As we all know, summer is just around the corner. This means that kids will be getting out of school and will be home full-time for 3 months. For some parents this may seem like a stressful time as kids are going to be home much more than they are during the school year. Laying out activities for your family is important so that your kids have something to look forward to, and so that you will have something to look forward to.
Check out your local newsletter and look for local events that are happening to find summer activities for kids. Most of the time the city that you live in will hold events during the summer that are free to participate in and have plenty of activities to keep the entire family occupied for the day. One of our family traditions is we go to the “movie in the park” activity that our city puts on every year. The kids have come to love it and look forward to it every year because they know that they get to go lay on a blanket in the park and choose their own personal stash of treats to eat during the movie. For the larger metropolitan cities they are usually event calendars online that different venues will publish their events to that will tip you off on different events and activities that you can look forward to.
If you are looking to get your kids out for some exercise there are plenty of 5k races during the summer months and if you look for them you can find races that have kid friendly limits for the kids that can’t run or even walk a 5k. However, I’m sure that you will be amazed at what your kids are able to run. Kids are much more resilient than adults. Our 6 year old begged us to run a 5k and we had a final time of around 45 minutes. We were completely blown away that our child was able to finish the 5k.
The most important thing is to talk to your kids and find activities that they want to do. Plan them out and put them on a calendar where everyone can see. This helps the entire family pre-plan events and hopefully keep everyone sane until school resumes in the fall.
We want to wish all of the moms and future moms a very happy mothers day. Mothers are truly the foundation that most children look up to. They help to guide and nurture the children of today, for the future of tomorrow. So make sure to let your mother know how much you appreciate her. It is also quite common to thank all of the moms that you know since they all play a major part in the world that we live in and interact with.
When we were looking around for something fun to do for mothers on Mothers day, we found a pretty neat app that allows you to create a mothers day card and send it to your mom via email, facebook, twitter and a couple of other methods. Our kids had a great time creating cards for their mothers using this iPhone and iPad app and we suggest that you check it out.
Teacher Appreciation week for 2013 goes from May 6 through May 10. This week is a great time to thank teachers for their hard work with all of the children that they nurture and care for every day. It is not an easy task looking after 20-30 kids every day. We all know that teachers work incredibly hard and get paid very little for what they do. They are raising up the future generation and helping to mold them into the person that they are going to turn into tomorrow.
So what should you do to show appreciation? Volunteer! Teachers usually cannot get enough volunteers for the massive workload that they have undertaken. Talk to your child’s teacher and see if there is anything that you can help out with. Not only will it be helping the teacher out but it will give you as the parent time to watch how your child interacts with their peers. Plus volunteer work makes you feel good inside knowing that you have helped someone out. Sometimes when giving, you receive more than you realize.
Here is a great tutorial for another great gift idea:
If you are wanting your child to show their appreciation for their teacher then a great way for them to get involved is to create a large card and have them take it to each of the students in the class and have them sign it thanking the teacher for their hard work. Another idea is to have your child simply survey their classmates and have each student fill in the blank. “I love my teacher because ______”. Have your child compile all of the responses along with the child’s name next to their statement.
The ideas mentioned above are great ways to show teachers how much you and your student appreciate their teachers for all that they do. After all teachers spend much more time with our children than most parents spend with their children so we should show our appreciation. Your child could even color one of the images from our valentines day coloring book page and give it to their teacher to show their appreciation.
Children are living proof that you are just born with some talents. There are all kinds of talents out there and children teach adults all the time that sometimes even though they are just kids, they are better than we will ever be. This video is kind of old but it shows us just how talented some kids are. We as parents need to be able to help our children develop their talents because it could turn into something really great for them.