breakfast with Santa. They got pancakes shaped like Christmas trees and visited with Santa. We got a photo, candy canes AND Santa even gave them each a new super soft and fluffy stuffed animal! Very unexpected and special early treat! We were at a church and all funds collected for this event go into helping the community. I wanted top get some baked goods on my way out, giving a little more and feeding my cookie addiction. Both the kids decided they really wanted bags of candy instead and I let them. The money still goes to the church even if I didn’t get my cookies.

Next thing I know Harry saw they had some little packaged toys for girls or boys. It was only a little car or trinket from the dollar tree. He had to have one. I don’t know about you but we are on a tight Christmas budget around here. He already got the awesome animal from Santa. That “I want” mentality came into play. I said no and he lost it. Super embarrassing right?! And in front of Santa!!!!! We moved on out of there. I got to thinking about how we need to move away from the “I want” and more towards the “I want to give and help.”

If I could go back in time and not be as flustered by his reaction I might have let him buy the toy bag if he was willing to give it to a child in need. I really want them to learn it feels good to help and spread kindness! Just like that church was doing by hosting an inexpensive breakfast with Santa and giving out stuffed animals.

 

 

How can I teach that giving is just as fulfilling as getting and it isn’t just about things. Its about actions.

 

I find myself looking for ways to teach them more about the joy they can get from giving to others. As a kid they don’t have funds to go buy gifts for people. Another learning experience is learning to be creative and that gifts aren’t always about things but actions! I have created a calendar for the month of December with a different act of “kid achievable” kindness listed each day. I hope some of them will help instill some habits of kindness and sharing that will translate to every time of year and not just during the holidays.

Giving is not just about things its about actions too.

The Calendar or Daily Notes

 

It will be a challenge for them, as well as me. I have to remember to encourage them each day and in some instances teach or assist them how to accomplish said acts. Right now I just have created the printable calendar to put on the fridge and share as a family. When they are older and can read I am going to put notes in their advent calendar and we will discuss how the act for the day went and how to achieve the next act.

 

The Calendar I created has an idea for each day of the month! The challenge is for 24. So there are a few extra bonus ideas included. With our busy lives its good to have some flexibility. I tried to make all the ideas as kid friendly as possible. My house has a 6 and a 3 year old and I am sure they will be up for completing or at the very least helping me complete all of these.

 

So here they are. 31 Ideas for Acts of Kindness Challenge During the Christmas Season

 

  1. Read a book to a sibling.

  2. Donate baby hats to a hospital.Stretchy Baby Hats

  3. Leave a tennis ball at a dog park.

  4. Let someone go a head of you in line.

  5. Donate a book to the library.

  6. Give away outgrown toys and clothes.

  7. Send a letter to a soldier.

  8. Pick up litter.

  9. Give a stranger a compliment.

  10. Plant a tree.Lemon tree seedling

  11. Leave money on a vending machine.

  12. Coffee and donuts for teachers.

  13. Tape a quarter to a parking meter.

  14. Be a friend to someone new at school.

  15. Smile at everyone you see.

  16. Hide a happy rock.Happy Rock

  17. Candy cane the cars in a parking lot.

  18. Visit a lonely neighbor.

  19. Do a favor without asking for anything in return.

  20. Rake leaves or shovel snow.

  21. Make cookies for a neighbor.

  22. Create a picture of a letter for a grandparent.

  23. Leave a balloon at a friends door with a kind message.

  24. Give a hug to someone you love.

  25. Hold an elevator for someone.

  26. Offer to help carry groceries.

  27. Help to make dinner.

  28. Make a craft for someone you love.Golf Tee Angels

  29. Volunteer at an animal shelter.

  30. Share a toy with a friend.

  31. Leave a jar of wishing pennies at a fountain.

 

 

If you are interested in brainstorming some of you own ideas here are some topics to get you started. Kindness to family, kindness to community, and kindness to our world. It would be a cool idea to write these acts on a chain and take one off to do each day until Christmas.

 

Acts of Christmas Kindness Challenge for Kids

Click on the Calendar for a link to a Printable Version!

 

 

Please if you haven’t already go read my other Christmas posts! Lots of great tradition ideas.

DIY Felt Nativity Scene and Advent Calendar

25 Storybooks of Christmas

Ditch the Elf on the Shelf! Alternative Ideas for Christmas Countdown and “Santa is Watching” Traditions

 


Some cool books to read with your kids about Kindness:

   

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DIY Felt Nativity Scene and Advent Calendar

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Felt Nativity Scene
Hi Tribe!

I know I have been promising you a tutorial on this awesome DIY felt Nativity scene I created. Don’t forget there are enough pieces to fill an advent calendar!

The previous blogs promising this next Christmas tradition were Ditch the Elf on the Shelf and 25 Storybooks of Christmas

It started because I wanted to create a reusable advent calendar for my kiddos. I needed to do it as cheaply as possible. I already had the mini numbered stockings that a neighbor had gifted to my siblings and I as children. You can find one almost like it on Amazon here.

Advent Calendar Stockings
Next, I wanted something fun, toddler appropriate, and keeping with the reason for the season. I had a ton of felt left over from a previous craft project. So, I set to work and drew some simple templates. ——>Get those here!

Once they were drawn, I cut them out and pinned them to the felt to cut the material into desired shapes. <–Affiliate Amazon link! Click the felt picture and get an assortment of colors with 2 day shipping!!

I used embroidery floss to stitch the different color pieces together to create the figures with their faces, sashes and to add details like mouth and eyes. If you are not into sewing, gluing the shapes will work just as well. A sharpie or tube of puff fabric paint can be used to add detail.

This is a pretty simple project and can be done one evening while watching your favorite show or even during nap time.

My kids love to pull each piece and create the scene of Jesus’ birth story. They take turns pulling one out each day. Please share with me if you try to make it on you own! As they get older, I am going to start including notes in each stocking with an act of kindness. Extra practice being kind during the holiday season will spread during anytime of the year.

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