Children- lovable, darling, sweet, little individuals who bring joy to your life. But when the holidays roll around, you start to remember just have much work it is to keep them entertained (and safe) while you juggle work and/or caring for them as a full-time parent. See for many years, I was a working mama so it was someone else job (literally because I was paying for daycare) to keep the kiddos safe and entertained. The last couple years, gears have changed and I’ve been at home and holy cow is that a lot of work! When school is out, your children will need to find ways to keep busy. But it is hard enough to cater to everyone’s individual wants and needs for one weekend, let alone weeks at a time.
There are many schools of thought when it comes to the right way to raise a child. Some people are firm believers in attachment parenting which focuses on the physical connectedness of the parent/child, while others prefer RIE parenting – which emphasizes the development of a mind connection which perceives children as fundamentally capable beings. However you choose to raise your child is entirely up to you, and this will also impact the ways you choose to entertain them, or encourage them to be independent caretakers of their own play. That being said, there are great activities available that will work for all kinds of parenting styles. Some of these are listed below.
The Great Outdoors
Spending time in nature is wonderful for young minds. Allowing your children to explore in a supervised manner, will stimulate their curiosity and provide them with organic material to stimulate them. You may consider taking them to a park or forest, or even going on a hike with them. If your children/teenagers are at an independent age, where they are able to go in a group of friends, then consider encouraging them to go on a hike with their friends. If you encourage their interests from a young age, you will be able to see the kind of hobbies they enjoy doing and taylor your holiday plans accordingly.
On rainy days, where venturing outside is simply not appealing, there are many indoor activities that your children can get along with, that won’t have them racing around the house. Fort-building is something that most of us have done as children, and it is an excellent way to combine imagination with gross motor skills. The benefits of fort building is that they give children the ability to create a special place just for them, either indoors or outdoors (if the weather permits). Children learn through play, and as a parent you do not have to do much in terms of encouraging the child/children to play, as they will pick up any materials you supply and create their own version of a fort.
Home Sweet Home
Cozying up to a nice fire, or sitting on your couch on cold evenings, can be a nice way to spend time with your children when they don’t have to go to school the next day. The problem with watching TV is that often there isn’t a great selection to choose from. You want to ensure that your children watch something appropriate and perhaps educational. IPTV is one option when you want a broader selection of programs to watch. IPTV (Internet Protocol Television)is essentially internet television delivered over the internet. Exactly what it says on the tin, right? But this can be a god send when you have fussy kids at home and need to find a quick way to entertain them.
However you choose to raise your children, it is always good to have options when it comes to raising, and entertaining your children.