It’s Friday! As school as the school bell rings, children will rush home extremely excited because they don’t have to attend school for two days – it’s the weekend!
Make a mental note of this – learning starts outside of the classroom!
So, what can you do with your child during the weekend?
1. Time– your children need time with you. Elementary, middle/junior high, and high school students need your time! I often see parents cut their children off at the middle/junior high and high school years. However, they are still minors and they need YOU. Talk, cook, dine out, shop, clean the house, watch TV, or go to the beach. Do something with your children in which they have your undivided attention. (You can tell that I’m such a Florida girl! I’m mentioning the beach in January!)
2. Explore new things – When was the last time you visited a museum? Or, the zoo? Do you know how much fun this is for children of most ages? We must realize that learning should be fun. Take a tour of your local fire station. Most local stations give tours of the firehouse. There’s no need to wait for your child’s school to take a field trip.
3. Volunteer – Have you given back lately? There are several organizations in your local community that would love your help. There are several YMCA centers across the United States that are looking for volunteers. Perhaps there’s a food pantry in your area that needs your help? The options are limitless. More over, high school students are required to have a certain amount of community service hours as a graduation requirement. So, give it a shot! Give as a family! Watch how rewarding it can be.
4. Take photos – We live in a digital world that loves pictures! Have your own family photo shoot! Select a color scheme. Grab your phone. Go outside and have a blast! Need I say more? You can even step it up a notch and schedule a professional photo shoot!
5. Ask your child- Yes! Take a second to ask your child what they would like to do. Try not to settle for one response. Will you be able to do exactly what they want? Maybe not. You may not have the time, money, resources, skill, or willingness right now. But, you don’t know what the future holds. I am confident that open communication is often better than making assumptions. Children have fun and creative ideas.
If they prefer to stay at home, sleep, watch TV, and play on the phone all day, I suggest presenting alternatives. Please do not neglect tip #1
Are these ideas simple enough to use in your home? What does your weekend consist of? What would you like to do with your children on the weekend?