Summer is the season for fun.
The warm weather, the pool parties, the watermelon and Independence Day are just a few things that come to mind. But summertime activities can also break the budget, not to mention the cost of a gallon of gas.
What can you do to fill in the days without blowing your bank account? Here are a few affordable and practical ideas to drum up summer fun in your own yard or community.
It’s been four years since Feb. 29 has appeared on our calendars, but it’s back for 2012. Though not divisible by 400 and therefore not mathematically an official leap year, we can’t deny the extra day.
Rather than treat it like any other day, try to make your leap day special. Here are a few activities to play with:
The big holidays may have passed, but winter has just begun. There is no reason families can’t extend their winter togetherness until the warmer months of spring.
Whether you live in dry or snow-filled area, there are enough winter activities to accommodate any family.
With so many technological temptations nowadays, kids are spending more time with cell phones, computers, game consoles and television. With the constantly changing environment of a military lifestyle, kids may be even more drawn to technology to maintain long-distance friendships or avoid new social interactions.
Despite how fun and helpful technology can be, it’s too easy for kids to spend hours in front of a screen rather than get the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day.
Parents know telling a child to do something doesn’t always mean they will; sometimes parents have to be a clever role model. If that’s the case, here are six ways to have fun and get active with your child and maybe even keep some winter blues at bay:
Whether you have a picky eater on your hands or you’re just looking to bond in a new way, consider spending some culinary time with your kids. Not only will you instill lessons they can into adulthood, but you may also help develop their personality as well.
An article on Early Childhood News stated that cooking with kids increases their creativity, self-confidence and encourages them to try new things. And while some parents get nervous cooking with children, there are multiple recipes on the web to accommodate different age groups and comfort levels in the kitchen.
Feel free to start slow without any appliances and gradually work your way up.
Deployment can trigger an emotional tide that impacts the entire family.
It can be especially difficult for children, who are suddenly faced with the departure of a mother or father. Young children can struggle to understand the “where, how and why” of a parent’s absence.
Studies have shown that some children with a deployed parent suffer from high levels of stress, which can lead to violence, mental illness and resentment that can change the entire family dynamic.
While you can’t replace that loved one serving abroad, parents, other family members and friends can help children cope by keeping them connected. Here are some long-term projects and other activities that can help children stay engaged in family life during a difficult stretch: See More