Enter Fun with Mommy & Me. OK, I will be the first to admit that the title is a turnoff. Even though Mommy & Me is a nationally recognized program, this activity book is also great for dads—so fathers of the world, don’t write this one off! Though published eight years ago, this book is choc full of simple but creative, fun and educational activities for busy parents and their kids. I stumbled on it at the library and had to get a copy; there are many used, super cheap ones available.
Or, we were, until there was a heat advisory issued.
Backyard camping is something free and fun most families can do. It’s a great way to get away from work for a while and play with your kids. You can teach them all about nature and camping at home in a comfortable setting—and if you don’t know much about camping, you can learn together.
But if you’re like me and it’s hot enough to completely melt your s’mores before you roast your marshmallows, you can still have a great camping adventure inside. Here are some tips for having your own indoor campout when Mother Nature has other plans.
This summer there are a lot of families out there looking for things to do with the kids while on a tight budget. I'm always up for a good time with the kids when it's free or reasonably priced. Who isn't? The amount of money you spend doesn't determine how much fun you will have. That's one thing I know for sure. But since most everyone has had to take a financial hit one way or another communities seem to be coming together to make summer fun for kids of all ages at little to no cost at all. You just have to know where to look.
Most parents have baby sleeping in the same room for at least the first few months. While this does make your trip to the baby a lot shorter, you still have to completely wake up to tend to your little one's needs. It is highly not recommended, and for good reason, to not have baby in bed with you. This can end up in ultimately hurting the baby. However, there is a way around it; the co-sleeper. It's like having your newborn's bed in your own.
Below are some ideas for celebrating Recess at Work Day:
Go for a traditional recess. Visit the park and swing with your co-workers. Climb the jungle gym in your suit. Go down the slide—with your arms in the air! Bring a ball and play catch or kickball. Remind yourselves what it was like to see the world through your child’s eyes. Jump rope, play tag, or throw a Frisbee.
Do it the grownup way. Go out for a mid-day happy hour. Have lattes as a group and talk about anything but work.
If you’re a parent who works from home like me, you might worry that you’ve let your kid watch Wall-E one too many times. We sure try to keep them occupied while we work—in my case, I try to get most of my work done at night, and when I have to work during the day I pretty much let my three-year-old make any mess she likes, within reason. But sometimes there’s that unexpected meeting, or that deadline that’s just so close—and boom, there’s the TV being used as a babysitter again.
Since June is Great Outdoors Month, let’s take a break from our keyboards and spreadsheets and take the little tykes outside for a while. Studies show that sticks and rocks are much brainier toys than any old electronic thing you can buy, and with kids spending more and more time on the Internet and playing electronic games, they’re losing out on the value of nature. So this month, why not let them explore it instead? Try…