Letters to Santa

If you still haven’t written your letter to Santa, there’s still time. You have until December 17 and, if you send your letter within Canada, you don’t even have to affix postage. (Another few dimes saved. Woohoo!.) Send your letters to:

Santa Claus

North Pole HOH OHO

Canada

Or, if you’d like to send an email, click here.

P.S. He will write back.

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Down with Fairy Tales

A few weeks ago I read a wonderful post by blissfulblurbs, which asked the question: “Are we brainwashing girls with fairy tales“? Which led me to write this following rant (since this topic has been running around my head for a number of years) and to start by answering the question with a resounding “YES”.

Based on my knowledge of psychology and memories of my preschool years, I’ve realized that we make some of our most important decisions about what we believe about life and how it works and how we should be, before we even enter first grade; all future decisions are only refinements. We make it based on what surrounds us and if we’re surrounded by information that has little or nothing to do with real life, can we make decisions that will serve us well?

For example, in the world of fairy tales, my favourites were The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. In the first story, the girl kills herself rather than see her prince suffer; in the second, the girl keeps loving the beast until he turns into a beautiful prince. You can imagine what my love life (and how I relate to people in general) looks like today. I’m not kidding. And I realized that there is a fairy tale connection only when I was well, well into my adulthood.

I knew, as a child, that these stories were make-believe, but the imprint had been made regardless.

I’m not saying that it’s all the fault of the fairy tales that I enjoyed as a child, but the pattern is clearly there.

Would we not do better if gave our children a more realistic perspective on life (maybe letting them learn about nature, animals, other cultures) instead of exposing them to illusions in a misguided effort to preserve their “child-like innocence”?

Yup, this one is still waiting for her prince

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The importance of play and the imagination…

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle

Play is an important part of childhood development and has also been shown to have a positive impact on adults. One form of play is pretending to be someone or something that you are not.  Young children may make-believe they are an animal, a doctor, a mom or dad. Older children and teens might have fun taking on the role of a favorite athlete, movie star, television character or singer.

When we “try on” a new identity, especially of someone who we admire for their positive characteristics, it can build confidence and a positive self-image for children and adults.  It may even help a child or adult get through tasks they don’t like to do.  Imagine being a pirate looking for buried treasure as you clean out a drawer or closet, or your child pretending to be a teacher as they read to their favorite stuffed animal, younger sibling or a…

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