Thanksgiving is pretty much my husband’s favorite holiday (although he’s already chomping at the bit to listen to some Christmas music). I totally get it. No stress of gifts to buy and no costumes or candy (or mayhem) to worry about. The main purpose of the day is based in a wholly admirable theme: gratitude. And quality family time along with, of course, a yummy meal is always a beautiful thing.
But, what about those kids who are just getting into the stages of understanding the meaning behind holidays? How do we help them transition from the “me me me” phase into one of empathy and thankfulness? While awareness doesn’t usually erupt overnight, you can start building the foundation now, especially with Thanksgiving in our sights. Here are some ideas to try with your wee ones at this grateful and gracious time of year…
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Raise your hand if you were cloth diapered as a baby.
I was born in 1982 and, yup, I was cloth diapered in the traditional “flats-and-prefolds-and-safety pins-and-rubber pants” sort of way. It could have been because we had very little money. It could have been simply because my mother was an economical fiend (in a good way). It could have been because it was how my mother was taught to do things. It also might have been because I was the last of four and my mother wasn’t about to change up her system at that point.
Back then, it wasn’t a hip trend to CD since the only diaper color available, as far as I know, was, um, white. (I still have an affinity for a cute, white-fluffed bum.) Although, seriously, haven’t they come a long way? It wasn’t really done to save the planet, either, … Read More