Wednesday, December 8, 2010
how to make your kids festive....(and the winner is...)
How on earth do you tackle the dreaded holiday picture when one child refuses to remove pajamas, and the other insists on wearing his favourite skull shirt? Well, first you don't do what I did and try to force one very reluctant participant to climb on board. ( "please? can you just put on this cool striped shirt for 5 minutes? I will let you have extra dessert? an extra sticker for your chart? c'mon, something?")
After an emotionally exhausting few minutes, I took a deep breath and looked at the stress I was creating. Why would I adorn them in clothes they would never wear in the first place? Unless pants come in soft flannel or have "sports pants" written all over them, the one child is not happy. That's who he is, day in and day out.
Instead, I came up with a plan to not only show you who they really are, but also allow myself to give those family members and friends something a bit more festive. Our holiday card became a project that both the kids and I enjoyed creating together, and as a result new excitement was generated when posing for the picture. With big A wanting to be a "cool" snowboarder, and the other one wanting to carry a log, we were able to work on something that, in the end, represented who they were and made them festive at the same time! whew....
...I may need to keep an extra card on hand for those days when I want to see something other than red or blue sports pants...a little eye breather is always good, no?
**** winner announcement! using the random.org site, the winner of the lovely Spoonful zine is
bananenblatt! Please e-mail me your address, and this perfect little companion will be on it's way....thanks so much to everyone who entered! ****