As parents, it doesn’t take much to “wow” our children and create a memory that can last forever. The holidays are a wonderful time to instill family values, evoke childhood wonder and write cherished stories in your family books. Create some more magic this season by adding one of these fun family traditions to your holiday.
Midwest born and raised, preacher’s kid, escapee of fundamentalism but lover of God and good, Kelle Hampton is today a wife, mother to three and step-mother to two. Residing in Naples, Florida with a bit of her heart still in Michigan, she is a writer, photographer, speaker and celebrant of life’s large little things. Her heartfelt blog post relating to the birth of her daughter Nella and her surprise diagnosis of Down syndrome led to the writing of Bloom, a New York Times best-selling memoir.
Kelle has contributed to Parents, Parenting, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, Good Housekeeping and NPR’s All Things Considered. She shares photography and weekly journals about life and motherhood on her blog Enjoying the Small Things
Prepping our home, our table and our feast for Thanksgiving takes a lot of work, but little hands are eager to help. From shopping for our meal to arranging flowers for our table, my kids love to be part of the holiday preparation.
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Parenthood holds a myriad of moments that grab our attention and make us thankful. As a photographer and mother of three, I have thousands of photos of my children, but there’s one folder reserved for the most special moments captured. I return to these photos often, and they never fail to make me feel deeply grateful for my children, our family and the thousands of tiny moments—both good and bad—that make our lives purposeful. Here are 20 of my favorite grateful moments captured.
We all know it takes a village to raise a child, but some of those village members aren’t always properly recognized. From teachers and babysitters to pediatricians and nice neighbors, there are many people who help make our parenting journey a little easier. Join our 30 Days of Thanks activities, and use some of these fun ways to let your helpful community know they are appreciated.
Every child is born creative—we just have to help our kids set that creativity free. Whether it’s music, art, dance or imaginative play, there are no rules to creativity and endless ways to find it, foster it and set it free in our children. Here are 20 ways to raise a creative child.
Sometimes, it’s in the trenches where we learn the most. Through the hard moments of parenting–the tears, the worries, the fits, the fears–I’ve learned some pretty valuable lessons about raising kids.
Carving pumpkins is one of our favorite fall traditions, and this year even the littlest one in our family got involved.
We had so much fun scooping out the pumpkins and even rolling them across the grass. Every step, from cutting the holes in the pumpkins to lighting them up, was too adorable not to capture.
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Need to fill the wall space of your child’s nursery, but don’t want to blow your budget on art? There are many things you already have in your home or simple projects you can create for under $10 that transform your walls into the beautiful space you’ve dreamed of. These eight ideas can help you save money and create a warm, creative baby room that you’ll be proud to share.
Celebrate fall this year with these ten simple activities and crafts that will not only add a festive touch to your home but will grant you some great one-one-one time with your child.
The United Nations has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” To celebrate this day, I’ve written a letter to my daughters expressing the importance of being true to yourself.
My beautiful girls, right now you are six and three—the stories of your life just beginning, the first few chapters already filled with people who love you, places we’ve explored and experiences that, unbeknownst to you, have already begun to shape your thinking and strengthen your character.
I am beyond blessed to be the mother of three children, each of you so special in your own unique way. But today, on the Day of the Girl, I write to you two. My girls. Now listen to your mother, loves.