Top Stocking Stuffers for Kids and Kids at Heart

“…and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.” Still, it’s sometimes tempting to consider stocking stuffers a formality before moving to the “good stuff” under the tree. Truth be told, and writing as a Mom who shops for the aforementioned stocking stuffers, they’re sometimes an afterthought even for me. With that in mind, […]

Promoting Gratitude in Kids: Random Acts of Kindness

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Here in the northern hemisphere, many of us are hunkering down on colder days, upping the comfort food, and tentatively peeking out our windows for the first signs of winter. Hibernating sounds like a perfectly reasonable plan. (Good thinkin’, bears.) And with stores everywhere commercializing the upcoming holidays, many of our kiddos are starting to […]

Family and Holidays: 6 Ways to Find Joy

Holiday Stress and Joy

Trees and lights. Snow and sledding. Family and holidays. For many of us, these are naturally joyful pairs (trees and lights are especially exciting if you’re a toddler or a cat). Of course there’s the other side, too. Some people hold their breath and just hope for the best, especially if they’re spending the holidays with […]

Best Books for Kids to Build Self-Esteem and Confidence

It’s tough being a kid these days. Not that it was easy when we were little–the playground could be a pretty rough place for everyone, and definitely so for a highly sensitive soul like mine. For better or worse, social media didn’t exist yet; therefore, we couldn’t confirm or deny our social status. Compared to […]

Japanese Yam Chips: Healthy Alternative to Potatoes!

Sometimes even the healthiest of eaters miss the things they used to eat before they cleaned up their diets. That’s true for us, anyway. Both my husband and daughter react negatively to good old fashioned potatoes. You heard that right. No mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving; no French fries or potato chips. So, we’ve cleaned up […]

Shopping with Kids: Supporting a Growth Mindset Among the Shiny Objects

Knowing her grandparents will soon be asking for gift ideas for our daughter, my husband and I decided to take our five year old window shopping today. As usual and as I’ve written about before, we began with the caveat that although we wouldn’t buy anything, we’d take pictures of what she likes so that […]

How to Avoid Taking Christmas Out on Your Kids

I’d like to think my mental pace most Decembers has been the serene speed of “O Holy Night,” calm and angelic, rendering me capable of mid-afternoon waltzes around the Christmas tree with my young daughter in my arms. More often than not, though, my brain has buzzed around in a chaotic “Feliz Navidad”-in-warp-speed mode. Less […]