“And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again….”
Even with all of the joy and family camaraderie this time of year, that line from a favorite holiday song can start to ring true after a few days cooped up with bored kids. Don’t want your kids to just “veg out” in front of the TV?
Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba has some smart advice on how to keep your kids occupied and active during the winter break.
Take a field trip: Check the calendars of your city’s parks and recreation programs or your local library to see if they sponsor any winter programs or activities.
Trade kids: Set up a “kid rotation” pool with other parents for play dates or sleepovers. Each parent can commit to one hour or one day.
Get a library card: One of the greatest solo activities is reading. Encourage it! If your kid is not a reader you can check out or download audiobooks from your local library, iTunes or amazon.com.
Exercise: Unless it’s pouring or 50 below, sending the troops outside for some exercise is always a good plan. If snowman making isn’t an option, haul out some props, such as hula hoops, jump ropes, or a basketball or kickball. Or take a nature walk where kids “spy” unusual items around the neighborhood.
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File under: Healthy Holidays