Assuming your toddler could even make it, would you allow them to stay up until midnight to celebrate Noche Buena? In many Latino cultures, Christmas festivities center around the values and traditions of Noche Buena. The literal translation is Good Night, but the term refers to Christmas Eve—a night when family gathers and feast the night away. At the center of the holiday is the practice of staying up until the stroke of midnight. Some families even attend misa de los gallos, which refers to midnight Mass. But would you want your little one up that late?
Vanessa Bell is a Cuban American, bicultural Latina, building a legacy for her biracial children through an exploration of personal identity, documentation of their food culture, mixed family travels, and positive parenting values. De Su Mama is Spanish and means “from your mother,” evoking the foundation of the many love letters that exist on her blog. Vanessa believes in creating a purposed family legacy, through whatever means available, and is driven to help other parents document their own. Vanessa, a California native, currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her gorgeous husband, 3-year-old daughter, and 1-year-old son. Visit her website, De Su Mama.
‘Tis the season for elves, good behavior and jolly, old men in suits. But for sweet, little, 3-year-old girls, the magic of Christmas is only now beginning to come alive. The weekend after Thanksgiving, our family ventured to Flagstaff, Arizona, a beautiful mountainous town, where a “portal” to Santa’s workshop takes you, by trolley, on a journey that you won’t soon forget.
Watching them run down the stairs to a room full of gifts, a sweet, tender infant crawling (or swimming!) in a sea of wrapping paper, all while sitting on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate enjoying the fruits of your labor—as a mother, it’s a vision I look forward to all year long. Those moments of pure happiness from receiving whatever their hearts desired is truly a gift for many of us. However, while maybe difficult in the moment, teaching your toddler to give during the holidays will be a gift that you’ll appreciate later in life. Here are five simple ways to teach toddlers to give this holiday season.
From luxury to practical, for babies and toddler, even a little something for mom and dad who work so hard to make their little ones happy, these are 25 gifts over $100.
I would never argue that young motherhood equates to bad motherhood. While the media likes to portray the horrific examples of young women turned mothers and the precious lives they put in peril by their immature actions, that is certainly not always the case. I know many women who had kids at a young age and do a great job.
The holidays are upon us, and with the Christmas count down approaching, what better opportunity to further instill our family values in our children. From young to old, this highly beloved and simple craft is an easy advent calendar that focuses on charity, family, and friends.
Optimal health is something many of us crave. We want strong bones, healthy skin and a strong physique. And this is especially true for pregnant and nursing moms who feel the pressure to house a temple of health for their little one to flourish in. But the question has been raised: is healthy eating synonymous with a high-income budget? Is it possible to practice “clean eating” and only consume whole foods on a low income budget, even if one is dependent on food stamps? Is it possible to be poor in money and rich in health?
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Using Thanksgiving crafts to practice gratitude with my kids has been super fun this year. My 3-year-old is beginning to understand that the world is bigger than her, and that giving thanks for our blessings is a big part of being a good person. And while my 18-month-old is far from understanding gratitude—his world is the only world we should be concerned with, after all!—I am grateful that he is at least old enough to go through the motions.
A few weeks ago, Alina and I made this cute Thanksgiving craft—she named him Mr. Grateful Chicken Duck, a daily gratitude turkey that even your smallest toddlers can help you make. What I love most is that I can keep and store the gratitude leaves, each year watching as her gratitude matures and blossoms.
Check out the fun we had making Mr. Grateful Chicken Duck!