Giggles, that’s my alarm clock, as two li’l rascals tickle me. Rock music blasts from my pre-teen’s room. My consolation, the sweet aroma of breakfast which hubby prepared. This is the start of the Saturday! I wake up with excitement.
Saturdays are special. Time to taste new cuisine, explore new places, visit friends or relatives, or just do something different outside home. Each week is different. First and last week of the month, it’s either me or hubby, choose where we’re going. Mid-week, either kids get to plan our dayout.
So even if we can all just lazily stay at home and watch DVDs, even if it’s cheaper to stay at home on weekends, we wake up early to find out what’s in store for weekend. Not just my kids chuckle at this, grown-ups in our household also say: Yipee! Saturdays!
Food bonding? Dining at a restaurant 170 feet above the ground.
Hubby and I save and stretch our budget for Saturdays, because we can see what weekend family dayouts are doing for our kids. Here are some of them:
Whole day bonding. Hubby and I have date nights with each of them, but every Saturday, we go out as one family. If they didn’t enjoy the first activity, they can make up for it the rest of the day.
Getting to know the kids more. One Saturday, a group of friends, knocked at our door to invite my pre-teen to their hangout. But he said “Can’t go with you guys today. It’s day for the fam!!” I didn’t expect my growing pre-teen enjoys family day more. So I invited all of them. My son was quite reluctant at first, but obviously happier the rest of the day. That Saturday, I discovered how my son pulls himself when his friends joke around. I also get to know his friends even better.
Confidence, social and relational skills boost. My two little kids are so sociable in school. Teachers and classmates alike are so fond of them. They didn’t inherit their social skills, they got it from mingling with different kinds of people in our weekend family dayouts. I encourage them to start a conversation with playmates at the park or mall (as long as we’re looking), their cousins at our home visits, our colleagues and grown-up friends who tag along sometimes, disabled elderly or children when we visit charities.
Being more open to parents. Not all Saturdays are laughter and adventures. Sometimes, there’s a little scolding in between. But we all make sure we end the day with a hug and a kiss. No need to rush chit-chats then go to bed because tomorrow is another busy weekday. If they need to tell us something, they have the entire day to let us know and even convince us of something they want (now that’s a problem for parents!). They know you’re available and have all day to listen to them, that if they have problems in school or with friends during weekdays, it’s easier for them to open up to us right away.
Anyway, tata for now! It’s Saturday, we’ll go skateboarding! 😉
Kite-flying in autumn
These days, many parents are concerned about the amount of time their kids spend with their gaming consoles or gadgets. Apparently, the thin line between recreational use and over-dependence has grown even dimmer, so much so that children are no longer able to identify the difference between moderate and too much.
Some who instill different values on their kids scoff at these parents and blame them for giving in to the demands of their children. According to them, the kids wouldn’t have become overly dependent on their technological gadgets if their parents didn’t give it to them in the first place. Nevertheless, we can’t really blame parents for wanting to give the very best to their kids. Children are children, and even if they were constantly reminded of the ill effects of spending too much time playing video games, they wouldn’t always listen. So how can this problem be addressed?
Well, parents would do well to talk to their kids and explain to them why it’s important that they apportion their time appropriately. If it takes writing down a fixed schedule for kids to follow through with what their parents want, then so be it. Children should be made to understand that there’s a whole world out there beyond their video games and gadgets.
Of course, parents should take the first step in encouraging their kids to venture outside. The idea may seem daunting. Yet, if parents present their kids with cool ideas for outdoor activities, then they might just trade their video games with these activities even temporarily.
One cool and timeless activity that both parents and kids would enjoy is kite flying. Young children would definitely have fun running around outdoors while they best each other to see who can fly their kite the highest. However, just as with everything else, parents would do well to consider a few things so everyone may get the best out of their kite-flying experience.
First, parents need to choose the right kite design and while stores carry an array of designs and styles that would make kite enthusiasts excited, the ages of the kids who would be playing needs to be taken into consideration. If it were the kids’ first time to fly a kite, a single-line kite would be the best option. It’s not as complicated as other styles and it can easily withstand medium-strength winds. What’s more, the kite’s design stability and delta shape make it ideal for small hands.
Second, consider the best places and conditions to fly kites. Wide and open spaces such as parks, soccer fields (when it’s not being used), and beaches are perfect places to fly a kite. Nevertheless, if these areas are not feasible for you, choose a large, treeless area where you can use single-line kites to the full. Never fly kites in crowded areas or near power lines. As much as possible, you should let your kids wear gloves to protect their hands from cuts or rope burns.
Lastly, remember that practice makes perfect, and don’t forget to emphasize this to your kids. As children, they would naturally have very high expectations. The last thing you want is for them to get frustrated when they can’t seem to get the kite off the ground. Give them the necessary pep talk. Teach them kite-flying tricks you have learned as a kid as these never get old.
Before long, your kids’ kites would be airborne with minimal help from you. Kite flying can be a very fun activity for the entire family so long as everybody knows what to expect. When you have the right kite, scouted the best location, and through a little bit of practice, you’ll be piling up kite-flying memories that the whole family would cherish forever.
Thinking of summer activities with the family? How about going up the rough terrains, camp and hunt? And here’s an awesome companion for your adventure.
The Yamaha Rhino is one of the most popular side-by-sides on the market. This combination ATV and SUV is at home taking you up and down rough terrain to get to your favorite hunting spot as it is hauling the garbage to the roadside. Even with no additional Yamaha Rhino accessories added to it, it has a lot of features. The two-seater cab has plenty of room for you and your equipment, and the bed can haul around 400 pounds.
The bed is constructed of steel and has side latches for ease of use. The doors have a molded guard to keep the outside from coming into the cab. The 4×4 option will take you over rough ground. With a ground clearance of over a foot, you have a lot of room to maneuver through rocky roads. It is lightweight and comes with rack and pinion steering. The CV joints are protected with heavy duty guards to keep them safe from debris. The drive case is sealed to keep water or dirt out, and if it should get in during extreme conditions, there is an emergency drain. It has a towing capacity of 1,200 pounds. The Rhino 4×4 is designed to take a beating out on the trail while delivering superb handling. It is easily switched from 4WD to 2WD. The fuel tank holds over seven gallons of fuel, and the entire vehicle is lightweight. It is mounted on a lightweight steel frame with double wishbone suspension. It has a wet weight under 1,200 pounds.
who can resist?
“Hugging is the ideal gift. Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive, shows you care, comes with its own wrapping and, of course, is fully returnable. Hugging is practically perfect. No batteries to wear out, inflation-proof, nonfattening, no monthly payments, theft-proof and nontaxable.”
Whenever I feel a bit down (for reasons that only us moms would know) I always count on a hug from the little boy who freely gives them. He grew up receiving hugs from me, an awful lot, that’s why he knows when I need it most. At times, he’s just so happy with something, he’d embrace me really tight just because. His hugs are most appreciated when I’m on the verge of crying. I really don’t need to say anything, he just comes up to me and hugs me…makes me smile all the time. There were of course those moments when he gets scared, he would run to me and cling. I’d hug him real tight to let him know that I’m there, that I’ll be there to protect him.
Now, that he’s a bit grown, the hugs, though not forgotten, doesn’t come as often as they used to. It’s readily given when asked and when needed but not when he’s happy. I guess the things he does as a child has taken much of his time. That’s when the one-minute hugs came to be known between us.
It’s a routine that we have any given time and day. I’ll just say “hug” and we would wrap our arms around each other, he, counting from 1 until 60 – equivalent of a minute. We both learned to appreciate those moments.
The hugs are mostly for me. It’s my way of remembering how once I held this sweet child in my arms for hours on end. How I spent sleepless nights watching over him, making sure he’s sound asleep and not hurting. I guess it’s just me comforting myself, that he’s all grown up, I’m getting old…without the one-minute hugs and a few years from now, he’d probably tire from it all. Well, it’s just me…a mom, thinking aloud.
Let them be…lol
Found this on facebook. °_^
A man came home from work and found his 3 children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around the yard, The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the dog, walking in the door, he found …an even bigger mess.
A lamp had been knocked over, the throw rug was against one wall, In the front room the TV was on loudly blaring the cartoon channel. The family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel… She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’ She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?…
”Yes,” was his incredulous reply..
She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”
I wonder how your husband would react in a scenario like this. 😀
(Idling by the Danube river)
What’s the best thing to do when the sun is out on a supposedly cold autumn morning? I say we go biking, RC flying or simply go out on a walk, enjoy the sunshine, watch a movie and eat sushi later on.
When hubby goes with us out, the kids tend to really leave me alone. It’s because I’m the not so-adventurous-mom, their dad’s complete opposite. I am not envious at all because I knew well that they enjoy those times – which could be Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays. They know that Daddy is up to something fun when these days come. They would fly a kite, make the RC boat spin around the water, pick up fallen chestnuts or simply sit on the grass and let me be the mamarazzi I’ve always been.
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
I once used this quote on my other blog and it has become my favorite since. Everyday, as I said then, the kids would immediately stop what they’re doing, they would run to the door then shout “Daddy!” and throw their arms around him then give him a kiss.
I’ve been shooting behind their backs for so long I’ve lost count of how many I’ve made. Seeing them this way is like an assurance that as long as daddy holds their hands, it will be ok…that until they can walk by themselves, he will be there for them.
To make them hold our hands for as long as they need is the best thing we can give our kids, it may not be easy to let go later on but we’ll be sure that they can go on in life well having held our hand firmly in their childhood.