Imagine a bunch of kids running riot, breaking things around the house, demanding to be fed on the hour and wanting to be entertained during all waking hours. It’s no wonder keeping children gainfully employed during all holidays is parents’ top priority!
To make matters worse, children have very short attention spans and start complaining of boredom in less than an hour’s time! Christmas holidays are round the corner and we had better start thinking about how we are going to keep our youngsters quiet and contended.
Here are some suggestions that will not only keep the kids engaged and entertained but will also give parents a chance to assess how you as a family are functioning. The holidays are a good time to ensure the entire family spends some quality time with each other. After all, the family that eats together stays together.
“A family is but an earlier heaven” - George Bernard Shaw
● Family holiday: Good old family holidays are still your best bet. They have something to offer to everyone. Book your tickets and hotels in advance, simply because everyone else has pretty much the same idea in mind.
● With family and friends: A great way to have lots of fun is by inviting cousins and friends over to spend the Christmas holidays. Activities like eating, shopping, cooking, baking, watching movies and TV together assume a whole new meaning when done as a group activity.
● Acquire a new skill: Learn a new skill. Calligraphy, photography, learning to play musical instruments, and swimming are some of the activities you can encourage your family members to pursue. Discussing the progress made by each member makes for great mealtime conversation.
● Spring Cleaning: A thorough cleaning of the house is a good way to teach the kids about cleanliness and hygiene and an excellent way for the entire family to work as a team. Rearrange home furniture by accepting ideas from your kids and give your home a new look for the new year.
● Community Service: We have saved the best for the last. Advertise in the local newspapers about how you plan to offer your services for free during Christmas holidays.
- Orphanages and old-age homes are a good starting point. Your children and you can spend some quality time with the children who have no family and with the elderly people who, either out of choice or compulsion, have chosen to live at the old-age home.
- Explain to your children the importance of having a family as a support system they can count on at all times. Be honest with your explanations because children are sensitive and intelligent enough to observe and understand on their own.
Wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.