How to Create a Magical Childhood: Part 2 – Traditions

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditions are an important part of childhood. Children love repetition and looking forward to things. They need to feel that sense of comfort that comes from knowing what comes next. Traditions are also an easy way of making memories, even if it’s just something as simple as every Christmas morning you have the same thing for breakfast. In our family we always have Eggs Benedict.

My son is only six months old but I’ve already started planning his birthday. After waaaay too much time on Pinterest I’ve found some great ideas for creating traditions. My plan to create traditions and to add a little magic to Asher’s childhood, is to start a birthday tradition.

Every year on his birthday I will create some surprise that’s just for him. Maybe one year it will be rainbow pancakes.

Maybe one year I’ll surprise him by filling his room with balloons while he sleeps. (When he’s old enough balloons aren’t an issue, of course.) I could make him a heart shaped breakfast. I could puts notes and a surprise in his lunch. For when he’s older I could fill the cupboards with balloons so when he opens the cupboard to get cereal etc they surprise him. I saw one pin that showed a specially painted birthday chair that you only get to sit on when it’s your birthday. One of my favorites was a decorated birthday bathtub.

By Brooke of Blissful Roots

I made a huge board on Pinterest that shows my ideas for surprising him. I will make it something different each year so that he never knows where it is coming from.

What sort of birthday traditions do you have in your family? Or is your favorite tradition from another holiday? Tell us about it.


Planning A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday

Front cover

Front cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My son will be a year old in September but I am planning his party early since we will be moving across the country in the beginning of September. (Plus it’s winter and what else do I have to do?)

The first step to planning a first birthday party is to pick a theme. His favorite book (at the moment) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I also like the symbolism of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly for a baby turning into a toddler.

A Very Hungry Caterpillar theme is very popular. I started on Pinterest and was blown away by the amount of ideas for party decorations and party food to match the book.

Check out my Very Hungry Caterpillar Party board for a growing list of millions of ideas for party food, decorating, favors, activities, and more.

What was your theme for your child(ren)’s first birthday?

How to Create a Magical Childhood: Part One – Inspiration

“See, we don’t have that much time left…pretty soon we’re gonna be just like you. We’re gonna have jobs, and bills, and families. And we’re gonna have to worry about our own children, because that is the job of a parent…but ours…is to live! To play our music way too loud and to act like idiots! And to make mistakes.” – Ren MacCormick Footloose (2011)

Childhood is Meant to Be Magical

The best thing about childhood, in my opinion, is that sense of wonderment and magic. Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy. The way stories came to life in books and our imaginations. I remember playing with a piece of driftwood for hours when I was a toddler. At one point it was my pet owl and sat on my shoulder. At another it was an alligator that was going to bite me if I went too close.

Soon, as Ren points out, it will all be gone. Our children will be parents and we will be grandparents. They’ll be all hopped up on caffeine and work in an office somewhere full of stress. That sense of magic will be gone. Their innocence lost. So it’s our job to make their childhood the best we can. We can teach them in a way that is fun for both the parents and the children. We need to teach them to use their imaginations. Hmmm…Maybe our kids will grow up then to be famous artists, or kindergarten teachers, or actors…Maybe they’ll use that imagination and change the world.

Where Can You Find Ideas?

Sure, there’s Pinterest, (SnipzandSnailz is also on Pinterest,) and the Internet in general, (I’m a self-professed Google Addict) but today I found a wonderful place to get ideas that you can just never use up. The best part is you can use them every month, week and year over and over and over.

Celebrate Childhood

Search for a site that has a list of holidays and observances. I found BrownieLocks especially perfect. The site is full of holidays and other observances ranging from the ordinary to the bizarre and ranging from the monthly, weekly, and daily holidays. Read through your current month and you will be amazed at all the ideas that start flowing.

For example, March is apparently Adopt a Rescue Guinea Pig Month, National Nutrition Month, and Sing With Your Child Month (Among a zillion others.)

So you could spend the month learning about different healthy foods with books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and download coloring pages off the Internet. Maybe you could take a trip to a farm or a farmer’s market to learn about how fruits and veggies end up on our plates. (Find a Farmer’s Market near you.)

If you aren’t able to do that you could work to spend more time singing with your child this month. Play music in the car or the way to school or daycare and sing at the top of your lungs. Pretend you are a kid and get really into it. Look around on YouTube and find some new music your kid(s) might like or share your favorites with them. Dance around and sing while cooking dinner.

World Folktales & Fables Week is March 18th through the 24th. Go to your local library and check out folktales and fables from around the world. Learn about the differences between the two.

There are also a bunch of daily ones. March 1st is World Compliment Day. Before dinner have everyone give each person at the table a compliment. At the grocery store or wherever you go, find three people to give a compliment to. For example, tell the lady in line with you how much you love her sparkly sweater or unique jewelry. March Second is Dr. Suess Day. There are usually events at your children’s school or family resource center etc. There are a million ways to celebrate on Pinterest as well. March 6th is Oreo Cookie Day.  Find out how Oreos were invented. These days Oreos come in all sorts of flavors, colors, and styles. Buy a bunch of different kinds and try them all. Which ones are your favorites? Which ones are your kid’s favorite? Are the yellow ones as good as the black ones? Try out some recipes from Pinterest with Oreos in them.

It doesn’t take much work to add a little fun to your day, week, or month.

What Do You Think?

What ideas did you come up with? Where do you find inspiration? What’s your favorite holiday?

~ Misty AKA SnipzNSnailz

Starting to Move

My son just turned five months and he’s starting to scoot. It’s so fun watching him reach and strain for something for a bit then he goes up on his hands and knees and with his arms he slides forward just a fraction of an inch sometimes and then he’ll reach again and so on. Sometimes if something is far away he’ll scoot faster. The first time he did it his chest hit the ground so hard it made a hollow thump sound.

Pretty soon he’ll be moving and life will change for us. I’m so excited to watch him learn and figure things out on his own, but at the same time it’s kind of sad because he’s growing up. Parenting is funny isn’t it?

Do you have any cute crawling and scooting stories? When did your baby learn to scoot or crawl? When did they start walking? Please share in the comments.

The Sweet Potato Junkie

I have turned my sweet baby boy into an addict! He can’t get enough of the stuff. He spends all day thinking about how to get more.

I’m talking about sweet potatoes. He loves them. Most babies love sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes 1
Sweet Potatoes 2

What was your baby/babies favorite first foods?

How did we ever survive without Pinterest??!!

English: Red Pinterest logo

English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mean seriously. How did we as a species evolve thus far? Whatever happened to our collective conscious? I don’t know, but man, I get so lost on there. I stop there, “just for a minute”, I tell myself and then hours later surface to realize my butt’s gone numb, my hand is form permanently around the mouse, and my eyes are glazed over.

Mostly I find myself on Pinterest after my son’s asleep for the night and it’s my turn to dream. I dream about our new life, (we are moving out West this spring/summer to be closer to our family,) and I dream about the kind of person he’ll grow up to be.

Then I naturally get sidetracked and end up pinning these incredible recipes I’ll probably never make but the pictures make me drool.

I found so many things I want to try with my son tonight alone. I want him to grow up to be a great man and a great person. I want him to enjoy his childhood while he can and learn to have a zest for life. There are so many, many, things I want to teach him…

Of course, the first step is to simply get off the computer and DO.

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5 February, 2013 11:28

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