Christmas is round the corner. Kids are ready for their holidays. As parents, we want to make sure that they have a good time. And, the vacation gets exciting for them. Many of us have trip plans, many have already enrolled kids into various winter camps. And then, there are some of us who are going to stay back at our respective cities. What would be good ways of keeping our kids engaged, having fun, and quality bonding time? Here are the 5-tips to spend the Christmas holidays with kids:
1. Gratitude Jar: This is the time to bid goodbye to the year 2017. Any farewell is not complete without thank you notes. As new year is nearing, it is a good time now to orient kids to gratitude. Gratitude to the things that they have been grateful for. It’s actually great fun to decorate a gratitude jar. Then think of all the memories of the last 12 months. And write those down in small pieces of paper, and put that in the jar. That way, you and kiddo get transported to the memories, and all the things that you have been thankful for. Trust me, this is a great way to know your kiddo too! Later, you can pick a special time to pull out notes at random and ask kids to read them aloud. It leads to great bonding, and family fun.
2. Cooking Fun: Cooking is an important life skill for kids. It offers kids opportunities to use their senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. It helps build fine motor skills, self- confidence, perseverance, and bonding with adults in the kitchen. It orients kids to nutrition and self care. And in addition is a lot of fun. Christmas is a great time to have fun over baking cakes, cookies; and pan cakes!
3. Charity Work: A great way to reinforce charitable values in kids, is to make giving a family activity. This Christmas holidays, you can organize charity events for kids at your apartment, or in the neighborhood. Kids can sell stuff like pop corn, juices, or their baked items. You can help them by donating the raw materials. Finally, the amount collected can be used for donation to an orphanage, or for buying gifts for helpers who take care of the locality. Newspaper donation drive is also an enjoyable charity event. Charity events are great platforms to orient kids that they are part of a larger community and that we are responsible for everyone around us. I remember one such event when kids wanted to buy mosquito repellents, and warm clothes for the security guards of their apartment!
4. Story Time: We have grown up on stories narrated to us by our grandparents, parents and other elders in the family. Those stories helped us learn some important moral lessons of our lives. Now, with technology invading our lives like never before, nuclear families and working parents overpowering the social set up, the art of story-telling has become rare. However, kids love story time with adults. Story times encourage listening skills in kids, help develop ,vocabulary, strengthens emotions and thinking ability. Overall, kids bond very well with adults over stories. You can visit www.bloombrite.com for stories on life skills.
5. City Tour: Every city around the globe provides myriad options for fun and entertainment for kids and adults. You can take your kids to museums, botanical gardens, historical monuments, or other places that used to attract you as a kid, have a picnic outing, or stroll down the lazy roads!
These are just a few of my thoughts, but would love to hear yours! How have you decided to spend the holidays? Do write back under the comments section. Merry Christmas!