EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Celebrate September Holidays!
Use Tools Today and Celebrate
Celebrate Labor Day by working together. Spend time with
your child or children, using tools to build or repair something. Make a
boat, a birdhouse or a wooden cutting board. Sew something simple. Fix a
bicycle. Prepare dinner together and use kitchen tools and gadgets.
While you're working, share information about the work you do, your
favorite things about your work and how it makes you feel.
Difference to Someone
those who gave their lives on 9/11, do something to benefit someone
else. Visit a local fire station and bring a "Thank You" card to those
who work there. Make dinner for someone who would appreciate it. Send a
letter to a relative, complete with drawings by children in the family
and be sure to tell them what you like best about them. Stop by the
house of a neighbor with a bouquet of fresh flowers from your yard--or a
florist or grocery store floral department--just to brighten their day.
This book is dedicated to those
affected by the events of 9/11. It has American
Songs, Prayers, Speeches and Sentiments, and includes
American comfort food recipes
Spirit of America
International Literacy Day/Read a Book Day
Read a book about another country or
One of the magical things about reading is that
books can take you anywhere and help you to learn about places
you might never get to visit or experience in any other way.
Celebrate International Literacy Day by choosing a book from
the shelf, from a library, a bookstore or even an on-line
e-book; and reading about a country or culture other than your
own. For children, choose books with pictures or
illustrations. Each family member can read about a different
place and you can have a discussion about what you read at
dinner. (Yes, even if dinner is fast food, you can still talk
and listen.) Talk about the most interesting things that you
each discovered. Find a place where you can taste a type of
food that is popular in the country that each family member
learned about in the book that they read. Decide if it is
something that you would like to eat again.
Read a book Day
Effects and Read Aloud
Make reading fun!
Read stories aloud to one another. Start a family tradition of reading
classic books to one another. When our youngest son was 4, we read the
entire Hobbit out loud. He's almost 27 and still recalls it vividly.
He also read the trilogy, Lord of the Rings, on his own over the
years. We've had many discussions about the stories, and have seen all of
the movie versions together too.
When you read
stories, one of the ways to make them interesting is to add your own sound
effects where they are appropriate. Some classic short stories like
Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow tales or Rudyard Kipling's gems
like Elephant's Child lend themselves to wonderful sound effects and
special voices. Let the kids make vocal sound effects. Use empty plastic
containers or a soft mallet on a wooden board to make the sound of horse's
hooves. Experiment to get the sound of wind whistling through the trees or
the thundering noise of bowling for Rip Van Winkle. Let a child read the
voice for the bi-colored python rock snake. (It's also a great way to learn
some "big words".) Best of all is the time spent together making special
memories that let your children know they are special to you.
Grandparents Day by making a family tree. If you are lucky enough to
have grandparents who are still alive and living nearby, make a video
recording and interviewthem. Ask them about family, their
childhood, their favorite things and places.
Learn more about
Grandma and Grandpa with one of the
I Want YOU to Know
ME..Love, Grandma Books.
Also available as Love, Grandpa or Love Grandma and Grandpa. These books
are educational for children of all
ages, allowing them to see how they are part of something
larger than themselves. It is a way for grandparents to leave
a legacy. Click on the photo below for more information.
I Want YOU to Know ME...Love Grandma &
Gifts for Grandma and Grandpa
TOY REPAIR KIT
Find a container like a small tool box, craft supply box
or even a cardboard school supply box. Label it: Grandpa's Toy Repair
Kit and fill it with a handy selection of small tools and repair items.
Include a hammer, blade and Phillips screwdrivers, a craft knife,
magnifying glass and some pliers. Add a small package of miscellaneous
screws, nails, tacks and connectors. A good tube of glue or epoxy will
come in handy and be sure to give grandpa a selection of different
batteries to fix all those electronic toys. The grandpa in our family is
frequently relied upon to fix broken toys and a handy kit like this can
be used to fix other things as well. Just having these simple items all
together in one place makes it a nice gift for a special grandpa.
When our youngest son was born, there was such a space
between children, that one set of grandparents was completely "out" of
kid-safe things. So we put together a duffle bag filled with plastic
drinking cups, plates and spoons; age appropriate toys and books, and
other necessary items. Over the years, the bag held everything from
diapers, bibs, building blocks and a variety of snacks. It made it easy
on grandma who didn't have to worry about giving our little one a glass
container or a china plate and our son was happy and comfortable having
toys, books and things that he loved available at grandma's house too.
Give a grandma in your family a bag of goodies for her grandchildren
GIFTS IDEAS THAT KIDS CAN
MAKE FOR GRANDPARENTS
Gifts for Grandparents
Books for Grandparents
Make a Hat
Silly Hats for Lots of Laughs
something silly! Make a hat from a paper bag, a rolled-paper cone, scrap
pieces of fabric or a paper plate. Make a balloon hat. Be creative. Add
ribbons, construction paper, lace, flowers, buttons or bows. Color it.
Paint it. Attach things with glue. Wear it. Have a living room or
backyard parade with everyone wearing a silly hat. Take pictures to
capture the laughter. Have a contest and vote on the funniest headpiece.
Select a prize that will make the winner chuckle as much as wearing the
hat does. Have fun together. Yes, adults can do this too.
Say it, Do it!
Perhaps one of
the best gifts we can give our children is to help them see themselves
as capable. Sometimes this happens from what we say, including words
like: "I'm sure you can
handle that." Often it occurs because we provide our children with
opportunities to try new things, to use tools, to experience situations
under our watchful eye where they can test their abilities.
So on "Positive
Thinking Day", spend some time asking a child what they might like to
do, if there is some skill they would like to learn, some fear that they
wish they didn't have. Talk about it. Give them positive reinforcement
and maybe even give them some positive affirmations that they can say to
themselves. Then come up with a simple plan to help them achieve what
they have talked about. It doesn't have to be something grand. Little
things accomplished make great strides in self-reliance and self-esteem.
Let a child use
a key to open a door, use a sharp potato peeler to help prepare dinner,
mix up something with an electric mixer or make wood smooth with a power
sander. Of course, everything is done with you nearby; but let them
stretch and grow and become confident! They can do it and so can you.
If these holidays are part of your family tradition, celebrate them
together. If they are not, perhaps learning a little about them will
give you an understanding and appreciation of a culture different than
your own. To celebrate Rosh Hashanah make a centerpiece that can double
as a snack platter. Core an apple and insert a white Shabbat candle in
the center of the apple. Place it in the middle of a plate or platter.
Fill the plate with slices of apples and sit it in the middle of the
table with some greenery underneath. Have some honey available for
dipping the apple slices.
Ring Your Bell and Cry for Freedom
Learn a little history about Mexico and celebrate this
day with a Mexican dinner. (No time to cook? Choose something simple
like a Quesadilla--cheese crisp--or get Mexican take-out or "fast food".
) Look on the Internet for information about the holiday. Find out about
Miguel Hidalgo. Ring your own bell
and give your own cry for freedom. Listen to Mariachi music, try finding
some on a local radio station or borrow CD's from your library. Decorate
the table with brightly colored flowers.
For More Ideas to Celebrate Mexican culture,
Put the FUN in Parenting!
Ultimate Collection of Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy
Ideas for Tots through Teens
By Kas Winters
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