Making art not only engages a child's creativity, but encourages the development of skills and muscles used in all aspects of his or her life.
In summer, when we don't have to worry about carpools and homework, it's easy to let kids stay up late and binge on screen time while we take a much needed break from monitoring schedules. However, it's important not to throw all routine out the window as soon as June rolls around.
Many cities in the United States hold Cinco de Mayo festivities that include celebratory parades. Get in on the fun and build your own mini float using a shoebox.
As a widowed introvert, I sometimes need a little push to go out for an event or get together in the evenings, but wanting to keep my baby-sitters actively working is often reason enough to call up my girlfriends for a kids free dinner or local concert.
Load up with some hot cocoa and drive around with your family for a light tour. Take an evening to volunteer at their favorite non-profit or collect donations for their favorite charity to gift in their name.
I sometimes feel guilty when we are with my own dad and they see the father/daughter relationship they will miss out on. But my children do have a different relationship with their grandparents that most do not.
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