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New Year’s celebrations have changed since you’ve had kids -- a little less champagne and glitter, a little more Cheerios and caffeine to keep you awake until 12:01 a.m. As the New Year arrives, try these easy DIY projects and more that will help you ring in 2012:
What Will Baby Be Like in 2112?
Sure, resolutions are fun to make, but what about thinking more long term? Like 100 years from now? Have the kids draw what they (or you or daddy or big brother) will look like when they’re 100. These will be cute to show them when they’re “old.” Like you at, say, 35.
Make a Mom-solution
No mama, you can’t do it all, but we sure know you try (we do too!). This year, in addition to making a resolution to be kinder to yourself, set a parenting goal. Here’s what other iVillage moms want to do for their kids (and themselves!) in 2012.
Print & Hang Memories
Your little girl looked so adorable in her Christmas dress that it was absolutely necessary to take those 150 photos. But really, who prints out all of those priceless shots from her first birthday (or her fifth)? Start out 2012 with a new project: printing, hanging and chronicling your favorite baby photos. Try some of these great frame sets from Etsy for much-needed motivation.
Remember the P’s & Q’s
Before the kiddos return to school, make gratitude fun with these adorable “Thank You” snowflake cards. All you need is some construction paper, glitter, glue and something sweet to say to grandma for those countless toys and sweaters.
Have a Dino-tastic Day
Kids getting a tad stir-crazy over vacation? Keep 'em busy with this easy craft project that's fun and educational. With just some plaster and plastic dinosaurs, you can create “fossils” for the kids to break open. Put down some newspaper and let them play paleontologist.
Teach ‘Em to Count Their Blessings
Even if they didn’t get the super-duper expensive toy they begged for, remind your kids that they have tons to be thankful for. This easy DIY blessing board is a perfect way to get in Santa’s good graces a year in advance!