Spend Some Fun Time With Your Kids This Holiday! | El Paso, Texas
Winter is here! For some, this means snowy afternoons with a hot cocoa and Christmas movies, for others, it means weekend getaways to ski stations and snowball fights. The truth is that it doesn’t matter, as long as you’re spending quality time with your kids.
Spending time with your kids is one of the best things you could do for them, truly. Yes, buying them Christmas gifts is great, but do you know what’s even better? Being there for them. No kid will grow up to remember the toys, smartphones, or tablets that their parents gave them. They will remember the time spent with them, the books you read with them, playing, or just having a nice conversation.
There are many benefits to spending time with your children. You will show them that you truly love them. This is one of the biggest issues parents who don’t spend time with their kids experience. They love them, as every parent does, but because they don’t allow time for their kids, the children think that they aren’t that important, feel neglected, and this doesn't help one bit.
Spending time with your kids will also allow you to monitor their growth, and most importantly, to be their best friend. When parents are close to their children, they create a relationship built on trust. Your children will grow up to be responsible teens who won’t feel the need to lie to you or keep secrets from you. They will trust you enough to know that you will understand them and help them instead of judging them. A relationship like this requires effort and years of work but it can be achieved with good times spent together and heart to heart conversations between parents and kids.
When you spend time with your children, they will get to know you, and learn from you. You will be sure that they’ll follow your example, and that’s the best way to teach them your principles and raise children who will mirror your image and become good, kind, and smart adults.
Now, you want to be creative while spending time with your children, and that’s why I’m here. Especially during this winter time, people can run out of ideas, and yet, there are so many things you could do with your kids during these cold months. Here are a few examples:
- Create a story around a nice fire and some hot chocolate: This can be more exciting than reading your kids a book. Instead of the classic good night story, make this a family time. Sit with your kids, let one of you start the story with one sentence, and then you can go on, each one adding a sentence, until you create a fun, crazy, or even scary story. Fun tip: You can even record those stories and listen to them later to see how crazy they can get.
- Bake: What’s better than making your own sweet cookies during the holidays? Surprise an elderly neighbor by dropping off your baked goods on a festive plate. Tell them you made them especially for them. I promise it will make their day. It will also teach your children about doing kind things for others without expecting anything in return.
- Marathon Christmas movies: You’ll end up watching all your favorite classics, plus some animation movies. There is something for everyone, and you’ll end up spending a good time together.
- Build a snowman (Can't a boy wish for some snow around here?): I know, it sounds like something out of movies, a has-been activity that no one likes anymore. But believe me, life can be more like a Christmas movie than we think. So go out there, build and name your snowman, and inspire your kid's imagination.
- Go ice-skating: Teach your kids how to skate in El Paso's newest Winterfest skating rink in our downtown. You can burn some calories (You like that, huh?), and laugh at each other when one of you falls and ends up on their bum. Yes, you should have your phone ready to capture these unexpected and funny moments.
Remember, the holidays shouldn't be only about buying gifts your children will eventually grow tired and bored with. It's about building memories that will last a lifetime. And that, my loyal readers, is worth more than a million dollars or the best new gadgets. Riiiiiight? Good, I'm so glad you agree. :)
Your friend, Gilbert-Ian Rueda