This month, About.com's Parenting Channel decided to devote our blog carnival not to the annual holiday of Valentine's Day, but to the broader subject of love. Since that's what parenting and families are all about -- all year long.
At our home, I'm focusing this month on cutting back on commitments so that I have more free time to spend with my children. I know that spring extracurricular activities will soon take over the family calendar, so these colder weeks are welcome to me, and a chance to take it easy for a while.
Our Family Crafts Guide, Sherri Osborn, offers a few cute ideas on making your own Valentine heart crafts, another parent/child bonding activity, or one you can do on your own to surprise your loved ones.
Blogger and writer, Lesa Day, dedicates her carnival submission to
a tender moment she recently witnessed between a mother and her son. And Tracy Hahn-Burkett writes about the sweet little ways children let their parents know that they love them. If Valentine's Day doesn't make your list of favorite holidays, blogger Eva Robertson wants to know if you're up to joining her in a Valentine's Day boycott?
Abouts Guide to Parenting Teens, Denise Witmer reminds parents to take the time to tell their older children how they still feel about them, and our Stay-at-Home-Moms Guide, Apryl Duncan, reminds moms that their friendships should also be cherished, and nurtured.
Do you ever feel like you're being pulled in a thousand different directions? Join the club. But despite all of our responsibilities, Katherine Lewis, About's Guide to Working Moms, points out that our children deserve one-on-one time with us, from time to time. Katherine Lee, from About's Child Parenting site, points out that sometimes a smile and a warm gesture can make all the difference in someone's day. Sometimes it's the little things that matter most, isn't it?
If you're a grandparent-to-be, you might be wondering what to expect from the experience. Susan Adcox reassures that grandparenting will knock you off your feet, in a good way. And when a learning disabled child develops a crush for the first time, Guide Ann Logsdon knows exactly what to do, and how to teach your child about this special experience.
Jackie Burrell reminds parents on her site to Parenting Young Adults to keep the bond strong, even if you're child is far away from home. On another site she offers up ideas on crafty and fun Valentine gifts, to give to family or friends. Carrie Craft from About's Adoption site muses about how she reminded her daughter to remember that personal actions tell people, in no uncertain terms, how you feel about them.
And finally, Catherine Holecko, the Family Fitness Guide on About, expects to spend a little quality time with herself and a yoga mat this Valentine season. For those who just aren't feeling the love, Terri Mauro from About's Special Needs site offers up a few reading suggestions to encourage you to gather your brood around you and foster the family bond.
We hope you enjoy our blog carnival this month and please feel free to leave your comments and ideas on showing your family love below.