Organize Family Activities During The Weekends
When your children are on holiday, there is much more free time to plan a family activity. You can plan to do things without the worry of cutting into school time or study time, and if you all are on holiday together, you don’t have the worry that one of you has a conflicting schedule that can mess up the family’s plans. Getting the entire family together to do something fun is rewarding, and lets you have some stress-free time with your children.
This doesn’t have to end just because the holiday is over and the kids are back to school. Try to plan at least one family activity every weekend. It’s easy to do and there are plenty of things that cost little or no money.
Set a goal to do this and stick with it. The easiest way to have a family activity become a weekly event is to schedule it just like you would follow your child’s soccer schedule. Family time is important for everyone. Children have uninterrupted time with their parents and can talk about things they normally don’t have time for when you are bustling through a jam packed day. Siblings too need time to just be with each other. Even just doing a simple activity together gives you the setting to teach your child the values you want it to carry through life. So start right after the holiday and plan to do something together for a couple hours every weekend.
Get your children out in the fresh air and get some exercise. Plan to take a hike together. Pack a lunch for everyone and head outdoors. Choose a trail that is challenging enough to get a bit of a workout, but one the youngest will be able to handle. Skiing, skating, rock climbing and swimming are all good alternatives. Get those muscles working!
Look for special admission prices to museums. Is your child interested in trains? Find a train museum, or a transportation and science museum. It’s a good opportunity for them to see more of what they are interested in, and sneak some learning in at the same time. Keep your eyes out for notices of special exhibits coming to your area that may be of particular interest to your child.
If you live in a rural area, take the kids into the city and see some of the sights. There are many things to do for free, like visit parks and see historical places. Hop on the tube and visit the various ethnic neighborhoods, and eat some foods you have never tried before. Do some research online for kid friendly and inexpensive things to do.
Plan a special activity at home. Have a board game day, or get your bikes out and explore your neighborhood. If your child likes to build things, plan to make a birdhouse, or similar project. Have everyone plan a dinner where each one of you has to make one dish. Help the little ones, and teach some basic cooking skills in the process.
Interaction with your family is priceless, and with a little planning, you can fit a special activity in every weekend.