This year, I was looking for something new and creative to do with the kids that would produce a useful end product, something we could use ourselves or gift to others, and I stumbled on this beautiful beeswax candle modeling kit. I ordered a set, and once it arrived, saved it for a rainy day.
This year, in the midst of all the craziness, it feels even more appropriate to focus on how we embrace the season we’re in, make the most of it, teach our kids how to be adaptable, creative, flexible, and thoughtful.
Sometimes, our kids don’t experience the world the same way we do. There are allergies, sensory sensitivities, and other challenges that would make the events that we loved more stressful than thrilling, more anxiety-inducing than awe-inspiring.
You can give your kids… and yourself… a gift. The gift of an appropriate and child-informed holiday season. I’m not saying that we let our littles become dictators who determine what we do (and don’t) do, but instead of chasing after recreating the past and keeping up with the neighbors down the street, we do what works for our family. At our pace. And don’t feel guilty about the rest.
This list is going to be the anti-list to those “hot toys” out there. Nothing. I repeat. Nothing on those lists is being marketed to inspire creativity and open-ended exploration. Instead, these toys are specifically designed for a cheap thrill that your kids will soon tire of and then move on to the next craze. So… turn off the commercials, hide the catalogs, and think about ways to inspire your little ones to think and grow in creative ways.