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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Fun things to get you thru to Sept 7

People are home with the kids for another week....a number of fellow bloggers are about to snap.

Here are some suggestions for how to keep those summer vacation fun seeking kids happy. And in the process you and your family sane.

**Remember an army travels on its stomach. Go to the market and stock right up on all the healthy easy fun things your kids and their twenty closest friends like to eat. Really go for it. Get ice cream and cones and sprinkles. Life is short.

** Get your calendar out and do one cool activity a day. It should always be followed up with a thing that can only be done in summer like running thru the sprinklers. Go ahead. Put your suit and and run too. Remember one day they will be all grown up all too soon. They will be living in LA or London or Vancouver and you will talk to them once a week if you are lucky. Go in the sprinkler with them while you can.

** Rent a bunch of old movies. Get Topper and Gentleman's Agreement and Desk Set. Throw in a least one Tracey Hepburn flick. Kids don't watch old Jimmy Cagney movies anymore. They will resist, stand firm. Make popcorn. Put extra butter on it. Make a real root beer float and watch it with them under a blanket. Tell them their were actually movies before Lucas did special effects and see how amazed they are.

** Go to a planatarium. No one will want to go at first. They will ask you to take them to the mall or to their friends. Make them go. No one can see a good plantarium and not be blown away with wonderment.

** Take a hike thru a park or a trail....walking is free and you can really talk after a few minutes. Or just be quiet and be together.

** Play a game like Cranium or Scattagories and get them to call their friends to come over. Play with them. Have snacks. Insist they play for a least a half hour before they resist and want to play on the computer. I garentee you will be surprised at how much fun you all have.

Alot of it has to do with focus and planning. More than any sort of structured or expensive activity kids want to be with other kids. A friend is better than any toy or new video game you can buy. Call them up some friends from school or temple. Talk to the moms and make plans.

I like to take kids bowling on rainy days. I love it when another Mom will come too, we all laugh so hard at how the kids are so much better than us.

If your kids are busy and happy they are way easier to live with. Don't let them get off scheduale with meals and healthy sleeping. You are the adult, make rules and expect compliance.

One fun activity a day is plenty. You don't have to run yourself ragged.

But plan stuff, relax and remember, these times with your kids will be a memory before you can say boo! Hug them and tell them you love them whenever they leave the house.

Never hang up the phone without saying, 'love you!'

Don't criticise them or make them feel like a burden for being home on summer vacation.

You have a job to do, so do it. Anything worth doing, is always worth doing right.

End of lecture. Love you!

3 Comments:

Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

My children are grown, but I like those suggestions!

Have a good day.

2:54 PM  
Blogger mojoala said...

amen!

3:20 PM  
Blogger DIAMONDKT said...

Mom, I'm bored. ;)

12:26 PM  

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