I am not going to lie here people; I live for the day my kids go back to school. It’s not that I don’t love them, or you know, being with them every second of every day including when I pee. Ok, let’s be real; school breaks can be some of the most stressful times for you and your kids. Here’s how to make it through school breaks stress-free and even pee in peace!
Stick to the School Routine
Many parents get off the routine or let their kids get off routine as well. This is a method for disaster and chaos. Kids need routine, and if you can keep it as close as a normal day, the better. Wake them up at the same time, make breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the same time. Doing these things will take some of the stress out of the day.
Plan Activities for Your Kids to do
The winter break is typically the longest. You want to have crafts or activities to do with your kids that keep them occupied as if they were in school. When kids get bored, it’s all over from there. Read “Winter Craft Ideas for Your Toddlers” to find crafts you can all do together. Here are just a few fun ways to keep your kids from getting bored:
- Make Oobleck: Oobleck is a liquid, I mean a solid, well who knows?
- Play Board games: Board games are the best.
- Make edible play dough: Kids can eat their creations after they play.
Take Time for Yourself
During the holidays, there is so much going on that you forget to take the time you need. Take at least 5-10 minutes a day to meditate, pray, sit in peace or exercise. This helps alleviate stress while making your mind focused and ready for more action.
Plan for kids to Visit Relatives
Breaks are the perfect opportunity for your kids to spend the weekend with grandma, visit aunt Susie for the day, or take an ice fishing trip with uncle Joe. Make plans for your kids to get out of the house and go spend time with their relatives. This gives you peace and it keeps them from getting bored.
Fall is definitely here and that means getting the house cozy. I have rounded up 8 different projects for the Fall and Thanksgiving season that you can either make yourself or print out. These are sure to add a little bit of something special to your home.
It’s awesome when you can find projects that you can make yourself or that someone else has made for you to access for free. It adds a little splash of Fall to your home without breaking the bank. I know that I am a huge fan of all the different fall colors, so I tried to find some with those in them for you.
You will be thanking me later when your home has that little something extra for the Fall. Feel free to share with your friends and family too so that they can deck out their homes.
I am totally in love with all of these printables and can not wait to get them printed and hung out on my own wall. If I am feeling crafty maybe I will venture into the other items!
Tis the season for amazing food! If you are looking for a dessert that is a little different than your ordinary pie, I have a treat for you. These Caramel Apple Cream Puffs are sure to add a great variety to your dessert line up.
When it comes to desserts, I am always down for a great slice of pie or even cake. My kids, however, are a different story. They love to have something that they can eat when they are on the move. These Caramel Apple Cream Puffs are great for just that. Visiting with family is always so busy and they always want to bounce from one person to the next. Plus, these puffs save you on some extra dishes since they can be taken right from the dish and eaten in your hand.
I know that I am always looking for a recipe for a dessert that is semi good for you and tastes delicious. If this is you, too, then you need these in your life. They also make for a great take home dessert when it comes time to dish out the leftovers. You can just pop a few of these into the take home container that you know everyone will be wanting to take with them.
With just a few ingredients, you can have a dessert that everyone will be talking about and wanting the recipe for!
I know that with the Fall season we always have apples in our house, so this is totally one of the best ways to enjoy them.
Make sure that you get these on your menu OR just enjoy them for the perfect cooler weather snack. I know that my kids love to help me make these Caramel Apple Cream Puffs. I definitely don’t feel guilty making them for a treat either. Next time you have a craving for an apple dessert, this is going to be your go to for sure.
I know that just looking at these pictures of how these puffs turn out is making you drool? Am I right?
These puffs are definitely hard to eat just a couple. Even though this recipe yields 26 puff pastries, you are going to want to make even more than that. Make sure that you hide some to keep for yourself after your get together is over, too. You will thank me later!
The holidays have turned drastically away from being thankful for what you have and spending time with family to eating and getting what you want. With the way of the world, it can be challenging to teach your kids what it means to be thankful. Here are some great ways to teach kids to be thankful this holiday season!
Create a Thankful Jar
For the months of November and December, have your kids write one thing they are thankful for each day of the month and put it in the jar. Read your thankful notes as a family each week to see what everyone is thankful for.
Volunteer to Help those Less Fortunate
Kids and adults alike only see what is happening in their own lives. They see the Jones’ getting a big screen TV and the best gaming systems of the year, but we forget that some are even less fortunate than ourselves. Volunteer as a family at a local homeless shelter, food bank, or orphanage.
Teach Thankfulness Through Example
Parents tend to forget that children are going to do what they see their parents doing, not what you tell them to do. Show your kids how to be thankful through your own actions. Tell them when you appreciate something they did, and how it made you feel. As they see you being thankful, they too will become thankful.
Give Your Kids Chores
This may not seem like it teaches them anything, but chores teach kids to be thankful for what others do. It gives them a sense of what you or other adults do for them daily that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Give to Others
Teach your kids the rule that it is better to give than to receive. Do something for someone else. It doesn’t have to be because they need it, but just because you want to give someone else something. Here are a few ways to give to others:
- Mow the neighbor’s yard
- Make cookies for friends and family
- Visit someone in the nursing home
- Buy a gift for other children that may not get one this year.
What other ways have you taught you child about being thankful? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!