When we think about “the arts,” often we go huge: the Louvre, Broadway, Swan Lake, Picasso. Perhaps without even realizing it, though, many parents instinctively know the value of the arts and incorporate them into our children’s lives in much smaller ways. Otherwise, why would we give our toddlers that first pack of crayons?
I was at my cousin’s summer wedding, and the reception hall was freezing. I, of course, had not planned appropriately and was dressed for the 90-degree outdoor temperatures. My grandma saw how cold I was and sternly told my date to take off his shirt and give it to me.
Many of us take the opportunity during the holiday season to reinforce to our children the concept of giving. But are we doing enough to make sure this concept gets woven into their everyday behavior? Sometimes it’s tough to involve children, particularly young ones, in charity.
Eat your vegetables. Never skip breakfast. Wash your hands before eating. There are many important habits to teach your children to help lay the foundation for a long and happy life. But one crucial aspect of a child’s overall well-being that often is neglected is their oral health.
Then it hit me: This will be the last time Christmas is like this. And by like this, I mean that all the kids will be together on Christmas morning without a care in their heads and everyone will be thinking only about home and family.
Dale Brown Sr. never got to see Santa as a kid. Growing up in the country, the closest he got was occasionally catching a glimpse of Santa walking around a store. But today, he is Santa—to his family, the children in his neighborhood and anyone who visits Carnation City Mall.
For years, newspapers around the world have reprinted an 1897 letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon to New York Sun Editor Francis P. Church in which she asked Church if there really was such a person as Santa Claus. You have to like this kid. She knows that if anyone should be able to ferret out the truth, it’s a newspaperman.
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