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A day to celebrate fatherhood, Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday in the month of June in most countries around the world. The occasion gives an opportunity to express love and affection to all fathers and fatherly figures.

Today Is Father’s Day Are You Ready? Have You Been So Busy That You Do Not Have Anything For Dad?

If you are still scrabbling for something to get Dad Let me help with a few ideas I found…..

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Easy Father’s Day Gift Idea that is Super easy, Quick To Make With Wordle, and Will Be Loved By Any Man Lucky Enough To Receive One

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You Could Make a Shirt Pocket Card from Holiday Crafts and Creations (Free Printable) and Put a Gift Card In The Pocket Dad Will Love.

 

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Father’s Day “Tee-rrific” Gift Idea! {and Free Printable} by Lindsey From Inspiring Creations at Tatertots & Jello.

Father’s Day "Tee-rrific" Gift Idea! {and free printable} by Lindsey from Inspiring Creations at Tatertots & Jello

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How About A Father’s Day Gift {Treat Jar} + Printable from My Sister’s Suitcase.

Father's Day Gift {Treat Jar} + Printable from My Sister's Suitcase

 

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I Love This Video….Dad, You’re My Hero – Tribute from a daughter to her father.

 

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Every Dad Would Love a Little Pot Of Candy And You Can’t Forget The Tie!

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Give Dad a Photo Puzzle, Which Makes a Great Visual Reminder Of The Kids He Loves….via eHow.

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With this caramel crunch brownie recipe from Bakerella, you’ll have Dad raving on the first bite. 

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Fill pages of a this FUN Coupon Book with gifts of thing dad likes to do. Dad will appreciate all of the thoughtful ideas.  Turn the Page and check out We R Memory Keepers to learn how to make one.
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I hope this has helped you with some ideas you can still do to make this Father’s Day more special for Dad. 

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Enjoy the Day, Show someone some Love…. If your Dad is looking down from Heaven upon you his child, (mine is) after you have taken the time to Thank him, look for a Dad that is need of a friendly voice a hug a kind gesture and pass that Love along… heart - Hooray! Happy Father’s Day!
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Saying Thank You To Mom On Mother’s Day

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It’s  Mother’s Day 2018!  When I think back to honoring my mother on this day we always had the homemade gifts we would make and I think as a mother of 6 kids those are always my favorite gifts.

I am a mother of 6 AWESOME KIDS and 19 GRANDKIDS. I feel so blessed as a mom and grandma. As they send me gifts I cherish everyone and they always touch my heart.

 I go and see my 88 year old mother every month. She is 5 hours from me but what an honor it is to take care of her in her aging years.

I think I have gotten to know more about her than I ever did when I was growing up.  Sometimes she is very frustrating but then I realize she is fighting to stay independent and that is hard when your sight is almost gone and you have a back that is way bent over with Scoliosis.

I remember when she had to get a NEW knee.  I went up to take care of her and as she tried to lay on her couch and I on the loveseat, what memories we made that night.

She grew up very poor and her mom died when she was only 10 years old. She taught me a lot growing up from putting me in 4-H, (won a lot of first place ribbons at the fair) piano lessons for 10 years, some singing lessons and always tell the truth.

This year with my siblings we wanted to get something different so we purchase an Alexa. She said she wanted someone to talk to, as my dad died 18 years ago. I really think she will love it.

Lets go out and Celebrate Our Mothers this year and really show them how much they mean to us.

Now lets talk about other ways to celebrate mom this year…..

 

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Incredible Paper Peonies By Dreamy Posy……Can you believe that these beautiful paper peonies were made with Printer Paper!?

Turn the Page  To See How To Make a Beautiful Bouquet for Mom.

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A simple step by step tutorial shows you how to make a Beautiful Handmade DIY Birds Nest Necklace that looks absolutely stunning from Busy Creating Memories.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Edible Fruit Flower Arrangement From Divas Can Cook. 

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DIY gift ideas for Mothers Day Homemade Raspberry and Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipes via Reasons to Skip the Housework - Saying Thank You To Mom On Mother's Day

DIY Raspberry and Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipes with FREE Printable Gift Labels..via Reasons to Skip the Housework

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DIY Farmhouse Style Flower Pots….. Make cute, quirky flower pots with just some chalk paint and a sharpie! These would be cute herb planters or succulent planters. They are inexpensive – even cheap at less than ten bucks for the whole set! It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day! (Via Our Handcrafted Life)

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A Very Easy Jewelry Project To Make…..DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet.   (Via Everything Etsy)

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Cute Gifts…Crochet Spiral Scrubbies In 5 Minutes Flat, Perfect For Washing Up and In The Shower & Machine Washable..via The Whoot.

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Ladies This Is A Great Mother’s Day Gift For YOU….Get Your Post Spring Box At FABFITFUN ONLY $39.99 With Code SUNSHINE.

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eos Lip Balm Printable Mothers Day Cards… Make The Perfect Card For Your Special Mom. It is a Mother’s Day Card She Can Use! 

(via Skip To My Lou)

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It’s Time To Garden Make Mom Some Gardener’s Bliss Hand Salve…..via Hearth and Vine.

Have a Wonderful Mother’s Day,

 

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Affordable Ways To Say I Love You On Valentine’s Day

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Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Love comes in many forms… Appreciation, Admiration, and Friendship, Let me share a few ideas I have found to make this Valentine’s Day Even More Special. ❤ ❤

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Spread Valentine Love With 28 Acts Of Kindness via Craft Create Cook. ❤

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Make a Valentine Tree….To make this a meaningful family activity, each family member could decorate a heart or write a love note....via Simply Kierste.com ❤

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Easy Valentines Day Table Runner and New Sew Too!  (via H2OBungalow) ❤

Easy Valenines Day table runner takes no time at all to whip up and stores easily by rolling up until next year. www.H2OBungalow.com #valentinesday

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These DIY Valentine Stamps will help your kids create loads of Valentine Cards.  (Via Fuzzy Mama) ❤

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Make Some Love Bug Oreo Cookies – Delish Hot & Spicy Cinnamon Oreos dressed to impress for Valentine’s Day.

(via Sarah’s Cake Studio) ❤

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“Our Friendship Rocks” – what more is there to say? Gorgeous Fingerprint Heart Rocks for Valentines. The perfect Classroom Valentines Gift to make with kids…via Red Ted Art. ❤

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Store-Bought Chocolate Repackaged in a Homemade Wrapper — The Underside Reveals a Handwritten Love Note — Tastes Doubly Delicious. ..via Martha Stewart.

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Help your Kids Create a Beautiful Bracelet to Give to all of their Best Friends. The Simple Bracelet is made using Twine and Beads with Heart Drawings.  (via Moms and Crafters) ❤

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Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna – You love lasagna as a main dish, so why dessert too? Layers of Fresh strawberries, Sweet Cream, and Graham Crackers! (via Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts) ❤

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Bliss Gardens Air Plant Terrarium Kit , $24.95, Amazon.com  …..Don’t get her a dozen roses this year, make her a Customized Terrarium. This kit that includes a glass vessel, pebbles, an amethyst crystal, a dried thistle and an air plant. Since air plants only need to be watered once a week, they’re super easy to care for so she can keep her mini-garden thriving with ease — even if she doesn’t have a green thumb. ❤

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This easy recipe for a Valentine’s Day Cookie Cake, stuffed with white chocolate chips and an abundance of sprinkles, is sure to be a crowdpleaser! (via Bake du Jour) ❤

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Have a Wonderful Valentine’s Day and Remember to say, “I love you To Everyone In Your Family!” ❤

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Let Me Be a Child

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Let Me Be A Child


Let me know when I make you proud.
And help me to have pride in my own accomplishments.
Let me earn your trust. Then trust me.
I won’t let you down.
Let me know you love me with a hug or a pat on the back.
Or, when I need it, with a firm but gentle “no”
Let me be. Let me change. Let me grow.
Let me dream. Share my joy when my dreams come true.
Share my tears when they don’t.
Let me feel secure in my home. Help me realize that love is always there.
That I can depend on you no matter what.
Let me run. let me laugh. let me play.
And most of all, let me be a child.

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Sometimes it amazes me the demands that are placed on children these days. While as parents we can all say that we had it “harder” then our kids do now because we had to be creative and play with our imagination where as now there are video games and computers.

Let’s face it, the pressure that is put on our children today to grow up fast is really out of control.

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We have them in multiple sports, we push them to join different clubs, their peers put pressure on them to look more grown up and dress more grown up and the media encourages this.

Take a look at the toys we want our little girls to play with, Bratz and Barbie… or have a look at the style of clothes that are available, do those toys look innocent to you?

Life passes us by quick enough as it is. Let your child be a child, regardless of how old they are. To help make sure your child isn’t robbed of their youth, here are several tips you can follow, one for each day of the week to think about.

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Follow the principle that Regular Playtime is vital for everyone.

 Get in touch with our own playfulness. Kids really do model what they see. Present a picture of adulthood that children will want to grow up to emulate.

Tell the kids it’ll be a laid-back summer. Ask them to create a fun bucket list of which activities they want to keep… and which they want to toss.

Parents may be shocked by what they say they want to quit doing. Sometimes kids do things because we want them to, and somehow we fail to notice their heart hasn’t been in it.

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Arrange low-key times with friends and family. This may mean turning down some invitations and setting aside an evening as family night. Make sure kids have regular opportunities to just hang out with family and friends.

 Encourage free-range (not pre-packaged), natural and spontaneous play— like a sandbox in the backyard, blocks and impromptu neighborhood soccer games, instead of an amusement park, elaborate toys and soccer camp.

 Make sure children also have total down time for lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of gum with a friend.

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Show trust in giving youngsters some freedom. Have confidence that when a child is off on his own and enjoying and directing himself in activities he chooses, that is his “job”. The chances are that whatever innocent activities he’s doing of his own free will are better than any “enriching” activity we might impose on him.

Children need to play. It’s their work. All mammals play; it’s their way of learning skills they’ll need when they’re full-grown, from finding food to getting along with others. It’s also the way small humans process their emotions.
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Thinking back to our own best childhood memory, it won’t be a class or lesson, but the time we were allowed to just be.

“Children learn through playing, through active exploration that feeds their imagination, not by always having others organize the world for them.”

How can you let your kid just be a kid?

There’s a good chance that your child is, right now, making his own Harry Potter broomstick out of a stick he found in the backyard … and he might prefer it to the pricey vibrating plastic version you were thinking of buying him.

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“Children learn through play — through puzzles, games, and questions and answers. They also learn on the playground — they learn about nature, weather and the seasons, motion, concepts of distance and speed, and cause and effect. They learn how to negotiate and talk with their peers.

If you live in an area where you can let your child run amok with his friends outdoors, let him; if you don’t, remember that just hanging with friends and neighbors indoors can be great too. 

The result sometimes necessitates that you wear earplugs  on a Saturday afternoon but that is preferable to the eerie silence that descends when little kids are locked for hours in the world of video games.

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Providing an environment where family plays and have fun together is not an option, for us it is a must.

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Find something that your family will enjoy.

Board games, hiking, fishing, camping, playing sports, biking, reading, watching a movie,

any activity that provides a quality family fun time will unite our children while making memories that they will never forget.

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In my family we spent time together, we had fun together, we played together.

In the end, learning who we are primarily takes place not in the act of doing, but in the quiet spaces between things, when we can reflect upon what we have done and who we are. The more of these quiet spaces families provide for kids, the better.

We must remember they are children and it’s crucial we let them enjoy this part of their lives by letting them just be a kid.

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Memories are not free, however they don’t cost money but time and that is what makes them so valuable.

We can build them around the most simple moments.

It is for us to make each moment count, no matter our circumstances, our past,

or how much or how little we have, we can create a place called home

when every child is entitled to a beautiful childhood.

SO LET’S IMAGINE A MOMENT AND CREATE A MEMORY!

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How To Have an Awesome Spring Break

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Spring Break For Most Schools Starts Soon. Are You Going On a Vacation With The Family Or a Stay-cation In Your Own Town?

Here Are a Few Ideas To Help Jump Start Your Break if You Are Staying In Town.

Make Homemade Pizza Together.

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Make a Birdhouse.

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Call Your Local Theaters and See If They Have Free Dollar Movies During Spring Break Week.

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Plant Something- Start Your Garden Now.

Food Day. Eat Backwards (dinner, lunch, and then breakfast).

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Volunteer To Help Out In Your Community…Great For Older Kids.

Learn a New Craft.

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Learn How To Slackline.

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Make a Fairy Garden.

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Visit Grandparents. (if live locally)

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Keep The Kids Busy Over  With These **Crazy-Cute Rainbow Loom Caterpillars!*

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Make An Unbirthday Cake.

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Donate Old Winter Clothes.

Go on a Bike Ride.

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Go To Local Garage Sales to Look for Treasures.

Go Fly a Kite.

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Play Flashlight Tag.

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Dance In The Rain.

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Make 5-Minute Bird Feeders.

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Visit Someplace New.

Go Swimming.

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Get a Pedicure.

Take Your Kids On a  Date.

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Go Out For Ice Cream.

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Play Messy Twister….You place Colored Shaving Cream  the Color Of Each Dot On The Twister Dots Before You Play. (Turn the Page For a Video To Show You How.)

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Plant Some Flowers.

Do a Random Act Of Kindness.

Make Rock Candy.

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Make Shadow Puppets

 

Go To The Zoo.

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Enjoy a Farmer’s Market.

Unplug For a Day.

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Make a Tire Swing.

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What Are You Doing Over Spring Break? Have a Great Time With You Family.

 

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From Our Family 2 Yours… Happy Thanksgiving.

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Celebrated annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November, the holiday of Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621 and continues to be an American tradition today.

It can be a wonderful celebration of gratitude, appreciation, and family connection.  Take some time during your meal and allow each person at the table to talk about what they’re grateful for.

Let Our Family Share With You Some Tips On How To Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving This Year……

Send Some Invitations Your Guests Will Gobble Up At Punchbowl. (it’s FREE)

 

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Thanksgiving Playlist. Lighting, scents and music add so much ambiance to a home.

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Give Thanks With These Family Gratitude Projects.   (via .livingly.com)

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Cover the kid table with Kraft Paper and set out crayons to keep them entertained.

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Keep the little turkeys happy and busy with some gummy treats. source: Design, Wash, Rinse, Repeat

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This is such a simple thing to add to your Thanksgiving Dinner, but I think it will be one of the most meaningful.

(via The Turquoise Home)

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Is this the Cutest Cheeseball  you have ever seen? Angela From Handmade in the Heartland made this darling Cheeseball and you can to. 

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Step-by-Step Guide to The Best Roast Turkey… A tried-and-true recipe for making a perfectly cooked and moist turkey every time. (via The Yummy Life)

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Homestyle Thanksgiving sausage stuffing, a versatile recipe with a lot of options. You can use it to stuff a turkey or bake it in a casserole dish.

(via Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice)

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The Best Mashed Potatoes…via Favorite Family Recipes.

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Perfect Turkey Gravy Made From Turkey Drippings  via Center Cut Cook. 

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The BEST Green Bean Casserole You Will Ever Try via All Recipes.

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The Perfect Rolls For Your Thanksgiving Dinner….via Dreaming In DIY.

 

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Cranberry Fluff Salad is an easy holiday side dish that’s always a crowd favorite! It’s creamy, sweet and delicious!

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These 12 Thanksgiving games are not only funny, they’re perfect for any age – for kids, for teens, for adults, for family, and even for toddlers! (via Play Party Plan)

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Delicious Pecan Pie Bars perfect for a Fall Party or for Thanksgiving!

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Do you love Easter egg hunts? Me Too. If you are hosting an Easter get-together this year with your family, friends, or neighbors, here are some great Easter egg hunt ideas and steps to help you plan a successful hunt!

 

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Easter Egg Hunting began in America when German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The festivity soon spread across the nation, and baskets replaced nests. Eventually, the game evolved into a treasure hunt, and the prizes expanded from just hard-boiled eggs to include chocolate, candy, toys and coins. In many families, the Easter Bunny leaves a basket filled with gifts, not just eggs to find.

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It’s time to hunt without further delay!
Go out the place where you play in the sun,
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 To avoid jealousy and hard feelings at an Easter Egg hunt for your kids or grandkids, use the same color eggs for each person. Example…..blue for Todd, pink for Addie, yellow, green and purple for other kids, etc. 

Then take one egg of each color and put the same thing in each.  Continue until all the eggs are filled.  For the hunt, tell each kid what color is theirs and to only pick up eggs of that color. That way everyone has the same amount of eggs and the same amount of “goodies”.  No one gets their feeling hurt.

Leave Tell Tale Prints….. Make bunny footprints near each hidden Easter egg to give the kids some easy hints as to where the eggs are hidden.

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You can also try making the footprints out of plain paper or even sprinkle some talcum powder and put a bunny paw print in it with your fingers.

 

Confetti Eggs

Mix a few of these in with the regular eggs for a fun surprise at the end of the hunt.
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Personalized Eggs….Older kids often grab all the treats because they are faster at finding eggs and small prizes. In this hunt, each person has to look for a specific color egg or a prize with their initial on it. Letter stickers from a crafts store are easy to stick on and make each egg unique. Not only does this equal out the distribution of candy and gifts but it allows you to give specific treats to kids based on their interests.
Tips: Have fun with what you put in the eggs. Small games, fortunes, pennies, photographs, and special notes are all great alternatives to jelly beans.
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The Bunny Treasure Map….In this hunt, the Easter Bunny has left a map to the prizes but the kids will have to put together all of the pieces to find the hiding spot. Draw a map or write a clue on colored card stock or a pre-cut blank puzzle. One side should be brightly colored and the map should be drawn on the back. Cut the map in pieces and hide it around the house. When all the pieces are found, kids must try to assemble the map that will lead them to their Easter basket treat.
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Tips: Count how many pieces you have so you’ll know when it is time for the kids to start assembling the puzzle. You can also number each piece so kids know how many pieces they are trying to find.
Golden and Sliver Egg Hunt: Place a golden and a silver egg in a hard to find spot with money in it.
420 golden egg istockphotoSuper Secret Message Egg…..Hide a little message in each egg. It is just like a fortune cookie…only with eggs!
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 Easter Egg Eggstravaganza …...Fill each of the eggs with a slip of paper with a task that the finder has to  complete such as a sing “Itsy Bity Spider,” name three fruits that are red, or do a handstand. This is an Easter egg hunt so make them fun. Once the finder does the task, they can pick out a piece of candy or a toy.
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Night time Egg Hunt….Kids need to have adults with them and do it in a safe place. Grab a flash light and go on a hunt to find the eggs under the moon and stars. Place glow sticks in the eggs.

 
“Find Your Name” Egg Hunt….Before the hunt, write each child’s name on an egg. The child that finds the egg with their name on it first wins a prize.
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Make sure every last egg is found by tipping off the kids with this cute printable clue cards.
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Along with plastic Easter Eggs there are other things you can hide.  You can wrap bigger items in plastic wrap or cellophane and tie with a bow. Some ideas are…
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Jump Ropes and other outside toys
Large Container Bubbles
Dolls
Action Figures
Crayons with Coloring Book
Socks cute Easter socks fit in the larger eggs and are fun for the kids.
Tattoos – gives the kids something to do.
Gift Certificates – maybe for McDonald’s or your local frozen yogurt shop
Small whistles – if you are brave!
Glow in the dark star stickers for the ceiling
Lego mini building set – spread the pieces over a few eggs
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Indoor Hunt….Don’t let a rainy day spoil the Easter Egg Hunt—an inside hunt can be as fun.  Designate which rooms will be part of the hunt.  The difficulty can be based on the age of the kids.  You can even designate rooms for different age groups. You can even designate rooms for different age groups.  For younger kids, hide the eggs in places they are visible.  For older kids and teens, you can really bury those eggs.
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Make a More Challenging Egg Hunt……There are several things you can do to make a traditional egg hunt more challenging for older kids.

Find creative places to hide the eggs to give an egg hunt more appeal. If you can, hide the eggs in an unfamiliar location. Hide them in the woods or a park. Pick a place that has a lot of nooks and crannies. Make the hunt boundaries large to increase the places they can be hidden.

These are good idea for groups that also have younger children. The older kids can look for the more complex hiding spots while the younger kids can find easily hidden eggs.

Ice Cream Hunt–Hunting for ice cream?….. In each egg, put ice cream toppings. Some examples could be jelly beans, sprinkles, M&M’s, marshmallows, butterscotch chips, and anything else that would fir in those little plastic refillable eggs are found, each hunter will make their own ice cream in a bag! This works well outside on a nice day. You can google “ice cream in a bag” and get a zillions recipes like this one.
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One tip, though, have your baggies made up ahead of time so as soon as the egg hunting is done, the kids can immediately start making their ice cream. You will also want to have gloves or socks handy because the bags get really cold!
Once the ice cream is made, they can add all the toppings to their bag of ice cream!
coins-in-easter-eggEgg Puzzle…..Tell your children the Easter Bunny left them a puzzle, and they have to locate all of the puzzle pieces to find out what the grand finale prize is. To set up the puzzle, on a large sheet of paper, write a message to your children. Then, divide up the paper to look like puzzle pieces and cut out the individual pieces. Hide each piece in an egg. Once the kids have found all the puzzle pieces they can lay them out on the floor to read their special message and find the big prize the Easter Bunny left for them.
 
Creative Egg Stuffers….Mix it up this year and take the candy out of Easter. Yup, you read that right–ditch the sugar. The kids are already “hopped” up enough on their natural energy anyway. Fill the eggs with fun surprises the children will never expect.
Some Ideas are…..
Money
Movie Tickets
Stickers
Gum
IOU notes (example….One Large Banana Split to make up for all sugar lost on Easter!)
 
The Easter Challenge……The Easter challenge is a fun party game version of an Easter egg hunt that older children and adults will love. Instead of hiding candy eggs, you would hide small plastic eggs. Inside each egg would be a task that has to be completed.
Sing a song, recite a verse from memory, jump on one foot for  10 seconds, draw a picture, etc. After each task is completed, the child receives another treat for their basket.  Make sure to keep a camera on hand to capture all the fun!
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Story Egg Hunt
Create or find an Easter story. (This is a good hunt to include the religious meaning and story of Easter). Print it out and then cut it apart into strips. Number the strips in order and place them in eggs for the hunt. After the hunt – have the hunters sit in a circle and take turns reading the parts of the story form their eggs in orde
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 Story Egg Hunt……Create or find an Easter Story. (This is a good hunt to include the religious meaning and story of Easter.)
 Print it out and then cut it apart into strips. Number the strips in order and place them in the eggs for the hunt.  After the hunt–have the hunters sit in a circle and take turns reading the parts of the story from the eggs in order.

Find an organized Easter egg hunt in your area……

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Just because a get-together is called an Easter egg hunt does not mean other activities cannot be going on besides the hunt. Plenty of spring activities can be done at Easter. Set up stations of activities that kids can do either by themselves, or have a grown-up rotate in to help their kids. Stations might include:

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The ideas mentioned above not only make the Easter special, but memorable too. In fact, using a bit of creativity, anybody can come up with such fun ideas. So, what are you waiting for?
There are so many ways to make the tradition of an Easter egg hunt fun!

Happy Easter Egg hunting!

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A Basket Full of Memories

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As you become older you realize that memories and treasured keepsakes are what you come away with from your childhood.  Memories connect our pasts, our present, and our futures — and they connect us to one another. What situations come into your mind when someone asks you to remember your childhood memories?

 Life flies by fast and before you know it your kids will be grown. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make sure that your children have fond memories of growing up. Will your kids remember their Xbox or will they remember the two of you running through the sprinklers on a hot day?

Life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy Memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood” ~ Charlotte Davis Kasl

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Childhood memories are usually the simplest of things. Remember when you learned to ride your first bike?  Jumping in a pile of leaves in the fall, making mudpies, snowball fights, playing in the rain, chasing butterflies, gathering eggs in the hen house, playing “dress up” like mom, hunting with dad, turning the crank on the ice cream.

We all have memories of our childhood that are cherished in our hearts forever. It’s not the things that cost the most money, it’s the time spent with the ones we love the most that we’ll always remember. Young parents of today should always try to spend quality time with their children. It’s not what you buy them, but the memories you make together, that they’ll look back on when they’re grown. The simple pleasures that cost nothing, yet are priceless.

A First Memory Starter….

Write your child a letter soon after they are born. Fill it with your thoughts, hopes, dreams and the experience of bringing a new life into the world. Place your note in an envelope and inscribe, “On the day you were born” on it, and tuck it in a journaling-type book.

Each year on your child’s birthday, write another letter to her—fill it with the memories, milestones, dreams, events, ideas and the life that you and your family have created throughout the year. When your child grows up and has a place of his or her own, present the book and continue to send the letters on your child’s birthday.

You will have written a book and told the story of two very special people: you and your child.

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 How To Make Memories….

On Your  Lap. It’s the best place in the entire world for a book, story, or conversation. And it’s been right in front of you the whole time.

Hugs and Kisses. I once heard the story of a man who told his 7-year old son that he had grown too old for kisses. I tear up every time I think of it. Know that your children are never too old to receive physical affirmation of your love for them.

Meals Together. Meals provide unparalleled opportunity for relationship, the likes of which can not be found anywhere else. So much so, that a family that does not eat together does not grow together.

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You may not be an animal lover – but getting any kind of pet can do miracles! It doesn’t only mean endless joy for your children but it also is a great way to teach them what responsibility is. You don’t have to get a dog or a cat, there are so many animals that make great and easy to keep pets.

Try hamster, fish, parrot or even a turtle. Teach your kid how to feed it and train it. Your children will love you for getting them a pet and you will love the effect it will have on their character. Your first pet is always one of the greatest childhood memories…

 

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You can visit a foreign country, a big city or a village – the important thing is to go to a road trip together as  a family at least once! Wander, explore, experience, bond and create unforgettable memories. You will learn your kids to love traveling and make the most of the chance to spend couple of whole days together.

Holidays and family trips are one of the things we remember with joy . Fill your family album with lots of photos and funny captures!

 

 

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Give Them The Gift Of Growing Up With These Memories…..

Play with the garden hose

Spot shapes in the clouds

Tell them about God

Hold them when they cry

Sometimes in the summer we would go to the drive-in movie….Mom always made a big sack of popcorn and a Memory I will always remember.

 

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Play dress up

Driving Lessons

Let them climb into bed with you when they have a bad dream

Turn off your cell phone and spend time with them

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Tell them you love them every day

Make Snow Ice Cream

Read them fairy tales

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Create new everyday rituals: warm vanilla milk, a story or a kiss on the forehead before bedtime—special touches that will help your child drift off to a peaceful sleep.

Kite Flying

Give second chances, third chances, fourth chances…

Piano Lessons

Tell them you believe in them

Sandcastles

Blow on a Dandelion and make a wish

 

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Go to the Library

Be kind to them so they’ll learn to be kind

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“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

TIP: RECIPE FOR PRESERVING CHILDREN

Ingredients:

  • 1 grassy field
  • 1/2 dozen (or more) children
  • several dogs (and puppies, if available)
  • 1 brook
  • several pebbles

Steps:

  1. Into field, pour children and dogs — allowing to mix well.
  2. Pour brook over pebbles til slightly frothy.
  3. Cool children and dogs slightly in brook.
  4. When dry, serve with milk and freshly baked gingerbread cookies.

 

 

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 Each parent would have many stories to tell about their children. These stories would have many moments which are cherishable, memorable and wonderful. Along with that many frustrating and tireful ones too. All these experiences could make each parent an author of a book.

So how do we Save these memories?   Keepy, a tool that lets you snap and store photos of your kids and the stuff they do. Keepy also lets kids and their “followers” add voice and video comments.

If your children had to share their life story with someone else, what memories would be the basis for their story? Now is the time to shape their story with living memories that will last a lifetime.

You are  going to blink and these little people – who, for now, see you  as the beginning and the end of the universe – are going to be all grown up.  Make sure that when that day comes, they will look back and smile and remember the little moments like these. I know I will.

Are you making time to create memories with your children?


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“Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart’s tears can dry at their own pace.” – Vernon Baker

 What is home? A building with four walls and a roof? Or a place where you grow up among your loving family?  More than the walls and the interiors of a home, it is the spirit of those who reside in and the bonding that makes it a beautiful place to live in.

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We’ll always remember our childhood home and the vast memories of the times that shaped us. There, we were molded into who we are today. Our more recent decisions and defining moments are influenced by moments from our childhood. What ever it is, I return to where I grew up time and again.

Although home could represent an exact place or time in our lives, past or present, you will always return home. While your dreams and passions will lift you to new destinations, you will always come back to where you started. If you haven’t, think about and consider it. If not for you, then for your children.

Often translated “Family is where the heart is”, the original proverb identifies that with where there is love and acceptance, is also your home. Your home is wherever or whatever place you long to be—a place where there is no judgment, only solace. This really encompasses home as the place you love most whether it’s with one’s embrace, in your current domain or in your collective memory.

Home is where we can truly be ourselves. Where we don’t have to hide anything about who we are, how we are feeling or what we are thinking. Home is where we can put down the roles that we sometimes play and just let everything go.

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“Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest” – Robert Montgomery

“The spot of earth supremely blest”. . .what a great description. By gathering with our friends or family, home_is_where_the_heart_is_smalland building up a collection of cherished memories and experiences, we bless the space around our homes. We create a space that is powerful – one that can carry us through anything.

“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than any magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” -Charles Dickens

There is, I think, something magical about home. Whether you are a kid finding the best places to hide your Star Wars collection, or an adult putting the key into the lock after a long day, there is something about coming home that is somewhat magical. You walk in the door and things feel a little bit lighter. You settle into your favorite chair for the night and your home embraces you; it makes you feel supported, taken care of, and at peace.

Home to us is a place that we can come back to and feel safe, secure and loved.
It’s a place where friends are always welcome.
It’s kids artwork hanging on the walls and school notes on the fridge.
It’s laughter and squealing. It’s intimate chats as secrets are shared.
It’s comfortable.

Home is a tiny word but a powerful one and one so rich in meaning.  It is more than a physical place it is is an idea, a feeling, a vision.  It is something that we carry with us as we journey through life; it is not just something that we seek.

 

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Mom and Dad are moving.

There. I said it.

After 42 years, my parents are leaving the 110-year-old, three-story house that served as the backdrop for my growing-up life – a silent witness to my first teetering steps, first fumbling prayers, first teenage crushes. I remember standing at the top of those wide wooden stairs at age five, in pajamas on Christmas morning; at age 18, with a mortar board bobby-pinned to my hair; at 23, dressed in white satin.

The old place knew all of my first loves because their pictures were taped to the walls: Scott Baio, Michael Jackson, Donny Osmond … and E.T.

It also knew every misdeed: the time my brother John and I decapitated the Barbies and hid them behind the radiator; Christmas Eve of 1975 when I devoured a whole plateful of Spritz cookies in the pantry; when my sisters and I composed typewritten letters by a ghost named The Draft – we slipped the notes under the bedroom door of our brother, who was convinced that a specter haunted the darkened hallways of our home.

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In that old house on West Athens Street – where lilacs blossomed every spring and mums bloomed every fall – I learned what it meant to laugh and love and live as family.

And now, I’m trying to figure out how to say goodbye.

That house and I were playmates, and we knew each other’s secrets. The wooden banister was my first slide. Dad in his recliner, my first see-saw. The basement storeroom, my first roller-rink. On summer afternoons, I shimmied up the evergreen spires to climb onto the roof of a friend. Up there, sprawled out on her gigantic shingled lap, I would stare at the sky and daydream. She never seemed to mind if I didn’t feel like talking.

This morning, I pick up the phone to dial the numbers that connect me to home, digits I memorized back in preschool. It hits me: By June, I’ll never again dial that phone number.

Mom answers on the third ring with a sunny hello. She recites the list of things to sell, to give away, to box up. Even if her four grown children aren’t ready, she is. Or, at least, it sounds like she’s ready. I hear the resolve in her voice. Then again, I wonder if she hears the same thing in my voice – cheery and affirming – when she reminds me that the movers will come soon.

And just like that, our life stage will be emptied of its props and actors.

We’re 100 miles apart, Mom and I, but if I squint the mind’s eye, I can see her standing in the laundry room. Her bare feet are anchored, almost seamlessly, to that cool, cracked cement floor. The house has become such a part of our family that I can barely distinguish the structure from the inhabitants.

HM016-mThe house feels like a second skin. I know every wrinkle, bruise, scar and age-spot. I even know the bones that creak loudest – third stair from the top. I knew to skip that step when I came home past curfew.

We were tight, that old house and I. Look at that, would you? I’m already talking about her in the past-tense.

But it’s time. It really is. Mom and Dad are in their 70s, and old knees fare better with one-level living.

Still. Goodbyes are hard, aren’t they?

In the home where I live now, we’re passing a legacy of rootedness to my own children. When we built this house nine years ago, we made room for a built-in bench by the kitchen table – just like the bench on which I ate every meal growing up. We also installed a stained-glass window, a replica of the one that stretches across the wall back home.

In this house – my house – I set a wooden plaque on the laundry-room windowsill that reads: “My home isn’t a place. It’s people.”

I get that. I really do. But I’m still going to grieve a while longer. For I’m going to miss that splendidly creaky home that will always whisper bits of our life-story in every cobwebbed corner.

“Home is the place where it feels right to walk around without shoes.”

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 In Chris Daughtry’s Home  “…I’m going to a place where love and feeling good don’t ever cost a thing … Im going home back to a place where I belong and where your love has always been enough for me … ” Even after succeeding in his dream (and getting more than he wished for), there is no place where he can substitute the love he identified with where you know people who will always believe in you.

 

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What does the phrase home is where the heart is mean………………….

Your true home is with the person or the place you love the most
It mean it’s where your life is…. That’s where the love is. the home is usually where you base your life from…. and your body runs centrally from you heart.
It means that one might go to work, to lunch, to dinner, to a movie or play, to parties,  to a fine restaurant, but that when all that is over, your own home is where your love, activities, best things you have–all these things are where your heart is.

Our homes are a reflection of who we are.
They are one huge canvas that each of us chooses how to decorate.
They are our personal space in this huge universe.
They evolve and change just as we do.

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We fill them with people and things we treasure and love.
Their walls hold our treasured memories, and so much that we hold dear.
They become our safe havens, our respite from the rest of the world
And that is what I believe makes a house a home.
Trust me, walls do talk !
A home tells a lot about the person living there.

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou

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Parents know what they have to teach children. They teach them manners, and how to use the potty. They teach them how to eat at the table, how to get dressed in the morning, and eventually, how to tie their own shoes. Sadly, one of the forgotten teachings of parenthood is teaching children how to be grateful. When is the last time you taught your child to be grateful. As a parent, it is immensely important for children, even very young ones – to realize that a grateful heart can lead to great things in life.

Gratitude doesn’t come naturally to our children.  It is learned. So, as parents, “Teaching our Children Gratitude” should be at the top of our parental-to-do-list.

Happiness is a skill that parents can teach their children and the relationship between gratitudegratitude2-1 and happiness is really strong. People who spend more time doing things that express their gratitude tend to be considerably happier than people who don’t.Children who express gratitude are kinder, more appreciative, more empathetic, happier and more enthusiastic. Grateful children understand that other people have needs and they look outside themselves. They are more polite, usually better behaved and generally more pleasant to be around.

LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Imagine for a moment one of those nights when you just can’t fall asleep and you have to get up early the next morning for a very important meeting of which you are the keynote speaker. Your alarm clock goes off early in the morning waking you from what little sleep you had. You stumble out of bed, have a quick shower, grab a coffee and some toast, and off you go to fight the traffic on the way to work.

Does that sound like the start of a terrible day? Most would answer ‘yes’. Few people however, would answer, ‘no’. These are the people, who are in my opinion blessed with a gift. A gift that determines how they view their life. These people live with ‘an attitude of gratitude’. For them, the situation described could be worse. Much worse. For example, think of the man who doesn’t have a bed, let alone a roof to over his head. When he is awoken from what little sleep he is able to get, it is by the rain falling on his cold body. He too stumbles to his feet and begins his journey to work in his bare feet. His work is in the field of survival. He searches though garbage cans for scraps of half-rotten food to eat and odd bits of clothes to keep him warm.

gratitudeThe purpose of this example is to illustrate that we all have so much to be grateful for. Even in times when it seems that nothing could be worse, there is always a reason to be grateful. And when you feel a sense of gratitude, you feel a sense of happiness and content. My challenge to you today is to learn to look for the good in every situation and live with ‘an attitude of gratitude’.

I assure you, if you were the fellow searching for food in garbage cans you too could find things to be grateful for. You just have to look hard enough and ‘open your eyes’ to what is around you. You have to focus on what’s good in your life, not what’s bad.

“I once was distraught because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” – Unknown

Life works in mysterious ways. Time and time again there have been stories of people who are in a dire strait yet they are found helping others who are experiencing greater turmoil. This is because once you have helped someone in greater need than yourself, you always feel better. You feel better because you have helped another human being, and this forces you to change your mindset from focusing on your problems to focusing on their solutions.

3601243290_ba8443f6ecAlways focus on the solution, not the problem and live with an attitude of gratitude! Mother Teresa was a primary example of this phenomenon. Her entire life revolved around helping others in need. As a result she experienced a great deal of love and self-satisfaction in her life.

I challenge you now to take a moment to think of five things in your life that you are grateful for today. For example, your friends, your family, your job, your sense of smell, touch, sight, and sound. The list can go on and on. Imagine what your life would be like without these things. Write them down on a piece of paper and really think about the things you are grateful for. You will be amazed at how great you will feel!

Gratitude is such a brilliant gift that has been bestowed upon us if we choose it. The sophistication of this gift is simple. It is a choice. Be thankful for what you have, who you are and who you can be. It’s all about perception. It doesn’t matter what societal status you come from, what your wallet has in it or how you were culturally raised. Be thankful for what you have and feel right now in this exact moment in time. Hard times and good times. These are all opportunities to acknowledge gratitude. To give a shout out to gratitude. As we teach our children to witness this invisible mind thought, the concept emerges within them just as easy as they learn how to brush their teeth, their ABC’s or how to tie their shoes. These are life skills they will use through-out their whole life.  Gratitude can be a wholesome part of your healthy intentional conscious parenting routine.

Recognizing The Good

Musician playing the violin

There is a story — maybe an urban legend, but full of truth nonetheless — concerning the famous violinist Itzhak Perlman.

As a child he had been stricken with polio and getting on stage is no small feat for him. He wears braces on both thank-you-quoteslegs and uses crutches. One evening, Perlman was in New York to give a concert. Perlman crossed the stage slowly until he reached the chair,  seated himself, and signaled to the conductor to begin.

No sooner had he finished the first few bars then one of the strings on his violin snapped, echoing loudly through the theatre like a gunshot. Perlman was at the beginning of the piece and it would have been reasonable to bring the concert to a halt while he replaced the string to begin again. But that’s not what he did. He waited a moment and signaled the conductor to pick up just where they had left off.

Perlman had only three strings on which to play his soloist part. He was able to find some of the missing notes on adjoining strings, but where that wasn’t possible, he had to spontaneously reorganize the music so that it all still held together.

He played with passion and artistry, instinctively rearranging the symphony right through to the end. When he finally rested his bow, the audience sat for a moment in stunned silence. Then, rising to their feet, they gave a standing ovation. Each person in the audience knew they had been witness to an extraordinary display of human skill and ingenuity.

Perlman raised his bow to signal for quiet. “You know,” he said, “sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much beautiful music you can still make with what you have left.”

We have to wonder, was he speaking of his violin strings or his crippled body?

gratitude-3-tpl-bkgdCircumstances can throw us off our game or they can strengthen our determination and desire to create a positive outcome. The Hebrew term for gratitude is hikarat hatov, which means, literally, “recognizing the good.” Practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already in our lives. With a daily practice of giving thanks, our perspective shifts.  Gratitude is a powerful perspective that energizes positive action, and therefore creates a more fulfilling life.

If we thought about it, we would find that we don’t give or hear expressions of gratitude as often as we should. If you feel this way you are certainly not alone. Remembering to Express Gratitude can help us and our family members. Gratitude is more than an inner feeling. When good things are happening around us, when we’re with those we love and we’re grateful and we’re expressing it, the feeling of love and tenderness grows.  Gratitude can bring a calming feeling.

 
(In April of 2005, a young mom was confronted with a diaper rash that just wouldn’t quit. The rash needed some fresh air to heal, but she was also concerned about keeping her daughter warm. In a moment of inspiration, she snipped the feet off of a pair of socks and fitted her daughter from hip to ankle with a cool set of leg warmers. These leg warmers not only kept her daughter warm, but also protected her from the elements, made diaper changing and potty training easier, and protected her soft knees while crawling. With some fun designs and some grassroots marketing support, the functional and fashionable leg warmers that began as a solution to keep little legs warm quickly became much more.)

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So what is gratitude, really? It includes saying “thank you” and being polite. But it is more than that. Expressing Gratitude is the beginning of courtesy, generosity, concern and appreciation for family members and others.

A deeply felt and fully expressed gratitude is an effective way to positively influence attitudes and behavior, our own and that of others. Learning to feel and express gratitude can have a significant effect on the happiness and success of every family member.

gratitude-300x300“A frustrated mother once complained to her neighbor that no one in her family seemed to appreciate what she did. They never commented on how much effort she spent cleaning the house, decorating their home for holidays, and keeping their clothes clean and pressed. They never thanked her for the good meals she prepared or for taking them to school or to work. … She was annoyed that they took her for granted.

“Her neighbor replied, ‘Marianne, you have a clean and attractively kept house. Your children go to school and to their meetings clean and neat. You are an excellent cook, and I can’t think of anyone who is more faithful than you are about doing your Church callings.

“ ‘I suspect that your husband and children recognize your efforts as being praiseworthy. It is possible that other members of your family feel the same discouragement as you do because it just isn’t the practice at your home to express appreciation’ ”

  • • What did the neighbor bring to Marianne’s attention?

In order to develop and teach gratitude to those in our families we must first awaken within ourselves the attitude of being appreciative. “It is as important for our families to learn to express gratitude to one another as it is to receive it from one another. If we don’t teach others to express their appreciation by our example and by our instruction, they may not learn this important courtesy. … If we want others to continue doing what they are doing, the best thing we can do is to let them know how much we appreciate it”

It is one thing to teach your child how to say thank you. It is something entirely different to teach them how to feel it.

So how do we help our families learn Gratitude?  Let me share these 10 ways to help make that happen……….

1.album-gratitude Keep a Gratitude Journal. Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.

2. Remember the Bad. To be grateful in your current state, it is helpful to remember the hard times that you once experienced. When you remember how difficult life used to be and how far you have come, you set up an explicit contrast in your mind, and this contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness.

3. Ask Yourself Three Questions. Utilize the meditation technique known as Naikan, which involves reflecting on three questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have

4. Learn Prayers of Gratitude. In many spiritual traditions, prayers of gratitude are considered to be the most powerful form of prayer, because through these prayers people recognize the ultimate source of all they are and all they will ever be.I caused?”

5. Come to Your Senses. Through our senses—the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear—we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive. Seen through the lens of gratitude, the human body is not only a miraculous construction, but also a gift.

6. Use Visual Reminders. Because the two primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and a lack of gratitudemindful awareness, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude. Often times, the best visual reminders are other people.

7. Make a Vow to Practice Gratitude. Research shows that making an oath to perform a behavior increases the likelihood that the action will be executed. Therefore, write your own gratitude vow, which could be as simple as “I vow to count my blessings each day,” and post it somewhere where you will be reminded of it every day.

8. Watch your Language. Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf.

9. Go Through the Motions. If you go through grateful motions, the emotion of gratitude should be triggered. Grateful motions include smiling, saying thank you, and writing letters of gratitude.

10. Think Outside the Box. If you want to make the most out of opportunities to flex your gratitude muscles, you must creatively look for new situations and circumstances in which to feel grateful.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., (who wrote these steps to Gratitude) is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Heart of Gratitude…

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said :  ‘ I am blind, please help.’  There were only a few coins in the hat.A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write? ”
The man said, ” I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”
I wrote : ‘ Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.’
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? Be thankful for what you have.  Be Creative.  Be innovative. Think differently and positively..

 

 

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Enjoy your day with a heart of gratitude. 🙂

To teach our children the value of gratefulness, we want to be sure to role model grateful behavior:

Children need to see us being grateful for what we have. That might mean not running out to by the latest pocketbook and newest electronic gadget.

Let them see you saying thank you to the postman, the store clerk, and your friends.

Tell them, “I am so grateful to have you in my life.” If that is too corny for you, you can say, (when they come home from school), “It is good to see you.”

Let them see you and your spouse thank each other. Thank your spouse for making dinner, for taking out the garbage, cleaning a clogged drain or for making the phone call to Aunt Ethel, something you really didn’t want to do.

Don’t complain about all the things you don’t have.

Write a gratitude journal and tell them about it in a non-confrontational, friendly way.

Enjoy the beauty around you and point it out to your children. Sunsets, the sun shining on the snow, laughing babies and blossoming trees.

Understanding child/teen development and their limitations gives us insights into their frustrating but necessary behavior. Being grateful for what we have is one of the secrets of successful living. Fostering gratefulness in ourselves will enhance our family life and give our children the direction they need to cultivate their own happiness.

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“If you look to others for fulfillment
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
You will never be happy with yourself
Be content with what you have;
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
The whole world belongs to you
.”
~Lao Tzu

Gratitude is more than an attitude, more than polite manners and positive thinking. It is a way of life and a magnificent legacy to leave our children. So, don’t think about how to instill gratitude in children, instead start taking these steps to instill this significant attitude in your family today, for a better tomorrow.

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed.  If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.  ~Robert Brault

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