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.
customary mommy’s back shot 🙂
Even in today’s busy world, parents should still make it a point not to lose touch with their children. And one way to strengthen your relationship with the family is by going on small trips with your kids.
Yes, family bonding need not involve long-haul flights or a week’s stay in an exotic destination abroad. Nor do you have to go on travels permanently. Trips can be a weekend cross-country drive, an overnight stay at a nearby hotel, or just a day out at the park or museum. The important thing is that you get to spend time with each other.
Going on family trips lets you discover more about your children and even yourself. Outside the confines of your home, there are new experiences that unleash the skills, character, and individuality of a person. You get to see a different side to your kids — their interests, their thoughts — at the same time, they see yours. This will lead you to learn to appreciate and relate to each other.
Taking your children to small trips also helps you teach them more of the world, allowing them to open their minds to ideas that they don’t usually find within controlled environments like the classroom. Going to new places trains the kids to be more adventurous, tolerant, and patient with the things around them.
customary “3” shot at Schönbrunn Palace grounds
Small trips also give you the luxury of quality time that you didn’t have while going through your daily routine. Because you sit back and take things more slowly during those days off, you get to enjoy each other’s company away from all distractions like work, chores, phone calls, or emails.
Moreover, because you are traveling to a different place as a single unit, you learn to rely upon each other more. As a family, you all take in the highs and lows of the trip, cooperating with each other to make the trip work and be something worth remembering.
Focusing your time and energies to going on small trips with your children is actually a rewarding activity. Not only does it offer shared experiences that strengthens the family bond, but also creates wonderful memories that your children would want to look back to and even share with their own brood.
At Palace Laxenburg’s playground
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! 😉
(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.
…or black and white for that matter. Then, I still have black and white films but now, I just set my camera or do post-processing to get that.
I posted something related to Black in another meme, it’s here. There I did tackle about skin color not defining the people that we or my kids are friends with. Friendship knows no colors. It’s something that we should overlook — beauty is beyond skin deep, beyond skin color…
- An optical phenomenon that creates the illusion of water, often with inverted reflections of distant objects, and results from distortion of light by alternate layers of hot and cool air. Also called fata morgana.
- Something illusory or unobtainable.
I took on a liking to this word back in college, our first year Literature class while discussing one of the short stories of a Filipino writer. I’ve been looking for that story but hasn’t been successful. The story could belong to F.Sionil Jose, Angela Manalang Gloria or perhaps Cirilo Bautista. I just can’t remember…
I just remember that in the story, the character was listing down words heard from the teacher and was later on looking at the meaning in his dictionary. He can’t find the meaning of the word because he wrote it by way of how he heard it “mirash” — it’s impossible to find when spelled that way. 🙂
That time was also when the internet was taking waves – 1997 so when I signed up for a yahoo email, I used mirage along with the first letter of my name and until now I’m using it. Even my domain name has Mirage in it and the title of this blog speaks well of how I love this word. As I once said, “In life, there are things that would be just an illusion, no matter how near they may be.”
It’s an adjective that I’ve associated myself with…
Then there’s Sakura…might be overused alright, still I love this word. Sakura is japanese for cherry blossoms -Sakura symbolizes the national character of the Japanese. This is because the life of a samurai of feudal times was proverbially compared to the short-lived cherry blossoms that last “no more than three days”, for a samurai was always ready to sacrifice his life for the sake of his master. Another saying is that “what the cherry is among flowers is the samurai among men”.Beautiful as it is in bloom, the Japanese cherry tree does not yield fruit like other cherry trees. It is remarked that the Japanese cherry does not have to produce a crop because it is born an aristocrat and its single mission is to be beautiful. (from my other blog.)