Four Activities To Spend Your Day With Your Kids

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  • Spending Your Day offWith the Kids

    BY CAROLE ARGO

  • Children 101Sometimes, raising kids can feel like a full-time

    job. Its made a bit more hectic if you, like many

    mothers do, are also working an actual full-time

    job on top of it.

    So, on more than one or two occasions,

    parenting can be tumultuous and stressful, but

    in the end, its an incredibly rewarding and

    beautiful experience I wouldnt give up for the

    world.

    If your kids are home for a few days, consider

    planning an activity rather than letting them

    run around the house endlessly bored and in

    search of snacks and entertainment.

  • Quick Tips:

    Plan something according to how

    long you and your kids have off (a

    day? a weekend? a summer?)

    Choose activities that you'll BOTH

    enjoy!

    Choose something that allows you to

    bond with your kids instead of sitting

    them in front of the TV.

  • 1. A PicnicThere are few things that children enjoy more than eating their

    favorite foods--so take those foods and bring them with you on a

    picnic.

    Lay out a blanket to a park and pour a few glasses of iced tea on a

    nice warm summer afternoon and let the kids run around, eat and

    enjoy themselves.

  • 2. Play a Game of Their ChoiceChildren typically do not like adult games, just as adult games arent

    typically overwhelmingly enjoyed by playing Chutes and Ladders.

    But if youve got time to spend with your children, its important

    that they enjoy time spent with mom or dad. If its a rainy afternoon

    or a picnic isnt in the mix, let your kids pick out a game to play and

    sit down and enjoy yourself.

  • 3. Take a TripThe duration and distance of the trip can vary depending on how

    much time you have off. If its a day, plan a trip somewhere an hour

    or less away, whether its a park, outdoor theater or to a nice

    restaurant. If youve got a weekend, consider a trip to the beach or a

    camping weekend with the kids.

  • 4. Take a WalkUnwinding with a walk as the sun begins to set is a great after-

    dinner activity with your kids that will let them get out some of their

    pent-up energy. Going for a walk is calming and allows you to have a

    chance to talk to your kids, learn more about them and whats going

    on in their lives (if theyre older) or talk to them about yours (if

    theyre younger) and remind them how much you love them (any

    age).

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