Five minute Family Fun

Life is busy.  Soccer has started, the grass needs to be cut twice a week (between rains); working full time and raising kids is not easy.  Finding time for fun is not always easy.  That is why the team at Parent Guide have broke down ways for you to have five minute fun in your family.  These are the moments your kids will remember.

 

So many times, I hear myself saying, “There is no time for that right now kids, maybe after we get all the work done.”  Well, it dawned on me…with a little nudging from the kids, that fun can be had while working away or just by taking small five minute breaks to enjoy each other.

 

This is a short-list of ideas and I am sure you have ideas as well.  We would love to hear them.  Share them on our Facebook page…it shouldn’t take more than five minutes:)

1.  Start each day with “I love you”, “You look great today”, or any other positive words that come to mind…but be sincere and don’t overdue it.  This can often be the difference between an OK day and a GREAT day!

2.  If you kids are at home, take the time to sit down with them and ask them what they would like to do today…give them choices so that you don’t have to say no when they ask to go to Disney that day!

3.  While doing the dishes, ask your kids to sort the plastic containers, or help dry the dishes and put them away.  This task should be age-appropriate, so use your discretion. Some of my favourite childhood memories include doing the dishes with my mom and four sisters.  This provides a great opportunity to talk about the day or just listen to the kids chat away.

4.  Instead of turning on the TV after dinner, go for a walk or head out the playhouse to pretend play with the kids.

5.  Get out a board game or a deck of cards.  Always keep a deck of cards and paper and pens in your purse.

6.  Kick a ball around with the kids, get out the badminton rackets or take five to find out what sport your child enjoys.

7.  Grab a blanket and head outside to set-up a picnic of some of your child’s favourite foods.

8.  Read a book, chapter book, picture book, short stories or poems.  Ask your child to choose to see what they are interested in.

9.  Bake or cook something together.  This one may take more than five minutes, but chances are that you are doing this anyway.  Make or buy the child his or her own apron and they are sure to feel this is a special time to spend with you.

10.  Take five minutes to tuck them in at night and tell them a story about when you were a child.  The kids love this and will start to ask for more and more stories.

Facebook your ideas to share with others.

Compliments of my kids!

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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