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Anonymous posted in Family Life Tuesday

Rant: Easter family issues

My family gets together every Easter for lunch at my mother’s. We basically get together for the main holidays and every few months for birthdays. This year, my sister’s kids were going to be at their dad’s. Their dad is now letting the kids go with my sister on Easter. Rather than going to my mom’s, they are going to her boyfriend’s family get together and skipping my mom’s. My sist... More

  • Anonymous

    It sounds like the issue is her boyfriend? Is it just him that doesn’t want to go to your family stuff or do you think it’s her too? My husband isn’t a fan of my family gatherings... my family knows it and they don’t really bring it up to me anymore because they know it’s a sensitive topic. If anything, they’ll just say “hey, we really miss having you at these events. What can we change so you ... More

Ali posted in Holidays Monday

Easter traditions

What are your fun Easter traditions? My kids will be the only kids at our family get together this year (other than my 13 y/o nephew). I want to make this a fun one for my littles!

  • Jackie

    You can also do a pin the tale on the bunny. Or even draw eggs with different colored tops and bottoms and have the kids match them up with the plastic eggs

  • Annie

    My family does a simple egg hunt. You could have the kids dye eggs to be hidden. Since we have a big age range (2-8 yo) and allergies, we keep the candy simple (M&Ms, jellybeans).

Anonymous posted in Holidays Apr 13

Easter Egg Content Ideas for 2 yr olds?

I’ve never done an Easter egg hunt as a kid or put one together. I see that most people put candy in the eggs for older kids. Ideas for 2 yr olds? I’ve gotten some suggestions like stickers, goldfish crackers, Cheerios, and stamps.. what else?

  • Julie

    Also, Joanna is right!!! I have an in law who nearly suffocated on one of those plastic eggs as a child, she put it in her mouth and there were no holes!!!

  • Jess

    I bought a $0.99 pack of larger eggs and put some hot wheels cars in them. Also some tiny rubber ducks that you can find at a party store or dollar store.

Anonymous posted in Holidays Feb 09

Pregnant with Baby 2

How did you all announce to your hubby you were pregnant with baby 2? I have sort of dropped hints but want to come up with some fun way to tell him other than just “I’m pregnant” any ideas with Valentine’s Day coming up?! Thank you in advance!

  • Alexis
    Feb 10

    I found out I was pg when ds#1 was 5 months old. We weren't expecting to be pg so soon. While my husband was out I took one of my sons plain white onesies and a few fabric markers I had laying around and wrote "Guess what? I'm going to be a big brother!" On the front. I put the onesie on the baby and just waited. It took about 20 minutes or so after my hubby got home for him t... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 10

    Well, ladies! I told him today - since today is my birthday- I wrote on a piece of paper “I’m being promoted to big brother October 2019” and put the test on there too, and had my son give it to daddy! He cried!! Soooo excited!!! They’ll be 20 months apart!!!

Anonymous posted in Holidays Feb 08

Valentines gift ideas for hubby

Hi! I know Valentines Day is a “holiday” that many roll their eyes at, but my hubby and I like to do something small and special for each other. Other than the obvious - chocolate, go out for dinner, sex, cards - what else do y’all give your hubs? If there is anything else? 😂😂

  • Kieli
    Feb 09

    My husband had a special coffee cup that broke a while back, so I ordered a new one for him from amazon and of course the day I ordered it he went onto my email and found it! Lol so he was really happy, but not so much a surprise. I like to get him something he’s been really wanting so that way it doesn’t just end up getting thrown out or left sitting around

  • Benjamin
    Feb 09

    My wife scheduled us a couples massage.

Chelsa posted in Holidays Jan 07

Non Toy 1 Year old Gift Ideas

With Christmas just ending, we have too much stuff, but want to get our son something for his 1st birthday. Do you have any recommendations?

  • Tara
    Jan 08

    Book yourselves to see baby/ children’s theatre! We did that as a family to my son’s first, and we- especially his older sis- loved it! He danced and laughed, and was asleep halfway through... I recommend!

  • Sophia
    Jan 11

    1 share of stock that you think will soar. plant a tree.

Cheryl posted in Holidays Jan 01

Christmas gift with strings attached

My husbands grandfather gives his grandchildren $100 every year for Christmas. Since marrying his grandson, I have been included in that. This year, he asked everyone to tell him what we spend it on. I asked my husband why and the reason he gave me was “He likes feeling useful.” I’m a little grumpy about this ‘gift’. It feels like he gave money to all his grandkids so that HE could feel good. ... More

  • Robin
    Jan 12

    We send MIL a note thanking her for the “pedi-mani” or facial or something that would be indulgent for you and satisfy their wishes. I think he’s probably just wants a way to remain a part of everyone’s life- and keeps him in touch with you all.

  • Theresa
    Apr 04

    I have to wonder how this is different from a thank you note. I was always taught that when given a gift one mentions how it is appreciated/used/valued as part of the thank you note. I see nothing intrusive in his wanting to know especially since his queries could be avoided with a proper thank you note.

Is Santa Claus real?

I believe in Santa. But I have to know, is he real?

  • Tara
    Jan 06

    Of course he’s real

Merry belated christmas everyone

Merry belated christmas everyone what did u all do with your families?????

Anonymous posted in Family Life Dec 23, 2018

Rant: pissed at spouse over holidays

Every year my husband and I have a battle royale over the holidays. We spend Christmas Eve with my family and Christmas Day with his family. The problem every year is that he doesn’t like my family’s Christmas Eve traditions. This includes, going to a relative’s around 5. Santa comes around 7 or 8. Then we go to my parents to open their gifts to grandkids. This has been our tradition at... More

  • Cassandra
    Dec 25, 2018

    Christmas Eve is going to church with my parents and then back to my parents’ for dinner and presents. My three year old ends up going to bed a little late. Then Christmas morning is our time and we have his parents come at 10:30 and they stay through dinner. His parents are a couple hours away and don’t usually get a tree or decorate so they like coming to us. Plus we do the cooking and they s... More

  • Jennifer
    Dec 26, 2018

    I think one night a year is ok for kids to go to bed late and traditions should be kept

Is it normal?

Does the In-Laws buy Christmas present for you? Is it bad if they don’t buy you anything? My husband family doesn’t buy me gifts but buys his brothers wife gifts. My family buys him gifts.

  • Sonia
    Jan 25

    First, stop buying them gifts - if you can buy them something and not feel bad not receiving something- that would be one thing. Sounds like you buy and get resentful when you don’t receive anything. Means love yourself enough to stop trying to gain their approval. If they don’t buy anything for your children- then don’t take your children over there either. Why put your family in a place ... More

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Feb 21

    I couldn't have said it better Sonia!!!

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 20, 2018

Getting things done

Hi everyone!! I just need to vent real quick. I have a 9 year old and 16 month old. My 16 month old just started walking and it seems that now I can’t leave him alone with out him getting into anything. I’m a stay at home mom but between my son getting into things more, my daughters activities, my son not wanted to stay on his nap schedule, and me just getting over being sick I just can’t seem ... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2018

    @Bailey That’s a good idea. I write I weekly list, that my family makes fun of, but I seem to never get everything done. Maybe a daily list would be better instead. Thanks!!

  • Jennifer
    Dec 20, 2018

    I agree with a schedule. Never do more than you can handle for that day. My daily schedule usually consists of basics; pick up, dishes, sweep (vacuum if you have carpet we don’t) and usually 1-2 loads of laundry. And I have one room a day I deep clean. So while the entire house gets cleaned I’m not stressing over if it doesn’t get deep cleaned every day. As to the kids kids getting into things ... More

Explaining Santa (real or not) to the kids.

I grew up with Santa but have chosen not to do Santa with my daughter. I still understand the need to explain Santa. A coworker of mine said that her sister was trying to explain to her kids who are just now discovering that Santa is not real. Now they feel like their parents have lied to them for years. I came across a cartoon that explains Santa and all the different gift givers from all over... More

Is it appropriate?

Hello all, It is that time of the year and I dont now what to give the kids teacher for xmass. I was thinking about a gas gift card or a staples gift card? Any thoughts or suggestions on that? I would hate to give them a gift they wont use/ appreciate.....

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2018

    You could always get them an amazon gift card. I think everybody uses amazon these days. And it gives them a chance to really get something for personal use rather than being connected to school (gas to get to work or school supplies at staples). Or even Starbucks gift card. If you don’t want to do the gift card route, you could always put together a gift basket. A basket collection of chocol... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 20, 2018

    Former teacher here, I think either would be great! ☺️

New Year celebration with kids idea?

Before kids we would go out to a great club or restaurant, but now that we have little ones we generally are stuck going to someone’s house or are home. Any ideas how we can celebrate New Years with the kids? Thanks

  • AJ
    Dec 21, 2018

    If you’re in the Bay Area, the Discovery Museum in the Marin Headlands host a Noon Year’s Eve Party with a count down and balloon drop! Super fun!

  • Wenonah
    Dec 22, 2018

    Our community museum is having a Noon Years Party where there will be a balloon drop. So you can check into museums.

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 18, 2018

How much do you spend on gifts for kids this Christmas?

Just looking on what’s the average costs per kid depending on the age & whether it’s your own, a godchild, a relative, a friend’s, etc. Please share your thoughts. I found the link below as I google it.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2018

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Just celebrating my 1st family christmas reunion w/ the in laws & their kids & also our almost 1 yr old baby’s 1st christmas so it’s a big pressure on my side but I know my husband & I have to stay true to what we can afford & at the end of the day, it’s more about celebrating it w/ your family, friends & loved ones. Happy Holidays!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 24, 2018

    I don't have any family or friends to spend holidays with so it's just my toddler and I. We didn't get to have a Christmas the last 2 years so I have some things that I bought but was not able to give him, so between that and a few newer things I'd say @$300. He's all I have and Christmas was always really special for me growing up, so I was hoping to make it that special fo... More

Santa: Real or fake?

I've been conflicted with the idea of telling my 4 y.o. that Santa isn't real. It's been a big struggle for me. My husband and I want our son to understand that "Jesus is the reason for the season". It feels like with today’s society kids expect SO many presents and gifts are becoming obnoxiously expensive. We're not wealthy, but were not poor either. We want to better... More

  • Cherrie
    Jan 10

    I think santa spoils imagination, magic, and innocence. I found out at 5 and I bawled. It really made me feel there was no magic. I think that not lying lets your children know you are truthful and the miracles you do talk about are REAL and true and that magic comes in real and true forms through the Lord. But thats just how I felt.

  • Ashley
    Jan 11

    Thank you all so much for your input!! It gave me a lot to think about for next season. We we're already too far into this season to fully make any changes. My oldest seems to be doing better at understanding.

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

Help me pick some good ones to bring on a long flight!

  • Tish
    Dec 19, 2018

    We really like The Star, it's the story of Jesus's birth as told by the donkey. Lots of fun silliness but a good message.

  • Perry
    Feb 20

    Got to love the classics. Rudolph, and muppet family Christmas

Daycare teacher gift card amount?

My son just started daycare last week. He only goes Tuesdays and Thursdays ... so he’s only gone 3 times now. With the holidays coming up, I’m thinking about getting one of the teachers a gift card. First of all, how much do you think is appropriate? Secondly, is it weird to only give one of the teachers a gift card? He’s really taken a liking to one of them so I don’t know the other ones ver... More

  • Ricardo
    Dec 14, 2018

    I think all his teachers from his classroom should receive a little token of appreciation. There isn't a "I" in team. As a infant teacher, if this ever happened, I would make sure to keep it fair for everyone and if I get the gift card, I would split it with my team. 💓

  • Andrea
    Dec 14, 2018

    Oh jeeze! I’m glad I asked because I definitely didn’t think of it like that. Thanks for the feedback!

New Year’s Eve baby

Anyone else have a New Year’s Eve baby? What time were they born? Do you celebrate the day of or the following weekend?

  • Andrea
    Dec 13, 2018

    I have a Christmas Eve baby, if you consider that pretty similar circumstances. We have a friend party either a week before or 2 weeks after, and always have something small, just us, the day of.

  • Victoria
    Dec 13, 2018

    I am a Christmas Eve baby. As a child I don’t remember too much. But I do know that we only celebrated it on my actual day a few times. Not a huge deal but it sucks being clouded around the holidays. With New Year’s Eve that (at least in my house) is more of a holiday we celebrate in the evening since you stay up till midnight, so you could try celebrating her birthday earlier that day to wher... More

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