More and more parents, especially moms, are heading straight down to the slippery road to one crucial aspect of parenting – the need to entertain their kids all the time.
We all want to keep our kids busy and happy, this is why we do so many things to get them to do something and not get bored. But the truth of the matter is, parent’s job goes more than just to entertain their kids.
We all have our own different responsibilities and commitments, thus, keeping our kids entertained 24/7 is not really our job. So what is a mother to do?
Meet your kids’ needs
- This includes feeding, changing clothes, and bathing.
- Teach your children
- Teach them your ways; teach them how to read, how to see things, and best of all, teach them how to think.
- Enjoy quality time with your kids
- Engage with your kids as they play, learn and discover things in life. Laugh with them, tickle them, hug them, and kiss them. Make sure you guide them as they have fun and make them feel your love.
- Teach your kids to be compassionate
- Encourage your kids to think of others first before themselves.
If we make it our mission in life to entertain our kids all day, every day, 24/7, we will never be able to teach our kids to have fun on their own, and they’ll be always dependent on us for their happiness.
Rather than always finding ways to keep your kids be entertained all day, teach them your kids with love and compassion.
Are you the type of parent that loves to take the whole family for a long ride? Do you love road trips but always get annoyed when your kids get bored and start to scramble and fight at the backseat? Well, you’ve come to the right place, this entry will give you great tips to make long car ride enjoyable for the whole family, especially for the kids.
Give Your Kids A Book To Read
Make long road trips worthwhile by giving your kids book to read. Make sure there’s enough lighting inside the car. You can also give them books with illustrations or comic books, kids enjoy reading if there’s illustration.
Make Use of Technology
Take advantage of what technology can offer. If you have a kindle, iPad, PSP, smartphone, etc. that doesn’t require internet to play games and open apps, then let your kids enjoy. There are quite a lot of fun and even educational games and apps you can download for free. Download and install some good stuff in your gadgets to keep your kids busy on the road.
Talk To Your Kids
Talk to your kids about the exciting destination you’re headed to. Ask them what they want to them in the next stopover. If you know their favorite TV show, ask them about the latest episode. Talk to them about anything, and make the conversation roll to the fun direction. Choose playful subjects.
Bring their Favorite Toys
Toys are made to make things happy and give them company. Stuffed toys give kids a good sense of comfort, as they’d cuddle and hug them, especially at night.
Play Some Good Music
Long road trips can be very boring, and last thing you want in your backseat are bored kids, as it can be really annoying and distracting. Play some good music to set the mood. You can even play the music they love, and ask them to sing with it.
When thinking of a nice activity to do together as a family, bike riding often comes to mind first. This is a healthy and enjoyable activity for the entire family, especially for little kids, and also invites them to go out. If you can establish a cycling routine with the entire family, it is also a good way to spend quality time together.
Tips Before Going Biking
Even though bike riding is a fun and exciting activity for everyone, you have to take precautionary measures to ensure everyone’s safety. Parents should inspect the tracks near your area to see if it’s safe for little kids to be biking on. Also, it pays to become familiar with the track first so you might want to spend some time biking there without the kids. You want to be able to guide them as you are biking together and not knowing what kind of track you are trudging on (with your kids in tow) can be a dangerous prospect).
Going through off-road paths is also unadvisable for little kids, even grade school kids. You might want to wait until they are a bit older or more skilled at the bike before you take on more challenging tracks as a family. After all, the idea isn’t entirely about the adventure but for the opportunity to go out, do something that will keep their bodies active, and enjoy each other’s company.
Creating a biking plan is also vital. You want to know when to stop for breaks, what to bring, and how long you should be biking. If you expect to ride longer, you need to bring your own lunch or snacks, as well as water or any drinks, so the kids will be able to replenish themselves after a long ride.
What to Wear and Bring
Check your child’s gear before setting out for a bike ride. Make sure they have all of the essential protective gears because accidents can happen no matter how familiar you might be with the track. Also, have your kids wear comfortable clothing in order to bike comfortably. Other things you need to bring during the biking expedition include the following: medicine kit, water, hats, sunscreen, and map.
Have Family Meals More Often
Making time for more family meals will allow more great bonding time for you and your kids, it’s also a great way for parents to catch up on your kids’ day by talking and listening how your kids’ day has been.
Schedule A Family Fun Time
Schedule a dedicated time for family fun and try to make it a must-attend for everyone. The best way to have a quality time with your family is to actually make it happen. Take it like a job and make it a tradition, otherwise, it will become a lesser priority.
Ditch the Technology and Other Gadgets
Technology makes our life easier, however, when it becomes a distraction for a quality family time, then it’s time to set it aside for a while. Banning the internet, iPad, smartphone, etc., during your family will make way for a better family time. Dinner for example, is a sacred time for the whole family, thus make it a no-TV, no-texting, and no-playing time. It can be hard for your kids at first, but once they understand your point and why you’re doing it, it can make a whole lot of difference for better bonding.
Make It Part Of The Ordinary
Rather than making it such a big deal or unusual, make your family fun time part of the ordinary, something the whole family will get used to and love doing. It doesn’t have to be doing something outdoors, or extraordinary. There are lots of things and opportunities at home.
Spring break is the time of the year most kids patiently (or anxiously) wait for since the start of the school year. Well, that is, until boredom sets.
Amusement parks and zoo are fun, but we can’t go to these places everyday. So how do you keep your kids happy this spring? By learning the beauty of”stay-cation.” Here are some budget-friendly tips to keep your kids busy this spring.
Bring out the craft supplies
Bring out the crayons along with a small bin of art supplies. Choose brightly colored paper, colorful glues, glue sticks, glitters and fun stickers for a mini art project. Give your kids specific tasks to complete, such as making butterflies, flowers, ladybugs for the girls, drawing robots and cars for the boys, etc. Teach them how to make a collage, find out what excites them most in spring and try to incorporate that.
Let your kids lead the way and teach you, nothing is more powerful than a child’s imagination.
Schedule a family movie night
It doesn’t get any simpler than this.
See what’s trending on Netflix or grab a new flick from Red Box, cook some popcorn in the microwave or on the stove, make some pizza or some healthy sweets like raisins, yogurt, or frozen fruit, turn the lights off, and gather in front of your TV set for a family-friendly home theater experience.
Spring is the best time of the year to explore the nature sceneries in your local area. It’s also a great time for picnic, hiking, camping, etc. Also, floras and faunas are at their best shape this time of the year.
Practice good restaurant behavior at home. Teach your kids how to conduct themselves in a setting like a restaurant. Do it when your child is not starving and well-rested.
Bring a bag of tricks with you when going to a restaurant with your child, such as her favorite stuffed toy, crayons, her favorite book, toy, etc. These things can be very attractive for them in a restaurant setting, and can work like magic.
Try to get a table far from other diners.
When ordering food for your kids, try to stick to the food they usually love to eat. Don’t introduce new food to their palette at a restaurant.
Practice, practice, practice; don’t let one bad experience get you down. Yes, it’s very challenging to teach your kids to eat properly on a public dining place, but the rewards will be worth it.
Don’t over think things too much, relax and enjoy the experience.
Before The Meal
New places like restaurants are new world for your kids: a place where anything can happen – and usually does. Being prepared can spell the difference of a good and bad dining experience.
Pack some crackers
Hunger and boredom are two explosive combinations, having small finger foods like crackers to keep young diners busy will make things a lot easier. You can also order some appetizers for your child.
Use diversion Tactics
It will be hard to keep your child in her seat (high chair) inside the restaurant, this is where you can pull the magic from your bag of tricks. Use the toys, crayons, or books you brought with you as diversion tactics to keep your child busy while waiting for the food.
This is a common game that has become timeless. This has become timeless because anyone can play this game – young and old. There are many variations to this game but the same basic principles. This is a good game for children because it can develop their observation, hiding, tracking and running skills. This is also a good time to develop social skills through interaction with other players.
To start the game, a person is designated as “it”. There are also cases where there more than one “it”. The “it” first counts up to a designated number while turning his back. The counting will give the other players the chance to hide. When the counting is done, the “it” will start looking for the hidden players. As soon as one player is found, the “it” will call out his name and try to tag him. The player found will have to hit the “base” without getting “tagged” by the “it”. The first person tagged by the “it” will become the “it” in the next round. There are also variations where the other players are called to come out once there is one player that was already “tagged” by the “it”.
There is also another version to this game. Instead of the “it” looking for the other players, only one will hide while the rest will look for him. When a player finds him, he joins him in the hiding until the other players finds them as well. The last person to join the original player will be the loser. This variation is called “sardines”.
Let Your Kids Help
Kids are naturally curious, most often than not, they love doing what adults are doing. Let your kids help you by giving them simple tasks, such as carrying small and light items, let them help setting up the tent and sleeping bag, ask them to carry some twigs for the fire as you collect them, and teach them to pass out the plates on mealtime. These things will make your kids love being with you in the big woods.
Go For A Walk and Wander Around With Nature
Children can walk one mile per day per year of age. It may seem too much, but don’t underestimate the capabilities of your child, it will be good for them to discover the world themselves. Make sure to point out the interesting things you find, such as different leaves, tracks on the ground, insects, vegetation, birds, etc. Let kids touch safe objects, after all, you have nowhere to go in the big woods.
Bring Some Kid-Sized Shovels for Your Kids
Kids love to dig, and if you think there will be some digging in your camping, then bring kid-sized shovels. You know it’s impossible to finish your digging job without kids disturbing you. So do yourself a favor and let kids do some digging on their own, using their kid-sized shovel.
Make Leaf Rubbings
Pack some essentials for your kids when going out of town, especially if you’re going for an outdoor adventure, such as camping. Things like crayons and papers will keep them busy. These stuffs are light and easy to insert in your bag. Once your kids see the different colors and fascinating things in the wild, he or she will be more likely to put things he or she saw on paper.
Planning ahead is the best thing you can do to keep kids from getting bored in birthday parties. Last thing you want is to get a reputation of a bad party-giver. However, as much as you want to provide kids everything to keep them entertained, there are some things you can’t just give up. Here are things to avoid when hosting birthday parties of your kids with their friends.
Sleep-overs, with more than three child-guests, pose the same kind of power struggles the kids content with in school, as they will have a hard time who’s going to sleep next to whom, when the light should be turned off, etc. Also, sleep-overs can be long and tiring for you. Usually, exhausted and drained out adult hosts simply put party guest in front of the television for a couple of hours before sleeping. This will cause bickering and whining, which can easily irritate kids.
If your child really wants to take his or her friends for a sleepover, tell him or her to invite on non-special occasions. Parting tip, avoid threesomes, someone will always be the third wheel.
Make the birthday party a true chance for kids to socialize. Playing videos will simply discourage kids and deter engagement. Treat birthday party as a socializing event, don’t squander the event with some electronic babysitter, it won’t work.
Make Flexible Plans
Planning will make things easier, but sticking to your plans strictly, even when things start to not work, will only make things worse, as it can cause a domino effect and destroy the whole party. You should know when to pull out your plan B from your pockets. The whole idea is to entertain the kids and let them have fun.
Kids love to mingle and play with other kids, this is why they enjoy parties, especially attending their friends’ birthday parties. And as much as they love to attend parties, they also love to host parties for their friends. If you’re planning to host a birthday part for your child, then you better know how to throw a hassle-free and safe part for everyone guest of your child.
Choose A Theme
If your child loves to cosplay or he or she has some favorite cartoon characters and superhero, then consider that fact as a theme for your child’s party. Your kid will love you for it. Of course, you need to make sure the theme is age appropriate.
Plan Some Enjoyable Games For Everyone
Your kid’s birthday part is the time where he or she mingles and enjoys time with his or her friends. Nothing can make that time better than hosting a party with enjoyable games for everyone to join and earn treats with. Check out party rentals near you and ask for their service to entertain the guests of your child. Make sure the company follows strict guidelines for the safety of the kids as well.
Plan the Food
This is something most people really skip, thinking that good time with games, prices and giveaways are enough to make children happy in a part for kids. If you want your child and his or her friends to enjoy your child’s wedding, then invest more in food and provide delicious treats for your child’s playmates.