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Parenting the Struggling Kids

One of the major facts of life is that talent is unevenly distributed. And when it comes to family life, this statement is as true as the rising sun. Talent distribution among siblings is never even.

Most of the times, it is found that one child in the family turns out to be more than talented. That child excels at everything, whether it is the schoolwork, sports or any other activity.

Nevertheless, there is a fair chance that you may have another child who lacks in all the abilities the talented kid possesses. Such children often struggle with finding a breakthrough in order to start moving towards the success.

It could be very easy to parent the talented kid because everything would get done automatically there. However, parents find it pretty challenging to bring the other distracted child on the course. This is the reason that such children often deliver heart-breaking results even at the mediocre level at school.

It can be hard to admit but this turns out to be the fact most of the times that such children rarely manage to reach the level of their sibling who enjoys glory and appreciation from friends and family.

In that scenario, the parents need to be very realistic about their approach. Hence, they need to keep expectations in line with the ability of their child. Below, we are going to discuss some ideas to parent the kids who are naturally not much talented in getting results at school and other areas.

  • Research shows that people who believe in getting things done with the help of efforts are the ones who can make things happen eventually. If you are parent of such a kid who lacks the ability to show performance at school level, this challenge can as exciting as much as you consider it difficult. The fact is that their mind is programmable more than the other children who naturally tend to achieve things on their own.

  • The struggling children are often the ones who can work really hard when they are motivated. All you need to do is to cheer for them when you see them making efforts to get things done. You can also make the small successes look magnified to encourage them.
  • One thing that you will need to strictly avoid is to compare those low-performing kids with their better-performing siblings. Although it may look pretty difficult to praise them when they do not achieve something big, you can still encourage them by praising their efforts and involing them into games such as ride on cars.
  • The characteristic of being persistent is the best thing that any person can have. So, you need to make sure that your struggling child stays enthusiastic about showing persistence.
  • One thing that every parent should keep in mind is that every child is talented. The talent that we want to see in our kids is usually related to the performance in school. So, parents should look beyond this basic definition of talent in order to identify the real talent of the struggling kid. You never know if the natural talent in the struggling kid turns out to be the really amazing one.

Homemade Assorted Candy Boxes for All Occasions

I was going to start out by saying that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which would probably confuse a good bit of you because it’s actually not.  You would probably be like, “Wait, where did Thanksgiving go?” or “Did I sleep through Christmas?”  I just got a little excited because I love putting candy boxes together, and Valentine’s Day is the most obvious time to do so.

 

However, Valentine’s Day is going to come early this year and I’m going to make my candy boxes for Christmas!  Before you write me off as being a little too confused about my timelines and priorities, check out my step-by-step tutorial for making seasonal, assorted candy boxes to give as gifts (for any occasion!):

  • As far as the actual boxes go, you can wrap an old candy box in nice paper, or buy smaller ones from your local craft store, like Michael’s. If you want a size that you can’t find, don’t get discouraged, because you can make it!  My favorite kind is the lingerie size gift box because it’s super shallow but big enough.  Carefully separate the corners and wrap each piece in a wrapping paper of your choice.  Try using different kinds of complimentary paper for the top and the bottom, or a solid for the top and design for the bottom, or vice versa.  Carefully and tightly reseal the corners.
  • Since the inside of the box will be just plain old cardboard, I glue a plain piece of white, printer paper to the bottom. Then I arrange my candy wrappers.  You can also buy these at your local craft store.  The lingerie size box should hold about two dozen candies, so I evenly disperse them and then glue them to the bottom of the box so they don’t slide around.

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  • Then, you make your homemade candies! Making your own candy is the whole point of these assorted candy boxes.  You can’t just go to the grocery store and by bite-size chocolates and pretend like they are the real deal.  Making your own candy is where it’s at, and there are plenty of recipes on the internet for different kinds.  I recommend doing at least a dozen kinds, but preferably one for each candy wrapper (yes, I know that is two dozen).

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  • After you have made all your candy you can make your template, because you can’t have all that amazing candy and no candy template! There are circle templates you can find online, or you can use a simple word document to make your own.  Fill in each circle for the respective candy.
  • Give the gift and reap the love and praise for all your hard work!

 

 

Homemade, DIY, Serious-Business Candy Hearts

Before we know it, Valentine’s Day will be upon us.  And what’s the one thing we all love about Valentine’s Day?  The candy!  Oh, wait, definitely our loved ones, too, of course.  That’s obvious!  But we wouldn’t have the candy without our loved ones, so yeah.

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Anyway, without further judgment, here is one awesome idea for making some super adorable candy boxes for someone that you care about:

INTRO- The thing is that you can actually make your own candy boxes.  Not just what goes into the candy boxes, but the actual boxes.  What do I mean?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Martha Stewart, for one, wants so badly for you to succeed at this that she actually has templates on her website that you can print out.

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SUPPLIES- To make Marthat Stewart’s Valentine’s candy boxes you are going to need to print out the templates (so a printer and some printer ink, for sure), a pencil for tracing, some mat board to trace on, and a craft knife to cut with.  If you are like me and you A) have no idea what a craft knife is, or B) would never trust yourself to use a craft knife, you could just settle for some good old-fashioned scissors.  And a marker.  And colored paper, spray adhesive, and glue.

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STEP ONE- Print out the template (one large heart and two smaller hearts).  Trace the larger heart on the mat board two times and cut them out.  Use the marker to color along the edges of the new, cut-out hearts.  Spray with the spray adhesive and attach the colored paper.  Cut along the edges.  Do the same thing to the other sides.

STEP TWO- Trace the medium-sized template onto one of the larger heart cut-outs, and the trace the smallest heart template onto the other one.  Cut the box edges according to the template.  Color all of the exposed edges.

STEP THREE- Use the spray adhesive to cover all of the strips with colored paper.  Squeeze glue along the guidelines that you have traced out and bend the appropriate edge strips along the glue.  Let it dry.  Fill with candy and close.

TIPS- You are going to make two of the large hearts, one of the medium, and one of the small.  The medium and small cutouts are actually going to be the lids because the edge strips are going to form the actual hearts.  Choose a nice, demure pink, like coral or salmon, and then super bright candies.  Use this opportunity to get some gourmet candies!  Don’t just dump some sour gummy worms in and call it a day.