Getting ready to travel with children during the holidays feels a bit like an Olympic event. The prepping, the packing, all the other people — everything about it makes it feel like an epic undertaking. We’re gearing up for our big Thanksgiving travel plans, and I’m not going to lie, my heart starts beating a bit faster when I think about it.
Which is exactly why I’m following these few thoughts and tips, so we can celebrate little victories rather than dwell on the turbulence along the way.
Hakuna Matata may not be your traditional remedy for a cold, but this weekend in our house, it was just what the doctor ordered. This time of year is hard for kids. Colds and germs get shared, spread, and passed along no matter how hard you try to keep them safe. With activities moving indoors and more hands-on contact with toys, books, and other items, it’s inevitable it seems, at some point they’ll come down with something.
That’s where Hakuna Matata came in.
Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me these Finding Nemo bath products for free.
As Dory likes to say, “just keep swimming.” Our little guy tends to take that to heart when he gets into the bathtub. I remember his very first bath after coming home from the hospital, where he cried and screamed the entire time. Now, it’s a challenge getting him OUT of the tub. Then again, we may be making it a bit too fun for him now that he loves it so much.
You could say at times in recent years, I’ve been a bit of a scrooge around the holidays. Not because I want to, but I just had a hard time connecting with the holidays. With Christmas decorations appearing in stores in September, commercials on TV about the same time, the hustle and bustle of shopping, crowds, and so much more. Admittedly, I found all the hoopla hard to get into.
This year I’m so excited to ditch my inner scrooge and becoming a father is the reason why.
November is the month we give thanks. We should probably do it more often, but as parents — let’s be honest — it’s very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of a million other things to take care of.
That’s why I’m happy that each November we get to take some time to stop, reflect, and give thanks for being parents.
Here’s what I’m thankful for as a father: