I was in Chicago last weekend for Mother’s Day with my son and daughter-in-law. I also had an opportunity to visit with my sister and her sons and their families.
One evening, we all got together at a fantastic BBQ, hosted by my nephew and his wife. We all had a great time…the food was not only delicious, but healthful as well…kudos to Dave and Rebecca!
After dinner, we sat down to look at the old photo albums my sister had brought. As we turned the pages and my son and his cousin (both in their 30’s) exclaimed over each picture, I realized how important the pictures were…they reminded these grown men of the children they had been and the activities they had been involved in when they were young.
Summer is just around the corner…I know many parents are wondering how they will fill the long hot days with their children.
Of course, there are various solutions to this problem:
- Put them in some kind of day camp…might be costly.
- Sit them in front of the TV…how many cartoons do you really want them to watch?
- Send them to someone else’s house…don’t you want to be the one they get their values and information from?
Young children are always eager to hear a good picture book story.
Young children love arts and crafts.
Young children enjoy helping in the kitchen.
If you buy a copy of my book that is FILLED with picture book suggestions and summaries, easy arts and crafts activities and simple healthful recipes, you will be prepared for the long hot summer days ahead.
For starters, here’s a great idea that comes from Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking. It will help capture those memories for your child as you create a photo album together.
AN ALBUM OF ME
You will need: A small blank photo album, a selection of photos of your child at different stages of his or her life, self-stick labels and a fine point marker.
1. With your child, go through some of the pictures that you have of him from birth to the present…and let him choose several to include in his own album. Make copies if you want to keep the originals in the family album.
2. Help your child insert each photo and then write a description (with his input) on a label or small strip of paper and press or glue it on the bottom of each page.
3. Listen to your child while he turns the pages of his album and tells you the story of his life.
4. Important tip: keep a camera handy…you never know when a photo opportunity arises.
Activities like this help:
- build your child’s self-esteem!
- develop pre-reading skills!
- create a life-long parent-child bond!
- keep your child busy in a constructive positive fun-filled way that will be fun for you also!
Start planning your summer activities now…with this amazing short-cut for busy parents and teachers!
And please stop by tomorrow for Cinema Sunday: My Picks of Great Flicks.