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Simplify the Season

The Best Gift Idea

Short and simple--the best gifts are often experiences, rather than things.Most of the kids I know & work with don't need any more THINGS.  They have too many already.  But what they do need, and want, are more connected, loving, fun, adventurous, memorable experiences--especially experiences with their parents.Next time you have a gift-giving opportunity, consider giving an experience.  You can [...]

What kids really want for the holidays

I originally posted this last year, but it's such good info, I wanted to post it again this year...**********************************In their book Unplug the Christmas Machine, authors Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli say that kids want the following 4 things for Christmas: A relaxed and loving time with their family.Realistic expectations about giftsAn evenly paced holiday seasonReliable family traditions**********************************Notice it doesn't [...]

Simplify the Season Workshop–this weekend, Nov 9th.

Do the holidays cause you stress?  Too much travel/spending/obligation, and not enough meaning, fun, and connection?  Do you ever feel let-down after the presents are opened?  Clarifying and refocusing on your values and priorities can make Christmas more memorable, rejuvenating, and rewarding. This workshop will cover:What's not working for you nowIdentifying your true values and prioritiesChristmas, aka your part-time jobGift-giving, [...]

What Kids Really Want for Christmas

In their book Unplug the Christmas Machine, authors Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli say that kids (deep-down... sometimes way deep-down) want the following 4 things for Christmas, and I definitely agree. A relaxed and loving time with their family. Realistic expectations about gifts An evenly paced holiday season Reliable family traditions What a list, huh!?! Surely this is a [...]