GratitudeNov. 13th

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Thanksgiving is always a time for reflection. It’s a time to feel the warmth and comfort of family and friends. We tend to express what we are grateful for and what we intend to do to make life positive and happy. We honor those who are no longer with us and cherish those who are. Here are a few things you can do with kids to teach them about gratitude.

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Make a list of things to be thankful for, right on your placemat or paper tablecloth.

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Create a jar of gratitude. Come up with some conversation starters and write them on a piece of paper (cut it into a fun and festive shape.)

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Decorate rocks with grateful messages. Give them to people at your gathering or have each person write one. You can even spread them in the garden or place them around the house afterwards.

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Paint clothespins and write something you are grateful for on them and make a garland or wreath to display your messages.

However you decide to show your gratitude, have fun, be creative and enjoy your Thanksgiving! We wish you all a very special holiday!

Teaching GratitudeNov. 4th

Gratitude is something we could all take a lesson in. It’s easy to let life’s distractions interfere with our moods and how we see the world. When we become parents, we want to teach our kids everything and hope that they will become better people than we are. One of the most important lessons in life, is to learn to be grateful. But, how can you teach your child to be grateful? We found a study by The Greater Good at Berkeley University. 

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Thanksgiving is approaching…believe it or not. Here are some good tips for fostering a grateful child.

1. Model and teach gratitude

2. Spend time with your kids and be mindful when with them

3. Support your child’s autonomy

4. Use kids’ strengths to fuel gratitude

5. Help focus and support kids to achieve intrinsic goals

6. Encourage helping others and nurturing relationships

7. Help kids find what matters to them

To read the full article click here: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/seven_ways_to_foster_gratitude_in_kids

 

Being GratefulNov. 14th

As Thanksgiving approaches, we all start to think of things we are grateful for. There’s health, our homes, our friends….and family. Remember the day your child was born? Your heart was flooded with excitement, joy and a love you never thought you could feel. Life was changed in an instant. These times go so quickly, even if we don’t want to believe it. Before you know it, those little hands and feet get bigger. In the blink of an eye, your baby becomes a little person, then a teenager and on to an adult. Life doesn’t slow down for any of us. Time moves hyper-speed ahead and we suddenly think of all of the moments we forgot to capture. How can you remember these precious times? Let us take the reigns on this one. Doodlebug Designs specializes in keepsakes that last a lifetime. We love helping our customers create something special. We offer many fun and festive designs for the holidays too. Feeling grateful for that little being you created? Come and visit us at one of our stamping locations. It takes less than 5 minutes to get your child’s hands or feet stamped. The hardest part? Making it out of the house;) Get ready for Thanksgiving and let your child help make a platter for the table. Check our schedule for stamping dates near you. Happy holidays!

Holiday RoundupSep. 13th

Can you believe we have to start thinking about the holidays….already?! Phew, life is a whirlwind sometimes. It feels that summer is just ending and we have to start budgeting and planning for the next 3 months of fun family chaos;) We’ve sent our kids off to learn and grow. The house is quiet, clean and organized. It’s time to put together a list and get our to-do’s in order.

We love the holidays and we hope you will think of us, while crossing gifts off our your list. Hand and foot impressions and handprint or footprint items make a wonderful gift for family. Grandparents and parents alike, love to have something to hand on the walls, tree, or put on display. Heck, these adorable custom gifts can work for anyone in the family! See our schedule for upcoming stamping dates and check back for future ones. We are excited to get the ball rolling. Bring your little turkey to one of our event locations.