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

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Printable New Years Interview with the Kiddos



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7 Thanksgiving Day Traditions to Share with Your Kids

7 Thanksgiving Traditions

We love Thanksgiving in our house. It is a day about being at home, being thankful and eating. Here are some traditions I love to do with my family. Maybe you would like to share some with yours! 

1.Watch the big New York parade on TV

Parade Excitement

I always enjoyed this tradition with my mom. Excitement was big for the giant balloons, marching bands and of course at the end, SANTA! There is usually singing and dancing happening in the living room as the musical guests and musical numbers are performed. I like hearing the history of certain balloons and floats. My children like to look for familiar cartoon characters as they watch.

2. Make a big fancy breakfast

Turkey Pancakes

This is mostly because dinner cooking is in full swing during lunch, so that meal is tiny and/or forgotten. This year for breakfast, we are making turkey pancakes with apple slice feathers and scrambled eggs on the side. I will update with a photo once we have made our creations.

 

 

3. Create place holders and a center piece to decorate the table

Turkey Place Holders

My family eats dinner at the table every night, but this is special. Usually there are extra guests and we get to eat in the dining room instead of the kitchen. It is fun to decorate! We made our turkey place holders already. Using TP rolls cut in half, some markers, feathers, and tape. We drew on the turkey faces (you could use googly eyes instead if you have them). I gave my almost 6-year-old the guest list and he wrote each name on the other side. Finally, we taped the bottom of the feathers to the inside-back of the tube. As far as the place-mats go, I am going to print my tree ring template from my previous post (go read it here). I am going to add a little thankful scavenger hunt to each one for my guests to write down and be fully mindful of the reason we are feasting!

4. Make a Meal Menu

I make one of these for myself when shopping, but Thanksgiving Day we need the list so nothing is forgotten as we are cooking! No fun if you miss someone’s favorite dish or forget to take the cranberry sauce out of the oven. A fun way to keep the kids entertained is to talk to them about the list and have them illustrate and write one themselves. They will even like to check things off as they are completed just as much as the cook! I will update with photos of what my kiddos create this year.

 

 

5. Helping Cook

Pie Crust Making with a Kid

This can be a scary idea for many people, but this is one of the joys of the day. Especially for people who really love to cook and entertain like my hubby. How else can you share and impart this onto your children unless you involve them! Some ideas for involving the kids easily are: 1. Picking only one dish to be theirs to help with like, “Harry, you are sous chef of mashed potatoes!”, or; 2. Picking only one job they will help with, like stirring, mashing, or adding in measured out ingredients.

6. Admire and add to the Thankful Tree

Thankful tree looking good

Hopefully you have already read about my November Family Thankful Project. On Thanksgiving we add another leaf and sometimes go back to read some of the ones we have written throughout the month. I usually make my guests add a leaf to our tree as well.

7. Writing to each guest about why we are thankful for them

Writing or drawing to express our gratitude for our guests is like a step-up from the thankful tree. Taking the time to share those grateful thoughts is amazingly powerful for both parties. Who doesn’t like hearing nice things about themselves? I love the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from thanking another. Speaking of which, THANK YOU for reading this and following my journey on here. I hope to bring you much more in the future.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Foot Injury Mom- Things Learned Week 1 Using Only 1 Foot with 2 Kids

Case Foot with Ice on it.Foot Fracture Backstory

About a week ago I was moving some things into my basement. My daughter (almost 3) and dog were already down there and out of the way (Thankfully!!!). I am usually hyper aware of my footing on steps. I do not have a great track record and stairs are just dangerous. The last two steps into the basement evaded me! I went down, rolled, yelled some choice 4-letter words, screamed, and punched the floor. Kid was whimpering. Dog was whining. My foot hurt more then any other trip down the stairs before. I crawled up the stairs, kiddo walking next to me. The dog went ahead and licked my face a few times as I reached the top. I crawled to the freezer for some ice, and then to the sofa. Some tears and a few of those choice words later, I knew I needed to go get my foot looked over. Later my Doc confirmed what I feared. A fracture to my second metatarsal. With a big heavy boot, crutches, and orders to not bear any weight on that foot, I needed to survive the week before seeing my foot specialist and learning the rest of my fate. It’s Lefty so I can still drive thank GOD!

 

Things I did to prepare:

-Breakfast food prepped for me and the kiddos.
-3-year-old diapers and clothes downstairs for easy reaching.
-Get up before kids (I at least made it before the 3-year-old!).
-Boot, crutches, ice packs, and the computer wheelie chair for the kitchen.
-Bag for carrying all my crap when I moved from place to place.
-“Let it go” attitude about toy clean up and other things I don’t “need” to do (way harder than anticipated).

Things I learned now that the week is over:

-I do A LOT of stuff around this house every day, and go up and down the stairs way more than I thought!
-Rug burn hurts and happens fast (I need some knee pads!)
-Crutches are way harder to use than you would ever think! My arms and right leg are going to be jacked when this is over.
-Don’t lean on a soap-dish tile in the shower with your knee… yes it broke and fell and hit my bum foot.
-Not being able to carry and walk for my toddler has made her seem 10 times more irrational than normal.
-I must lower my daily expectations of myself.
-All about a Lisfranc injury and how it’s going to get me some bolts in my foot and 6-8 more weeks of this!!!!!

If you want to learn more about a Lisfranc injury check out this link.

Things I already knew but now am taking some extra time to be thankful for tonight:

-My hubby is amazing, supportive and sweet.
-I am surrounded by a bunch of family and friends ready to help.
-Surgery scares the hell out of me, but I know I can do it and will be better for it!
-My kiddos are resilient as hell and, if I’m lucky, the little one won’t remember the summer that Momma couldn’t walk. I’ll be singing “Let It Go” as I try to focus on what I need and can accomplish, instead of what I want to accomplish.

Follow me to see how the next weeks progress and I’ll share everything I learn about how to survive summer with small kiddos and only one working foot!

And here is a link to a previous blog of mine Connecting with the Kids on Days You “Just Can’t” Good reminders!

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Creating Happy and Loved Children Using the 5 Love Languages

Happy Kids by Using the 5 Love Languages

One of the top goals parents have is for their children to be happy.

Creating Happy and Loved Children Using the 5 Love Languages.

When children are younger it is simpler for most of us parents to reach this goal of  happiness. Reasons for this include: cheaper toys, easier conversations, and smaller time demands (driving them to events, etc.) As it is with most aspects of life, things get more complicated the older we become. Therefore, we as parents need to work hard to love and teach our kiddos how to work toward that goal of happiness from the start. We want to build them a good base with love so that happiness can grow.

There is a great book called The 5 Love Languages. It is more about adult relationships, but it can be adapted to any human relationship. My Aunt gave me this book as an engagement gift and I refer to it often. The author, Gary Chapman, worked with Ross Campbell to write The 5 Love Languages of Children. Both are great resources and I will be using their 5 main ideas to give you some examples on how to build that loving base for your kiddos to grow happiness. I’ll give some examples of how us moms might relate to the love language and then some for the kiddos.

 

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts The 5 Love Languages of Children

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Here are The 5 Love Languages:

1. Words of Affirmation-

For a mom this could be: a loving Mother’s Day card, an encouraging text from a friend, or even that very first “I love you” from our kiddos. Ways you can give this to your child include: an encouraging mantra before getting onto the bus in the morning, praise for learning a new skill or really any behavior you want to encourage, and even encouraging words of reassurance when they are disappointing us with their behavior.

2. Quality Time-

For a mom this could be: talking and walking with a friend, watching a movie with the hubby, or having a dinner date. Ways to give this to your child include: family meal times, board games, bedtime stories, and asking questions about their day. Spending time to teach them skills for future independence could also be included in this category. Feeling proud of mastering a skill is a sure way to build happiness.

3. Receiving Gifts-

For a mom this could include: “just because” flowers, a new box of wine from the hubby, or a new book you’ve been wanting to read. Ways you can share this with your child include: birthday gifts and other holiday treats, or really any other “just because” present you may treat them to. Just be sure to do this in moderation. Too much can result in dependence and negative behavior. If they get a new toy every time you go shopping, it will be expected and no longer a treat.

4. Acts of Service-

For a mom this could be: hubby taking out the trash, cooking dinner, or doing dishes. Oh, I also love when he pumps my gas for me! I hate that chore. It is harder to think of examples for our children that are outside of their normal every day needs, like feeding, clothing and sheltering them. Some extra ways to show acts of service for your child include: helping them with a special project or game and taking them to hang with a friend or other special event.

5. Physical Touch-

For mom this could be: romantic time with your partner, a big sloppy toddler kiss, or a warm hug from a friend. Ways to share with your kiddos could be: a goodnight hug and kiss, a reassuring back rub or hand hold, a congratulatory high five or even a boo-boo healing kiss.

These 5 love language ideas are great ways to build the base for growing happiness in your children. As I mentioned under the Receiving Gifts heading, we as parents need to make sure we are giving a good mix of these ideas to our kiddos. There is a possibility of too much of a good thing. Moderation is helpful, and that is why it’s great to have 5 different ways to build that happiness.

Also, every kid is different. Some may really respond more to one type of the 5 languages than another. Some don’t like to be touched, so the hugs and kisses won’t have the same effect. In the books, the authors have included a short quiz to figure out which of the love languages are more dominant in a person. Go try out the quiz with your kiddo to see which language may work best for you both!

Take the Love Language Quiz Here!<———–

Quick Review
1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Receiving Gifts
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch

These kiddos of ours are amazing blessings, and it is truly overwhelming when I think of the responsibility that we must help make them the best they can be for this world. Using these ideas to spread the love and happiness are helpful, especially when life throws difficulties and stress our way.

I have written two other blogs about connecting with your kiddos. If you want to check those out for ideas go for it!

The Benefits of Connecting with Your Kids<————-

Connecting on Days You “Just Can’t”<——————

Remember, if you want more info on this topic to check out these two books I mentioned. Here are the links to the books again!

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Connecting on Days You “Just Can’t”

We all have those days when sickness, that time of the month or any other stress just makes patience and connecting with your kiddo seem impossible. Even the kids themselves can make this hard. Terrible 2’s are mighty difficult. 

4 Ways to Connect on Days You Just Can’t

Connecting with the kids on days when you just can't.

Here are some fun ideas for when you are feeling like an unmotivated slug and they need you.

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1. Be Lazy.

Just lay on the floor or sofa, really wherever they are playing. Movement on your end can be very minimal. You may have to hold a Barbie or a car but that’s about it. Bonus points for having a pillow and blanket with you. Pillow forts are great for this as well. They have fun and you can just lounge out in there, maybe taking a few shut eye moments on the sly. Here is a link to a princess pop-up tent we love, and I can fit in there with my legs out the door.

Kid Sleeping on Mom.

2. Simple Distractions.

In the car, during one of those moments when everyone is losing their mind and you can’t stop, turn the radio up and SING! Usually it calms my kiddos right away or I can get them singing instead of screaming. I’m sure most of you have some special song that grabs their attention instantly, and if you don’t have this cued up in your brain or on your phone (for those of us who can’t sing) then you should. Even just going for a drive to change the scenery can be a way to be together but let you have some mental and physical space from kiddo demands. If you have Amazon Prime, they have a great music app you can use to save all your favorite songs to your phone! Download Amazon Music here! The app is free with plenty of good songs if you have Prime!

3. Screen Time (In moderation of course).

Just watch movies and chill on the sofa. My kiddos will snuggle me for a good while before moving on to play or needing a snack. It works even better if you talk to them about what you are watching and it’s something they are super into. Screen time is everywhere these days and the pressure/ guilt about it is mighty real. I try hard to moderate it, so we are not going overtime and creating little screen zombies.

My son loves the Lego games and he enjoys it double when I play with him. I like to watch and play with him, so we can have that connection about it. Talking about the goals we meet in the game as we are playing, or our favorite parts of the movie or show we are watching can be good conversation starters. Our favorite video games are Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Lego Marvel Super Heros.

4. Encourage that independence.

Before hunkering down into the “I can’t move” position, prep some snacks and drinks in easy to reach places so when they need it, they can get it. Be sure to use things with lids. And when they are still little, snacks they can reach but still must bring to you for opening is the key to me for preventing spillage. Here are some of the things we like to use for independent snack retrieval and storage.



These are just ideas I use with my kiddos. Every kid is different and I’m sure y’all have some great thoughts we can add to this list. Comment!!!

We are only human and can’t be 100% all the time. It’s good for our kids to learn to slow down and that parents need to have quiet time too.

Here is a related post I wrote on the benefits of connecting with your kiddos.

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