Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This is a great opportunity to show all those in your life just how much you care for them and appreciate all that they do. Check out our simple yet creative tips for spreading love this Valentine’s Day!

Leave notes: This week, leave simple notes in unexpected places for those in your life. Add a special message of “I am so proud of you” in the kids’ lunch boxes. Leave a post it message on the mirror for your partner, thanking them for all their hard work. A little love and appreciation goes a long way!

Practice consideration: Be mindful of your actions to all those whom you encounter this week. Practice showing consideration, not only to those who you have close relationships with, but also the other mom at the grocery store, or the other nanny at the playground. Remember, children mimic our actions, words and tone. Let’s give them a loving and considerate example to follow!

 Card creation station: Lay out all of the kids’ favorite arts and craft supplies and have a card creating session with the entire family. Have each individual present their cards at the end of the session and explain what is significant about each card.

 Heartfelt treats: See how many heart shaped treats you can come up with this week. Make pancakes in the shape of a heart and add heart shaped strawberries to go on top! Cut the kids’ sandwiches in the shape of a heart and surprise them at lunchtime. Let the creativity flow and let the kids chime in with ideas to surprise one another!

Last but not least, surround yourself with love: Spend some quality time with those you love this Valentine’s Day. Have family far away? Set up a Skype date, so the entire family can feel close to one another!

What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day activities? We would love to hear! Upload photos of your fun activities to Instagram and tag @educatednannies in your photos. Let’s all spread the love this Valentine’s Day!

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Let’s Celebrate Dads!

Father’s Day is this Sunday! Celebrate this very special day, dedicated to all dads, with these creative crafts and fun-filled activities.

Design a crafty card: Encourage the kiddos to design a handmade card with all of dad’s favorite colors. Help them inscribe a personalized note inside, highlighting why dad is the BEST dad around!

Gift dad his favorite activity: Is your dad an avid sports fan? Head to the baseball field or treat him to a day at the stadium with the entire family. Be sure to buy him some peanuts and cracker jacks!

Have a family BBQ: Organize a fun family BBQ with his favorite grilled food items. Help the kids to create all his favorite sides, fixings and a delectable dessert. Enjoy your meal, family style, in the backyard or at a local park!

Family game night: Does your dad love an old fashion game of cards? How about charades? Organize a family game night with dad’s favorite games on the agenda. Don’t forget his go-to snacks to munch on throughout the fun night!

Give back or remember those who have past: Is your dad is an avid beach bum or nature-lover? Or perhaps your dad has lost his father to a particular illness? Find a local event or activity that will allow the family to volunteer or give back together, such as Surfrider or Prostate Cancer Foundation. Spend the day giving back to an organization that is near and dear to his heart.

A day for all dads: Remember, this special day is for all dads! Include grandpas and soon-to-be dads in the day’s festivities. The more the merrier! J

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

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Mother’s Day Crafts and Activities

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Show mom your love and appreciation for all of the hard work, passion and dedication she gives, each and every day, with these fun mother’s day craft and activity ideas.

Create a Custom Designed and Hand Written Card: Pull out all the fun arts and craft supplies and create a colorful and love inspired card for mom.  Encourage the children to write a poem or kind words inside the card, to show their appreciation. If the children are younger, you may need to help them write their message of love. A simple card showing gratitude will surely make mom’s heart sing!

Fun Photo and Decorated Frame: Create a heart-shaped sign out of construction paper. Paint a simple message onto the sign, such as “Thank You” or “I Love You.” Take a photo of the child holding the sign and place the photo into a plain frame. Let the child decorate the frame with colors, sequence and other goodies. Be sure to write the date on the back of the frame, so that both child and mom can cherish the gift and the fond memory for years to come!

Coupon Book: It is no secret that moms wear a ton of hats! From chef and chauffeur to playmate and confidant, moms do it all! Create a specialized coupon book that mom may cash in on throughout the year. Include coupons such as “Breakfast in Bed” to “Family Game Night” and “Clean-Up Free Weekend.” These coupons will allow mom feel love and support throughout the year, not just on Mother’s Day!

Pamper Mom at Home: While moms do love spa days, treatments and fancy dinners, they love spending time with their family even more, especially on Mother’s Day! Recreate mom’s favorite pampering sessions at home. If she loves yoga, create a child-lead, family yoga session in the back yard. If she loves the spa, do a mommy makeover at home, where the children pick and perform the treatments. If mom is more of a “foodie,” bring the fine-dinning experience to her. Cook dinner and have the whole family serve their preparations. Remember, you are never asked to clean up or do the dishes when you go out to dine! J

 Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 Warmly,

Educated Nannies

 

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