Keeping the kids entertained and yourself sane these holidays requires some forward planning. Here are my 3 top tips for kids Activities.
Investigate Free Or Low Cost Kids Activities
See my list of twenty top free kids activities to entertain the kids here. Alternatively do some surfing to see what is happening in your area. Local government and councils, as well as other organisations and charities, often put on free or low cost activities (such as SureStart in the UK).
My kids want snacks all the time and I was getting tired of scrabbling around to satisfy them. And they never need a snack when I have a minute, they want a snack when I feeding baby or on the phone. So I decided I needed to get organised. I emptied out one of the crisper drawers in my fridge and designated it for snacks. One evening a week after the kids have gone to bed , I peel a bunch of veggies and fruit and put them in individual bags. I throw in some healthy cereal bars, dried fruits and hey presto instant stress relief. Now when the kids need a snack I tell them to go pick one from the snack drawer. They feel great getting it themselves and I don’t have to stop all the time to hand out more snacks.
Mealtime Prep Entertainment
It seems like my kids can happily entertain themselves for hours until I need to make dinner. Then they suddenly want all my attention. So I decided to give distraction a go. One night I handed out a bowl of rice and various cups and other receptacles and the scales. I told them to fill 5 cups/bowls with rice grains so they all weighed the same. 20 minutes later they were still busily transferring rice and I was able to make dinner. Some nights I throw a handful of straws on the table with sticky tape and they make animals and castles. Another time I gave them spray bottles of water and cloths and they “cleaned” the glass doors. The kids will have fun and you will get dinner made.
It takes a little planning but it is worth the extra minimal effort for a calmer, happier household.
Wow, check out these amazing drawings by Nina Levy. Here she explains what she does…
I’ve been drawing on napkins daily for my two sons’ lunch boxes since 2006. The napkins are drawn mostly with “art markers” and a few paint markers. Over nine hundred of the school lunchbox napkins are posted on my blog “Daily Napkins”.
I haven’t missed a school or summer camp day yet, so I have had plenty of opportunity for practice to participate in the TUACA napkin art competition. My fixation with lions (the TUACA bottle features two lions) was fortunate to win the grand prize.
Here is a lovely post from Heather of It’s a lovely life. Make sure you click on the link to go through to the post on her site to read the rest…..
Childhood goes by so quickly
When my first daughter was born I remember the long, sleepless nights and practically everyone telling me to enjoy it because she will be grown before I know it. Now that she is 14, I totally get it. It really does go by way too quickly. Now that I have three daughters I understand how limited our time together is and before long they will be off conquering the world! Here are 10 things mothers need to teach their daughters. Although I say mothers, I really mean parents. These lessons empower our daughters to be bold, strong and the best that they can be!
1. Value yourself – you are priceless. Know that you are important. No one else can replace you. When you value yourself, you will recognize when someone does not value you or show you respect. If someone doesn’t know your value, don’t give them your time.
“We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.”
“In my work as a documentarian, I have witnessed the confidence crisis among girls and the negative impact of stereotypes first-hand,” said Lauren Greenfield, filmmaker and director of the #LikeAGirl video. “When the words ‘like a girl’ are used to mean something bad, it is profoundly disempowering. I am proud to partner with Always to shed light on how this simple phrase can have a significant and long-lasting impact on girls and women. I am excited to be a part of the movement to redefine ‘like a girl’ into a positive affirmation.”