There is something beautiful about spending time as a family around the holidays, whether you have young children or older ones. Traditions are what make the holidays so magical, and while you may already have some that were passed down from your childhood, it’s never too late to start a new one.
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Blogpost We Read
If you are looking for new ways to make memories with the ones you love, Good Housekeeping editors and contributors are sharing some of their favorite Christmas traditions. Although Christmas is celebrated differently around the world, a lot of traditions share a common ground such as making traditional Christmas foods based on your region and decorating for the holidays. Here are our top 3 picks:
- DIY Advent Calendar
- Send Santa a Letter
- Wear Matching Christmas Pajamas
Workbook We Like
Many parents I speak with believe they are losing the war for their children’s respect and, consequently, their capacity to have a good influence on them. As a Family, respect is the glue that holds your relationships together. When you earn your children’s respect, they also learn to respect themselves.
Respect doesn’t have to come naturally – it is something that you can learn. We would like to share a parenting workbook, Respect in the Home. It will help you create a home environment where family members demonstrate and role model respect for each other and where they feel supported, heard, and affirmed.
Tips We Learned
Mornings can be hectic, but you can change that. To harness the power of positive thinking, use a morning affirmation as part of your family’s schedule. A daily schedule benefits both younger and older children by providing a structured environment. There are some simple changes you can make to reinvent your morning routine as a parent and Happiful got tips for a good morning routine:
- Get the kids involved
- Make your bedroom your happy place
- Don’t fall down the priority lists.
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Helper of the Week
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Have a wonderful week, all.
Much love to you and your family,
The Monkey Mashup Staff
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