Christmas would not be Christmas without a countdown calendar!
It adds to the anticipation of Christmas!!
It would be super easy to just grab a licensed calendar from the supermarket, but why not add a twist to it this year! I use my countdown calendar to have fun, create excitement about Christmas, but also it's a great opportunity to reinforce your family values!
I'm one of those mummas who like reading parenting books in my spare time. From everything I've read, the experts agree that one thing that helps kids stay strong through their teenage years is a strong sense of belonging. If they don't find this at home, they'll go elsewhere, often to places and people we won't approve of. One great way to create a sense of belonging in your family is to have traditions.
What better time to introduce some family traditions then at Christmas?
So back to the countdown calendar. It's a definite tradition in the Bennett household!
You just need to make one initial investment - some sort of countdown calendar you can use every year, with pockets or boxes. I got mine for under $10 at IKEA
Now, just so I'm not labelled that 'freak mother' who's always doing weird hippie things -
However, the rest I'm very purposeful about using to reinforce values and character that are really important in my family.
I want my children to grow up thinking about others and totally convinced that Christmas is more about what they can give then what they can get. I want them to feel loved by my actions and words more than by the presents I give them.
So Merry Christmas and happy count-downing to you and your family.
Renee is an experienced educator who specialises in literacy for young children. She grew up in a single parent home and is a regular speaker to community groups around Australia on this subject. She now has three children of her own.You can read The Organised Mummy's full profile here
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