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Christmas Day has been officially over for days now, but of course, there are many who will continue to enjoy the holidays , while there are those others suggesting that the holidays should be put behind us as quickly as possible so as to get down to the business.

The intention would be to ensure some of the problems and concerns do not travel too far with us into the New Year and that we can make 2010 a very special year in the development of our nature island.

But with the recent attempt to blow a plane full of people out of the sky, allegedly by someone with links to terrorism, helps us to understand that even outside of our domestic concerns related to poor economies and crime, there are simply some unfathomable things carrying on around us and which will eventually affect the way we choose to go about our daily lives.

The fact of the matter is that the world has indeed become very small and people from all of its parts can easily set up interests, just about anywhere, and everybody’s agenda is carried out with very little consideration for what they might consider “the collateral damage”.

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Sometimes we can be so busy with our everyday jobs, and our personal goals, and changing the world, that we have very little to spend with our kids.

I can remember while attending Saint Mary’s Academy there was this very good friend of mine – who came from a wealthy family where his parents could buy him anything he wanted. But for some reason he always seemed down and sad. So, one day I asked him – why are you always looking to so sad? You know what he told me? He told me that the reason is so sad, is because the mother had gone off to the US to live. Confused, I asked him – what is his talking about? Because that same morning I saw his mother driving by? He said this is just my biological mom, but my real mom is our maid Jennifer.

I raised up in a relatively poor home, where my mom (a single parent) had to work two jobs in other for us to get by. But if one thing my mom made sure she did, is to have some quality time with each of us. She didn’t have a lot money to buy all the fancy things, but she showed us love in the little things she did, and thats what matters in life…trust me.

Well, just to clarify, I don’t kids. 🙂 But here are some ways I’ve found to connect with them on a regular basis:

Make a date. Set a weekly date with each child, so you are ensured some alone time with them. For example, I try to spend 2 hours every Saturday afternoon with my nephews.

Read with them. I’m a big fan of this. Read to them every day if possible. It’s great quality time, and one of the best things you can do to help them in life.

Play with them. Don’t be afraid to be a kid with them. Play video games, watch cartoons, play board games, have pillow fights, make a fort, play superheroes. Play at their level — don’t expect them to play at yours.

Talk to them after work. When you get home from work, instead of sitting down and watching TV, or taking a nap, or finding some other way to veg out after a long day at work … take the extra effort to sit down and talk with your kids about their day.

Just snuggle. Every now and then, just pull your child to you and hug them. Snuggle, be affectionate, and squeeze them tight. That kind of physical intimacy is important — and the day will come when they don’t want to snuggle with you anymore. Take advantage of it now.

What are your ways of connecting with your kids? Let us know in the comments.

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If you send out Christmas cards every year, you know that buying cards can be a bit expensive and if you’re mailing them from the Caribbean to your family and friends around the global that’s another cost to consider. So in the spirit of saving money this holiday season but not sparing on the cool-factor of your cards, here are a two very cool, very 3-D do it yourself Christmas cards that’ll help you spread a little holiday cheer without breaking your pocket and save you some money for postage stamps. 🙂

Like the pop-up tree and reindeer below, the video above (from this Instructable) details how to make an angel pop-up card. The video moves pretty quickly, so if you give this one a try you’ll probably want to go to the step-by-step on Instructables.

xmas-tree-pop-up-card.jpgWikiHow web site describes in detail how to make a simple elegant Christmas tree pop-up card or this Reindeer pop-up card with a thick piece of paper, their printable templates, and some glue. The tree is perhaps the most elegant of the bunch, and even better, probably the easiest to pull off.

Do you have any Do it yourself Christmas cards ideas you would like to share? Lets hears them in the comments

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