A weekend treat does not exactly mean that we will spend most of our time at home with the kids and give them cereals to munch while watching their favorite cartoon movies and we doing our usual weekend routine like laundry, cleaning the house and going to the grocery stores to buy some kitchen supplies and food to fill the fridge. Sometimes, it is more worthwhile to drop this boring activity to a more engaging fun-filled weekend once or twice a month. Start drawing some ideas where you can spend the Saturdays or Sundays and gather and sell those old CDs and DVDs and even games to give some space for your living room. You can raise money through this where you can spend on gas and food on your weekend agenda.
Speaking of a weekend getaway, it doesn’t mean a total out-of-town trip or an expensive beach vacation. Plan something simply educational. Take a visit at the local museum or zoo where kids can marvel at things they only see on television. A good sun basking in an open field would be good as well since the entire week is spent mostly inside classrooms, offices and homes. Lead your young ones to catch some butterflies and collect flowers. This way they will be able to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. You too will surely enjoy seeing them explore their environment with great curiosity and much wonder. Teaching them about trees, plants, insects and small animals will interest them to explore more and read more. They will no longer get engrossed with cartoon channels but on shows featuring the environment and natural sciences.
The most important thing with this activity is the essence of family bonding. Bring everyone and make them feel special and loved. Kids may not catch this but through constant outdoor activity conflicts, especially among siblings, are resolved and relationships are strengthened. This is actually better than TV family bonding moments for everyone.
Do not forget to bring food when you go out. A basket full of sandwiches, sliced fruits and drinks will do. Initiate a healthy conversation during snack time by asking them how they are school, what are their difficulties and any concerns on assignments and projects. Ask them about their plans for the following week and talk to them about their goals for each day and what they think can help them achieve these. Make them feel important by sincerely listening to them. This is the most important part of the whole plan – making everything seem relaxed while getting to know them and understanding their dreams, hopes and ambitions.