The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Decorating with Your Kids

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The snow is falling, the sound of "Jingle Bells" is in the air, and you're a busy Dad who's trying to come up with fun kids' projects that will make you the envy of all the other Dads in the neighborhood.
 
Fear not!
 
You'll be a pro at Christmas decorating once you get through this guide.
 
But first, a couple of tips…
 
1.  Only use supplies your kids can handle
 
Remember, your focus is on KIDS' projects.  It's not fair to only let your kids in on half the fun, so make sure they can get involved with every single step.  That means leaving out the soldering iron, the fancy glass objects, and the sharp stuff.  (If necessary, do all of the cutting and other dangerous stuff in advance, so that everything is kid-friendly when you begin.)
 
2.  Let your kids be unique
 
Sometimes, kids' projects take on a life of their own.  If your daughter insists on letting Barbie hang out in the manger with the three wise men, let her do it.  It's her time to have fun -- not your time to lecture her on manger etiquette.
 
OK, now that that's out of the way, what kinds of crafts should you take on?
 
Get cooking!
 
What better way to spend your Christmas decorating time than with a project you can eat later?!  By making Christmas cookies, not only will you get to reap the benefits, but you'll also have a gift to wrap up and give to the neighbors, your kids' teachers, fellow churchgoers, and anyone else who deserves a homemade treat.
 
To make things easy, stick to a traditional favorite -- sugar cookies.  Dress them up by using festive cookie cutters (like Christmas trees, snowmen, snowflakes, etc.).  Then, let your kids turn their Christmas cookies into an art project -- with all kinds of colored icing, sprinkles, and even spoons coated in chocolate that they can drizzle over the cookies for a glamorous and yummy effect!
 
Speaking of art, one of the best Christmas decorating projects is to turn the "12 Days of Christmas" into an art project.  Have your kids draw out each day of the popular song.  For them, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon.  For you, it's a great way to create memories that you can pull out and look at for years and years!
 
Another great way to combine memories and crafts is to get your kids to trace their hands onto a piece of poster board.  Then, cut out the shape, glue it onto a headband.  Just like that, you've created "reindeer antlers" for everyone!  (And, as an added benefit, you can pull out those "antlers" years from now and see just how little everyone's hands were!)
 
See?  With just a few simple supplies, you can turn Christmas decorating into fun for everyone!
 

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Kids Toys for Christmas

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It's almost Thanksgiving and the wife and I are already thinking of toys to get for the boys for Christmas.   John Deere stuff is big this year as we watched the combines harvest the corn fields next to us.  We have beans planted the last few years and the deer population has been affected.  Now, we should see lots of deer wandering around plus maybe even a few lost turkeys.  The coyotes have been loud at night too.

Making time for your Kids

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Developing a strategy for becoming a better dad can sound like a big joke. To use the term “busy dad” in the current world is really an understatement. A lot of us dads have a difficult time trying to balance our professional or personal demands against spending valuable time with the wife and kids too. Just because your schedule is tight should not mean that you are destined to fail as a parent. 

Sugar Cookies

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Crafting with kids can be such an enjoyable experience for both, and offers an opportunity for some very special parent-child bonding time, too. Nevertheless, it can be far too easy to fall into the worry trap: that awful place in which your worry about mess overwhelms your desire to indulge your child’s creative side.
 
The best thing to do in those situations can be to stop, take a deep breath and spend about a minute and a half thinking about how much fun you used to have making mud pies. You’re still here: nothing permanently horrendous happened. Your mother might have set the washing machine on overdrive for a couple of days, but that’s probably all.

Benefits of Reading To Your Kids

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Reading kids mom dad booksWe used to read to our boys all the time when they were little. It was a special time for each of us as parents to have a quiet time to connect with them. The rush and worries of the day were put aside and we all took the time to relax and recharge our batteries. And the boys loved it because we were giving them all of our attention and meeting their emotional needs. This simple act was a critical time for us as parents since we both worked full time jobs.

Convincing Kids to do Homework

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StudyBack when I was in school, I needed someone to push me to do the right thing. We were encouraged (told) to study the material and not blindly do homework problems. My parents always made sure we did more than what was expected. Some of their methods may not have been very forthcoming, but eventually we understood the need to work hard in school and do our homework. Some of those strategies can still be applied while others may not necessarily work that well today (like a willow switch).  Here are some approaches to getting your kids to tackle homework....

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