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:
Déjà vu is defined by Merriam-Webster as
“noun: déjà vu
1a: the illusion of remembering scenes and events when experienced for the first time b: a feeling that one has seen or heard something before.”
We all have had moments of Déjà vu. No one can control or predict when these moments will occur. As parents, there are moments that feel like déjà vu many times a day.
“I never lose; I either win or I learn.”
For many moms and dads, “competition" is thought to be a dirty word. They argue, not only does it place too much pressure on kiddos to be the best, but it also causes unnecessary stress leaving them feeling discouraged if they don't win.
So, to shield their kiddos from disappointment, many well-intentioned parents avoid competition for their kiddos altogether.
For many other moms and dads, competition is thought to be an unavoidable part of life. They argue that learning to operate in a competitive environment is a valuable skill.
So, to prepare their kiddos for the challenges they will face in adulthood, these parents encourage their kiddos to participate in sports and other competitive activities.
Now that the kids are back to school it is time to talk about the daily dilemma… school lunches and snacks during sports sessions. There are so many choices: homemade, school provided, bought, pre packaged, delivered, organic, or even forgotten and left on the counter.
Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons. The life of a competitive swimmer includes stacks of ribbons from swim meets. Receiving a prize at the finish is one of the best feelings in the world for a swimmer. It’s also a proud moment for mom and dad. Pictures are posted on social media and dinner at the swimmer’s favorite restaurant is in order. But what do you do with the ribbons after the celebrations are over? Swimmers who start swimming competitively at a young age can collect hundreds of ribbons by the age of 10. Piles of ribbons can be found in every drawer or closet in the house.