When I was young, secondhand sales were musty and gloomy with only clutter, stigma and embarrassment. They were a place where I obscured my face as my nana traipsed me in, seriously anxious that none of my mates would catch me.
I did in fact, once comfortably inside, love rummaging around for second hand stuff, or browsing for cute skirts in their second hand children’s clothing section – just so long as it stayed on the QT.
Today, I am pleased to report, it’s utterly different. Nearly new shopping is cool, fun and an adventure – with things like second hand sales and preloved websites, second hand shopping is proving to be popular. Today, folks are generally now proud to say yep it’s a Period Classic, or I picked it up in this Fun little nearly new sale for a complete bargain – I only had to pay five quid!Filed under Parenting Advice | Comment (0)
Birthday parties for children are a perennial favourite for both parents and kids from the jelly and ice cream of toddlers to the raucous disco of teenagers. To add coherence to a party, many parents set a theme and work the invitations, decorations, food and activities around this one topic. We’re going to look at some of the hot children’s party themes for 2015 and beyond, no matter what the age of your children.
Babies and Toddlers
Tailoring your child’s party around a zoo, dinosaurs, the farm or circus theme can give rise to some great bright colors and fun decorations. An interest in animals and wildlife is usually universal from a young age and they will often have met song that can tie themes together such as Old Macdonald and Baa Baa Black Sheep. These are common songs and nursery rhymes that they will meet in toddler classes everywhere.Filed under Kid Activities | Comment (0)
When our two kids were only ages 6 and 8, they came up with an idea to hold a chess tournament to raise money for charity. It was going to be a one-time event. They hoped to have a few friends come and play, and if they were lucky, maybe raise a few hundred dollars. They told all their friends and family, hung up posters at school, and ended up getting over 100 people to come, and raising over $2,000! It was so successful that they wanted to do it again. So they did. Now, just 4 years later, it is an annual event, they have their own non-profit corporation, a cool logo, and have raised over $15,000 for charities!
It was all the kids’ idea, but it did take some work from us, the parents, to help them pull it off. But even when we helped, we made them participate, and had them make all the big decisions.Filed under Kid Activities, Parenting Advice | Comment (0)