Watching Christmas light shows is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit. I’ve shared a number of my favorite Christmas light shows in my Christmas inspiration posts since I started this blog. Today, I want to share what I consider the best Christmas light shows on YouTube together in one post. These are all residential house displays that are animated to music.

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It’s that time of year when many are feeling holiday burnout. I think it’s important to place family before perfection and keep a sense of humor about the craziness you’ll encounter this Christmas season. Here are a couple of YouTube videos that are good reminders not to take yourself (and your images of Christmas perfection) too seriously: This is one of my very favorite

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Maria Montessori quotes are great inspiration for reflection. Here’s a word art freebie based on a thought-provoking quote by Maria Montessori (from The Absorbent Mind): “Development is a series of rebirths..” For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, please use the image with the watermark. Of course, I always appreciate when you

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I love that new traditions are starting in many families to encourage kindness in kids at Christmastime. I wrote before about kindness elves. Today, I want to share resources for families who would like to encourage kindness with the Christmas Angel. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). The Christmas Angel used by many families is The Christmas Angel storybook

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Kindness elves made a huge and welcomed entrance last Christmas season, thanks to The Imagination Tree. Last year I had a post introducing and giving ideas for kindness elves: “Using Variations of Elf on the Shelf to Encourage Kindness.” Today, I want to share some more ideas and resources, including free printables, for using kindness elves to encourage kindness at Christmastime. What a fun

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I love the emphasis on gratitude in November, but it’s a great focus for character education at any time. Family Gratitude Activities I have a post with a roundup of November Inspiration and Gratitude Activities. Today, as part of the Festive Family Holiday Hop, I want to add 20 more ideas for family gratitude activities.   Make a Gratitude Tree for Kids – Learning

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There isn’t an easy way to deal with cancer, whether it’s early-stage, curable cancer or terminal cancer. And cancer is difficult for everyone who loves someone with cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although most of these ideas can relate to any type of cancer. I want to share some tips today for talking with children about cancer. I’ll write as if

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The third week in October is Character Counts! Week. In honor of Character Counts! Week October 19-25, I’m sharing 20+ free character education printables. These are great for Character Counts! Week, but can be used throughout the year to encourage good character in your children and/or students. I’m especially focusing here on character education activities, posters, and bookmarks. Free Character Education Printables for a

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I’m excited to be part of the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team in the fight against breast cancer! My mom is a breast cancer survivor (over 5 years now!), and the Fabulous Chitwood Ladies Team is participating in the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure November 2 in honor of my mom. Susan G.

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September is Hunger Action Month, and orange is the color for hunger awareness. Getting children involved in Hunger Action Month gives them a great learning experience as well as a character-building activity. I often found children’s books helpful in talking about difficult topics when my now-adult children were little. (See “Discussing Difficult Topics with Kids: What’s Worked for Me” at Living Montessori Now.) Following

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If you follow my blog, you might already know that my daughter, Christina, has vitiligo, a skin disorder that destroys pigment-making cells. For World Vitiligo Day on June 25, I published a post called “Having a Positive Body Image with Vitiligo.” Christina published a post at Christina Chitwood Performance called “How to Accept Vitiligo and Other Imperfections.” Christina doesn’t hide her vitiligo. She loves

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This quote by J. M. Barrie is one of my favorite quotes about making a difference: “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” September is Hunger Awareness Month, with orange as the color of hunger awareness. I’m a Team No Kid Hungry Blogger. In honor of Hunger Awareness Month and No Kid Hungry, I’ve created a word

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We all have frustrations … and there are unique frustrations in today’s society. Online haters are difficult for anyone to deal with. I’m lucky that I haven’t had a lot of experience with haters, but I still feel sad and frustrated whenever I see anyone affected by haters and online bullies. I like Taylor Swift’s approach in “Shake It Off.” Rather than being self-critical,

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If you’re looking for fun workouts for kids, be sure to check out the dance workouts for kids choreographed by my daughter, Christina, at Fit Body Full Life. Christina is a professional dancer and fitness expert, and she has dance workouts on YouTube and embedded in the Fit Body Full Life blog. You can find dance workouts there to “Happy,” “Let It Go” from

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