Get gift ideas and share experiences celebrating holidays including Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas, and so much more.

Suggestions for celebrating black history month?

February is black history month and I've been slacking. My older daughter has been learning about some famous African Americans in preschool but I want to do more at home too. Ideas for books or activities that are good for a 4.5 and almost 2 year old?

Happy Valentine's here at Littlesteps/Bigsteps

Some of the art and crafts my little ones done can we see some of your craft ideas 😊

  • Sara
    Feb 13

    Love these, especially the toilet paper/ paper towel roll ones! My kids are for some reason obsessed with making things out of those.

  • Amanda
    Feb 13

    The bumblebee is ADORABLE!!

Valentine's Crafts & Ideas

Valentine's Day is two weeks away and I'm wondering if anyone has ideas for some great Valentine's-themed crafts, snacks, etc? I love making pink cupcakes (with food coloring) and making homemade Valentine's Day cards. What are some other unique and festive ideas?

  • Amanda
    Feb 05

    I just did a craft with 6yoM where we used paper hearts (hearts I had cut out beforehand using construction paper) to make animals! We put hearts of different sizes and colors together to make turtles, dogs, cats, elephants, etc. It was a really fun and neat project!

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 07

    My daughter loves dot dot I drew some valentine themed things on white paper and asked her if she wanted to trace them out with her dot dot markers and she loved it. Another idea that’s crafty and fun and super cheap is to paint rocks. I mean, it sounds so silly but my daughters preschool did this last year and then they sent the painted rocks home with the kids on Valentine’s D... More

Books for 2.5 year old (for Christmas)

I’m looking for some new book ideas for my 2.5 year old. She has a lot of books already but I want to get her some new ones for Christmas. We don’t go over the top for this holiday but books are always a gift. She loves everything....from fire trucks, trains, airplanes and school busses to dolls, babies, animals...very typical toddler with wide and varied interests. She’s an only child and ... More

  • Ying
    Dec 06, 2019

    Have your girl read Olivia book series? Olivia is a fictional pig character; there is a book called “ Olivia counts down to Christmas, “which would be an excellent Xmas gift for your lovely girl.

  • Stacey
    Dec 09, 2019

    My son loves the "Don't touch Monster" and the other "Don't touch" books. They have textured parts that the kid can feel. He also loves ANY interactive book like lift a flap or slide something over. In term of non-interactive books he seems to like the Llama Llama books. Llama Llama Red Pajama gets read a lot and there are several holiday books so we have been readi... More

Anonymous posted in Holidays Nov 30, 2019

Does Santa brings gifts to adults too?

Asking from a 1st time parent to a toddler who’s into the holidays now & is very excited about Christmas. I know each family has their “traditions”. I’m just curious, besides Santa filling up the stockings with little gifts, can he bring presents to Dad, Mom & other adults too? I didn’t grew up here in the US, I grew up in Asia (Philippines), we do love Christmas but more as being Catho... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Dec 02, 2019

    Santa (for our house) usually brings something mom and dad need, like kitchen towels or sneakers or toothbrushes.

  • antigrav_kids
    Dec 04, 2019

    When I was a kid, Santa totally brought presents to my parents. Also, one of the perks of Santa was that they didn't wrap gifts. If it was sitting out unwrapped, it was from Santa.

Christmas gift fairness

I have a 10 year old step son and an 18 month old daughter and I’m not sure how to make gifting fair between the two. Our 10 year old put a list together and all of his items are anywhere from $70-$300!!! He doesn’t play with any toys and only likes video games!! Ugh I blame my husband for that one. At this age do you not worry about making sure they each get the same amount in dollar wise or ... More

  • Sara
    Dec 01, 2019

    I definitely wouldn’t worry about making things fair. Your 18 month old will have no clue and won’t care. Spend on the 10 year old whatever you’re comfortable spending. If you want to get everything on the list great but the list is not an obligation to get all those items! As far as the 18 month old, putting money away in savings is a wonderful idea if you can afford it. They’re happy unwrappi... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01, 2019

    How it went for me growing up is that we made a list, and then we got some of the items. You dont get the whole list. But you do spend the same amount in money.

Anonymous posted in Family Life Nov 29, 2019

We JUST saw you: Family Boundaries

Anyone have any experience with setting boundaries with their families around the holidays? Before my daughter was born my husband and I used to split time between family members or just spend it together. However, now with a 1 year old (only grandchild) the grandparents expect us to invite and host them for all holidays going forward or worse—travel to them with a toddler. They mean well but t... More

  • Vonda
    Dec 05, 2019

    Stay home for Christmas. Tell them it’s too much to do this year. Or that you’d like to have time with just the family this year. Have each person tell their respective family. Husband to his. You to yours. It’ll be easier. And if they don’t like it well; they can stuff a turkey.

  • Jaclyn
    Dec 05, 2019

    We split holidays between my family and my in-laws so no one can argue and so it’s not overwhelming. And we switch each year. So for example this year my family came for Thanksgiving and his family will come for Christmas. Next year we will do Thanksgiving with his family and Xmas with mine. I typically host Thanksgiving since my family is smaller on the “on” years and may travel a bit for his ... More

Christmas Tree Fence?

Anyone have any experience with these? I have a curious and active 1yo and she gets into everything. How do I keep her from tipping over the Christmas tree?

Ideas for Christmas present to babysitter/daycare worker ??

  • Kieli
    Nov 15, 2019

    I just started babysitting a family friends son a few weeks back. Something I would personally like, would be a nail salon gift card. Doesn’t have to be much, $10-$15 would mean so much to me

  • Kate
    Nov 26, 2019

    Amazon or Visa Gift Cards are always safe bets.

7 month old baby boy

What do you buy your 7 month old baby boy for Christmas

  • Mandy
    Oct 28, 2019

    Our son was 9 months old last Christmas. But we did musical and developmental toys. Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone - Award Winning Durable Wooden Musical Pounding Toy for Toddlers, Multifunctional and Bright Colours

  • PK
    Oct 28, 2019

    Our son was almost a year at the time... so we did clothes and books. Family bought a lot of toys for him - mostly toy cars, a big bag of mega blocks, a push walker.

Anonymous posted in Child Care Oct 23, 2019

With the upcoming holidays & school breaks, how are parents handling childcare coverage?

I'd like to keep my daughter active (not just hanging around the house with a sitter) - there's got to be a better way than a Google search for what's available when school's out? Ideas? Thanks!

Father’s Day Board Books for Toddlers?

Father’s Day is this week! Just want to add in a board book that my toddler & his daddy will enjoy reading together. Any suggestions? My toddler is currently 17 months but he enjoys reading & listening to his daddy read. Thanks!

All inclusive holiday

Looking for any recommendations for an all inclusive holiday! Looking for a week away where kids can have their own time (1yr old & 4 yr old) and my husband and I can have some time alone.. with wine.

  • T
    May 30, 2019

    I’m not sure your 1yo will be allowed at the kids clubs on cruises. I thought most started at 3yo & potty trained to be left at inclusive resorts...

Anonymous posted in Holidays May 25, 2019

Spouse does not enjoy holidays

Does anyone else deal with this? When we first met he seemed to be interested in holidays, bdays, bbqs, etc. Now he will use any excuse to avoid them and even on Christmas morning, Easter morning he just lays in bed. Feeling alone and I don’t want to be miserable and miss out on all of these sweet memories with my little ones, but I feel like he makes my holidays miserable since he doesn’t enjo... More

  • Anonymous
    May 26, 2019

    He may not like holidays but not everything is about him. I'd imagine it makes it hard for the kids to enjoy the holidays when you have that negative energy lurking around.

  • Anonymous
    May 26, 2019

    He never can see that he makes everything about him. Literally every decision has been about whats best for him and its true the kids don’t enjoy the holidays as much. I may have to think about leaving but that’s not ideal either.

Anonymous posted in Holidays May 13, 2019

Mother’s Day went downhill

Anyone else’s Mother’s day full of tantrums? lol. Anyways, I have had 3 Mother’s Days since my son was born. The first, it was just us as a family of three. I sent everyone in my family that is a Mom - a card. (My Mom, my sister and my MIL). I didn’t get a card in return from anyone. For my second Mother’s Day - we went away for the weekend with my in-laws. I had my son make my MIL a pain... More

  • anonymous mom
    May 23, 2019

    I’m not trying to be judgmental at all, so bear with me here. But I honestly think when people spend a lot of time comparing what they gave vs what they received it ends up creating a lot of undue negativity and the person who offended them by not reciprocating will not change anyway. Yes, stop making effort for your mil. She clearly doesn’t make the effort for you. If your husband wants to ... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 21, 2019

    I don’t even get anything from my husband 😅 it’s been my second this year. I still make him a gift. It does hurt, but literally have no expectations and it somewhat makes it better.

Anonymous posted in Holidays May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day is hard

To all my fellow moms out there struggling with postpartum depression and realizing that Mother's Day, and motherhood, isn't living up to what they were hoping and is really, really hard. Try to take some time today for yourself and do something you enjoy, even if it is without your kids for a bit. Much love.

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the moms out there, you are loved and you are doing a great job! 💐

  • PK
    May 12, 2019

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too!! ❤️❤️

Anonymous posted in Holidays May 10, 2019

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

The past 2 Mother’s Days (my only 2 so far) my husband never acknowledged that I was a mother. Last year, my FIL took my MIL and me out for a Mother’s Day brunch even! Anyway, he says that I’m not his mother so he doesn’t need to do anything which makes sense to me... but also isn’t this a day to celebrate that I am a mother and that he is a father and that we appreciate each other? I know we s... More

  • Spring
    May 17, 2019

    I find this horrifying. Is it because I'm a lesbian? Anyway I rented a beachside cottage in Stinson Beach and took my wife and our son on a 3 day trip for Mother's Day because we deserve it! Signed, Befuddled.

  • Elena
    May 19, 2019

    My ex husband would buy me a small gift and flower flowers from him acknowledging the fact that I was a good mom to his son and a present from at the time our baby which I thought was cute

Happy Mothers Day!

Mother is an undying love, a love beyond compare, the one you take your troubles to, she is the one who really cares. We are all of this and more! So glad we're moms, it's one more sweet thing to share. I hope you all have an awesome day. Happy Mothers Day! 😊

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