Got To, Get To Ė Change The Way Your Family Thinks

Written by Lindsay Small

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I thought ofrepparttar story last night when my little girl was using every delaying tactic inrepparttar 150373 book about going to bed, and just refused to settle down. I caught myself thinking, ďOh no, Iíve got to go upstairs, missrepparttar 150374 end ofrepparttar 150375 television show Iím watching, and calm her down and settle her into bedĒ Ö but quickly replacedrepparttar 150376 thought with something alongrepparttar 150377 lines of ďIím lucky that I "get to" spend 5 quiet minutes with this funny, amazing little girl, even if I am tired and could do with some rest!Ē

And I thought ofrepparttar 150378 story again just this morning whenrepparttar 150379 beeper on my tumble dryer annoyed me into emptying my clean washing! I turned some very negative, lazy thinking around by reminding myself that I was lucky to have a tumble dryer,repparttar 150380 clothes to put into it, andrepparttar 150381 family to be washing them for! It was still a chore but somehow it didnít seem such a bad one anymore.

My husband reminds himself ofrepparttar 150382 story whenrepparttar 150383 alarm clock goes off early inrepparttar 150384 morning and he struggles out of bed and torepparttar 150385 train. He "gets to" go to work. Many people donít. And I think of it when I am sitting, uninspired, in front of my computer, wishing that I didnít have admin or website chores to do for Activity Village. The thought doesnít last long. I may have admin and website chores to do, but I also "get to" provide activities and inspiration to parents, teachers and children aroundrepparttar 150386 world every week. How lucky can I be?

Lindsay Small is the creator and editor of Activity - providing the ultimate one-stop resource for parents and teachers looking to educate and entertain their kids. Visit the website at or subscribe to the free newsletter at

Summer Camp Care Packages

Written by Rachel Paxton

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If you decide to write to your child at camp, here are a few tips:

* If your children are young and this is their first time away from home, make sure to send several letters to let them know you're thinking about them and that you miss them.

* Have other family members write to your child also. Kids love to receive mail.

* If you have a child who would be embarrassed by letters from home, just send a care package with some of their favorite candy or other small items. One year I sent my daughter a pair of Sponge Bob boxer briefs, and they wererepparttar hit ofrepparttar 150343 camp.

* Be creative with your packing. You can use a 2-liter pop bottle as a mailing container. Cut a slit inrepparttar 150344 side to place items in it and then tape overrepparttar 150345 slit. The kids will get a kick out of seeing what's inrepparttar 150346 bottle.

* Depending on how long it takesrepparttar 150347 mail to get torepparttar 150348 camp or how long your child will be gone, you may have to mailrepparttar 150349 packagerepparttar 150350 day your child leaves, or even before they leave.

* If you know any ofrepparttar 150351 other kids at camp, like your child's closest friends, don't be afraid to send them a note or treat too. I often send thinking-of-you cards to some of my daughter's friends, and I know they love receiving mail from people other than their parents.

In this day and age, letter writing is becoming a dying art. If my daughter keepsrepparttar 150352 letters I wrote her someday they will be a special keepsake for her, capturing an exciting time in her life.

We don't always takerepparttar 150353 time to do little things for our kids or tell them how we feel about them. Writing to them at camp is a great way to keep in touch with them while also sending them a welcome treat.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For more inspirational articles and tips for everyday living, visit her web sites at and

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