Because picture books and reading aloud are already a part of our family culture, including discussions about a wide variety of holidays and religious practices fits really naturally into storytime. While there are great non-fiction books to help parents and kids learn together, we also love finding compelling stories with beautiful illustrations that center around celebrations different from the ones we observe.
I posted a brief mention of my annual kids’ artwork gift project on my personal Instagram this week and got
When I look back at photos from holidays past, it’s the everyday moments that catch me, not the posed shots with Santa. So when I think about taking holiday photos, I think about what I’ll love looking back on years from now. If you’d like to be more intentional this year about your smartphone photography and capturing holiday memories, here are six things to think about.
Sometimes, I think, people who love to plan get a reputation for being inflexible or even unfeeling–favoring a color-coded schedule over a spontaneous dance party. It’s easy to assume that because we love to schedule things, the things on the schedule must be productive, purposeful, and, by extension, a bit boring. Or that by attaching events and to-dos to a time on the calendar, we zap them of their joy. Or that all this scheduling is in service of doing MORE with our limited time. But that’s not how it feels to me.
September is a month of starts for many of us–new school routines, fresh creative inspiration, first days of activities tied to the academic year. And, on the flip side, it’s also a month where we look at our planners and realize how close we are to finishing out a calendar year that seems like it started just yesterday.
In its own way, this too is a radical, audacious act of What-if thinking: What if we could teach our kids to duck and cover without living in fear that they’ll need to? What if we accept that the ground under our feet might shift at any moment and choose to stand on it anyway? What if we let ourselves believe–truly believe–that it’s all going to be okay?