Category: holidays

Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

Looking for Leprechauns and other ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

[ 0 ] March 14, 2012 |

Here is my list of things to learn and do in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. My favorite is taking the kids to the park in search of leprechauns.

Read a good book with your children first, like Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna and Lecia Balian; then find a park near you and take a hike in search of these mischievous characters. If it’s a nice day and you don’t find any, you and your kids may still enjoy the walk looking for early signs of spring. Check our events calendar for local parades and other happenings.

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Parenting Simply:  Love and Gratitude

Parenting Simply: Love and Gratitude

[ 3 ] February 13, 2012 |

In the busy-ness of life, we often move, move, move forward without noticing the time or the space or the feelings that we’re moving through. But what happens when we stand still? When we relax for a moment, and breathe, and notice what is happening around us while we stand still? Everything changes.

One simple ritual that helps me is pausing in my day to express gratitude. It can be as easy as pausing while I’m washing the dishes to look out the window and feel gratitude for the sky and the trees. I breathe deeply, feel gratitude and then return to my chore. But I am calmer and happier as I finish those dishes.

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DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

DIY Valentine Craft Projects for Kids

[ 2 ] February 3, 2012 |

Whether your children make valentines for their entire the class or a handful for their grandparents and best friend, giving (and receiving) a handmade valentine is super special no matter how big, small, simple, or detailed the heart is.

Making a large number of valentines for your child’s class can seem daunting, but choosing a project that is simple to oversee and appropriate for your child’s skill and age level can be fun and rewarding. When my boys were toddlers, I precut hearts out of paper or used heart-shaped doilies and let them paint or put stickers on each one. Now that they’re older, it’s helpful that they have a longer attention span and can sign their own cards.

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Family Matters: 10 Fun Winter Activities

Family Matters: 10 Fun Winter Activities

[ 0 ] January 27, 2012 |

From skating to snowplay, get out there and make this winter weather a family affair. While we wait for the next great snowfall, let’s get out there and start having winter fun (and yes, some of these are great for snowy days).

Snowshoeing1. Head out on a winter hike. Bring snacks and a thermos of hot soup and/or cocoa. Explore a wildlife refuge. Try it with snowshoes.

2. Make maple snow candy…

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Honor Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr.

Honor Dr. Mr. Luther King Jr.

[ 1 ] January 12, 2012 |

Providence Children’s Museum will feature performances of M.L.K.: Amazing Grace by Rochel Coleman and Valerie Tutson and present a special exhibit about the American Civil Rights Movement and King’s work. Families can also browse an exhibit of photographs, text and a selection of carefully chosen books about the American Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence. Visitors can choose to participate in a thought-provoking interactive exploration of the negative power of discrimination, during which they encounter “red only” and “green only” labels throughout the Museum. Educators will be on hand to talk to families following this provocative exercise and invite them to record their responses.

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Creating Family Traditions: Kidoinfo Readers Share Ideas for all Seasons

Creating Family Traditions: Kidoinfo Readers Share Ideas for all Seasons

[ 0 ] December 30, 2011 |

At every family meal, we go around the table and each person says what he or she is thankful for. – Mark

We love to play short round robin games of either Boggle or Bananagrams at the end of the day. It’s a family event. We are all in our pajamas, sitting atop the parents’ bed with either of those games. – Josefina

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Creating Family Traditions: Teny Gross shares his ideas

Creating Family Traditions: Teny Gross shares his ideas

[ 0 ] December 29, 2011 |

alternatives to participating in traditional holidays and commercialism:

• Set limits and establish a sense of proportion. Holidays always evolve, and are a mix of traditions (Christian holidays for example are a mix with Roman traditions). Our kids write letters to Santa and know that they will get 1 gift from Santa only and a few from us. (Luckily for the kids, their grandmothers do not always comply.)
• We get our Christmas tree on the weekend of our anniversary to share this special time with the kids. We buy the tree that we think no one else will pick. We choose the one that is crooked or homely so it has a home for the holiday.
• We do not give presents for Channuka. We celebrate the Jewish traditions in a noncommercial way.

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Creating Family Traditions: Wendy Lawton’s Top 10 List

Creating Family Traditions: Wendy Lawton’s Top 10 List

[ 1 ] December 28, 2011 |

traditions: tips / resources

Search your soul, your heart, and your memory bank for what is cherished. What values, ideas, and moments are most important to you? Make a list. Build traditions around the top of that list.
Traditions should be unique to you. Lather, rinse and repeat Step One.
Involve your family. What traditions do they want to continue, tweak, add? ‘Cause they’re, um, on this train, too.

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Creating Family Traditions: A few of my favorites

Creating Family Traditions: A few of my favorites

[ 0 ] December 27, 2011 |

We celebrate, discuss and honor many religions and cultural celebrations in our home. We decorate a Christmas tree, light Hanukkah candles, attend a Seder annually at a friend’s home, and when my father fasted for Ramadan, we made a paper chain to symbolize how many days were left in his fast. Our kids are growing up knowing that people have different beliefs, religions, and traditions.

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Creating Family Traditions: Sarika Parikh’s ideas and resources

Creating Family Traditions: Sarika Parikh’s ideas and resources

[ 0 ] December 23, 2011 |

2. Create opportunities to share stories/experiences from previous generations.

Share your favorite childhood tradition with your children. “Interview” an older relative with your child to hear his or her version of favorite traditions and celebrations.

Go to a local senior center and “befriend” a grandparent or develop a relationship with a local neighbor and hear about their traditions.

Create a family recipe book and encourage others from different generations to contribute. Have them share stories about why they want this recipe included in the book. Include a picture. Then distribute as gifts from your family to the relatives.

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