Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Spending so much quality time with your family can open your eyes and make you learn things you never knew about them.
Another February vacation has come and gone and as I didn’t have to work last week, I got to spend some quality time with my little cherubs. We spent the first few days at home and then headed to the Cape for a little R&R, a change of scenery and some chlorine-filled bliss at the indoor pool. Yup, five days off with the kids (nine if you count the weekends) and I think it’s fair to say that by the end of it, we were all happy to return to our normal schedules. Lest you think you know your children well, I pose this challenge my parenting comrades: spend just two-and-a-half days in a one-bedroom condo with your family (more if you’re feeling particularly cocky) and see what you learn about them. It may just surprise you. Things I learned …
Monday, December 26, 2011
There is plenty happening in and around Dedham.
Keeping those kids occupied in for a whole winter week without snow or school isn't easy. But we've put together a few suggestions for you to take up a couple hours and move your kids away from the television for just a couple minutes. Help out fellow parents and add more ideas to the comments section below.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Family vacations can be fun, but with kids of all age ranges, you need to be creative in order to keep them occupied - and behaving.
Eight children. Four boys, four girls. Ages 1 1/2 to 10. Eight personalities. Eight opinions. Seven days. One house. Sound like a recipe for vacation disaster? It would be, if it weren’t for the best part of each day. I’m talking about “Game Time.” Reporting to you live from our family vacation in Truro, seven adults watch these kids go from cousins to friends to teammates to adversaries to swimming buddies and then some – all before 9:00 a.m. This circle repeats itself throughout the day, and as parents we jump from referees to adoring aunts and uncles and back again all day long. It’s to be expected. When you put that many kids together of varying ages, for a week at a time, with no real schedule – there is always going to be …
Saturday, July 2, 2011
While the grownups prepare for vacation with lists, all kids are worried about is swimming for a week.
Seven adults and eight children, all under one roof. That’s what’s in store as we head to Truro for our annual Cape vacation on Saturday. We’ll spend a week with my two sisters, their husbands and children, and my mom. Can you say PAR-TAY? It’s easy to tell by the numerous lists, the suitcases down from the attic and the heavily packed beach bags that the Shummys have got vacation anticipation! While the grownups are busy alerting the alarm company, finding matching flip-flops and making sure the cat will be fed, the kids are handling things much differently. The innocence of a child is prominently displayed when preparing for a family vacation. Our kids are looking forward to swimming, time with the cousins, staying up late – and oh yeah…