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Some Tips for Children Summer Vacation Activity

Children Summer ActivityThe summer season is here and along with it comes summer vacation for the school-aged children. Moms are now responsible for coming up with the ideas and curriculum for their children and I am the first to admit that by the summer my creative juices have just about run out.

How can you make summer another time of fun and enjoyment rather than boredom? And just how do you do this on a budget? There are lots of great things that you can do this summer and ways to keep organized when doing it. Here are a few of Mom Advice’s suggestions for summer survival:

Mini vacations

Rather than taking one long vacation in the summer, break your vacations into smaller and more affordable activities. Some suggestions are hitting area zoos, amusement parks, local festivals, and museums. By taking smaller vacations, you have a few things to look forward to rather than just one event.

Check out some books from your local library on activities that you can do within your own state and then research on how to get the best price. Talk about your vacation plans with friends and see if they know of any places that are cheap to stay at or where you can get coupons for money off of tickets.

Ask your library as well if they offer any season passes that you can take advantage of. One of our local libraries had a pass to the art museum which library patrons could check out for the day gaining them free admittance into the local museums and galleries. Call in advance though because you may be competing with another family for the same day.

If you are planning a vacation to another state or even within your own state, visit the state’s visitor’s bureau website to get a packet of information and coupons for the state. Within this packet of information was a gold mine of coupons for the amusement park including buy one get one free admissions which saved us over twenty-five dollars.

Stocking up

With the summer season comes a whole new set of things that you will need to be stocked up on. With children home from school, you are now the one who is to come up with the creative lunches and snacks for the children. Try and keep the fridge well-stocked with lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grain breads, meats, and cheeses so that you can quickly make sandwiches and can avoid spending money at the drive-through.

Having items on hand that children can make themselves will also take some pressure off of you for providing the meal. A great way to save time on cleaning up after your meals is by taking advantage of the pleasant weather and dining outside.

Don’t over schedule

For some reason many parents tend to go overboard on the summer classes and activities. I remember as a child how much I enjoyed just running around through the sprinklers, getting ice cream, or taking a trip to the park. I do not remember as clearly the classes that I took or the activities that my parents had paid for. It is so important to allow our children to be children! Children really do remember the little outings that you do with them and often these outings and time spent with them have a greater impact then four weeks of camp will.

Remember that this is their summer vacation.  I know that I do not enjoy having every single minute of my vacation booked with things to do; likewise children enjoy having some downtime. Try to keep this in mind when signing them up for various summer programs. Maybe allowing your child to pick one or two activities during the summer will be more manageable for both you (the driver) and your child.

Making memories

Most importantly, enjoy your summer to its fullest. Whether it is long lazy days of lounging by the small pool or a fun-filled summer chock full of day trips and activities- try to make it a summer to remember. Put your pen to paper this summer and lovingly write those memories down so someday you and your child can reminisce over the beauty of that hot summer of his youth and all that you shared together during those wonderful months.

Make the Children Interested On Eating Healthy Snacks

It is every parents dream to see that their children are like to eat healthy and nutritious foods or snacks. When parents are making healthy snacks for kids, they’re not only supporting the children health and growth, but also so their kids will develop good eating habits. Therefore the children are able to love and enjoy eating healthy foods in their life and lower their liking for unhealthy snacks.

Many parents have difficulties in persuading their children to eat the healthy snacks that they have made. Unfortunately most of this problem is caused by the parent’s treatments regarding to the children’s food itself. Parents tend to treat and assume that children will act and behave as the adult regarding to their foods. So, when their kids are reluctant to eat the foods, most parent are simply just pull out their authority and ordering their children to eat the foods and use the phrase “eat your food” or “it is good for you”.

It will be better if parents are able to come up with better strategy to attract the children appeal for the healthy foods. To help parents preparing and make healthy snacks for kids there are two basic requirements.

Of course the first requirement is the healthy ingredients for snacks itself. Fresh and natural food ingredients such as milk, honey, vegetables and fruits are the best options for this. Even the fresh meats will be much healthier compare to those meat products that are sold in various fast food places or processed foods in many stores.

The second requirement is the foods appearance or presentation. The combination of color, shapes and size are the main keys to attract children interest for the food and with the small sizes will make the foods are easier to eat for the children. This method will stimulate the kid’s imagination and make them feel excited to eat the foods. Many processed food manufacturers use this strategy to make children become interested in their product such as animal shaped chicken nuggets or various shape cereal (many of them even have various colors).

So rather than forcing the children to eat healthy foods and snack, wouldn’t it be better if parents could make their children interested to eat those foods on their own will?

Explaining About Halloween to Your Children

Halloween Halloween just around the corner, it is another chance to have good festivity time for everybody before entering the winter, especially for children. But it is also a good time to give your children the knowledge about Halloween and its celebration. Every child should understand where Halloween comes from and they shouldn’t only know that there are funny costumes, sweets and carved pumpkins involved. They should also know its origins, its role and what this celebration actually is.

They should be able to identify it and to name it when someone tells them about it. Your child should not identify Halloween with the day of the year when they get a lot of sweets, when they dress up in costumes and when they carve pumpkins. They should know the minimum amount of information when someone asks them about this celebration. Thus, they understand that there is a day of the year when certain things are done, things which don’ happen every day.

You can start telling them about the story of Halloween, where this very old celebration which appeared long before they were born. Also, tell them that people used to make great bonfires to celebrate Halloween and that they dressed up in all kinds of little animals, trying to guess their future. They believed that the ghosts and the fire chased the monsters away and protected the people from them. That is why they shouldn’t be afraid if they see children or adults dressed up in such costumes on that day as they are only trying to keep the monsters as far away as possible.

Once you have told them about the legend of Halloween, you should start preparing them for the Halloween atmosphere. This spirit can be overwhelming for them, even frightening. You can’t know what to expect, which is why you might have some problems. It is possible that they see a lot of monsters and ghosts on Halloween, characters which they believed were evil. Therefore, it is essential that you talk to them about this celebration referring to this aspect, too. Create an atmosphere that they are comfortable with and help them prepare themselves and face the potential fears they may encounter.

Also, they have to understand why there are other people standing in their doors, asking for sweets and stuff. You can explain to them that Halloween trick-or-treating is pretty much the same thing Christmas caroling. You can tell them that people didn’t have too much food long before they were born and that other people helped them with that, which is where this tradition comes from. Just make sure that they don’t understand that they have to go trick-or-treating if they don’t have anything to eat and that this is just the spirit of Halloween.