Before my kids were born, I rarely posted on social media. Once my first was born, he was (in my mind) the cutest baby ever and everyone needed to see him. It also made it easier to stay connected to friends and family across the globe without annoying group texts.
It is definitely a new world out there. From cell phones that distract kids daily, to vaping that hides the smell of a newly found habit, to the internet that exposes kids to anything and everything, parents are faced with a huge amount of challenges these days. These challenges seem to be exacerbated as kids enter the teenage years.
I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think I’m on the downhill side of the toddler stage. The beginning of the sweet spot. Don’t get me wrong, there are still tantrums and a lot of whining, but my kids are FINALLY entertaining themselves.
If you are anything like our family, you look forward to snow days with a certain amount of dread and a small tinge of happy remembrance thinking about the snow days of your youth. But by 10 am or so, the happy feelings begin to wane.
The dread comes about because we don’t normally plan an entire day of activities for our kids. On a regular day, they go to school, have “practice,” eat, and then sleep. But when they wake up at 6:30 am like our kids do, find out they are free from any educational restrictions, they seem to ratchet up their energy level like they downed a couple of Red Bulls while cramming a plateful of chocolate chip pancakes covered in syrup and whipped cream into their sticky mouths.
Every year as my children get older (mine are 10 and almost 6) I struggle with what to get them for the holidays (not to mention both of their birthdays fall in December and January). They seem to have everything under the moon and our playroom is busting at the seams. I don’t always want to buy them more stuff! One thing I have found more interesting is the idea of “experience gifts.” Here are some ideas: