Holidays are often an exciting time for kids. They get to decorate, make crafts in school and sometimes stay up past their bedtime so that they can enjoy the festivities that take place during the day. As a parent, you might feel a bit of pressure during over holidays to ensure that everything is perfect. This kind of thinking can make special occasions stressed and just like any other day. Consider letting your kids take over some of the special activities and let them plan some family holiday fun!
Carve a Pumpkin
One of the fun things to do at Halloween is to carve a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern. You're going to have to do the actual carving, but let your kids draw the face on the pumpkin. They can also scoop all the insides out and make sure it's clean so that a candle can sit inside. If your kids want their pumpkin to last longer, then let them paint a face on the outside instead of carving one.
Scare Up a Fun Night
Sometimes, your kids might think that they are old enough to watch scary movies like adults would for Halloween. Instead of letting your kids watch the spooky movies that might give them nightmares, let them decorate a few rooms and the yard to look like a haunted house. They will be able to keep the decorations as mild as they want or as frightening as they can handle since it's their creation. Invite a few friends over to enjoy the haunted house, celebrating the holiday with popcorn and a family friendly movie.
Involve Your Kids with the Cooking
A fun part of Thanksgiving is watching the parade on television. This is hard to do if you're in the kitchen cooking all day. Enlist the kids to help you set the table, make a few Thanksgiving decorations for the table and help with cooking. Don't let your kids operate the stove or the oven if they’re too young to do so. However, you can show them how to measure ingredients, how to stir items together to make new foods and how to make sure foods are done properly before they are put on the table.
Bake a Few Cookies
Christmas is usually the best holiday for getting kids involved with decorating and enjoying the season. Baking cookies, like those that Tori Avey makes, can spark the imagination and make Christmas feel warm and cozy. Your kids can roll out the cookie dough and use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes. After the cookies are cool, all of you can decorate them before putting a few on a plate for Santa.
Holidays are a fun time to spend with your kids. They are only young once, so try to let them have a little control over what they do for special occasions. With careful observation, your children can grow to become adults who treasure these memories and pass them along to their own kids.