Teach Your Child Responsibility When It Comes to Electronics

Chances are your child probably asked for some sort of electronic gift this Christmas. Between the new iPhone 5, mini iPad, or all the gaming consoles around today your kid is bound to desire one of them. Technology is now an integral part of our society, and most parents wouldn’t hesitate to give the newest technology to their children. I am not saying that they should, but I am saying that there should be distinct and clear limitations on how often they use the technology.

A post I read on She Knows Parenting titled, “Gardget-Gifting Gone Bad” talks about the dangers of giving your child the electronic devices they so strongly desire. While these gifts are all, admittedly, really cool children can become obsessed with these things. This can cut into things like their grades and development of a social life (friends). So just make sure to set a limit of these sort of things if you’re getting your kid the newest technology this Christmas. Set an example and show them how responsibly use technology. If your face is constantly buried in your iPhone, chances are theirs will be too.

Giving Presence This Year for Christmas Might Mean the Most

Finding the right toys, electronics, sports gear, or other gifts may not be your strong suit come Christmas time. The holiday itself has become so commercialized and bogged down from its true meaning. I know I’m not the first person to realize this, but I still like to remind people of it. Everybody was just so caught up in Black Friday and Cyber Monday a few days ago, and it made me think about what I should get for family members this year. In some cases I feel like it might just be nice to spend more quality time with some of them.

I was given this idea by a post on Playground Dad about giving gifts of presence not presents. This post was titled so well, and it made me realize that some of my family members might appreciate the “presence” more than some “presents”. The post also gave some ideas about how to give “presence” as a gift that can be spread out over a year.

How would you feel about receiving some “presence” for Christmas this year from a family member?

Personalized Gifts: Thoughtful and Unique Gifts are the Best

There’s simply nothing better than a personalized and thoughtful gift. Giving a gift is great, but giving a uniquely personal gift is even better. The person receiving your gift knows that some extra thought and effort went into your gift idea. Getting somebody a gift with their name or initials on it is really nice.

I read a post on Mom 4 Real about, The Coolest Gift For The Sports Freak in Your Life. This is a really cool gift idea for a big sports fan, I would personally love to get one. The author’s family members are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, so she had personalized calendars made. The calendars feature 12 of their favorite players for each month, and she could even make sure that her son’s favorite player was featured on his birthday month! What a thoughtful and neat gift!

What kinds of personalized gifts have you given in the past?

Birthday Party Etiquette: Opening Gifts at the Party

Having a birthday party for you child can be really tough to plan. Something that not many parents think of is whether or not they should open the presents in front of everybody. I have always felt that opening presents was better left for a more private time, but I have been to parties where the child opens every present in front of everybody in attendance.

This post titled, “10 Reasons to Not Open Birthday Gifts at Your Child’s Party” was very eye opening. I think you will realize that having your child open their gifts at a party is not a good idea after reading it.

“What can I bring?” Suggestions for the Thanksgiving dinner guest

Really?  More green bean casserole?!  While food is of course a major component of Thanksgiving, mycatholicblog would like to suggest two alternative offerings that the Thanksgiving dinner guest can bring to the big event:

1. The Perfect Prayer. With all that delicious food on the table, it becomes incredibly difficult to sit through a long-winded prayer without diving across the table into the mashed potatoes.  Therefore, mycatholicblog recommends a prayer that adequately acknowledges all of life’s blessings, but will still be finished before the turkey goes cold.  There are tons of prayer suggestions online, and we particularly like this one:

Jesus, thank you for loving us;
And providing food, shelter, and each other.
Every moment of our lives is a gift;
And we appreciate all the time You have given us.
Thank you for all our good fortune.
Amen.
(website found here)

Short and sweet, now let’s eat!

2. A gift for the host. Preparing a feast is hard work! It’s time-consuming, expensive, and that oven gets mighty hot! The host is most likely happy to do all the work in exchange for being surrounded by loved ones.  Still, a small thank you would be nice.  And a small thank you in the form of a gift would be especially nice!  How about a rosary and a prayer card? Or a lovely piece of jewelry, perhaps a necklace?  Best of all, gifts ordered online come straight to your door, and almost always have overnight or expedited shipping options.  Giving the host a gift is really just a way to make a memorable day even more special.

Happy Thanksgiving?  Awesome Thanksgiving.