Make a time capsule with your children for the coming year. Include a list of predictions about the world, your family and friends, and yourselves. Save your predictions (and any special items) in a safe place. Share your lists and ideas at your next New Year’s Eve celebration!
Tip of the Day December 28
Plan a New Year’s celebration with other families. Try spending time outside (walking, ice-skating, watching fireworks, or playing games) to work off excess energy and excitement, and then invite everyone in for a potluck meal or special treats.
Tip of the Day December 27
Visit the library and check out craft or project books. Together, do something your child picks out of a book.
Tip of the Day December 26
Whether it’s going outside, going to the movies, or visiting a museum or zoo, find places to take kids to make the winter break more interesting.
Tip of the Day December 25
Part of the difficulty about getting ready for the holidays is that everything speeds up and tempers can flare. Take time to slow down today and feel the joy of the season with your family.
Tip of the Day December 24
Do what makes you happy this holiday season. Celebrate the holidays with the activities you and your family enjoy best. Some families love going to a holiday concert. Others enjoy making holiday goodies. Others enjoy making gifts to give. Do what suits you!
Tip of the Day December 23
Make sure your kids see you enjoying reading each day. Curl up with a good book, flip through a magazine, read the newspaper, pour over the mail. Excitedly share information you’ve learned and say out loud how much you love what you’re reading!
Tip of the Day December 22
Bored kids? Visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends. Visiting someone else often brightens everyone’s day—including your kids.
Tip of the Day December 21
Help your child get more detailed in his or her holiday thank you cards, with sentences that describe the gift, when and where your child opened it or played with it, and why he or she likes it so much.
Tip of the Day December 20
Play the ABC’s of Gratitude! Challenge your kids to list the people, places, and things they’re most grateful for until they have a word for every letter in the alphabet.