Parents are constantly juggling their work, family, and social life. During their younger years, the little ones can be deprived of all-important mummy/daddy time, thanks to life’s many obstacles.
Make the most of what little time you have with your kids, while they’re still young. Of course, you want to be the most involved parent that you can be. Find ways to spend quality time with the children, even if you start small and build-up slowly. Life goes on, but memories are priceless.
Baking Together In The Kitchen
Putting on a pinnie and getting your hands (and the work surfaces) mucky with your little ones is a great way to spend time together. Not only are they learning important life skills (cooking and cleaning), but when there are cookies involved, everyone’s a winner.
Here’s a stunning recipe that you can try out – it takes all of ten minutes to bake, so you’ll be in and out the kitchen in a flash.
Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup shortening, 2 cups sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 4 eggs, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 4 ½ cups flour, chocolate chips or rolos.
If you’re using rolos, just squish one per cookie into the dough. Don’t overbake. You’ll have a wonderful, gooey centre.
Make Flowers Together
February is the perfect month to teach your kids to show love to others. Handmade flowers are a great family activity and make lovely favours. Begin by tracing around your hand on coloured paper (help any little ones who struggle with this) and cut out. Roll your hand-shaped paper into a cone; the fingers should resemble petals.
Insert a green straw into the bottom and sellotape into place. Finish by curling the petals with scissors, as you would curl ribbon. For that final touch, spritz with scented perfume and there you go!
There’s No Day Like A Snow Day
If you’ve been lucky enough to get a smattering of snow this year, make the most of it. Set out clean bowls and trays to catch fresh flakes and head out with the little ones into the winter wonderland. The options are endless: snowball fights, snow angels, sledging, and snowmen.
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Finish off the day with your clean, gathered snow and make snow cones, followed by hot chocolates around the fire.
Get Down With Groundhog Day
Celebrating even the smallest of festivals can be a wonderful excuse to spend time with your family. Falling on the same day as the Celtic festival, Imbolc, this time of year is all about looking forward to Spring and preparing for sunnier days. Encourage the children to help you with some kid-friendly gardening and bake up a storm for Groundhog festivities.
Traditionally, the coming of spring is celebrated with lighting fires and cleaning the home, after a period of neglect. Get everything ship-shape, and enjoy a feast in the evening.