Monthly Archives: August 2010

Finding The Right Way To Say The Right Thing With A Greeting Card

Cards are a simple way to share a token of appreciation or give recognition to those who deserve it.  If it weren’t for greeting cards,  certain holidays may not even exist. Care to imagine a world without Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Valentine’s Day? And that’s just the beginning. Not only are there different cards for the different holidays, there are also different genres of each greeting card for each holiday. Humorous, romantic, spiritual, etc., the list goes on and on.

With such a large selection, greeting cards should be easy to to find. Selecting a greeting card that best fits your personality and describes the message you want it to, however, isn’t that easy.

Many times, a greeting card doesn’t always capture the passion or appreciation you have for whom ever you wish to share it with. In these cases, personalized cards are sometimes the best option. That being said, while the best words come from the heart, a card can do a great job of helping you get the RIGHT words from the heart. Adding in personal pictures can also help make a card a memory, and not just words. Considering how many people reply “nothing” when asked what they want as a gift for an upcoming holiday, sometimes the right greeting card can go a long way towards being the perfect gift.

Nowadays, it’s easy to find printable greeting card templates that allow you to write a personalized message. Personalized greeting cards allow you to create your own Hallmark moment with a sentimental picture and a few words that describe exactly how you feel. If you decide to use a online resource of personalized cards, some templates will allow users to upload a personal image straight from Facebook or your computer. Other e-card sites allow you to email cards to the recipient which include videos or music to help set the mood of your message. Some e-cards offer different types of animation plus a section for your personal message. My favorite e-cards come around Christmas time from a website called Elf Yourself (If you are looking for a good laugh – I’m talking’ laughing to tears – check it out!)

If you lack creativity like me, some of the template greeting cards you can find online even come with a pre-written message which you can use. Talk about taking the words right out of your mouth!

The next time you’re looking for a time effective way to get your feelings across to someone special, try a personalized greeting card.

Answering the Age Old Question- What did you do today?

We all want to be great parents that are involved in our children’s lives. However, once they start to school that becomes harder in so many ways. We are no longer present for a large portion of our child’s day and have to ask them to share about their experiences. Unfortunately, when they are young, they are only concerned with when can they go play or what’s for snack. Then, the older they get the less they want to share about their daily routine. So, we get the iconic answer to “what did you do today?”…..”nothing”. Of course, we all know that answer leaves out quite a bit of the details of our child’s day. We also know that, in general, our kids aren’t really trying to hide anything from us they just don’t want to waste their time talking about events that have already occurred.

So, what can we do to improve this situation? First and foremost, we must make time to talk with our kids on a daily basis. I have found that just in general conversation, I can make more connections with my teenage son than I ever get from the “what did you do today?” question. We also need to stay up to date on what is happening at our kids’ schools. Most elementary school will send home newsletters, homework folders or other communication forums. Middle and high schools will generally have some sort of webpage with information about current class or school events. Many of these school websites will also have teacher webpages with information about their specific class. All of these can be starting points for conversation with your child. You will already have a handle on what they are doing in school and can start the conversation more specifically like “How are you enjoying learning about recycling?”.

I know we all wish we could just attach a bullet camera to our child’s head and monitor them where ever they go. But remember, as much as we feel the need to support and protect our children, part of being a parent is learning when to give them some freedom and let them grow! Just keep those lines of communication open and don’t get frustrated by the “nothings and I don’t knows”.