Whether going back to work was a choice for your personal fulfillment or based on the financial needs of your family, the transition is going to be hard on your whole family for a time. Stay-at-home parents do a lot throughout the week, and as you head back to work, some of the things you used to take responsibility for may now fall on your kids’ shoulders. This can be an extra-difficult time for them to make the transition to doing more for themselves because they’re also dealing with the emotional transition of having less of your time throughout the day. However, with some planning and communication, you can not only make it easy for your family to make this transition together, but you can also use it as a teaching opportunity to set your kids up for more success in their lives.
Easter is such a fun time of year. But like so many holidays, it can also be packed with sugar, especially for children. When you have a community Easter egg hunt with candy-filled eggs followed by a lunch at grandma’s with tons of sugary desserts, the last thing you want to give your kids is more sugar. Unfortunately, store aisles are filled with tons of different candies to stuff into your kids’ Easter baskets, and there can be a lot of pressure to pack your kid’s Easter baskets with sugar. If you’re committed to creating a candy-free Easter basket that your kids will love, here are some tips and tricks.
There’s an art form to being a great hostess. Guests can feel awkward and uncomfortable when visiting. Your space is not their space, and as a result, they may not know where to go or how to behave. If you want to earn a reputation as a great hostess and keep your guests coming back for more visits, you’ll want to know all about making your guests feel at home. These quick, easy tips can make the visit more comfortable for both of you.
Though it may not seem like it just now with snow still on the ground and frost still coating your windows in the morning, May is just around the corner. What once marked the end of the school year and the beginning of summer has become, as we made the transition to adults, simply a sign of warm weather to come and, for those of us who are moms, a warning that we need to find childcare options for our children. With that on our minds, it can be easy to forget another of the big changes May signifies. For high schoolers and college students across the world, May is a momentous month with one big word emblazoned across it: Graduation.
The likelihood that you know someone who’s graduating this May are high. If it’s someone significant, like a spouse, a sibling, or a child, you may want to get a unique graduation gift that shows them how much they mean to you.
Your son’s senior year in high school is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for him. Even as he begins to make decisions about his future, he is facing leaving behind the only world he has ever known, including the friends and family that have supported him up until this point. As he struggles with deciphering college admission letters, comparing financial aid packages, and applying for scholarships, tensions can begin to run high in the household. You’re both preparing yourselves emotionally for the transitions you’ll be facing in a few short months. Combining that emotional tension with very real financial concerns is easily a recipe for explosive encounters between you and your son.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You can’t walk through a grocery store without seeing a thousand heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates or booths of flowers. When chocolates and flowers are no longer sufficient to show your Valentine exactly how much they mean to you, it becomes important to put thought into the way that you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Heartfelt gifts allow you to show that you understand February 14th is more than just a heart-shaped stamp on a calendar. It’s an opportunity to make a concerted effort to express your love and gratitude to another person.