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.
Your teenager’s sixteenth birthday is a big deal. They’re not little kids anymore. In just a couple of years, they’ll be legally adults, and sixteen is often the age where parents start bending their house rules to prepare their children for that transition. Whether that means letting your kids start dating or setting curfew back a bit, the goal is for parents to give their teenagers a little more freedom and responsibility. Teenagers, in turn, often see their sixteenth birthday as an important rite of passage. With so much riding on this birthday, it can be hard to get a gift that seems “big enough” without going overboard. If you find yourself in that predicament, here are some meaningful Sweet 16 gifts your kid will love.
Life is about the people we meet and the memories we make. When you think back on the most important moments in your life, you remember not just who was there, but where you were. Those key locations hold a part of our souls within them. That’s why latitude/longitude keychains make such a great gift: they are both practical and sentimental, a way to unlock the now while celebrating the past. Here are ten of the most sentimental locations you can commemorate with your latitude/longitude keychain.
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.
The end of the school year is just around the bend. As you approach it, there are many things on your mind, from signing your children up for summer camps to helping them prepare for finals. There’s one item to add to your list that you may not have thought of yet: Buying gifts for your children’s teachers.
Though there isn’t a hard and fast rule about who to get thank-you gifts for or when to present them, thank-you gifts typically go out to parents of the bride, parents of the groom, and anyone in the wedding party. If you’re doing the math in your head, you’re right: This is going to dig into your budget, especially if you didn’t anticipate this expense ahead of time. Unfortunately, it’s also not an area you can afford to scrimp. Giving a cheap thank-you gift is almost worse than giving no thank-you gift at all.
As you celebrate your daughter’s sweet sixteen with her, you want to be sure that you acknowledge the specialness of this date in some way. This isn’t just another birthday, and you don’t want to treat it like it is. By acknowledging that you see the date as special, you show your daughter that you recognize the woman she is becoming.
After the euphoria of the proposal wears off, questions of when and where wiggle to the forefront of your mind—and, believe it or not, everyone else’s. Whether you ultimately decide on a big wedding or a small wedding, chances are good you’ll want at least some other people there with you to witness and celebrate your union. Because weddings are often planned a year or more out, and because no one wants to spend that entire time answering the same three questions over and over again, save the dates have become a popular tool for the modern couple to give out the basic most basic information about their wedding: Where it is, what the date is, and what time it’s occurring.
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.