Eps #277 Loving My Actual Christmas with Alexandra Kuykendall

Eps #277 Loving My Actual Christmas with Alexandra Kuykendall

Loving Christmas

Loving My Actual Christmas

Following the formula of her popular Loving My Actual Life, Alexandra Kuykendall shares her own personal experiment to be completely present in her life as it is during the holiday season. Reflecting on hope, love, joy, peace, and relishing the season, she shares practical advice on common Christmas stressors such as finances, schedules, and extended family. With her signature candor, Kuykendall encourages you to go easy on yourself, remember what truly matters, and find joy in your own imperfect Christmas.

Loving Christmas just seems like an obvious thing but when we get right down to it, Christmas can be a HUGE stressor. Are you trapped in your Christmas traditions with seemingly no way out? Listen in as Author/Speaker Host Kathi Lipp discusses decluttering our idea of Christmas with Author Alex Kuykendall and her new book: “Loving My Actual Christmas”. Alex shares how to manage our expectations without them managing us and listening in on other’s expectations, too. Reboot your Christmas this year – adjust the traditions but keep what is important to you and relish the experience of Christmas.

***Bonus***
Answer this question in the comments below to be entered to receive 1 of 3 copies of “Loving My Actual Christmas”: If you could change one thing about your Christmas celebration this year, what would it be?

Loving My Actual Christmas Planning Pack

Getting a jump on the Christmas planning is the perfect way to really enjoy the season without the stress. This planning pack is a great resource to organize your finances, gifts and even plan your holiday parties with ease. Thank you to Alexandra for offering these to our listeners for free!

Meet Our Guest

Alexandra Kuykendall

Alexandra Kuykendall

Alexandra Kuykendall is the author of Loving My Actual Life and The Artist’s Daughter and is the co-host of The Open Door Sisterhood podcast. A popular writer and speaker, Alexandra has been featured on Good Morning America and Focus on the Family’s daily broadcast. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Derek, and their four daughters.

 

 

Small, Medium, Large- 3 Ways to Connect One on One with Your Child

Small, Medium, Large- 3 Ways to Connect One on One with Your Child

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There are all sorts of ways to do it, but here are three ways you can connect with each of your kids.

GO Large

Take Your Child on a one-on-one vacation. My friend Kim and her husband had long promised their children that when each of them turned sixteen, he or she would go on an extended vacation. The only rule was that it had to be in the continental U.S. and the kids had to help plan the vacation. Kim found out the best part was learning about the unique personalities each child had.

If a whole vacation does not work, try a weekend or even a one night over night. The overnight part is what is fun and makes it special because it is extended time together.

GO MEDIUM

Take Your Child on a regular date night. Justen and I began this tradition when he was about seven years old, and we still do it now that he is out of high school.  About once a month, we choose a night to go out on the town, just the two of us. It may be hamburgers at the local burger joint or it may be going to a museum. The point is to do something fun that you will both enjoy and can talk about in the years to come.

GO SMALL (but SIGNIFICANT)

Connect with your child over small but memorable activities. When Kimberly was eight years old, we started sharing a mother-daughter journal. One night I would tuck it under her pillow and the next night she would tuck it under mine. It was a wonderful way to connect and have a little insight into my daughter’s heart.  A friend of mine, Angie, still brushes her daughter’s hair at the end of the day and will talk about their days. Her daughter is thirteen! It is a little thing that has become a special part of the day.

Planning this one on one time takes some time, but it will be worth it knowing that you are investing in a lifetime of memories and really connecting with your child. And to help you with more planning, if you comment on this post and let me know some ways you make your child feel special when you are one one one, you may will a copy of 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids.