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Family Matters: Teacher Gifts & More

Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

Kido Tip 1. Teacher gifts

Teachers are an important part of our children’s lives. It’s thoughtful to tell them how much you appreciate their time, effort and dedication to your children. Gifts need not be big or extravagant. The familiar saying It is not about how the much the gift costs but the thought that counts is so true. Depending on your budget, gift cards in any dollar amount to places they frequent like supply stores, local book shops or their favorite coffee shop are always useful. If you can coordinate with other families everyone can contribute to one joint gift card. Make the gift personal by including something handmade like a drawing or baked goods. For more ideas, read Holiday Gift-Giving to Teachers: Notes from the Field by Jill Davidson.

Kido Tip  2. School Vacation Plans

Depending on where you kids attend school vacation may start as early as Monday. This may mean scrambling for childcare, planning day trips, or more time home to play. I find it helpful to child swap with friends when possible or share a baby-sitter to keep childcare costs at a minimum.  The Kidoinfo calendar is full of special events for school vacation week. Parents of young kids should be aware that many places including libraries, zoos, and museum have special events for kids throughout this week. Great news, but it also means that these places may be busier than usual, so plan accordingly. I like “to schedule” some plan-free days allowing the kids unstructured time to play at home, read, build forts, play games and even unplug. Good way for all of us to recharge our batterie for the new year.

Kido Tip 3. Spread Holiday Cheer with Caroling

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