Archive for February, 2014

February 28, 2014

Our Favorite Musicals for Families

Rain girl 2 November and Early Dec 2005 183Watching musicals is such an enjoyable thing to do with your family. They are culturally enriching and expose your children to various forms of art (music, singing, dancing, stage production, etc.). I’ve made a list of our favorite musicals. It will be no shock which musical is first on my list, seeing as the name of my blog is Spoonful of Sugar Mom.

For All Ages:

  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Sound of Music (1965)
  • Singing in the Rain (1952)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Hello Dolly (1969)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • Meet Me in St Louis (1944)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • Calamity Jane (1953)
  • Easter Parade (1948)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • Holiday Inn (1942)
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • Pete’s Dragon (1977)

For Older Children

  • High Society (1956)
  • Oliver (1968)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
  • Annie (1982)
  • Fiddler On the Roof (1971)
  • April Love (1957)
  • Oklahoma! (1955)
  • Brigadoon (1954)
  • Kiss Me, Kate (1953)
  • 1776 (1972)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • Into the Woods (2015)
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February 24, 2014

Parenting is a lot Like Going to Disneyland…

Come on Mom - CopyToday I realized something. I realized that parenting is a lot like going to Disneyland with your children.  You think that you are going for you kids’ enjoyment.  But at the end of the day (if you go on a non-busy day), you realize you had just as much fun, if not more fun, than your kids did.

Children will never fully realize what you have done for them.  Even though I am a parent now, I still don’t fully grasp or give credit or even ample gratitude for what my parents have done for me.  I just know it comes down to, “They love me and I love them back.”

As a parent it can be a little daunting to think, “Why should I toil and sacrifice for these little ones if they are never going to fully appreciate what I have done for them?”  But then I realized that raising my children is not just for them, it is for me too.

February 2, 2014

Thanks for Being a “Piece”-Maker

IMG_4600Being a peacemaker is something we talk a lot about in our home.  My husband and I are trying to teach our kids how to lower their voices, apologize to end a fight, not moan or make a fuss when asked to do something, and the list goes on and on.  You know, all of those things you work on daily to maintain or bring peace to your home.  I was thinking about Valentine’s Day coming up and trying to come up with a way to bring more love into our home, and this play on words popped into my mind.  I’ve tried it out a few days and the kids love it.  They really feel good when I have caught them being a peacemaker and ask them to please help themselves to a piece of candy.  I think I’ll pull this jar out at other holidays as well.  Heaven knows, peace is something worth striving for all year long.