Living in the northeast, we have been slammed by several storms this month. As a result, there have been many snow days. It’s funny, but one of the biggest complaints from parents is that they just get tired of entertaining their kids all day. Excuse me? What has happened here? Children most certainly have the ability and absolutely should be able to amuse themselves. Encourage THEM to think and create activities with the toys and materials they have around the house. Children can become totally dependent on you to keep them busy and that’s not a benefit to them at all.
And what’s wrong with bundling them up and sending them out to enjoy that snow? It is a child’s playground! Now don’t even start with “but it’s cold out there.” You’re talking to the generation that had less insulated gear (using plastic bags inside our boots and only having knitted mittens) We had a blast and survived quite nicely thank you!
Sure, why not say that at some point you’ll do something special like playing a game or baking cookies, a special activity for the day is great. But to feel that YOU have to come up with something all day is just ridiculous, you have your own things to do. Let the children use and strengthen one of their most precious resources……their IMAGINATIONS!
~ Jackie & Jo- Jo