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5 tips for taking the stress out of Christmas

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Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

As beautiful as the Christmas season is, it can also be an extremely stressful time of year.

There are often many more commitments than normal – plays, parties, service opportunities – and then there is the pressure to find special gifts for the people in our lives. Trying to maintain a normal school schedule becomes much more difficult.

How do you enjoy the season, individually or as a family, without all the stress? [Read more…]

All kids have special needs.

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Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Over a decade ago, I had the extraordinary honor of working with special needs children in both schools and homes. I mainly helped them and their families in whatever way I could, and did my best to shower a little extra love their way. I worked with some children who were severely disabled, a child with cerebral palsy, a child with ADHD, and children with autism.

I both loved and feared this work. Loved it–because I felt like I was making a difference in the lives of these families and learning so much at the same time.

Feared it–because in the back of my mind I wondered if maybe God was preparing me for something. Like one day he was going to “make” me have a child with special needs of my own.
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Weekend links

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Our first homemade gingerbread house, inspired by Aimee’s series last week on Simple Bites

Imagine Childhood

The winner of this weekend’s Imagine Childhood Toy giveaway is Patti Brasher – congrats!

Remember to take a peek at Imagine Childhood’s Winter Wonders guide for lovely gifts this season along with free crafts, activities and recipes! Use the code “SimpleHomeschool” at checkout for 10% off your order through December 11th.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

Weekend giveaway: $125 package from Imagine Childhood Toys

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Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway, brought to you by one of my favorite kid stores online, Imagine Childhood.

About the company:

Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company specializing in earth-friendly goods, craft and activity tutorials and educational supplies.

While imaginechildhood.com was launched in 2008, our family has been selling quality children’s goods since the mid 80s, starting with a brick and mortar store in Denver, CO.

Our carefully curated collection focuses on products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore.

With an emphasis on quality materials, our toys and tools are made to outfit children for life’s biggest and most important adventure: childhood.
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20 favorite Christmas books for kids

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Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and writer at Steady Mom

Last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we followed our usual tradition of chopping down our Christmas tree.

But there’s another tradition we always follow on that day as well, and I was reminded of it when one of my children asked:

“When will we get the Christmas books out?”

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a selection of special titles to read and share together, would it?

So here’s a list of 20 favorites–most of these reside in our personal home library, but a few are new-to-me popular titles I’ve heard about online. Enjoy!
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