Lately, when people ask me if the girls want or need anything for Christmas, my immediate answer is NO. From sensory toys to learning toys to active sports equipment, we already have it covered. If anything, I’m begging you not to bring in any more stuff into my house…
A couple years ago, when my mom asked this same question, I told her gift cards. She got visibly disappointed and said that the girls NEED to open something Christmas morning, like I was just going to have no actual presents whatsoever.
First, I want to get out of this frame of thinking, that the holidays aren’t special unless there are a mountain of gifts. NEGATIVE. I’m pretty sure my girls are young enough that there wouldn’t be any emotional difference or disappointment between opening 5 presents or 15 presents.
And second, in going with my 2021 resolution to become more minimalist and sustainable, there are plenty of other gift-giving options besides buying the entire toddler toy section
This month, we’re sharing a couple podcast episodes we thought we’re particularly helpful. Plus, there’s only so many parenting books you can read before they all start getting repetitive.
Let’s face it. Some costumes, especially for licensed characters, are easier to buy off the rack. But here are some things you can do to put together costumes that are just as imaginative and creative, using things around your own home.
Imagination and Halloween go hand-in-hand. It’s the time for decking out the house with some curious décor, telling fantastical stories, and becoming anything you want to be. It’s only a matter of how far your creativity and imagination will take you.
Imagination is the ability to create up an image or scenario that hasn’t been seen or experienced, like coming face-to-face with a dragon or witnessing an alien abduction. Imagination is internal, unconsciously influenced by memories and feelings of past experiences rather than our current situation.
Growing up, I’m sure you have memories of playing with Barbies, Hot Wheels, and may be reliving these moments again with your kids (mine are with Legos and board games). But unfortunately, toys take up so much space! The latest and greatest toys soon became an after-thought to the next big thing, and more and more toys end up at the bottom of the toy bin.