Family Fun and Traditions

Funny Book

When my son was a little boy, my mother said to me, "Write those funny stories down. You will never remember them later and you will be sorry you forgot them." So I write them all down and at the end of the year I print out the whole year's collection of hilarious moments, and put them in a 3-ring binder.

Cooking With Kids

I have a son who is in 1st grade. When he comes home from school, unlike the other children, he is full of energy and ready to keep going strong! He wants a lot of activity, so we found it was best if we planned a cooking time with just him.

Family Tree

My six year old son suddenly became very interested in knowing "who's who" in our family and who he is named after, etc. I talked about the various family members in our extended family but he wasn't really grasping it. 

Setting Limits for Children

I realized that with my children that instead of just saying, "No, don't do that," it worked better if I explained why they should not do something or why they should do something. I began explaining or giving reasons for things being restricted when my daughters were very young, even before one year of age. 

Nieces and Nephew Letters

I believe it's important for extended family members to stay in touch even when they live a long distance away. I think it is the responsibility of the aunt, grandmother, even the parent to initiate and establish a relationship with each child in the family. 

Preserving Precious Moments

We wanted to preserve my son's childhood by having a camera handy for those little moments in his life that are spontaneous. For instance, when he's brushing his teeth; it's a real cute moment when he laughs and giggles and I like having that on camera. 

Capturing Those Precious Moments

There is always a time where you are caught saying, "I wish I had my camera!" 

What I did was buy several disposable cameras and place them throughout the house, in the diaper bag, in the car, etc. so that whenever I needed a camera there was one at close reach. 

Singing Books to Kids

As a parent you are always trying to come up with new ways to keep your kid interested in reading and books. One of the things I do that my sons really enjoy is rather than reading them like I normally would, I sing them! It's something I decided I'd try one day and so far it's been a hit! 

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