Nothing in the world can replace time with your children. During the summer, it is easy to spend plenty of time outside and burning off a lot of energy. During the Winter and Spring, the weather can be a little hit and miss. However, there are still many things that you can do to have some of that much-needed connection time with your kids.
Going to the movies is exciting, but it can be really expensive. Thanks to Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services we have a cinema at our disposal – any time we like. Rather than spend out on snacks and movie tickets, grab some blankets and pop your own popcorn. You can introduce your children to some classic movies, or you can let them choose. Movie nights with a theme are also a lot of fun!
We aren’t all blessed with the ability to bake incredible cakes or cookies from memory. Luckily you can find some delicious recipes online like these easy peanut butter Hershey kiss cookies. Baking and cooking are skills that are great for little ones to learn, and when they fly the nest, they will be able to create some simple but delicious meals.
Not only is the painting really relaxing, but it lets everyone have the opportunity to let their creativity fly free. The critical thing here is to make sure that you cover all of the surfaces with something like an old newspaper. So that it minimizes the clean up that is going to be required. You don’t all have to create a masterpiece, for example, the Dutch Pour technique of painting is relaxing, and the results are almost always amazing.
If the weather allows for it, then grab your boots and all head out for a walk. Walking is a great way to blow away any cobwebs, and most often you will find that your child becomes quite the animated storyteller. Try to choose somewhere that is green and spacious – so that you can all benefit from soaking up all of those happy outdoor vibes.
Most adults are pretty addicted to their mobile phones, tablets or their computers. But your children don’t tend to have access to things like that until they are older. Set an example but putting your mobile phone away, or putting the tablet down when it comes to spending time with your children. Sure, a few minutes here and there won’t do anyone any harm. But if you want to be a bit more present, then ditch the tech for a while.
This isn’t technically being there in person, but it is a way of letting your children know that even when they aren’t with you right now, you are thinking about them. Putting little notes, or doodles in their lunchboxes or school bags can brighten their day, and is something that doesn’t take long to do – but will have a lasting impact.