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Spending time with our kids is extremely important and beneficial. It is part of our responsibility as parents to love and guide our children. Children who grow up in homes where they are loved, valued and paid attention to have healthier mental health, less behavioral problems, better communication skills and eventually become well-adjusted members of society. I see it all the time in the public school setting. Students who have uninvolved parents are attention-seeking, have low self worth and frequently act out.
As a busy working mom, I get it. Sometimes it’s hard to connect one on one with your child. That’s why I developed this monthly “connect with your kids” challenge. My kids want to have fun with me but I also want to have fun with them.
If I left it up to my 5 year old, we would pretend play everyday. For hours. Pretend play really isn’t my thing. So I decided that I needed to think more intentionally about activities that we could do together. Activities that would teach me more about my children. Activities that would teach her about the world around her. Activities that would enrich all of our lives.
1. Attend a football game
2. Watch the sunset
3. Play with play dough
4. Have a dance party
6. Go to a bookstore
8. Family movie night
9. Do chores together
10. Parent’s choice
11. Go pumpkin picking
12. Visit the library
13. Go for a walk
14. Tech-free day
15. Jump in the leaves
16. Carve pumpkins
17. Go on a hayride
18. Record a Day in our Life video
19. Bob for apples
20. Family game night
21. Bake something- kids choice. Follow my Baking with Kids Pinterest board. Your child can pick what she would like to bake from it.
22. Kid’s pick
23. Visit a cider mill
24. Taste test apples of all kinds
25. Make family Halloween costumes. Keep it really simple with this bank robber idea.
26. Make a pie
27. Make caramel apples
28. Make popcorn balls
29. Learn the Thriller dance
30. Blow glow-in-the-dark bubbles
31. Paint pumpkins with glow-in-the-dark paint
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What are you most excited about doing with your kids?
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