A friend and fellow blogger, Jasmine, wrote a post last winter, Why It’s Ok To Teach Your Child About Santa […]
Christmas has become many things. Christmas is commercial, Christmas is religious, Christmas is contradiction after contradiction and often Christmas is hypocritical. I am a Christian and I cannot deny these things. So how do I teach my children about something that is all these things? How do I teach my children the good and the bad? Or do I? Do I sugar coat the holiday? Do I just give them the Bible? Do I just repeat what preacher after preacher might tell us?
I can be a highly stressed and anxious person. A lot of the time, if you don’t see me daily, I can hide it, but those that know me well, see me often, know it and can read me easily. My husband is one of those people. He can read me, he won’t necessarily know what is wrong or bothering me but he always knows when something is. I will not claim that I’m any master at handling stress but these are tips I’m hoping to implement myself and hope they’ll help.
My husband and I have a pretty “young” family. We have been married for just shy of three years, our oldest will be two in a week, and we are trying to gear through what traditions we would like to create as a family. We’ve both grown up with Christmas traditions, many the same, many different, and we are working on possibly changing it up a bit with our own family.
I’ve always been pretty adamant that I try to keep items for my kids as gender neutral as possible. I will buy my daughter dress with flowers on them and I will by my son onesies with Dinosaurs on them because there’s just some things with society that has gender roles so engrained you cannot avoid them. But when at all possible I try to do what I can to teach my children that “boy” toys and “girl” toys are nonsense. So here are some toys that I find are great for gender neutrality.