Winter break can be a stressful time for both kids and parents. We are out of our regular schedule, and for a lot of kids, the temptation is great to stay up all night playing video games or on social media. Try some of these activities with your kids.
1. Make ornaments or other decorations such as door hangers.
2. Cook together. The earlier you teach them to cook, the earlier they can start helping with dinner on days you are running behind!
3. Build something. Take some leftover christmas boxes and make something creative.
4. Make play snow using shampoo and baking soda. A good way to help your children understand ratios too!
5. Play a board game.
7. Make a board game
8. Play I spy.
9. Play "nothing rhymes with". In this game, kids have to come up with words and phrases that nothing rhymes with.
10. Smile at your kids and hug them alot.
What is your child's bedtime routine like? Is it the same routine over again, one that tells their body "Oh! We are getting ready for bed. It is time to make you feel sleepy". If the bedtime routine is not a routine, please begin to help your child with a routine. this is the time of year where, as it's darker outside more often than not, we notice children falling asleep in class, being too tired to learn, and having trouble being grumpy to their classmates because they are sleepy.
Here's how you can help:
How well have you learned your child's personality? Can you talk about their likes and dislikes, whether they are a morning or night person? Their coping mechanisms for fear, anxiety, or trouble? How they most feel joy or pain? How they show love? Getting to know your child's personality is important all the time, because as they grow and learn more about themselves and really grow that identity, it will change!
People’s personalities change as they grow up. Sometimes people’s personalities change because of experiences they have, and sometimes because they work hard to change their personalities. Knowing your child can change the things they don't like about themselves is important, and you can support these changes.
Ask your child to describe his or her own personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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