As a child, you may have been excited for your annual family holiday or the fun birthday parties your parents threw for you. But when asked to share your favorite childhood memories, it’s almost always the smaller, simpler ones that come to mind. It could be the fun conversations at your family dinners, storytime with your dad or helping your mom cook a meal – those everyday moments stay with you for life. Now as your kids get back home from the summer camp, here are a few simple ideas to help you create some great family moments for them.
Toddlers & Preschoolers (3 to 6) –D-I-Y Projects
It could be a family tree, a memory log or planting a small nursery in your backyard –choose a fun D-I-Y project that allows your toddler to collaborate and bond with family.
NFK tip – Allow your children to work on different projects with various family members so that they can spend quality time with their grandparents, aunts, and uncles in different ways.
Young Children (7 to 9) – Family Staycations
Find activities, unexplored places or scenic spots in your city or the countryside. This hassle-free option is a great way to help your kids understand that it’s not always an expensive holiday that makes for fun family time.
NFK tip – Set up a tent in your backyard over a weekend and let your children get the experience of roughing it out in their own home.
Pre-teens (10-12) – Games Night
A great way to get your moody tween out of his/her room is to a fun games night. You could choose a board game, plan a karaoke session or even do an impromptu dance night making it a fun stay-at-home-evening for the entire family.
NFK Tip – If you have family visiting, let your child team up with a family member they are not particularly close to. Games night is a great way to break the ice and help children get familiar with new people.
Teens (14-19) – Work for a Cause
It could be volunteering weekly at a local food kitchen or accompanying your teen on a voluntour (traveling in a crisis area to work for a social cause) – this is a great way to make a difference to the community and bond as a family at the same time.
NFK Tip – Allow your teen to choose the social cause they are truly passionate for so that volunteering doesn’t feel like a chore to them.
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