Cheer Up Your Child For $3.99

Today’s kids are growing up in a world full of I-pods, I-phones, Nintendo DS, and Wii. Impressing a seven year old is a LOT more difficult than it was when I was seven. I grew up on a farm. A baby kitten and a “blooming” dandelion impressed me. My kids can’t imagine how I survived a childhood where I had to actually GET UP to change the channel on the TV. I tell them that it wasn’t so bad because there were only three channels, so we didn’t change very often.

They stare at me in DISBELIEF.

When they asked me to tell them more stories about “the olden days”, I had to draw the line.

In spite of today’s technological advances, I learned this week that all our kids really want is our love and attention. And maybe a little recognition for their accomplishments. We have been forced to SLOW DOWN at our house and hang out together. My youngest son has the full attention of at least one family member most of the day.

His siblings are learning a lesson about what it means to put the needs of another before your own.

I hope we’re not creating a monster.

Today’s Trash to Treasure project involves a QUICK and very INEXPENSIVE way to let your kids know that you’re proud of their accomplishments.

If your kids play sports, then, no doubt, you have countless medals and trophies at your house, taking up LOTS of space. And multiplying like bunnies as each season ends. Trophies sit proudly on shelves, but what about those medals?

Here’s what I came up with, and I tell ya, the timing was perfect for a seven year old struggling with the fact that he can’t play soccer this fall.

I found this frame at the Goodwill store for $2.99

Painted it black and added a piece of gray card stock.

A little craft glue and some masking tape, and here you have meaningfull wall art for your kid’s room. You should’ve seen the SMILE on his face.

Want to know my husband’s idea for cheering up a child?

Playing catch. In the house. With a baseball. Yeah, a real one.

Tomorrow I may have to change this week from “broken leg week”, to “broken lamp week.”

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