How to Help Your Kids Document Their Best Moments of the New Year

Want to teach your children to appreciate life a little more?

Looking for a meaningful New Year’s project your family can do together?

Journalist Harlan Miller once said, “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”

In this article, I’ll show you how to do just that.

Make a family jar of joy. It’s a simple way to see the good things in life; to prolong the feeling of celebration and festive holiday cheer throughout the year.

Make a family jar of joy, a simple way to see the good things in life; to prolong the feeling of celebration and festive holiday cheer throughout the year.

Why Make a Jar of Joy?

We’ve all heard the expressions and received the advice: “Count your blessings,” “Think positively,” “Find the good in every day”… But the busyness of family life can make this hard to remember or put into practice.

Make a jar of joy and fill it with mementos from happy events and notes about positive things that happen to your family throughout the year.

Your jar will provide a tangible reminder to look for the good in life and an instant mood boost anytime someone in your family feels blue. Just open it and read some positive thoughts.

At the end of the year review the contents and remember all the good times you’ve had. It’s a simple way to bring your family closer together.

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How to Make a Family Photo Calendar: A Great Gift From Your Kids

Looking for a fun gift to make for family members?

Are your kids going stir-crazy because of cold, wet weather?

Find your flip-flops and unfurl your beach umbrella. It’s time for a fun family photo shoot!

In this article, I’ll show you how to recreate each month of the year with your kids, take fantastic photos and produce a calendar that’s perfect for holiday gift-giving.

Learn how to recreate each month of the year with your kids, take fantastic photos and produce a calendar that's perfect for holiday gift-giving.

Why Make a Photo Calendar?

When you make a photo calendar, you’ll have a great afternoon of dress-up fun with your family and create a gift that you and your loved ones will enjoy throughout the year to come.

It’s also a nice way to review the year that’s passed and teach kids about the months and seasons, which is an important part of understanding the world around us.

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Leaf Science: How to Find the Hidden Colors in Leaves

Do your kids wonder why the leaves change colors?

Do you have a future scientist in your household?

Help your kids discover the science behind nature’s beauty with this fun family experiment.

In this article I’ll show you how to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography.

Don’t let the name scare you off, it’s a super-simple science experiment done with items you probably already have around the house.

And it’s a great way to help your kids learn more about the world around us.

How to unlock all of the hidden secrets in a leaf through chromatography. A simple science experiment done with items you have around the house.

Imagine this…

It starts out as a nature walk where the kids have a mission—finding different kinds of leaves—so parents can relax and enjoy the lovely fall colors.

Then there’s pounding and noise and actually trying to stain things green. How often are kids allowed, much less encouraged, to do that?

Finally, there’s a science experiment involving chemicals and mysterious migrating colors that appear from nowhere. You’ll see a scientific phenomenon occur right before your eyes!

And it’s all to answer an age-old question that your kids have undoubtedly asked: How do the leaves change color?

Wow! Where do I sign up?

Right here.

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