It’s easy when you have kids to let them get caught up in technology and use this as a pass time. Of course, this can have its benefits on occasion, but it is becoming increasingly popular for kids to have all of the modern technologies and to play games and watch TV more than perhaps they should. This can not limit their levels of activity, stunt their imagination but depending on volumes and headsets could even cause medical conditions such as tinnitus.
Let’s consider alternative ways to keep them engaged and allow them to find and have a balance of alternative activities with tech time. Here are a few suggestions that can be used.
Arts and Crafts
There is usually a holiday or special occasion looming, so have a look at your calendar and use this as an opportunity to get crafting and make something special. This could be with Easter bakes, handmade Christmas decorations, Mother’s or Father’s day cards, Valentine’s Day crafts, the list is endless. You never know, by doing this you spark a passion or enthusiasm that shapes their future or encourages a new lifelong hobby or tradition for you.
You could also use it as a challenge to see who can be more imaginative and provide the items and see what delights the children can conjure up.
Family Day Dates
Another way to use this wisely is to invest in quality family time. Make it into a full family day date where you make the effort to spend the time together and do nice activities that will be enjoyed by all. Or alternatively, consider divide and conquer. Split up and enjoy some 1:1 time with one of your children. May consider taking them out for ice cream or a cake, taking them to a sports event or even to the park for a catch or to kick a ball about. Use this as a time for open communication, laughter, and joy.
Board games are a classic for a reason. They are a great opportunity to bring the family together, bring out a healthy competitive nature and enjoy being in one and others company. There are so many different games out there, that you are bound to find one that covers all ages and that you can all appreciate.
Alternatively, if your children are older you could even see what games they could make themselves.
Is there anything better than seeing a project coming together? Could you imagine how much better that could feel if it was something that you all worked together on? For example, it could be a renovation project or a garden. If you did something such as a garden or vegetable patch, you will have the continued joy of being able to see this thrive and change throughout the years to come.
Along with opening doors to other activities you could do together such as cooking and making recipes. The hint to making this work so successfully is to pick something that you have an interest in and then grow that enthusiasm together.