The weekdays just seem to fly by, don’t they? Ironically, there’s so much work to do, even after getting off of work, that most of us can’t wait until the weekend comes so that we can get some rest.
That’s until we remember that we have children who don’t have “sleeping in” as a part of their vocabulary and so they’re looking to us to provide them with some Saturday and Sunday entertainment. If you didn’t plan ahead, just coming up with something can seem like a chore.
Here’s a list of some things that you can do that will be both fun for the kids and less stressful for you.
Go on a picnic. The spring and summer months are the perfect time to do this—all you need is a couple of blankets, a packed meal and a great location. And the really wonderful thing about a picnic is that you can go so many different directions with it. First, it can be either a breakfast or lunchtime picnic. Secondly, you can either make the meal or stop by a deli place or grocery store and purchase some meals that are already made. Plus, if you go to someplace like a park and you let the kids take their bikes or a few balls to kick around, you can rest on the blanket, while they run around to their heart’s content.
Host a bake-off. OK, you’re probably not thinking that “kitchen=leisure”, but it all depends on what you’re making. If you have younger children, show them how to make some popsicles or pudding. They can pick the kind of juice or flavor of pudding and you can even put out a few “surprise me” additions that they can add like already cut-up fruit or pieces of candy. For older children (6th grade and up), have them pick out an age-appropriate recipe and supervise them (i.e, sitting in the kitchen with a glass of sweet tea) while they attempt to make it. Either you can serve as the judge or you can join in and make it a competition where the person with the unanimous vote of the best-tasting dish either wins a prize or the relief of not having to do kitchen-related chores for the week (that could come in really handy if you win!).
Have a family slumber party. This could go one of two ways: Either you and your family can decide to spend the weekend in nothing but pajamas while watching movies and eating pizza or you can invite another (close) family over to your home and everyone can hang out for a night. If you do it potluck style, you won’t have to worry about cooking for everyone and while the kids are playing upstairs, the parents can have “grown folks conversations” down below. A win/win for everyone.
What can you use? Honestly, the thought of going to one of the local Reno garage sales is probably not your kids (nor your husband’s) idea of fun, but there is a way to teach your children the importance of recycling in a fun way. Call a couple of their friend’s moms and ask them if they’d be willing to let their children join in a used clothes fashion show. The kids can pick out the music and set the stage, and with the help of them and their friends, they can model some of the clothes that either they are willing to giveaway to Goodwill or even trade among each other. It’s either a great way to get rid of some old clothes or an easy way to avoid having to buy some new ones…at least for a couple of more weeks.
Try something new. Sometimes parents are so busy helping their children to discover new things that they haven’t even noticed that they are in the rut of repetition. Pick a day during the top of the week and have everyone in the house write down something that they’ve never done before that doesn’t cost over $75 (cumulative). Have them write down five things a piece, each on a different sheet of paper. Put them all in a hat or box and on each Thursday evening, have a family member randomly draw out an item. Whatever’s on the list, whether it’s going to roller skating, making a home movie, learning how to crochet…whatever it is, that’s what you do that weekend. If you keep it in the right perspective, doing something new is always fun!