St. George Dragon Puppet Show in Paris by Alfred Eisenstaedt

St. George Dragon Puppet Show in Paris by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Now that I’ve been a mother for 13 years, I’ve found out a number of methods to make parenting simpler…

A type of tips? Yearly, I attempt to discover a slam-dunk toy for my children’ age teams and order multiples to provide as birthday presents on repeat. Up to now, we’ve given visitor checks, colourful lightbulbs, cool books, and present certificates to our neighborhood ice-cream store — however this 12 months, I discovered the pièce de résistance for 10-year-olds: magic thumbs!

When you placed on the thumbs at evening, you seem like holding crimson balls of sunshine in your arms, and you may “throw” them from hand at hand or “uncover” them behind somebody’s ear. Anton practiced for an hour the opposite day after which carried out a present that introduced down the home. (My dad and I have been each doing the identical wheezing giggle, which then made us giggle much more.) Extremely suggest!

magic light thumbs

What birthday presents do you give to the children you like? Any age-specific recs? (Right here’s a birthday information for youths of all ages, in case you’re brainstorming.)

P.S. The Shining as a romantic comedy, a When Harry Met Sally prank, and our final TV information in case you’re in search of one thing nice.

(Picture by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1963, taken at a Parisian puppet theatre in the meanwhile that St. George slays the dragon.)