Handmade Gifts Kids Can Give For the Holidays

Buying the perfect gifts for your loved ones is one of the best parts of the holiday season. But children who are too young to drive or earn enough money for presents want to feel the same sense of ownership and pride when giving holiday gifts. Homemade presents are an excellent  remedy. Here are three handmade gifts kids can give for the holidays.     

1. Annual Ornament

The annual ornament is a hit with sentimental family members who enjoy keepsakes. Not only do handmade ornaments allow your children to flex their creative skills, they also display their artistic growth year after year. There are many ways to approach creating an ornament (with an adult’s help). Here are a few ideas, with links:

*Don’t forget to write the year on the ornament  

2. Mason Jar Mixes

Mason jar mixes are as simple as they sound. All you need is a mason jar, a few decorations to spruce up the outside of the jar, and something yummy to put on the inside. You can let your children have the creative freedom to choose which treats to give. Here are some options of ingredients to mix in:

  • Nuts
  • Chex
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Any Small Candy
  • Oreo or Brownie Chunks 

*Be mindful of allergies and adjust your mason jar mix based on food sensitivities for each recipient

3. Custom Picture Frame

In a digital word, many people store photos on their phones and online albums, making picture frames a dying art. But for those who still enjoy displaying traditional prints, this gift idea is perfect. Picture frames can be made from anything: ranging from items found in nature (leaves, shells, sticks) to popular art mediums (clay, wood, wire). As long as you have a sturdy base, your children can make the front of the frame as colorful or textures as they’d like. Add a personal picture to complete the gift.

Handmade presents are a labor of love. The recipients will feel honored that someone wanted to take the time to create a gift with them in mind. In return, your children will feel gratified when watching just how meaningful it is to give a heartfelt present. What a wonderful way to celebrate the true spirit of the season!  

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Is Your Child A Pessimist? Four Things You Can Do To Help

For responsible parents, raising a child with a sunny disposition is a great achievement. You want them to be positive and eager about what life has to offer. Instilling a “can do” mindset in your little ones will give them the strength to withstand any trials that come their way. But what if your child shakes his or her head whenever you suggest a new activity? It can understandably be cause for concern when you see your child hesitate to try something new because of fear of failure or embarrassment. A pessimistic child, though, does not necessarily grow up to become a pessimistic adult. As parents, you have the power to influence your child’s behavior and attitude by the things you do and say. While they are still young, take advantage of the opportunity to turn your child’s behavior around. Make it a goal to teach your child to banish self-doubt and face any task with confidence. The following are five things you can do to raise an optimist.

Practice positivity yourself.
Numerous studies reveal that children learn best by imitation. One research from the University of Washington reveals that babies learn just by watching their parents. It would therefore be difficult to raise a child who notices the possibilities more than the obstacles if you do not practice it yourself. So keep on seeing your cup as half-full even in the midst of challenges. Go through your daily life with as much positive energy as you can muster so you don’t allow small setbacks to crush you or your children’s hope. You can also motivate your child to stay cheerful despite odds by sharing inspiring stories of positive people. Being a living example of all the wonderful benefits that positive thinking brings is the best way to encourage your child to do the same.

Be a good listener.
You want to understand where your child’s negative behavior is coming from. Why is your kid fearful or anxious? What are the things that are keeping your child from looking at the bright side of things? Most of the time, problems appear bigger when we keep them in our own head. Take time to discuss these concerns  without resorting to blaming or judging. Listening with empathetic and understanding ears will greatly lessen your child’s worries. They might even realized that there is nothing to be fearful of.

Offer practical solutions.
Once you know the reasons for your child’s worries, it is important to help him or her realize that walking away or avoiding their fears will not not solve anything. Help them deal with their problems by offering advice and tangible solutions. For example, you can introduce affirmation methods to help them cope with anxiety or search for classes that can help with what they are struggling with. Doing everything you can to help a child overcome a weakness is an effective way to prove that every problem has a corresponding solution.

Nurture a happy home and show unconditional love.
Parents who want their kids to grow up confident about overcoming weaknesses should be ready to offer constant support and encouragement. By staying on their side even during times of defeat and failure, you will make them feel safe and protected. This will build up their inner strength as they know that they can count on you no matter what. Showing children unconditional love will be easier if you foster a home where people respect and uplift each other. Positivity will bloom in an environment where your child feels safe, loved and protected.

Being a parent is a wonderful opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the world. Moreover, not everyone is given this chance. So cherish this privilege by making a conscious effort to raise children who are happy, confident, and positive. Strive to be a good parent and do humanity a great favor.

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