Christmas Through the Eyes of a 5-6 year-old

Christmas Through the Eyes of a 5-6 year-old

Isn't it fun to see Christmas through the eyes of a child? A few years ago, when decorations started popping up, my then 4 year-old noticed every light, each tree, and had a comment for them all! I realized in the moment that was only his 2nd Christmas that he remembered! We get so desensitized to it all that we forget the beauty and magic in the most wonderful time of the year! Here's some help with your 5 and 6 year-old, to see it through their eyes. 

Christmas Through the Eyes of a 2 Year-Old

Christmas Through the Eyes of a 2 Year-Old

If you’re like me, Christmas is your favorite time of the year—the decorations, the presents, time with family—and the image in your mind of everything going perfectly!  This week at Imagine Hope we are continuing to talk about how Christmas looks through your child’s eyes.  Today I will be talking about 2 year olds, and how to have appropriate expectations for them this holiday season.

Christmas Through the Eyes of an Infant

Christmas Through the Eyes of an Infant

It is Christmas Time! Trees are going up. Lights are being put out. Gifts lists are being made. Traditions are being upheld. This time of year can be a magical time for people of all ages, but have you ever wondered about how kids of different stages look at Christmas? This week we will break it down by ages so you can make sure you have appropriate expectations for your kid's.

How to Enjoy Your Christmas Break - Relax

How to Enjoy Your Christmas Break - Relax

Can you believe it’s December already? Christmas will be here in a few weeks and so will Christmas break. We hope all our readers take advantage of this time to be intentional about planning for and enjoying their break. This week we came up with several ideas that you can do as an individual or family over your break.

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 5

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 5

Have you identified the stressful areas of your life so far with this week's blog topic?  Stress is something that is almost inevitable in our society today.  With so many areas of life to balance, stress is bound to creep up on us once in awhile!  Today, we will continue with some additional areas that stress may be causing difficulty, and discuss some tips that can help you with each.

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 3

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 3

Stress has an effect on everyone, but not everyone finds the same events stressful. Yesterday Tammy mentioned a few areas where stress creeps up. It is important to realize what triggers stress in your life. Here are some more common stressors and suggestions on how to avoid them.

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 2

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 2

Let's face it: Stress is unavoidable. Now that Teri has described for us the difference between "good" and "bad" stress, we can take action on conquering the "bad" stress and preparing for the "good" stress. As always, there are some things to stay away from when dealing with stress. If feeling stressed, avoid:

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 1

How Do I Know if I’m Stressed? Part 1

As a society, we tend to thrive on stress. It is an inevitable part of life. Whether it's from relationships, work, big life changes, money, kids, school, or just managing all of life's demands- we cannot get away from it. Stress is our body's way of reacting to difficult situations. But it doesn't always have to be a bad thing

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Joleen Watson

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Joleen Watson

he month of November is often a month filled with gratitude... So, this week, Imagine Hope is sharing some of the more unconventional ways we feel gratitude in our lives! When reflecting on the things I feel grateful for, besides the most important things in my life (family, friends and loved ones), I often feel gratitude about:

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Natalie Chandler

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Natalie Chandler

When I was in Graduate School, I became depressed. Mostly from working and going to school, which kept my life out of balance. I remember reading something that talked about keeping a gratitude journal. I started writing down 5 things that I was thankful for everyday. It opened my eyes to see the importance of Gratitude. Now it's truly just a way of thinking for me. So I love our unconventional gratitude lists this week! 

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Tammy McCord

More Than Gratitude at Thanksgiving by Tammy McCord

11 years ago I lost my driving ability due to a medical condition. For 6 months I had to depend on family, friends and taxi's to get everywhere. I don't live in an area that has a large public transportation system. Up until that point, I had taken for granted the fact I could hop in my car any time I wished and go anywhere I needed to go.