Dear Jack: You’re Halfway to Age 16!

8 years.

Dear Jack,

It’s taken me a few weeks since your recent 8th birthday to realize:

You’re halfway to being age 16. More specifically, you’re halfway there to being able to have a driver’s license.

Mommy and I were talking about it this week.

As we are really focused on investing our money beyond what we are already saving, we were discussing your college and our retirement.

But then Mommy reminded me, “Jack will be driving in 8 years, too. He’s going to need a car.”

I have a feeling that these next 8 years will pass by quicker than the first eight. I wonder what you’re first car will be?

If I’m lucky, you can have my 2004 Honda that I’m driving now so that I can finally get an upgrade.

Love,

Daddy

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Dear Holly: You Just Have So Much to Say These Days!

2 years, 7 months.

Dear Holly,

It is very obvious that your social skills are in full bloom. You are speaking so many words now and initiating so many conversations these days, that in can be challenging for Mommy and me to keep up with you.

In particular, the hour between the time I get home from work and the time dinner is ready can be a bit complicated.

While Mommy and I try to catch up after not seeing each other all day as she is making dinner, and while we also do our best to include your brother in the conversation, you are needing to meet your daily word quota during the midst of it. You have so much to say to us!

Your brother has been helping us out, though. He’s been sharing his toys with you to help keep you occupied and focused.

He even let you hang out in his new box that contained his new bunk bed we ordered. You are just so social and full of energy!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Your Thanksgiving Lizard

8 years.

Dear Jack,

When I think back on what seemed to make you the happiest over our family’s extended Thanksgiving weekend at Nonna and Papa’s house in Alabama, I would definitely have to say it was when you caught a lizard in a pile of leaves in the back yard.

You loved him so much, that it made leaving quite difficult.

First, Mommy and I had to explain to you how unlikely he would stay alive if we took him back home to Tennessee.

Then we explained to you that he couldn’t simply live as a captive pet in the garage either. It was very sad for you to have to say goodbye.

Yet still, he brought you a lot of joy- and that’s what matters more.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Your Thanksgiving American Standard Toilet Box

2 years, 7 months.

Dear Holly,

I assisted Papa in installing two new toilets at his house while we stayed there for Thanksgiving:

One upstairs and one downstairs.

By the time the one upstairs was finished, I came back down to see that Nonna had cut out a hole for you to stand through.

If only we had unboxed the toilets at the beginning of the holiday weekend… now I wish we had.

That’s because the toilet box made the perfect little house for you.

Not only could you peek out of the top, but you also were able to pretend to sleep inside of it.

To think- not just a box…

but a toilet box!

Love,

Daddy

 

Various Ways to Take Special Care of Your Special Child

Children are an important part of any family and thus their proper care plays a crucial role in the prosperity of any family. For better health of children, it is very important that the family ensure that the children get an adequate sleep and that too without any problem and discomfort. This is only possible when the mattresses that are being used for the child is comfortable and cozy. Proper and adequate sleep for the child ensures that the whole family gets a proper rest because if the child does not sleep properly at night, he can put the whole family in discomfort. 

The things and the way remain the same, but we need to use the stuff effectively and in a proper manner. There are certain ways through which the children at home can be given special care, and their health can be ensured, these are discussed as follows:  

  1. GIVE A HEALTHY SLEEP TO YOUR CHILD

In order to make sure that all the members of your family derive the right kind of sleep, it is quite essential that quality products are being used. It ensures that sleeping off the whole family becomes a good experience. This contributes to a healthy family over the longer run. There are various types of mattresses, that are available in the market but there are specific companies, which do have expertise in making an efficient and comfortable bed and mattresses for babies.  One of the companies is Nectar, which is specialized in Sleep Products like Pillows, Mattresses, Bed sheets etc. The company is well known for its sleep products, which offer a great deal of comfort and coziness to every respective customer who purchases its products. The products of the company are designed in a way that your children will get the best of comfort in the house. This will mean healthiest of sleep for them. This can lead to better health and overall prosperity among the family in general.  

  1. THE EFFECTIVE AND QUALITATIVE PRODUCTS

The quality of the Nectar products is quite premium. It is a leader in the mattress and bed sheet industry. It is on the top in the market for its qualitative raw materials used by the company for the manufacturing of these products. The mattress provided by the company consists of cotton and jute, which helps, in providing the best of the sleep to both children and parents. The mattresses of the company are made up of high-density memory foam, which is available at affordable prices in comparison to another mattress. The products of the company are recognized widely for sleep due to its quality. The company has tested its mattresses through 365-night trial and it is the only company to do so in the industry to gain a widespread confidence of the consumer in the longer run. It also offers a lifetime warranty. 

  1. BENEFITS OF PROPER SLEEP ON HEALTH

Your family members can achieve various benefits easily. In terms of health, take adequate sleep on a regular basis. The various advantages of efficient sleep are right kind of health for you and your children. They will feel more energetic and enthusiast throughout the day. The individuals who take an adequate amount of sleep are active, as compared to people who do not take an adequate amount of sleep. 

Various studies have shown that effective as well as adequate sleep at night improves brain functioning by 15% and thus the importance of proper sleep cannot be ignored. Therefore, right sleep has various health benefits as well and thus it shall be kept at the priority of every family head while framing the day-to-day schedule of the family. 

  1. DISADVANTAGES OF INADEQUATE SLEEP

If the person does not take proper sleep, one can have serious health issues. It is essential to avoid the different types of health issues like possible chronic sleep loss, also called an insomniac, mood swings, and irritations. These can cause various kinds of issues in the personal and professional life of an individual in the longer run. Thus, it is far better to avoid all these issues by spending a fair amount on the qualitative sleep products that will benefit not only your family’s health but their future as well over a period. These disadvantages can be overcome by effectively through using right sleeping products within the home. 

Dear Holly: This is My Favorite Picture of You This Week, Lounging Like a Preteen in the Backseat

2 and a half years.

Sometimes after I take a picture of you, I see you in a different way than I have before. This was the case when I snapped a picture of you last week while we were on our family trip to Destin in the 2019 Chevy Traverse.

Even though you are only 2 and a half, in that picture, I easily catch a glimpse of you years from now:

Relaxed, having fun, just chilling out while looking so cute.

Behind my jacket which is hanging over the top of your seat, you can see some of our shopping bags from when we went to the outlets.

It’s as if I am seeing you a decade from now, on the way back from you getting to spend all your own birthday money on clothes.

I love this picture.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: This is My Favorite Picture of You This Week, Throwing a Sea Cucumber Back into the Ocean

8 years.

Dear Jack,

For me, this picture of you perfectly captures who you are now, at age 8.

It was our first morning out on the beach last week in Destin to celebrate your birthday. The beach was covered in sea cucumbers, most of them appearing to still be alive, but barely.

I suggested that you throw as many as you could back into the sea.

Fortunately, you had your trusty shovel with you, which served as the perfecting launching pad.

While I’m not sure how many lives you saved that morning, I do know that the ones you threw back definitely stood a better chance of survival, had you not come along to rescue them.

I think it’s really cool how in this picture, not only is the landscape beautiful in a way not typically associated with Florida, but how you can see the sea cucumber flying through the air as the immediate result of your throw, still in motion.

This is a memory that I will always associate with your 8th birthday.

Love,

Daddy