Monthly archives: December 2015

Happiness through Giving Back

Posted on Affirmation, General December 24, 2015 by Mary George

Needless to say during the holiday season life gets hectic – from decorating your house, to Christmas cards, to deciding what to give friends and family to baking and cooking and holiday parties. It makes my head spin just thinking about the craziness. So where does teaching our children about the true spirit of the holidays come in? I have thought about that a lot this year as they are getting older and more aware that Christmas is not only about Santa Claus and presents. Throughout their childhood we have worked to help them understand, amidst the chaos, about giving to others and spending time with family and friends.

Every year we try to give our time to a program such as “Christmas Cheer” or “Toys for Tots.” This year we worked with a program to fill a backpack for someone who is homeless. Each member of our family put in some of their own money and then we all went and bought the necessary items. I was not expecting the buying of the items to create such interesting conversation with our children. They were curious why we needed to put certain things in the backpack and why we were not adding others. It was truly eye opening for them. And not only was a good experience for them in terms of giving but also in learning to appreciate their lives and how helping others is essential in our world. Giving and helping others also helps to create a sense of happiness inside. Helping our children to find happiness is the most wonderful gift of all.


Happy Holidays!


2015 Holiday Gift Guide!!

Posted on General December 7, 2015 by Mary George

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We always have so much fun doing the activities with the girls in our classes and workshops AND we had such wonderful feedback from our Gift Guide last year, we thought that this year we would again create our My Remarkable Self® Gift Guide. These are special things for you, your child and family to do together as well as some fun, thoughtful crafts and books for your child to enjoy. Our classic gifts we have put an * beside. We hope that you have a wonderful holiday!!

Chat packs / conversation starter packs are always great suggestions for family dinners, Friday game night or even travel.  Check them out on many online stores!

Tickets to a museum, play, or sports event just for you and one child as special time together

Word A Round – holiday word guessing game by Think Fun

*Charm Bracelets for you and your daughter to share memories together

*Journals – a journal to share between your son or daughter and mom or dad – AI Friedman

My Password Journal – great secret journal for our girls to write down all their thoughts –

Fun gel pens to go with the journal – AI Friedman, Staples

*Locket with a picture of mother and daughter – Pottery Barn Kids and Teen and other sites

Crafting sets to do together – brands Charmazing, Alex and Melissa and Doug

Master Art set for girls by Crayola

*American Girl Book Series:

Friends ‘Til the End?


Just Mom and Me – a book of fun for girls and their moms

The Care and Keeping of You, Books 1 &2

Talk Time Questions

American Girl History Series for older readers – historical fiction books


*Zero by Kathryn Otto

*One by Kathryn Otto

*The Smallest Girl in the Class by Justin Roberts

*Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness, by Carol McCloud

*Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

*All About Me! Personality Quizzes for You & Your Friend by Karen Phillips

*The Boys Body Book by Dunham/Bjorkman

The Who Was Series

Books for Tweens

*Wonder by J. Palacio

Auggie & Me – Three Wonder Stories by J. Palacio

It’s Your World by Chelsea Clinton

Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague and Robby Novak

Remember My Name by Mo’ne Davis with Hilary Beard

Family Board Games for family game night that encourage conversation, team work and all around fun:

5 Second Rule

Reverse Charades

Set: The Family Game of Visual Perception

Around the World by Geotoys


Give the gift of a My Remarkable Self® class and/or workshop!!


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Mary & Claire


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