August Holidays

Cardboard wings and video screens are taped to the twins' trays so they can see what it is like to eat lunch on an airplane.  They drew pictures to paperclip to their TV screens for their viewing pleasure.

August is not normally known as a month full of holidays. Luckily for us, almost every day of the year is a reason for someone to celebrate something! Here are a few ideas of unique ways to spend your days as the summer begins to wind down.

American Adventures Month: Visit National parks, monuments, or drive along Route 66. Visit local diners, go to a drive-in movie, or enjoy another blast from the past.

Happiness Happens Month: At the end of the day, have your kids make a list of all the things that made them happy. Or, make a list of things that usually make them happy, then put them on this week’s calendar to enjoy. Teach your children that they are capable of making their own happiness and how to look for and appreciate it.

International Win with Civility Month: Focus on cooperation, kind words, and manners. Talk about how tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language can all change the message received from someone losing to win-win.

Inventor’s Month: Are you having a problem in your house? Come together as a family and brainstorm some solutions. Try them out. Does it work? Why or why not? Ex: Too hot? Invent ways to cool off. Need something to do with your extra zucchini from the garden? Invent vehicles by adding wheels, sails, or passengers.

Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (August 8): Are you overflowing with zucchini, tomatoes, or cucumbers? Share some with a neighbor, donate to a homeless person, or have a little neighborhood farmer’s market.

International Left-Handers Day (August 13): My mom and youngest brother are left handed and are often relegated to odd corners of tables to avoid bumping into the right-handed majority. Let’s celebrate our left-handed counterparts! Let’s put them front and center!

Weird Contest Week (mid-month): Hmm… maybe you could see how many backwards steps it takes to get from bed to the breakfast table. Or who can wear the craziest outfit or hairdo. Or try to say everyone’s names backwards for the day… The possibilities are endless!

Tell a Joke Day (August 16): Memorization, timing, and laughter, all from one little joke! What could be more fun?

Cardboard wings and video screens are taped to the twins' trays so they can see what it is like to eat lunch on an airplane.  They drew pictures to paperclip to their TV screens for their viewing pleasure.

Cardboard wings and video screens are taped to the twins’ trays so they can see what it is like to eat lunch on an airplane. They drew pictures to paperclip to their TV screens for their viewing pleasure.

National Aviation Day (August 19): Learn about different types of flying machines, build your own, or have a paper airplane flying contest.

Kiss-and-Make-Up Day (August 25): Say goodbye to grudges and hello to peace. Teach and model for your children how to say you are sorry and how to make up for a past transgression. Practice saying, “What can I do to make this better for you?”

Of course, these are just some of the happenings in August and a few ways to interpret them. Celebrate in ways that make sense to your family. Celebrate on alternate dates as needed, after all, it is the lesson and bonding experience that count. Check out my book Empowering the Children: 12 Values Your Child Must Learn To Succeed in Life for more ways to celebrate throughout the year.

 

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