Friday, December 25, 2015

December 24. Day 358. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night

 Because it is Christmas, that special family time of the year, I am going to share two important parenting tips to get through both the holiday season and life.
Tip 1: Sometimes, as parents, it is our duty to behave in a way our children may not always like. For instance, it is the sworn duty of every parent to be as embarrassing as possible in public to make the children in our lives squirm. Class A performance today at the Santa Rocks pantomime. A little bit of public dancing by myself, Charles and my sister Lisa had my nieces wishing for a Harry Potter invisibility cloak.
Runner's up prize goes to the makeshift photo booth involving Christmas paper and bad props on sticks. No pose too stupid, apparently.
Tip 2. Of course winning isn't everything. Of course it's not how you win or lose, it's how you play the game. Kids must learn this. But they also must understand that when it comes to games nights none of the above apply. Cheating is only a problem if you get caught. We love a games night, the sillier the better and tonight was about as silly as it gets with Celebrity Head on the table. It was the lead in to Christmas we all needed. Food, foolishness and good friends. It was enough to bring out the inner child in all of us. Long may it be so.

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