Give The Kids Some Leeway While School’s Out
Winter break is always a blast, as the kids have a couple of weeks or so off from school to spend with family. While the schedule shifts, it’s a nice treat to break the rules a bit, allowing the kids to do something fun before bedtime. They’ll be thrilled that you’re willing to loosen up, making their winter break even better.
Here are a few ways to make the kids smile as you surprise them with pre-bedtime fun. You don’t have to do anything over-the-top to make an impression. It’s the little things that go a long way. They’ll be so grateful that you’re being extra-generous.
Gather the family for movie night in the main room or in one of your bedrooms. Pop the popcorn, heat up some hot cocoa, and sit and snuggle together to watch a family-friendly flick. Even if the movie lasts past their bedtime, it’s no big deal since there’s no school the following day.
Supper On The Sofa
If your house rule is that kids can only eat at the kitchen table, shock them by serving dinner in the den. Use paper plates and make sure you’ve got plenty of napkins! Sure, there may be a few spills and crumbs everywhere, but clean up is quick. The kids will think it’s fun to feast where it’s normally frowned upon.
For those who have more than one child, let them sleep together in one room if they have their own rooms. They can camp out in the living room as another option. If you have just one child, invite a cousin or friend to spend the night. Sleepovers are great for sharing secrets and bonding.
When the usual protocol is no more devices after a certain time, bend the rules and let the kids play on the computer or their tablets/smartphones for an extra hour. They’ll still get plenty of sleep even if they’re glued to the screen just a little bit longer than usual. Perhaps this one can be reserved for just 1 or 2 nights a week so they don’t get into the habit.
Do you let your kids have some winter break leeway? What are your kid allowed to do that they’re not supposed to while school is in session?
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By: Melissa A. Kay