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St. Patrick’s Day…in two weeks everything Irish will be on the scene and celebrated. How do you incorporate the celebration so that your little ones learn to enjoy the holiday and its origins? Okay so the real St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish; he was from Great Britain. The reason why the holiday is known as an Irish one is because he ended up returning to Ireland after he escaped from slavery, converted to Christianity and then made it his life’s mission to convert the Irish to Christianity. Much of the stories we hear about St. Patrick can’t really be proven and some believe they were made up by well intentioned monks wanting to celebrate St. Patrick after his death. Still, the holiday is a great way to introduce your children to another culture, to help celebrate spring and have a little fun if your view outdoors is the same as mine: ground covered in snow, not a spot of green in sight!

 

St. Patty’s Day Crafts and Recipes for Kids!

Sassy Dealz Shamrock Paper Roll Craft | Thirsties Blog

Sassy Dealz’s Shamrock TP Roll Stamp

Do some upcycling and send these cute little shamrocks to Grandma and Grandpa!

Our Big Earth Rainbow Wreath | Thirsties Blog

Our Big Earth’s Rainbow Wreath

I have an obsession with holiday or seasonal wreaths. I love the way this one looks and it seems fairly easy to do with even your youngest lad or lass!

The Seasoned Mom melting-crayon-rainbow | Thirstiest Blog

Melting Crayon Rainbow from the Seasoned Mom

My eye was instantly drawn to this craft. Melting crayons is definitely a trend in crafting today and I love how this incorporates the St. Patty’s Day theme of rainbows and a pot of gold but it’s also something that I would display in my house.

catch-a-leprechaun-st-patricks-day-craft-photo Spoonful | Thirsties blog

Spoonful’s Leprechaun Trap

I like this craft for the older kiddos; I’m sure that I could attempt it with my 5 year old but I’m pretty certain I’d be the one doing the majority of the work. Why not get the bigger kids in on some family fun, right?

Lucky-Leprechaun-Green-Smoothie-Recipe-from-Creative-Green-Living-and-B-InspiredMama | Thirsties Blog

Lucky Leprechaun Green Smoothie by B-Inspired Mama

Sneak some green veggies into even the pickiest eater’s diet with this kale and banana featured smoothie.

St. Pattys Day Granola on Munchkin Munchies | Thirsties Blog

St. Patty’s Day Granola from Munchkin Munchies

Yummy granola, Lucky Charms’ marshmallows, M&M’s? You can beat that.

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How to make the most out of your childs favorite tv show. Thirsties Blog

Have you ever thought about the life lessons your child learns from his favorite TV show? While not all TV shows are alike and some are proven to bring the IQ of a child down (ah hem SpongeBob…) there are a few gems out there on the boob tube. Why not make the most out of those shows and use them to your advantage? It’s worked for me!

Thomas the Tank Engine – There have been so many times I’ve used the major theme in any Thomas episode of being a “useful engine.” It was particularly helpful when my son (who, to this day, is still an avid Thomas fan) was under the age of three and hadn’t quite grasped the concept of helping out. If he wasn’t helping pick up his toys or if he was acting out in public, I simply told him that he was not being a useful engine. That did the trick! I even went as far as to have my brother-in-law pretend to be Sir Topham Hat (the railway conductor) because my son was really acting out and I just could not get him to listen to me. It definitely worked and I really only did it twice.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood - If I had a dollar every time a Daniel Tiger episode helped me explain a difficult concept to one of my kids I would be a millionaire! The reason why I love Daniel Tiger so much is the same reason my parents loved Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood when I was a child: He tackles difficult emotional situations such as being frustrated or feeling sad in a way that’s easy for children to comprehend. And on top of those lessons, songs are added into the episode that can be sung later! A few of my favorite episodes is the one where Daniel needs to learn how to dress appropriately for the weather outside and the episode where Daniel learns how to calm himself down. You will frequently hear us singing Daniel Tiger songs throughout the day.

Sesame Street – Aside from Sesame Street’s educational aspect Sesame Street tackles tough, real life situations in a way that toddlers can begin to process and understand. After 9/11, Sesame Street tackled the difficult to explain real life event in its season 33 premiere. The episode, however, never referenced the event; rather, it handed out situations that the characters needed to process such as Elmo coping with a fire that happened at Mr. Hooper’s store. What Sesame Street does brilliantly is look through real life adult situations as if they were a preschooler. Sesame Street has always done this and I don’t think it’s trait that’s ever going away. (Thank goodness!)

So sit down with your kiddo and see what they’re watching on TV. Then, see how you can reference the show to a difficult to explain situation. What are your kids’ favorite TV shows? Have you referenced them in real life?

20140219_143809_resizedI started blogging for Thirsties while I was expecting Cooper: my third child, my first boy, my last baby. He turns three this Sunday which is hard to believe. Unlike his sisters, Cooper does not have a “baby book,” and because of it,  I’ve been feeling sad and a little guilty. I could barely keep up with the girls’ two baby books and I was more than a busy enough with a five year old and a three year old to care for in addition to little Cooper. I immediately gave myself the out: “I’m not doing one for you, Cooper,” I told him (though he couldn’t understand), “I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m sorry.”

But just now, as I was contemplating making Cooper a photo book for his third birthday to chronicle his life so far, and lamenting the fact that I can’t recall his milestones like first steps, first word, likes and dislikes of his first and second years of life—I realized that I have more than two years of blog posts for Thirsties about my pregnancy, Cooper’s “Newborn Chronicles,” and many, many written accounts of our daily life together. I can honestly say that while I was writing the dozens of blogs Thirsties I had no idea what a gift they would prove to be for Cooper (and me).

At three years old, Cooper has truly gone from baby to little boy. He’s stubborn and opinionated, he’s empathetic and sweet, he’s likes to play rough but he’s shy. He adores his sisters and jumps into their arms when he sees them after school, saying “I missed you, Kate!” and “I love you, Lauren!” He’s very athletic–and continues to throw balls with his right hand but kicks with his left foot. He uses both hands to hold his utensils but draws with his right. He throws a Frisbee (and quite well) with his left.

He loves Monster Trucks and dinosaurs and his little stuffed dog named Rootbeer. He still has a special blankie that has the softest white fuzz on one side and fleece on the other. It has to be “just right” with the furry side facing up when he goes to sleep so he can rub it. And when he needs to be comforted, he rests his hand on my cheek and tilts my face towards his.

 So Happy Birthday, Cooper! You’re an amazing gift and a joy to raise. I’m very lucky to be your Mom. And I’m very lucky that I was a regular blogger for Thirsties when you were very little.

Do you keep baby books for your little ones? What other clever ways do you preserve the precious moments that you never want to forget?

 

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