My sister and I went on a Target run last week. Among vent sessions, missing the exit, spending money on unnecessary gifts, and eating a disappointing diner lunch (I mean, who makes egg salad on plain old bread instead of toast?!), we had simultaneous mother meltdowns. You know, as you do in Target.
It started out innocently enough. We were talking about what our kids want for Christmas. Our older kids are six months apart and just starting to get to the age where the presents they ask for are on the expensive side. Case in point: Jack wants a $400 train set. Samantha wants a Nook.
The problem we’re having this year is that our kids are old enough to dream big while simultaneously marveling at the fact that they can because, as my nephew puts it, “the best thing about Christmas is that everything’s free.”
This is not an easy thing to explain around two smart seven year olds. I tried the whole “You know, a Nook is a pretty big present. If you got it, you might not get much else.” The response was more or less an Isn’t that sweet? She doesn’t get how this works look and the explanation that Santa makes things. He doesn’t pay for them. Silly me!
Still, the conversation with my sister eventually turned to dreading the day our kids don’t believe. It feels like a major loss of innocence to both of us and we both still remember the days we definitively found out with anger.
I’m all for fun toys that let kids be kids, but if you give my kids something awesome that also happens to teach them a thing or two, you’re pretty much the bee’s knees in my book (sidenote: what the hell does that even mean? I’m just trying to say that you’re pretty fantastic. I’m just not sure what’s so fantastic about a bee’s knees).
What I’m trying to say is that gifts that make learning fun are genius. Without getting to preachy and boring, I just feel like it’s the sort of thing that creates a passion in kids that could turn into a lifelong thing—and that’s pretty cool.
Do you know a budding scientist? Or even just a kid who would love to do some cool experiments? I’ve rounded up ten science gifts for kids that are so fun they won’t even realize they’re basically taking part in a science lesson. Win.
Sometimes more stuff just doesn’t seem right when it comes to gift giving. These are the times when I usually end up feeling stuck. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.
When you get all frustrated thinking about what the person who has everything could possibly need, change gears and think about something they might want to do. Continue reading
Samantha is one of those kids who is constantly wanting you to stop what you’re doing so that you can check out her sweet dance moves. Some of her “moves” were picked up from a Zumba class she took after school, but most of them are self taught (although she did take ballet for two years and we should probably get her back in there).
The ballet/Zumba combo means that much of her dancing is done with dramatic faces and sweeping arm movements with a little bit of hip swiveling thrown in for good measure.
Needless to say, when Ubisoft offered to send over a copy of Just Dance Kids 2014 for us to review, I was all over it. Continue reading
Welcome to the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!
Everyone could use a little help around the holidays, right? I know I can! To try and spread the love, I’ve teamed up with over 50 other bloggers for a major holiday giveaway hop. Each and every one of us are giving away prizes. You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list—or even for yourself! Take a little hop around to all the blogs, including the GRAND PRIZE, at the bottom of this post!
So what am I giving away on this here little blog? Why, I’m giving away a necklace from my brand new Etsy shop, Jennifer Garry Designs! Continue reading