I Don’t Play Nicely (and an easy ornament craft)

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I have a little confession to make over at the Oreck blog today.

It’s about a piece of my personality and how it impacts my parenting habits, and I know some of you are in the same boat.

I don’t think it’s anything to feel guilty about, just embrace it and make sure it’s not an excuse to not spend any time with your kids…

Read about it here.

The post is really about a craft that we did from the Truth in the Tinsel eBook by Amanda White. (Use the code KITCHENSTEW for 20% off!)

I regret that we’ve only done a few of the days from this excellent book, which is basically an adaptation to the Jesse Tree for little ones, 3-7 years old or so. We’ve had a lot of people getting sick around here lately, so I’ve done less than I wanted for all parts of Christmas preparation (our tree is not yet up and our house is only 1/4 decorated, for example).

But this craft is simple for kids to do and was a really good project for my daughter and me, plus a few neighbor girls. My kids love crafts, so even though they’re not a passion of mine, I’m glad we got to do a couple with Truth in the Tinsel. Isn’t this one cute?

stained glass style candle craft

It’s not rocket science, but if you’d like directions for the stained glass style ornament, here’s the article.

I’m winding down at KS here for the holidays – hoping to get the final Blendtec review post (third of three) out today or tomorrow, and then I’ll be quiet for a few days until a series called “One Quick Tip” that I’ll run between Christmas and New Year’s before the big “back to basics/KS Top 10” series with Tiffany of Don’t Waste the Crumbs in January.

Have a blessed final week of Advent!

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6 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Laura says

    Can’t figure out how to comment over there. I love that she is wearing a Halloween shirt. My girl is wearing her Halloween jammies today too. ;). Thanks for sharing the craft with us!

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      Ha, I know – while doing a Christmas-y craft. My son wore St. Patrick’s day socks on the first day of school – that’s just how we roll! 😉 Katie

  2. says

    I’m so glad to know this. When my kids were young I really didn’t enjoy playing Barbies, or ‘school’ or even outdoor games with my kids. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do, but many times I didn’t do it with enthusiasm. My kids are all grown up now, and while I look forward to grandchildren someday, I do not relish playing with them. I do love to read books to kids, take them on nature walks or to a museum etc…..so there’s that….

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    You’re right – it’s nothing to feel guilty about when we are totally dedicated to our children, invest tons of time, energy, and effort into them, but allow them to do their imaginary play by themselves! :) It’s a personality-type of thing that you were born with; when you were a child, you played like a child; now that you are grown, you enjoy different kinds of fun activity. Lots of it is with your children, but the imaginary play is more fun for us to watch them do it, instead of always joining in.

    Some moms and dads just totally love imaginary play with their children, and that’s so neat! Just not me.

    And yet, because we homeschool, I’m with my children most of the time, and even though they are now in jr. high and high school, we all really treasure our time together each day. We get along well; we invest in each other. We’re a very close family.

    But if they wanted me to “play Star Wars” with them, no thank you. I’ll do a lot of other activities with them and for them, but I’m not really big on the imaginary play. My mom was the same way, and I never once felt “ripped off” or like I had a negative childhood. My mom is the best! And she invested two decades of her life into us, but she did not do imaginary play with us. That’s why we had siblings! :)

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