It’s almost here! No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about the long Christmas break from school.
Moms like me get a little freaked out about keeping the kids entertained over the span of 10-14 days straight before they start school again in January.
And what adds fuel to the fire? The fact that many kids actually receive technology gadgets for gifts at Christmas. This makes it a sure bet that they will want to spend hours upon hours mastering them.
So whether your kids are 4 or 14, here are some tips that can help ensure that your family doesn’t get wrapped into the “digital daze” this holiday vacation.
1. Identify some educational games that can be played on the tablet or computer. Technology time is not all created equal. No matter what the age, great apps can be found. Here is a list that breaks them out by age.
2. Park the devices in a central location of the home overnight. It’s such a bad habit for kids (and adults) to wake up and start playing on your device before even getting out of bed.
3. Invite playmates over, but ensure that some play time is done without devices.
4. Get outside! If you live in a colder area, you may have to dress kids for the weather, but they need to get outside to play.
5. Set aside time each night for board games. You can pick your favorite or try a new one each evening.
6. Get everyone involved with family meal prep. Take turns selecting the dinner menu each night and make sure the kids help. This might mean setting the table, baking a cake, or doing the dishes afterwards.
7. Make sure your kids are keeping up with their chores. With the extended break from school, they can pick up some extra ones, too!
8. Take time to have your children write thank you notes for the presents they received.
9. Don’t forget about reading time! The best time to wind down with a good book is at night, but right after lunch would be great too. Adults should participate as well. Leading by example is a great way to show the importance of reading.*
Have a great time making memories with your kids this holiday break!