Christmas Connections: 4 Christmas Gift Ideas that Will Strengthen Your Parent-Child Bond

By: Kara Masterson

For Grandparent Bonding Too! 😉

Now that it is that time of year, you are probably wondering what to get your kids for Christmas. If your kids are little, it can be especially hard to find a meaningful Christmas gift, since they tend to circle the entire Christmas toy catalog. However, there are a few presents you can give them that will help you strengthen your parent-child bond.

Board Games

Most everyone has fond memories of playing board games with their friends and family as a child. Children love them, and they can be lots of fun for adults too. This makes board games a great way to strengthen your parent-child bond. Candy land, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and Chutes and Ladders are just a few of the many games out there that are easy enough for even very young children to get the hang of. Choose a similar board game, wrap it up with a pack of popcorn and maybe some hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself a family game night in a box. It’s a gift your children are sure to love.


Toy Kitchen or Construction Play Sets

Sometimes, despite some of your best efforts to understand, your kids want to be exactly like you and do exactly what you do. This is the time in their lives that they find helping you and copying you to be the best way to play, so take advantage of it! You can get them a playset of whatever task they like to copy you. If they like to help in the kitchen, you can get them toy dishes and food. If they like to help fix things or work on the car, you can get them a toy tool box.

This way, they can be just like mom or dad

Pop-culture Clothing and Toys

Most children have solid likes and dislikes as early as the age of two years old. While these can change over the next couple of years, it gives you material to draw from for Christmas gifts starting from a very young age.

Many children have a favorite movie or T.V. Show that they can watch for hours and hours. Finding toys or clothing that feature characters from your children’s favorite media is usually a sure-fire way to ensure that they will love their Christmas gift. From Dragon Ball Shirts to Adventure Time hoodies, there are plenty of options out there no matter what they’re favorite show is. Your child will love you for knowing who their favorite character’s are.

They’ll be overjoyed when they open their present from you!

Toys from Your Childhood

Another Christmas gift idea to consider is a toy from your childhood. Since your kids usually want to be just like you, they are often curious about you as a kid. They want to know what you wore, what you ate, and what you played with. If you still have your old teddy bear from when you were a kid, you can pass it down.

Many stores also carry the originals or modern versions of popular toys from thirty to fifty years ago. To strengthen your parent-child bond, you can get your kids Legos, Lincoln Logs, or even Lite Brites and Easy Bake Ovens. Your kids will love playing with these, just like you did, and you will have a blast playing along with them.

There are endless options for Christmas gift ideas that will strengthen your parent-child bond. The trick is to take your kids’ interests into consideration and make sure to spend time with them.

Thank you for reading and stopping by. <3

Dad And Me – Going Down Memory Lane

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I’m still a bit distressed about Dad’s passing. It’s still somewhat of a shock, but not as bad as it was. So, I am starting to find some peace with it.

Just yesterday, I saw some Cardinal shirts at Walmart. I immediately thought that would be a nice gift for Father’s Day 🙁 I know we all go through the grieving process when our parents pass; or any person that means the world to us.

However, this man was ultimately my favorite man in the world; although, my husband is mighty close up there. <3

I’ve had this blog post in my mind for quite some time. I’ve just been procrastinating…something I do regularly for a great deal of things.

For Example: I’m still waiting for our taxes to be competed. Should be done today or tomorrow. Hello! Tomorrow is the deadline. 😮 lol

I’m certain that this post is a great deal of therapy for me by looking back on all these memories I have tucked away in the pages of my mind. I can remember back in my youth some phenomenal memories.

Counting One Dozen Excellent Memories 🙂


My dad put spending time with me high up on his priority list. I don’t know about you, but that’s quite a lot to say in this day and age. Granted, that was 45 (or so) years ago.

Not an exceptional amount of individuals can say this about their parents today. Very sad, but true!

#1 I’ll never forget my first ride on my bike without training wheels or Dad holding on. Keep in mind the down-hill I was on; I ended up crashing and bruising myself up when I landed in an alley. Of course, my dad was right behind me. I could hear him cheering me on all the way down. I shed a few tears over that one, however, I got right back up and made sure my knees were ok – LOL and kept trying. Dad wouldn’t let me give up. He wasn’t mean by any means; he just kept me positive. He was just that way. I loved my banana seat and monkey bars bike! 🙂

#2 Ahh, the huge ice storm that hit St. Louis! I will NEVER forget this one. I was off school (I think) 3 days. Very early the morning of all that ice that fallen, Dad had me come outside with him. The neighborhood looked like something out of a Christmas wonderland calendar or book! It was genuinely breathtaking. Dad and I ice skated up and down our street that morning. It was my most memorable time with my dad.

#3 I was on a softball team with the younger members of the church I belonged to…probably (14 or 15 years of age). While I’m not into sports at all, and also didn’t have an ounce of confidence in myself, Dad helped me by pitching me the ball to bat. The memory is so vivid. He would hike up his leg just like the Cards do; so professional. He did help me with my lack of confidence considerably.

#4 Dad loved airplanes so much that he dreamed of being a pilot. I remember my dad taking me up in a helicopter ride. Lots of fun indeed! I don’t remember where we were; I just can recall the helicopter ride. How many Dad’s do that today, considering the many types of technology there is today? Really, I mean 60 to 75% of the world’s population are texting or surfing the net constantly.

#5 Not too long ago, I had gotten in a good habit of typing out yearly Christmas letters that highlighted the most memorable events of the year and mailing them to the people on my list. The last couple of years, I didn’t do it). Not sure why. 😉

Dad made it his mission to let me know how good those letters were written. As a freelance writer myself, that sure meant the world to me.

#6 My father’s laugh! Anyone that knew Dad at his best will tell you, he had the biggest laugh. When we went to the show, he sure didn’t hold back! 🙂 I was trying to remember the last time I heard it. I’m quite certain that it was here at my house at Christmas time. I miss those days so much!

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#7 Model airplane glue! I think this is a given back when he was feeling good. You would find him down in the basement building planes. You could smell it throughout the house. Dad was a pure perfectionist. Well, he was a perfectionist in everything he did!

#8 My closet spanking. I remember one spanking and only (1). My best friend, (BFF) was at the house. However, I don’t remember what I did, (honestly). My friend and I were hiding in the closet! LOL – Not sure how he coaxed me out of the closet. Once we were out, I remember the line, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.” YES, he really said that. 😉

9. Singing songs. Dad sang songs to me quite often. Around Christmas was the most frequent. Although, he sang the song, “Tammy’s In Love.” It made me mad, and the madder I became, the more he would sing it! Lol – The Christmas songs I remember were; Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, and the Up on The House Top, Click, Click, Click song. 🙂

#10 Christmas! Dad adored Christmas. He loved trees and lighting up the house outside. This reminds me of an evergreen tree in front of the house I grew up in. Dad generously lit that tree! To see it now, it almost is bigger and taller than the house. Lol

# 11 The flying field. The flying field was a park that you could fly model airplanes, both standing in place and going in circles and the remote type. Dad loved going there. When he felt really good, he would go just about every weekend. He enjoyed this thoroughly! (y)

#12 Many trips to the park! I remember Dad taking me to various parks. He would push me on the swings. I remember walking with him too.

As you can see, there were many happy times and memories with my father. I loved him very much. Goodbye Daddy.

Website Review – Get Them Gifts – Solution For Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping

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Ahh, the holidays are upon us once again!

I absolutely love doing website reviews…this is an excellent one. 🙂

 

 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? There are many people that gets things rolling very early and have all their gift giving complete and wrapped by now.

I wish I were one of these early birds that’s always one step ahead of all the rest.

There is an easy and hassle-free solution that I personally, just discovered! 🙂

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You can handle all your holiday shopping needs with just a few simple clicks online! Yes! You don’t have to be one of those that are found waiting in a long check-out line 1 or 2 days before Christmas.

However, there ARE SOME that follow tradition and does all their gift giving searches on Christmas Eve. That’s not me…I don’t have the patience for that! All the good stuff is picked over by then, and you probably wouldn’t find the perfect gift for that special person on your list!

I say, “Don’t Chance It!”

For all those that DON’T have that kind of patience, I discovered the perfect solution that can get all your shopping done while in the privacy of your own home. I love the idea of shopping online!

This gem of a gift-giving website has a smart, clever Gift Guide that houses endless categories for finding that specific gift that you just can’t seem to find. Be smart this year, avoid frustration and shop online. You’ll be glad you did! 🙂

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Parenting Tips – Psychological Aspects Of Parenting

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Of course, the following post accommodates Grandparents too. =)

Parenting is literally considered one of the toughest and most responsible jobs in the world. In fact, there is hardly anything more difficult, filled with doubt on every step of your child’s upbringing and more tiring than that.

What causes most of the troubles is that parents need to consider just so many things. To have a child means to live in a whole different world. What you should do, before introducing yourself to some special case advice, is to first consider the general tips, which many years of research have proven to be effective.

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Let’s see some of them

Slow down – being a parent requires multitasking, but what you really need to take into consideration is how that can affect upbringing. By rushing everything with your child, you are removing a fine way for them to learn along the way.

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Take cleaning routines for example – you will obviously want to have everything back in order asap, but by slowing down and explaining every step of the process to your child, why it has to be done and what is done exactly, you can cultivate a sense of understanding and set a positive example for them.

Attention – children require undivided attention. Nothing else is more important, and yet it is alarming how many parents do not fully devote themselves to parenting and activities that surround everyday life. Turn off your phone and use the time to talk with your kid, play and bond with them. They really need it.

Learn the language of your child – according to psychologists, many parents misinterpret child behavior and “language”. Children have their way of saying, articulating and expressing things and in learning how to distinguish among them lies to key to proper communication with the kid. Make sure not to forget that the next time you are faced with crying or other behavior, the cause for it might be different than what you thought.

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Schedule and plan – a child feels safe and secure when they are able to predict the large and new world around them. What you should do is establish a schedule and stick to it whenever possible. This will help them feel secure and calm, which in turn will reflect positively in their behavior. It can also promote useful skills from young age, such as time management.

Let kids be themselves – clearly, you know what is best for your child, no doubt about that. But sometimes it can could have very positive impact on them when give them the option to choose.

For example, you can let them pick the color of their toothbrush. This will in fact encourage them to regularly brush their teeth, as they had a role in the process.


Another example: you can ask them to handpick the few vegetables you need for dinner. Decision-making is an important trait kids need to develop as early as possible. Be the person that helps this process.

Nothing else compares to parenting. It can be hard and challenging, but also a unique experience to watching your child become a grown up in front of your eyes and with your help.

Bio: Ella is blogger, writer, home décor enthusiast and a mother of two. Aside from her home improvement activities she likes to share her experience about parenting, as well. Find more helpful tips and tricks about your home here: Battersea household clearance

Overcoming Cancer as a New Mother

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I was delighted to get this email. Heather reached out to me and wanted to share her story about surviving cancer.

Heartwarming Story!

Most 7-year-olds don’t know what cancer is, but my daughter is very familiar with the term. Not only does she know what cancer is and how frightening it can be, but she knows that there is always hope. When asked about this deadly disease, she will tell you that she saved my life. She’s not trying to be cute, she just clearly understands the effect that she has had on me and how hard I fought so I could be with her.

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While our friends were starting their families, my husband and I were still focusing on getting to know each other. Our lives felt complete as they were, and we saw no reason to rush into parenthood. I was 35 when Cameron and I decided that we were ready for this incredible step, and we had no idea how fast the process would be.

It only took us three months to conceive Lily, and I took three pregnancy tests before I really believed the news. I was so excited about all the changes we were facing. I was shocked and nervous, but I was also incredibly excited and happy about becoming a mother. I spent so much time rubbing my belly and thinking about the baby growing inside me. I wondered what kind of mother I would be, and I knew that I would do everything in my power to be a great mother to our child.

Pregnancy agreed with me, and the nine months passed without any serious problems. I could have had ten more children because Lily was so easy for me. My only problem appeared as I was preparing to deliver her. My little darling was breech, and the doctors were unable to turn her. I was whisked in for an emergency C-section. While other women may have panicked at this, I turned it into a positive by joking that her head would be perfectly round. When she was born, I was overcome with so many emotions. There was so much I wanted to teach her, show her and tell her.

All I could do was hold her in my arms, staring at her perfect little features and thinking about how incredibly blessed I was. I could have held her that way forever, but things always change and time stops for no one.
Lily was only 3 ½-months-old when I went to the doctor and received news that would change all of our lives. Thank God my husband was with me, because I didn’t know what to do when the doctor said I had malignant pleural mesothelioma.

When he started saying I only had 15 months to live, I began to shut down. All I could think of was that I wouldn’t be there for Lily. I had barely gotten to know her, and I would never get to see her grow into the beautiful woman of my dreams. Thankfully, my husband was there and he continued to listen even as I started to drift in my shock and grief. He collected the information the doctor gave us, and he made the decisions about my medical care.

They weren’t easy decisions to make because they involved traveling and some extreme surgeries. However, they were my best hope for surviving. It would start by going to Boston to meet with one of the top mesothelioma specialists in the world. I would undergo surgery to remove the infected organs including my left lung, the lining of my heart and even my diaphragm.

I would remain in the hospital for 18 days to stabilize me and help me start recovering. After that, I would live in an outpatient facility near the hospital for two more weeks. During this time, my daughter would be away from me. She would be living with my parents in South Dakota while I underwent the treatments and Cameron tried to continue working and supporting me. Finally, after two months apart, I would join her at my parent’s house before returning to Minnesota to start my radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

This was a major sacrifice for Cameron and I, but it was necessary. I missed an entire month of her life, but it meant that I would be around for her in the years to come. I hated being apart from her, but I made the sacrifice so that I could be here for her today. I fought to live for my daughter, and I cannot thank her enough for giving me the strength and courage to fight.

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I look back on my journey with this disease, and I know that I am blessed to be alive. With mortality rates of almost 95 percent, the odds of survival were not in my favor. However, I had something that other people don’t have. I had a baby girl at home who needed her mother, and I absolutely credit her with saving my life.

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Teach a Child to Pray – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Lori Lauth

 

 

Prayer is a wonderful part of Christian life. We get the opportunity to have a conversation with God. We can have this time with him as often as we want.


 

 

As a child, my mother was the one that influenced my prayer life. In fact, she used to take me to some prayer meetings with her. I learned so much by being around the seasoned Christians. They would often pray over me and teach me scripture. I learned how to pray and then wait to hear that still small voice of the Lord.

With my children, we have prayer time everyday on the way to school. At first they would ask Jesus to bless Barbie but as the years have gone by they now pray for the school, our community, the country and our president. I have taught them the beauty of being quiet and waiting for that still small voice just like my mom and others taught me.

I hope you will take some time to pray with the children in your life. Teach them prayer is just a conversation. Show them by example and then let them have a turn even if they ask the Lord to bless Barbie. Remember they are learning and it’s a progression.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 KJV

 

 

Has this article blessed you? Maybe it’s reminded you to hang out with a child and talk about Jesus. Would you share a comment below? We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Article Written By Lori Lauth From – Life Lessons For Christian Women.

 

 

Have a great day! 🙂

 

 

 

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Parenting and The Terrible Two Tantrums – Akka Pity Party

This goes out to all Grandparents out there as well, even though it’s parenting advice in general, grandparenting may be a full time job for you. So hopefully this article will benefit many. 🙂

Ahh, the famous, terrible two tantrum (pity party) lol

You’re at Walmart and your child is high-pitch wailing because he wants a specific toy. We’ve all been there! However, HOW we react to these violent, squirmy temper tantrums and the consequences we use is what matters.


When you’re at home with your child, how long do you let your toddler cry or scream? I say…let them throw a hissy fit and cry, kick and scream; for the majority of the time anyway. There will come a time where your child will be exhausted from the consistent wailing he or she is doing. Their voice will also get hoarse. LOL

Here’s the thing, IF you know they are not sick or running a temperature, or they are not hurt anywhere, or their diaper doesn’t need changing, and you know that they are not just screaming due to needing a nap, this parent/grandparent says, It’s not going to hurt them one bit. And they will soon figure out that you won’t jump every time they cry out for not getting their way, your child will eventually give up on testing you. And that’s exactly what they are doing! These days children are generally born more intelligent than years ago. They DO know exactly what buttons to push. 😉 It’s comical in a way when you think about it.

I’ve seen my grandson display a pretty bad pity party, and all the while watching his mom out of the corner of his eye; just to see what kind of reaction he will receive. And I sometimes can’t help but chuckle to myself. Now I DO know that’s definitely the WRONG thing to do, however like I said; I can’t help myself. And SHAME ON GRANDMA!! lol 😉

With all that said, I think you’re definitely onto my first tip; at least you should be!

#1 Let them cry their pity party out. Now, this should be the case for anywhere you may travel with your children. However, it’s rather embarrassing and just draws negative attention if you’re in a crowded store, at church, (or where ever you happen to be where there is a lot of people around). Your child will soon figure you out and know they won’t get their way

#2 Don’t laugh, and Grandma, that means ME!! When you laugh; that of course makes it 10 times worse! That should be common sense of course! lol

#3 Reward your children when they DON’T throw a pity party. And this doesn’t necessarily mean buying them candy or toys. You could take them out to their favorite place for lunch, or have them pick out the menu for dinner that night. Stickers work too! 🙂 Remember, kids LOVE stickers.

#4 Reverse psychology. This works sometimes when you’re at home with the kids. Especially while they are young. While they are crying, pretend to cry yourself. You MUST be a good actress with this technique Mom! LOL I mean, give it all you’ve got. And then see what happens. This worked for me when my son was very young. It also worked (for just a couple of times) with my grandson. He is VERY smart! When I pretended crying, he immediately stopped the wailing, (STRAIGHT FACE….LOL) and looked at me and said, “HUH?”

Well, you know what I did, don’t you? YES, I laughed, not good Grandma!! 😉 And guess what? My grandson was NOT laughing. He went back to his pity party. That goes to show that it DOES work if you can keep a straight face. 😉

#5 Ahh, spanking? Now this day and time, spanking is just un-heard of and also a moral sin in the eyes of my daughter-in-law! lol She bluntly says, “I just CAN’T be the bad guy!” However, she does use time out and that does indeed work for her…sometimes. 😉

There are a lot of parents that think that spanking is just wrong. They say, “You MUST NOT hit a child!” Well, from my old fashioned perspective, a good spanking on the back side is not considered hitting. It’s considered discipline. Now I’m not talking about spanking them so hard, your hands end up black and blue, or you break a blood vessel…that IS wrong! I feel a spanking doesn’t hurt them at all, unless it’s just a love pat that brings about laughter from your child while they run from you. And all you parents KNOW what I’m talking about! These love pats are totally ineffective. LOL

Time out IS an alternative to spanking however.

I’d love to hear other Moms and Grands opinions and perspectives on all the above! TY 🙂

You can read more of Tammy’s tips on parenting Here.

Basic Guide For Positive Connection With Your Child And Grandchild?

 

 

How well do we know our kids and grandkids? That’s a powerful question in itself. You may be quick to answer and respond with “real well.” But do you really know them? What are their inner most fears? Their interests? What type of friends do they have or prefer? Can you identify and connect with their best personality traits? And most importantly, what are their specific needs from you as a parent, and as a grandparent?

 

 

Sometimes we just get too busy with our jobs, household duties, and life in general (unintentionally of course), that we don’t spend the time we should with our kids. And consequently, we sometimes, as parents and grandparents fail to pick up on primary things or situations that may need addressing. Staying connected with them as we should often times gets tossed aside.

 

 

We are all human and from time to time, we all fall short of giving our children the full attention they deserve and need. Perhaps the concept of prioritizing our time is often the solution. Your little ones should be your number one priority, or at least should strive to be. If you find prioritizing your time and consistently staying connected with your kids challenging at times, I have some basic tips for you that may be helpful.

 

 

Below are 5 prioritizing and connection tips that will benefit you, your  children and grandchildren

 

 

 

 

* Read to them and ask questions – Read their favorite books to them, and then ask them questions. Such as; What did you like about the book? Ask them simple yes and no questions about the book. Ask them what other books they might be interested in and encourage them reading to you as well. This teaches them reading and comprehension skills as well as getting to know them better.

 

 

* Meet with their teacher on a regular basis – You may want to keep this private (just between you and their teacher). Make sure and schedule regular parent-teacher conferences to stay abreast on how they are progressing in their studies and if there are any conflicts that need your attention. These meetings are crucial for your child’s learning capabilities.

 

 

* Schedule a block of time with your child – If you have more than one child, then schedule time with each one. Use this time to do something special with them, like going for lunch or to the park. Have a talk session. Topics can be school, friends, conflicts, or let them just talk to you, if they choose to. Also talk about future goals and interests. Offer to help with school projects and homework. Showing your child how special they are to you and how much they are loved is crucial.

 

 

* Plan a family project – This could be a family tree, recipe book, photo album, or other family crafting project. These projects don’t have to be expensive. Make these projects as fun as possible. A family blog may also be an interesting project. The idea is to get them involved in family oriented projects that will encourage bonding and connecting.

 

 

* Family meal time – This time should be more than sharing a family meal together. Take this time to just talk to one another. Talk about the day, about weekend plans, the night’s activities, and so forth. Allow each child or family member talk about anything they choose. By doing this, you are staying connected with your children’s lives and also with anything you feel should be discussed. Above all, keep the conversation upbeat and fun for all.

 

 

Maybe we don’t know our kids and grandkids the way we think we do. Spend quality time with them. Take the time to genuinely focus on them.

 

 

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

 

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more parenting and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandparenting Articles and Tips.

 

Tammy also offers work at home articles, free job leads, work at home tips, and more at Work At Home Jobs.

 

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