Family Reflections Advent

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Family Reflections Advent  |   Playful Learning

We have done a number of advent calendars over the years. It has become a family tradition that we look forward to every winter. Yet, in all honesty we  start out strong with an amazing list of 24 lovely activities that we are going to do each night and into the second week I start to lose my momentum… The busyness of the holiday season starts to kick in and I find myself wishing I had simplified things.

So this year, I decided to put together an advent that is exciting for the girls and one that I feel like I can successfully, with the least amount of stress complete—a family reflections advent.


Family Reflections Advent  |   Playful Learning

Each night of advent we will explore a different question or subject as a family. Yes, it as simple as that!  Doesn’t that sound wonderful—lighting a candle,making a cup of tea,  sitting together as a family, and discussing interesting, thought-provoking topics?


Family Reflections Advent  |   Playful Learning

It will also be fun to leave out blank cards so that we can write questions for each other as we move through the days…


Family Reflections Advent  |   Playful Learning

I am looking forward to learning new things about each member of our family and collecting new insights into our family as a whole this December!

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* A warm thank you goes out to Randi Edwards for her lovely graphic designs.

* Advent Calendar by Pi’lo.


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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. The simplicity of this is wonderful with it’s focus on family and the connections that have the potential to make with our children. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to add it into our Adventure Calendar this year! Pinned it onto our Winter Pinterest Board too!

    1. You are so very welcome Diane! Last night was our first night using our new advent and we had a lovely family discussion… Our daughters can’t wait to see what questions will come next. It is such a great reminder to me that our children really want to connect… We just need to give them the opportunities 🙂

  2. Hi, I’m trying (multiple times!) to open up the link for the family reflections printable, but am unable. I’m wondering if it would be possible, and not too much of a pain, for you to send the list to my email address, or possibly include it in your comments section? I apologize for this request, but I’d really love to be able to read the reflections. Thanks.

  3. Thank you Mariah! I will use it as an inspiration and modify it for our little ones! Now I know why I didn’t yet finish our calendar, I thought of doing the activity thing but this is much better and easier to accomplish! Love it!

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