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Fun Holiday Games for Families

By Family, Family Wheel, Fun, Kids

The holiday season is a magical time for families to come together, create lasting memories, and enjoy delightful moments. It’s time for fun holiday games! For parents with young children, incorporating festive games into your celebrations can add an extra layer of joy and excitement. Whether you’re celebrating Kwanzaa, Christmas, or ringing in the New Year, here are some entertaining holiday games perfect for the whole family!

Fun Holiday Games for Families

 

Kwanzaa Games 

Kwanzaa Kinara Game: Create a DIY Kinara (candle holder) with seven candles, each representing one of the Nguzo Saba principles. Light a candle each night and discuss its significance. Engage kids by having them share ways they embody these principles daily.

Umoja (Unity) Puzzle: Craft a unity puzzle using family photos. Assemble the puzzle together, emphasizing the importance of togetherness and unity within the family.

Christmas Games

Holiday Scavenger Hunt: Design a festive scavenger hunt around the house or outdoors, featuring hidden Christmas-themed items. Provide clues or riddles to guide children in finding the treasures, rewarding them with small treats or surprises.

Christmas Charades: Gather everyone for a game of Christmas-themed charades. Act out holiday-related phrases or songs, encouraging giggles and creativity as children try to guess the clues.

Decorate the Gingerbread House: Engage in the timeless tradition of decorating a gingerbread house. Provide various candies, icing, and edible decorations, letting kids unleash their creativity while creating sugary masterpieces.

New Year Games 

Resolution Race: Write down age-appropriate New Year resolutions on strips of paper. Have each family member pick a resolution from a hat and explain how they plan to achieve it. This game fosters discussion about goal-setting and personal growth.

Countdown Balloon Pop: Create a countdown to midnight (or an earlier kid-friendly time) using balloons labeled with activities inside each one. Pop a balloon every hour or half-hour, revealing an activity the family can enjoy together, like dancing, playing a game, or sharing wishes for the upcoming year.

Memory Jar for the New Year: Set up a memory jar where everyone can jot down their favorite memories from the past year. Read these aloud as a family on New Year’s Eve, reminiscing about the joys and accomplishments of the year gone by.

Remember, the essence of these fun holiday games isn’t just about winning; it’s about spending quality time together, fostering connections, and creating cherished traditions. Embrace the joy, laughter, and togetherness that these games bring, making this holiday season a memorable and heartwarming experience for your family!

For more useful tips or the perfect gift for parents and caregivers, look to Mrs. Park’s book ‘The Family Wheel’.  This useful book provides parents with a structured process to improve in each aspect of parenting. It offers guidance, resources, and thought-provoking exercises to help them define purposeful actions aligned with their unique preferences, family dynamics, and goals. As they take proactive steps toward self-improvement, they’ll witness the positive impact it has on their ability to show up as the best version of themselves. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CFD2MB3W?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

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Halloween

Spooktacular Halloween Decorations and Family Fun!

By Fun, Kids

Happy Halloween from Park's Place!

🎃 Dive into the enchanting world of Halloween with us as we unveil our bewitching decorations and share the thrilling activities that have filled our home with spooky delight!

From creepy cobwebs to ghoulishly delightful pumpkins, our Halloween décor is sure to give you hair-raising inspiration for your own haunted house. Join us as we embark on thrilling adventures, from carving jack-o’-lanterns to costume preparations, and even a little eerie ghost-hunting. This video is packed with family-friendly Halloween fun that’s sure to put a spell on you! Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe for more wickedly wonderful content! 🕸️👻🍂

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New Travel Rules

The New Travel Rules

By Family, Kids, Parental ResourcesNo Comments

FAMILY TRAVEL HAS CHANGED A LOT SINCE YOU WERE A KID. TRAVELING WITH KIDS-YES EVEN BABIES-HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER THAN IT IS TODAY. JOIN THE RANKS OF FAMILIES HIDING THE ROAD MORE OFTEN BY FOLLOWING THIS NEW, GAME-CHANGING ADVICE.

RULE 1: yes, you can

No, really, you can take small humans 011 a trip without it being equal parts stress and fun.
Traveling with young kids is becoming the norm, not the exception. It’s harder to raise eyebrows on planes, in restaurants, and at the hotel pool. Why? Because in recent years, the travel industry has been catering to young families like never before, and so you’d have to try really hard to wind up in a place where yours were the only kiddos in sight. Rather than treating children as an “add-on,” resorts today are all about the kids. Airlines offer families with young children priority boarding and stroller checking; rental car companies issue car seats.

RULE 2: take advantage of technology

Most of us remember dreading those long rides to get to our family’s vacation destination. But back then, options to make the hours pass were limited to counting license plates and putting gum in your sister’s hair. No more. Tech that keeps kids entertained on the road abounds such as the next-generation scavenger hunt: geocaching. This trending hoppy can be tried out at a rest stop along your driving route. Use your phone and a geocache app to find hidden treasures nearby. You can geocache virtually anywhere these days. Young children love to follow the app to find a surprise. The rule is that if you take something, you leave something. So make sure to bring along a few trinkets for the next family to find.

Rule 3: The more, the merrier

We don’t mean vacationing with your in-laws (though you could; see Rule 4). A growing trend is vacationing with your friends and their kids. With families and their kids. With families spread out over larger distances than in previous generations, friends with kids the same age have taken over as a support system. More young parents are deciding to travel as a group. It’s more fun for the kids, who have built-in playmates they already know, and for you as well, especially if you have a baby or toddler. Think about it: You and your bambino will have company at the kiddie pool for once, while your spouse takes the older kids to the diving board.

Rule 4: rethink what it means to “go home”

Visiting grandparents is a top reason for taking a family trip, and now it no longer means piling into your old bedroom with your own kids and feeling obliged to eat your favorite childhood pancakes – Every. Single. Morning. If you believe that home is the people you love, not necessarily a physical place, then this is the year to suggest going somewhere awesome as the annual family visit. Grandparents who don’t see their grandchildren that often may be only too happy to share a special experience with them. Private homes and resort rental services, such as Airbnb HomeAway and Vacatia, now make it possible to find comfy accommodation for a large group that, well, feel like a home.

Rule 5: Be spontaneous

Online booking has changed the travel game. Vacations no longer have to be planned months out. Now it’s simple to jump on a great hotel deal or a rock-bottom fare, gram the kids and go. The ease of comparing prices instantaneously can make it possible for those with a tight budget to take a trip that they thought was out of their reach. It also make much easier to take advantage of low-season travel dates. Many schools are closed on random days that apply only in that district, such as teacher­ development days. If you have school-age kids, you don’t need to be restricted to the pricey (and crowded) summer and spring break time frames. Unexpected day off from school a week from Friday? Grab your phone and make it an impromptu long weekend.

Rule 6 Mix Business with Pleasure

Work-family balance is a priority for most working parents. If you travel frequently for business, it can sometimes be hard not to feel guilty, or at least a little sad, about spending precious time away from your family. But like so much else in 2017, it’s time to rethink the business trip. It doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition. Why not bring your partner and kids along? If you all fit in one room, there’s no additional cost to your employer. While you’re out during the day, they can enjoy the local
attractions. No, it’s not a dream family vacation, but it’s a great way to grab quality time with your kids in a way that fits your life now.

What are Different Options for Early Childhood Learning?

What Are Different Options for Early Learning

By Babies & Infants, Kids, Parental Resources, ToddlersNo Comments

When pondering the different options for your child it’s important to understand your options. There are a lot of options available and it’s good to understand the different between them. This article highlights Registered Family Child Care Homes, Licensed Family Child Care Homes, Adult-to-Child Ratios for Family Child Care Homes and Gold Seal and Accreditation.

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