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Activities To Do With Your Children This Season

Nashville has become a hot spot for many families during the past few years with lots of fun things to do. The holidays offer so many special activities for you and your family! Here are a few of those special events in Nashville for you to enjoy!

Ice! At Opryland Hotel

This event is great fun for parents and children, together. Every year, the Opryland Hotel has a themed exhibit featuring over two million pounds of colorful Ice Sculptures, hand carved by 40 artisans from China! This year’s theme is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Don’t worry about getting too cold because of the chilly 9-degree temp inside the exhibit. Upon entering, they provide each person with an insulated, hooded jacket. You will be so glad they did!

Since you are already on the property, be sure to plan a walk around the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Hotel and experience the lavish holiday displays inside and outside the hotel. Can you imagine? There are more than 2 million twinkling lights and festive décor. There are also numerous spectacular holiday events going inside the hotel, so be sure to enjoy those, as well.

Outdoor Ice Skating Downtown

Nothing prepares you for a winter wonderland like bundling up and going ice skating, right? Nashville has a fabulous outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown, conveniently located right outside of Bridgestone Arena. You will find countless things to see and do while you are downtown! Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride….one of my favorites!

The Nashville Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker  

This is always the highlight of the season for many of us! So many young, aspiring ballerinas fill the audience with big, star-struck eyes dreaming of one day being “one of those ballerinas”. [...]

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    Fun and Engaging Activities to do with your Children during the Upcoming Holiday Season

Fun and Engaging Activities to do with your Children during the Upcoming Holiday Season

Thanksgiving:

Children love doing crafts of all kinds. The activity can be as easy or as hard as you make it. It is great to provide the children the opportunity to learn new skills needed to successfully complete the activity! Allowing them to do most of the work will help build their confidence and give them a great feeling of accomplishment.  It is always a joy to see the excitement and pride they have on their face when they have finished!

Making scarecrow puppets out of paper bags is a big hit with young children.   They also love making a turkey by tracing the child’s hand on paper, then coloring it.

Having a “family tradition” provides a great memory for all of us as we grow older. A great tradition to start with your children for Thanksgiving is to allow them to help make the dessert for all the children attending dinner. It can be as simple as making cookies and putting candy on top, to making/decorating cupcakes. Holiday themed cookies, such as turkeys for Thanksgiving, are always a big hit. It is always fun to write a name each turkey so that when the children select the one they want, they can make their choice by their favorite name. See some great kid-friendly holiday cookie recipes your kids can help make.

Christmas and Hanukkah:

Many families set out Christmas cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve. You can use this opportunity to talk about how it would be good to leave Santa a healthy treat, in addition to the cookies. We all want Santa to have enough energy for his long trip, right? What a great time to talk about the difference in snack food/healthy food choices! [...]

The Most Important Hire You’ll Ever Make

Posted on Forbes.com

You’re working even harder in the recession, but you have kids to raise too.

While computers, smart phones and other gadgets have made us more productive, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. Hence 1.3 million Americans who identify themselves as childcare providers, both in facilities and in private homes, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nabbing a good nanny takes time, diligence and a little bit of cash-all worth the investment, given what’s riding on the decision. Once you’ve decided to hire a childcare professional, you need to narrow down exactly what you expect him or her to do. Are you looking for a part-time or full-time employee? Do you want the person to live in your home? Will he or she be traveling with the family? Will there be any additional responsibilities outside of child care, such as laundry, cooking or errands?

“I spoke to one mother recently who wanted to know if it would be appropriate to ask her current nanny to start taking on some house cleaning, allowing her to let go of her cleaning lady and save some money,” says Tokayer. “Generally speaking, that’s something that should be worked out in advance. And any nanny with a college degree is going to hesitate to clean beyond messes made by the children.” What is fair game: light housework, like the children’s laundry, meal preparation and tidying up bedrooms and playrooms.

Before you get seduced by the convenience of live-in help, think hard about whether you’ll want a non-family member around at all times. Many families can’t make the adjustment. “Turnover rates for live-in nannies are extremely high,” says Patricia Cascio, owner of [...]

Maintaining Your Bond: Your Family’s Relationship with Your Nanny

Attachment Theory, a theory initially developed by psychologist John Bowlby states that the earliest bonds formed by children with their caregivers have a tremendous impact that continues throughout life. The relationship your child has with their nanny is a very important one, one that has potential to provide them with a sense of safety and security. Next to you, your nanny maintains your child’s emotional and physical safety on a daily basis. In addition to their own interactions with the nanny, children learn about relationships by watching you with their nanny. They watch how you treat the nanny, how decisions are made, how much you trust your nanny. When children see that you are confident in your nanny and trust your nanny, children feel safe and secure.

That said, the role of the nanny is a very unique one. They are essentially injected into your personal life. They see everything that goes on in your personal life, and, furthermore, they help you to raise the most precious people in your life. They are present whether you are having a good day or a bad day. They are there for powerful family moments whether they are exciting moments such as a baby’s first steps or devastating losses such as the death of a grandparent.

Because the role of the nanny is such an important one, it is important to nurture this relationship and maintain it in as healthy a manner as possible. This process begins before you even hire your nanny and carries all the way through to the departure of your nanny. The first thing you need to do prior to hiring a nanny is to identify your family’s needs. Every family is different and has [...]