Winter break is fast approaching, and the kids are excited, though the grown-ups a little less so given all the stresses the holidays involve. However, along with that youthful excitement, there also comes in children a latent boredom that threatens to rear its ugly little head the minute the initial enjoyment wears off any “fun” new activity. Save sticking them in front of an Xbox, that’s why you prepare.
As a parent, it is an unspoken rule that for every idea you come up with for entertainment of your young charges during school breaks, you need multiply that idea not quite by ten, but almost, to find the activities that they want to do.
It goes without saying, but one of the most obvious ways to keep the holidays fun is to keep them safe. No-one wants a frustrated parent (whose previously suggested activity wasn’t even taken up, rather dismissed with a well-practiced eye-roll) to end up telling the kids (or, by this point, yelling at them) to ride their bikes, only for them to do precisely that – into the road, resulting in a frantic trip to the emergency room.
With winter comes icy roads and potential snow. Therefore, you need to keep the whole of your family safe – including those traveling to and from your house for Christmas. If you or a family member do end up in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, then seek the aid of a Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney. You want a winter break to remember; the key, then, is to keep your family safe during this wonderful time of year.
The Family Factor
Christmas means family. Nonetheless, though it is an unfortunate fact, kids don’t necessarily love every family member just because they’re related by blood. Some relatives can be mind-numbingly boring to our children. For this reason, to keep the peace, you need to have agreed words or sentences which basically mean “I need to be in my room, alone, right now”. This avoids frantic hand and facial gestures behind the ignorantly offending relative’s back. It might seem cruel, but it’s crucial.
When all the above has been agreed, then it’s up to you to decide which activities suit your child the best. Some children seem to have been born for zip wires and trampolining, while others prefer less physical pursuits. Instead of planning day-trip after day-trip, it might be you luckily have the next celebrity chef under your roof who can help with lunch, or a soon-to-be-famous interior designer who can’t wait to help you decorate – listen to your kids and see what they want to undertake this season. You might be surprised as, let’s face it, tastes change quickly when the young are growing up. Just like clothes, in the blink of an eye they outgrow what seemed to fit them so well and opt for something you would never even have considered. They know their minds; make sure you do too and this festive season might very well be the most fun of them all.