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On the 4th Day of Christmas, Spend Quality Time with Family

on December 16, 2012


During the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy to forget the importance of spending quality time with our family. Making family time is important. It’s associated with kids and parents having a stronger bond, and better communication between family members. Here are some parenting tips for creating more time with your children:

  • Parenting Tips 1: Rethink your life: one day each week, squeeze your schedule into your family life, rather than your family into your schedule. Find things that you can do together as a family. Make sure that you give each child individualized attention. Talk to your child; find out how he’s doing. Make yourself responsible for having a finger on his pulse. Be accessible, even when you’re busy.
  • Parenting Tips 2: Spending time doesn’t mean you have to do anything special. All it means is that you give your interest and attention. If you’re overwhelmed with chores, ask your kids to help. There’s something about engaging with others in rote activity that invites conversation and connection. Above all, check yourself before you use candy, money, toys or trips to make up for being unavailable. Remind yourself that this is often a clever defense to assuage a sense of guilt.
  • Parenting Tips 3: Unscheduled time–time spent spontaneously and given freely— is a great healer of relationship. Learn to make time for the people in your life. Have days or at least moments when you freely give your time. Don’t worry that the laundry isn’t folded or that you have a million things to do. Put all that aside and give your children time. By doing so, you’ll be giving them the most valuable thing you own.

Parenting Tips.  Copyright © 1999 by Laura Pickford Ramirez.

The simplest activities count as spending quality time together.On the fourth day of Christmas, I plan to spend some extra time with my family in the kitchen. We’ll be baking Christmas wreath cookies.  Here’s the yummy recipe:

Christmas Wreath Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons water, divided
  • 3 cups flaked coconut
  • 6 to 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1/4 cup red candies


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the chocolate, eggs and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. scalloped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; cut out centers using a floured 1-in. scalloped cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and 1/4 cup water. Place coconut in a re-sealable plastic bag; add food coloring and remaining water. Seal bag and toss until coconut is tinted.
  • Spread cookies with glaze; sprinkle with coconut. Decorate with red candy

Yield: 4 dozen.



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