This post from Exchange Press inspired my post today:
Being a loving, connected parent doesn't mean giving kids too much, too soon and always coming to their rescue. We should remind ourselves that children don't need a lot of fancy toys or clothes. What they do need is your time, interest, love, guidance, and ability to say no. (Edward Hallowell in Work & Family Life)
Spending quality time with our children is important. On this long weekend, please consider how you will connect with your children…here are ten ideas to inspire you!
1. Blow bubbles together outside, chase them, and sing songs about them! Even older children will enjoy blowing bubbles while sitting outside and chatting – it’s actually pretty relaxing! ALL AGES
2. Put all electronic gadgets away for a day…really connect, play a game together, read together, watch a movie together. ALL AGES
3. Bake cookies together, and don’t forget to make eating them an event too! How about a tea party or picnic? ALL AGES
4. Paint your toes together – if your child is old enough, show your trust and confidence in your child, and let them paint yours. SCHOOL AGE+ (younger if you are REALLY brave!)
5. Take your teen out for lunch – just the two of you (no gadgets please!). SCHOOL AGE+
6. Crawl on the ground with your tiny tot, show them how to load gravel or sand into the back of a dump truck and then pour it out. TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
7.Bring out the play dough and paint for your young child – hate the mess inside? Take it outside! TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
8.Share your hobby or favourite pass time with your child. ALL AGES
9.Kick or toss a ball around with your school age child. Short on room at your home? Make the time to go to the park. ALL AGES
10. Get digging in the garden together, plant some seeds! Allow your child to choose some seeds that will grow food they would like to eat. ALL AGES
Enjoy CONNECTING this weekend!