Want Some Easy Family Activities? Try This

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As parents we know that one of the best ways to convey love to our children is to spend time with them. The activities we choose don’t have to be expensive or complicated. In fact simple is usually the best course of action. If an activity is easy to do then it is more likely to get done.

Of course there are all kinds of resources and help on the Internet. The trouble is there are too many fabulous ideas on the Internet. I have found that I can spend hours on Pinterest, happily pinning all kinds of ideas, intending to follow through. But then life distracts me and I forget all about them.

We pin activities. We like them on Facebook. We may even jot them down here and there.

But do these activities actually get done with the children?

Do you want to enjoy some fun with your family, but don’t want to send hours on the computer searching for ideas?

I have found a wonderful resource that will help you plan a variety of activities with your children.

And it is really easy to use
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5 Things Children Can Teach Us About Living

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I really like it when children come into the library. They bounce in with enthusiasm, often bringing laughter and joy in their wake. Have you noticed that children tend to enjoy life in all its fullness? Do you wonder why that is? What do young children know that we adults seem to have forgotten? What can we learn from them about living? Quite a lot actually, but here are my top 5 [Read more...]

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7 Acts of Kindness For Thanksgiving

7 Acts of kindness for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving was the first holiday I celebrated in Canada. I loved it. It is still one of my favorite holidays. Although I grew up with harvest festivals in England, they don’t quite compare to the Canadian Thanksgiving. I really like pausing to give thanks for all the blessings of the year. I relish the special family times as everyone gathers around the table to celebrate. This weekend my partner and I will travel into the city to enjoy a thanksgiving meal with my boys. I can’t wait!

A great way to give thanks for the blessing you have received is to pay it forward through small acts of giving. There is something wonderful about spreading kindness and it makes a great family project.  Generally speaking children are naturally compassionate and often want to help when they see a need. Planning and carrying out an act of kindness with your children gives you the chance to affirm their generous nature. It also makes the world a better place and that is always a good thing.

Here are 7 suggestions for acts of kindness with a Thanksgiving theme. Most of these suggestions could be done year round. So if you live in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving you can still enjoy some of these activities with your children. [Read more...]

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Family Connection Mission – Turn Off the Camera

Family Connection Mission-Put Away the Camera

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Cameras Everywhere

At the beginning of September my partner and I went to the Alberta Badlands for the weekend. The scenery is spectacular and we went to a number of sites including the Hoodoos trail near Drumheller. This place is a natural playground for children. The strange rock formations and mini caves are perfect for scrambling and climbing. We saw many families out enjoying the day.

However, I couldn’t help but notice how many parents had a camera in their hand. They were in an amazing place that seemed divinely designed for imaginative play. Instead of enjoying it with their children these parents were following them around snapping pictures. Often the children were posed climbing on the rocks, so that mom or dad could get a good shot.

I want to assure you that I enjoy my camera and really like taking pictures. In fact I  don’t think there is anything intrinsically wrong with taking pictures. It is the perfect way to record a moment in time and it is lovely to look back on those pictures.

Finding a Balance

Still there needs to be a balance between recording memories and enjoying the precious time with our children as it unfolds. It is perhaps the difference between observing an experience and actually living it. It saddens me when I see the camera continually getting in the way of family fun and family connections. Perhaps in this age of social media we are in danger of loosing the balance. [Read more...]

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