Having fun with your kids in the winter
It is cold and there is a lot of snow on the ground, but having fun is still possible with your kids! Here are some ideas!
- Play board or video games together–come on, it is time you introduce them to some of your all-time favorites!
- Make a pine cone parrot feeder using peanut butter and birdseed. Then hang it outside a window where you’ll see the birds benefit from the treat every day.
- Take a guess at how much snow is on the ground. Then pick up a ruler and see how much snow you have–winner gets a prize.
- Make handmade cards for residents of an area medical home. Then have a ‘field trip’ to provide them together.
- Make snow angels in your garden.
- Buy a kid-sized shovel and shovel the driveway or sidewalk jointly. (In case the snow is very deep, be certain to carve out a ‘smaller’ area for your children to work.)
- Create a snow fort–remember how much fun they were when you were young? Do it!
- Go snowshoeing!
- Collect old winter jackets from family friends and participants. Then donate those to an area charity.
- Use your phone’s camera to create a slow-motion video of the snow outside your window. Send it to family members and/or friends and show them how deep it is! It is a lot of fun!
We know that winter can be tough for parents, especially those who are newly single and still trying to find their bearings. Having fun with your kids in the winter can mean any of these things and more. It could mean just sitting down and talking or watching a movie.
The takeaway here is to show your kids that you care. Have questions. Contact us today. You are not alone.
If you are a parent, you want to be the best parent possible and respond appropriately to behavioral problems, so here are some parental strategies.
The following are seven evidence-based strategies: examined parenting strategies were the end result.
Provide Praise. Analyses have shown that the behavior that gets attention is the behavior that you’ll get more often. Reprimanding your child too often will increase unwanted behavior. At the same time, rewarding desired behaviors increase that good behavior.
Ignore Misbehavior. If a misbehavior is minor and not dangerous, ignore it. Ignoring when a child throws food on the floor or a pre-teen slams a door, while responding with attention when they ask nicely or express their feelings shows the child that good actions are a reliable way to get attention.
Turn into a Student of Kid Development. Understanding developmental breakthroughs is one of the best parental strategies and can help a father or mother attend to and reward steps toward various milestones. Knowing a four-year-old desires to please friends will make you more likely to praise their positive behavior with friends. At the same time, understanding that young teens typically have concerns about body image, looks and clothes might make it better to ignore all that extra time spent in front of the mirror
Time-Outs and Quality Time-Ins. Short and immediate time-outs have been shown to might be best, particularly when paired with parents who are also modeling positive behaviors and praising good behavior. Keep calm and praise compliance.
Concentrate on Prevention of Misbehavior. Paying attention to when a child gets worn out or hungry can prevent a huge percentage of meltdowns. Preparing ahead and anticipating potential problems and teaching a child strategies to manage problems when they arise may also eliminate the need to use time-outs.
Care for Yourself First. Children are adversely damaged by parental stress, with 86 percent of children reporting that parent stress bothers them. It is essential to take the time to exercise, maintain interests and have fun with friends and partners.
Take Period and Do Nothing. Dedicate time with your child (experts recommend 1 hour a week per child) doing nothing but being with them. Avoid teaching, asking, correcting or offering choice perspectives.
At times, child-rearing can feel like you are in an airplane and the oxygen masks have dropped. Put your mask on first. When that’s accomplished, you can better respond to your child with the best parental strategies.