New Year’s Eve Ideas for Families, Quote from Arnold Bennett, The Available Parent (#21)

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New Year is one of the very important holiday for many families. It inspires the joyous traditions that we all know and love.

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Activities We Liked

New Year’s Eve is a particular time to reflect upon the past year and celebrate all of the unique goals and dreams you have for the upcoming year. You can quickly put together a New Year’s family event complete with festive meals, games, and activities whether you celebrate December 31 in the comfort of your home or from a distant location.

Create a New Year’s Eve bash that’s as unique as your family. Here are our favorite activities from Love to Know “New Year’s Eve Ideas for Families: Themes, Games and Beyond” blog post:

  • Fortune Cookie Hide and Seek
  • Family Time Capsule
  • Choosing New Year’s Eve traditions and customs for several countries

(Read the blogpost)

Quote We Liked

“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.”
Arnold Bennett

Book We Read

Teenage life is a phase full of energy, hope, life, joy, beauty, and passion. Having teenagers is not an easy task and I would recommend this practical book, “The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens“. Dr. John Duffy’s The Available Parent is a revolutionary approach to taking care of teens and tweens. The available parent fosters an extraordinary teenager. We have a tendency today to over-parent, micro-manage, and under-appreciate our adolescents. If you can get there as a parent, you can begin to enjoy a healthy, satisfying, exciting new kind of relationship with your teenager, a relationship with a foundation not of fear, but of radical optimism.

(Get the book)

This Week’s Article

Identifying SPD in Toddlers
By now, many of us likely know someone who has sensory sensitivities. They might shudder at the sound of certain noises like silverware clanking together or avoid certain foods simply due to their texture. These dislikes are usually more obvious in adults who can verbalize their preferences and the reasoning behind them. However, many people don’t realize there are telltale behaviors that can point toward sensory sensitivities in younger children and toddlers. Read more.

Helper of the Week

Loving Naturally Doula is a Student Midwife. She completed her first year in January 2022 and has helped over 15 moms with their Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Care!

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Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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