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.
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.
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.
Some people have a gift with words. These people know exactly what to say for maximum impact and when to say it. Luckily, for everyone else, there are a plethora of perfect words for every situation in the form of movie quotes.
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.
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.
Learning that you’re pregnant causes a swell of emotions. Those two pink lines can be overwhelming--proof positive that your life is about to change for good. Once you get over the initial shock, you’ll want to share your news: first with your spouse, then your extended family, and finally the world. As a woman who has recently started planning a family, I’ve done a lot of research on fun, unique ways to make that special announcement when the day comes. Here are my favorite ways to announce a pregnancy.
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.