Children at the holidays: All the Grandmothers’ seasonal writings in one location
The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but all the excitement and traditions of the season can create stress in young children that grownups, in their own enthusiasm, can easily overlook. Here’s a collection of previously published articles by the Hanna Perkins Grandmothers about children and the holidays. It may help you see this special season as it really looks through a child’s eyes – so you can create the best kind of memories for the young people in your life.
- Excitement vs. Fun
In most circles excitement is a positive word – often considered synonymous with fun.
A movie, a television program, even an activity for young children, is praised for being exciting. Using the common definition, the opposite of exciting is boring, and boring is ... Read more
- How little ones learn to love giving
How do you help your children develop a lifelong love of giving? We Grandmothers are certainly aware that today’s families live in times of “Hurry Up” – that mothers and fathers both work and have to deal with malls filled with gifts ... Read more
- Keeping holidays focused on the children
It’s happening again. We’ve all seen it before: A mother rushing along the sidewalk or through the mall, pushing a stroller and holding the hand of a 3-year-old who is pasted along her thigh, half-walking half-trotting in an effort to keep up.
The ... Read more
- The Santa Question
This is a controversial subject, so we’re going to work up to our main point gradually.
The Tooth Fairy
No parent that we’re aware of takes great pains to protect the true identity of the Tooth Fairy. Maybe that’s because by the time a ... Read more
- Handling holiday disappointments
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” sings Andy Williams over the PA system in Walmart – and as we pile gifts in our shopping cart we halfway believe it.
The kid riding in the cart, eyeing the decorated artificial trees and ... Read more
- The spirit of giving: How children’s gifts are recieved
It was Christmas morning. As the family sat around the little tree, under which was a modest pile of wrapped gifts, Nina could not contain herself.
She ran to the tree, pulled her gifts away from the others and distributed them; one for ... Read more
- A holiday wish: Simple delight in your children
What quality would we Grandmothers most ardently wish for you parents of young children in this final, bustling season of the year?
Well OK, you didn’t ask, but we’re going to tell you anyway. Not patience, not insight, not mediation skills, not tolerance for ... Read more