Today I’m happy to introduce my blog’s first guest post from Zara Lewis! She shares with us exciting family time ideas, perfect for the summer ahead.
Parents are a rare breed; no matter how stressed they are with all the things there are to juggle, they’ll do anything and everything for that one smile when they come home. No matter how many clients they’ve nailed the week before or what deals they’ve managed to make, they’d give it all up for just a few moments with their kids.
With the holidays approaching, there’ll finally be more time to spend with the family; kids are going to be around more and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to make memories. Nobody wants to miss out on their kids growing up and becoming these gorgeous human beings, right? Right!
If you are one of those parents who are super excited about spending time with their children, here are some great ideas that are definitely worth considering:
Booking a holiday somewhere exotic, fresh and new will absolutely be an experience your kids will remember forever and talk about with their friends for a long time to come. On top of that, if your kids are little explorers, they will have plenty of opportunities to discover new things, sights, animals and learn a lot in the process. Talk about killing two birds with one stone, huh!
Plus, they will associate the good memories with you and the family time which will instill great family values in them.
If your kids still don’t know how to swim, teaching them to do that while you are all playing around will be amazing! If, however, they have already mastered the art of conquering the sea/river waves then make this experience a true adventure – rent out boats or kayaks, and paddle away in teams. You may even make it a competition – whoever gets to the beach/shore first, buys ice-cream for everyone!
Holiday breaks are a perfect time for the whole family to gather and bond, and hopefully, reconnect and compensate for all that’s been missed out during rush, hard-working, busy days. Showing your kids love is the most important thing you can do while they are growing up (and later, too – of course) as this is the time that they are forming their outlook on the world, family values and their future approach to handling relationships and their future families.
When all is fun and games with love that’s expressed and uncompromised, your kids will be super excited to spend time with their loving parents. To encourage that to happen, organize home gatherings everyone will enjoy. Here are some suggestions:
- Make popcorn, watch their favorite movie and then brainstorm about it when it’s finished; you can throw in a game of charades, too!
- Have coloring contests with a really tempting end-price; when your kid wins, reward him/her the price (!). This will give him/her a sense of fulfillment and build a sense of importance
- Go to the swimming pool together; pack some sandwiches, your one piece swimwear for comfort (sure, you want to sunbathe, but chances are you’ll have to jump around with your kids and you don’t want anything accidentally falling out of your bikini and scarring your kids for life!), a few healthy snacks and homemade juices and make it a whole-day experience. Prior to leaving for your pool adventure, you guys can prepare the food together, too!
- Learn magic tricks together and put on a show; the parents and neighbors can be the audience while the kids can perform the tricks. Encourage their creative side and express excitement once they present you with their magic
- Volunteer at a local kitchen for homeless; this will be one of those unforgettable experiences for your child, be sure of it. Why? Volunteering and helping people in need will not only be a class/cultural shock but it will also be an education on how appreciative they should be for all they’ve got. Talk to them, prepare them for the situation they are about to witness, and afterward inquire a bit further, in order to sum up their impressions and experiences.
- Visit playgrounds and local parks, and organize sports tournaments; you can expand the experience and invite your kids’ friends and parents to join.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you make it an experience for life! Oh, and – don’t forget to take photos… they grow up so fast!
Zara Lewis (Twitter: @ZaraELewis) is a mom, designer and a regular contributor to highstylife.com, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Will start a blog about it once. Until then writes her diary occasionally. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.