This Week's Highlights in Parenting: Encouragement, Tips, and Travels

Where did November go?  With Holiday prep in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the 4 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I bought wrapping paper last week, fully intending to get ahead of the game and wrap the few gifts I’ve already purchased.  It’s still sitting in my car.  Oh well, there’s always next week.  Hope you enjoy this link-up from around the web, courtesy of other moms, who like myself, are always trying to stay a few steps ahead.


A huge thank-you to Danielle, over at Simmworks Family Blog, for taking the mystery out of the Amazon wish list app.  Maybe I’m late to the game, but this is a game-changer for our family’s frequently changing wish list!



With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, here are some practical and simple reminders on how to keep little ones entertained while traveling to the next stop. Thanks to our Uplifting Families for the great tips!



I am inspired and humbled by this post from Kristen over at We are That Family. Especially with Christmas around the corner and my children certainly receiving gifts from loved ones, we are continually trying to develop a perspective of undeserved gratitude instead of entitled greed. She writes in “Dear Kids of America: Nothing is Free“:

“It’s okay to require hard work from our kids. It’s okay to have minimum requirements at home. It’s okay to say, I’m sorry that makes you unhappy, the answer is still no.'”



Its true, it happens wherever Thanksgiving dinners occur.  The dreaded clean-up. From Pretty Opinionated:

“It happens to all of us! That moment when we realize that every casserole and side dish, every serving spoon and gravy boat led to one disastrous moment: a complete and utter invasion of dirty dishes. Oh, and let’s not forget the other messes!”



Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy spending time with loved ones and counting your blessings!