Create Some Fun Family Holidays This Month

I came across this post: “Silly Celebrations: July Edition,” and thought of sharing it with you all. This wonderful mother made a long list of silly holidays that you can celebrate with your kids for the month of July. Some of my favorites are the following:

  • Third Sunday of July– National Ice Cream Day
  • 1st of July – International Joke Day
  • 3rd of July – Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • 6th of July – National Fried Chicken Day
  • 10th of July – Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Studies show that families that spend more time having fun with each other tend to be stronger, well-bonded, and happier. So create some fun family holidays this month. Yes, life can be busy for parents, but it is important that we don’t drown ourselves in chores and work and forget to spend quality time with our kids. Our children won’t be young forever, so let’s make the most out of the time they’re still with us and create wonderful memories with them.

Do you have fun family activities for July you want to share with us?

Making the Holidays a Little Less Hectic

The holiday season has become very overblown, and I think talking about how the holiday season has become overblown has also become overblown. Does that make sense? I’m not going to lecture everybody about how nobody realizes the true meaning of Christmas, or how greed has taken over the American population. These are things that we all know and understand. I want to focus more on how to simplify all the hoopla that surrounds this time of year. I’m not the Grinch or anything either so don’t jump to that conclusion. I simply just want a more focused holiday season.

I recently read a post about 3 Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season on Mom Life Today. The post had some really great ideas about how you can make the holidays a little less hectic this year. I promise that none of the involve cancelling Christmas either!

Are there some excessive parts of the holidays you wish you could trim out?

Parenting Question: Is It Okay to Have a Drink in Front of the Kids?

When you get together with friends and family for a holiday, barbeque, or just dinner you might like to enjoy an occasional glass of wine or a beer with your meal. There is certainly nothing wrong with having a drink or two amongst friends. A post on Dad’s Round Table caught my eye though yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. The post is titled, “Do I Drink Too Much?”, and it focuses on the feelings one dad has about drinking in front of his children.

To be completely clear this is not a father who is tossing back too many drinks all the time in front of his kids asking the question. This dad was just looking for an opinion about the occasional beer that he likes to enjoy. There were many different responses to his post, but I wanted to share my opinion on the matter. I think that a parent should be able to enjoy a glass or two of wine or a beer or two in front of their children. This of course is an occasional occurrence like family parties, holidays, or other special occasions. I believe that showing your children your ability to drink moderately and responsibly is part of being a good role model. Children learn behaviors every day from their parents, so if they grow up seeing that having a drink or two is acceptable behavior once in a while that is great.

This question can be applied on so many levels of parenting. When in doubt, just be a good role model! You don’t have to be a perfect person to be a good role model either, there is a difference.

Do you think it is okay for a parent to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer while their children are around?

Volunteer Work: Ways to Involve Your Whole Family

Volunteering your time to help others is always a great thing to do. It seems like more people like to do this around the holiday season which is helpful. Whatever causes it, the holidays always seem to get people thinking about what is most important in life. It is encouraging to see volunteer efforts, no matter the cause. If your children are old enough to volunteer with you I strongly believe that is a behavior that you should encourage them to perform.

A recent post on Mom Life Today gave “25 Ways Your Family Can Serve Together This Holiday Season”. If you are looking for ways to involve your entire family in your volunteer efforts this article could really give you some stellar ideas.

What is your favorite way to volunteer and help out your community?