Parenting News You Can Use! December 3, 2013

Parenting News You Can Use!
December 3, 2013
Volume 7, Issue 45

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1. Great Gift Ideas: Books+
2. Making the Holidays YOUR Holidays
3. No Rush to Judgment
4. Fall in Love with Your Own Life
5. Tips for Avoiding Holiday Sleep Disasters

Somehow time seems to speed up following Thanksgiving. To help things slow down to a manageable and enjoyable tempo, please take the time to read these four articles. There are terrific ideas for children’s holiday gifts that promote both creativity and literacy. Check out the eight ways to de-stress over the holidays. Watch an amazing video and find yourself falling in love with your own life. There is also a concept that can assist you in making the 2013 holidays more meaningful than ever.

Enjoy and read on!

1. Great Gift Ideas: Boooks+
Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute has great suggestions for gifts for children that combine fun and literacy. She pairs books with items that have a connection with the story. The book will inspire your child’s imagination and creativity. Check out Amanda’s gift list here.

2. Making the Holidays YOUR Holidays
Sometimes you can feel pulled in a million directions over the holidays with party invitations, special events, and family gatherings. Make the holidays your own with Dr. Laura Markham’s eight tips on de-stressing. These suggestions are more than ways to relax. They are ways to create a truly open-hearted holiday for your family. Read more here.

3. Mastering Your Mind
By Wes Hopper

Paulo Coelho said, “In order to have faith in our own path, we do not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”

One of the things that happens around the holidays is that we may be confronted by people whose beliefs, opinions or other life choices challenge our beliefs about “what’s right.” Occasionally one of these people will have opinions about our life choices that strongly disagree with our own. I have a family member that doesn’t approve of my political views one bit and likes to argue about it. In the past I would allow myself to get drawn into a debate, but I’ve finally figured out that Coelho was right.

I don’t have to prove him wrong. Or defend myself. I can just change the subject. Without me arguing back, there’s no fun in it for him, and we can just enjoy the party.

A deeper step for me to take is to get to the place where I don’t need to see him as wrong, just different. That’s harder, but it can be done with some inner work on my feelings. I can remind myself of all the deeply held convictions that I’ve discarded as I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser. It’s a bit humbling, and tolerance comes from that.

As Malcolm X wrote, “Don’t be in a hurry to condemn. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.”

4. Leave it All Behind
Reserve around ten minutes and watch this beautiful TEDx San Francisco video with filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. It is not only gorgeous but it will inspire you to fall in love with your own life. Right in time for the holidays! Watch the video here.

5. Tips for Avoiding Holiday Sleep Disasters by Kim West
Read more: Tips for Avoiding Holiday Sleep Disasters