There's always those select few things about the holidays that put us in the holiday spirit. For me there are quite a few- donating food items to the local food bank, holiday music, getting an unexpected gift, a stranger's kindness and good cheer, and my mom's famous chocolate cake!
If you know what I'm talking about you probably could pin point some of yours too, and they're probably connected to a favorite memory in your life that you can recall.
As a parent or a mentor in a small child's life, it is your turn to help create those memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are a handful of ways to do just that...
1) Telling stories about what the holidays are all about and how they came to be.
2) Involving them in a baking/cooking/making a secret family recipe.
3) Decorating the house in festive decorations (homemade or otherwise).
4) Volunteering at a soup kitchen, etc.
5) Writing holiday cards with pictures and words of cheer to friends and family.
6) Making a holiday tradition- whatever that is for you. It could be anything from watching a certain movie, playing a certain sport or game with family, telling certain stories, looking at old holiday family pictures, and more.
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from all of us at Team ELM to you!
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We hope this year's celebrations brings you many delicious latkes, much gelt, a room full of family and friends to spin dreidels with, and other gifts to celebrate the festival of lights!
They always say, "It takes a village." A saying that proves to be true in Team ELM’s world for sure. Sarah Lakatos, one of our newest Family Managers, is being honored this week in our weekly blog for her contributions to our village.
Sarah has been one of our childcare providers to many of our families. She does her work with kindness, care, and a smile, always looking to do her best to care for each child she is with. Sarah has been an essential part of our administrative team as well- making sure that all pieces of our puzzle fit together. Our upcoming fundraiser at the Devils vs. Phillies game is in honor of Sarah and her own personal fight which you can read about below!
Thank you Sarah for all that you do and for supporting our business!
Sarah joined the Team ELM family initially as a childcare provider and has also taken of the role of family manager as a result of her excellent leadership skills.
Sarah is a graduate of South Brunswick High School. While most of her peers were getting ready to begin their college careers, Sarah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had to undergo treatment for 3 long, arduous years. During that time Sarah was treated with the pediatric oncology population, she interacted with children of various ages as well as healthcare providers, child life specialists and was able to appreciate the complex needs of children, in particular those with cancer diagnosis. Her resilience allowed her to get through this very difficult time, and now she is passionate about providing all aspects of care and being a support system to the families she serves. Sarah is a true inspiration!
Fun Facts about Sarah:
1) Sarah is involved with the Embrace Kids Foundation at Robert Wood Johnson, a local organization based in New Brunswick supporting children with blood disorders and their families.
2) When Sarah is not booked with the Team ELM children, her aunts patiently wait for her to help take care of her cousins, Luke 3 & Dylan 1 ½ in California and Ava 5 months in Jersey City.
3) Sarah has extensively traveled throughout Europe and the UK including, England, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
4) Sarah also has a love for cooking and while traveling, she makes sure to visit the restaurants of some of her favorite chefs.
xoxo, Team ELM