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7 Quotes in Honor of National Best Friend Day

national best friend day quotesThere is nothing quite like having a best friend. They’re a shoulder to cry on, a soul to confide in and a pal to build memories with. Often we consider our best friends a part of our families as we grow alongside them throughout the years. Your little ones will make friends throughout their lives and some will be here to stay as lifelong friends. In honor of National Best Friend Day, here are seven quotes that describe the beautiful bond of best friends:

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.” – Bill Watterson

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Friends are relatives you make for yourself.” – Eustache Deschamps

“A true friend is the one who walks in when others walk out.” – Walter Winchell

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.” -Anonymous

Which quote is your favorite? How are you spending this heartfelt day dedicated to friendship?

The Lessons of Parenthood

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Written by Melisa as a part of the We’re Moms Too series

When you first become a parent, you feel so many emotions.  You’re scared because you are responsible for another’s life and making sure he or she is safe at all times.  You’re excited that you have created a beautiful baby that you get to love and teach right from wrong and you vow that you will do all that you can to ensure your child has the happiest, healthiest life they can.

You teach by example, reminded by what you learned growing up, remembering what you did and didn’t like.  You make mistakes that you learn from and vow to never make again, especially if you are lucky enough to have another child.

You carry on traditions that you hold near and dear.  I too carried on traditions with my children.  I spoke of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny and played the parts too.  As I played each part, I was rewarded as I watched the joy wash over their faces as the tooth fairy received hugs and kisses.

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When my daughter was about 10-years-old, she and I were in the car going somewhere.  Out of the blue, she asked me if there was a Santa Claus.  I was caught off guard and asked her what she thought.  She said no.  I told her that she was correct and that he wasn’t real.  I thought I was doing the right thing by telling her the truth.  She became very angry and hurt, yes hurt – I remember to this day the next words that came out of her mouth – YOU LIED TO US!  I was devastated; I had never meant to cause her any type of pain.  I was only carrying on the tradition that I had grown up with.  She then asked about the Easter Bunny and tooth fairy and I was forced to tell her that they weren’t real either.  It took her a few minutes to process and understand why I did what I did, but from that day forward, I did not speak of Santa, the tooth fairy or the Easter Bunny.

You also treasure the unforgettable moments, like when my daughter saw a black and white picture of me and said “Mom, you were born before color?”  Or when my son asked me to marry him when he was four-years-old.

You come across many bumps along the way that make you wonder if you will survive parenthood, especially the teenage years, but you will and you do.

All of these things you do with the hope that your children will grow up to be responsible human beings who are successful and happy in their journey through life.  I’m proud to say, I did survive and succeeded at parenthood.   I have two beautiful children and two beautiful stepchildren, who have graduated from high school and college and are all pursuing their careers.   They are also the first to stand by me and help me through any difficult times.

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About Melisa
2009_09230041Melisa is a Senior Human Resource Generalist at Step2. When she is not “encouraging” her husband to remodel their house, she spends her time shopping for jewelry, camping in her RV, discovering new wineries and reading.

4 Creative Ways for Kids to Play in their Sandbox

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Summer is almost here and we’re ready to hit the beach!  On the days that you and your family can’t make it to your local tropical getaway, backyard activities can be just as fun. When little ones play in their sandbox they can pretend they have their toes in the sand at the beach. Playing in sandboxes is not only entertaining for kiddos, but it’s also a great way to enhance their sensory skills as they feel, dig and build with it. Here are four creative ways your kids can play in a sandbox:

  1. Buried treasure: Little adventurers can search for buried treasure. Mom and dad can hide some toys or pretend jewels in the sand and youngsters can use their shovels to dig around and strike it rich!
  2. Secret messages: Toddlers and preschoolers can take a stick and write or draw secret messages and images in the sand. They can also use rocks to create shapes and letters. This is a great activity to develop their fine motor skills!
  3. Sand castle: There is nothing quite like building castles on the beach or in your sandbox. Let little builder’s imaginations go wild as they use buckets, leaves, and stick to create a home fit for a king and queen.
  4. Plant in the sand: Little green thumbs can pretend to plant in it as they gather leaves and sticks from trees. They can even create this greenery to go around the beautiful sand castle they designed!

What creative ways and games do you children play in their sandbox?

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