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Rita Campbell

To keep from being Grinchy the during the holidays you should focus on what really matters. Including spending time with loves ones, appreciate the little things and enjoying doing special things for those you love. Surprises also bring joy to both the giver and receiver.

Kimberly Palmer

Just last week, I went to check on my girls after they went to bed. It was about 10:30 at night. Neither child was in their bed or on the couch. Just as I was getting really scared they poked their little heads out of my oldest daughters very small closet. (It has a few shelves but it’s like a tiny room, so there’s a small desk and chair set up in there. ) they said they were working on an art project.

I was very mad. They scared me and they were supposed to be sleeping.

The next day they told me what they were doing. They were seeing small pillows and making bracelets to give to homeless people for Christmas.

My heart grew because they came up with it on their own.

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Valerie Smart is a average mom trying to raise average kids. She is passionate about unplugged parenting and providing her girls with an old-fashioned childhood full of outdoor play, unstructured time, creative pursuits, and making family time a priority. She is attempting to swim against the tide of hyper competitive parenting that has become the norm today. Comments and suggestions at the413mom@gmail.com. Thanks for visiting!

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