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Child Summer Entertainment Tips For The Work At Home Mom

Postby tam2005 » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:53 pm

Child Summer Entertainment Tips For The Work At Home Mom
By Tammy Embrich


Here we are in the full bloom of summer. A fun time for kids enjoying their break from school.

I have a niece who simply loves to read. Actually, she is content to sit and read for an entire day. My Sister-In-Law never has any concerns about her child's entertainment needs because her little one seems to always be taken away with a good book.

But that is just not the case with most children. If your child is between the ages of 4 and 10, then you may need to put some thought into child entertainment tips.

When my son was very young, he amused himself with his farm sets. Remember those? He had toy houses, sheds, tractors, other farm equipment, fence pieces, and not to mention all the toy trucks and cars his parents spoiled him with. He would set all this up in our living room and he was quite the happy child for several hours.

The above would be a great idea if your child is a boy and was into this type of activity. Every child is unique and has different likes, dislikes, and needs. And all these need to be taken into consideration.

Below are just a few summer inexpensive entertaining tips for you and your children

1. Go to your public park. If the park is in walking distance, save your gas and walk to the park to make the outing more fun. Pack a small picnic lunch (something that could be carried easily) and some snacks for the day. Your kids will love it! Plus it will give them a chance to run off that extra energy that us parent folk don't seem to have anymore. If you work from home on your computer and are blessed with a laptop, take it along and work while the kids are playing.

2. Have a weekly ice cream social. Make it fun with all the special extra treats such as sprinkles, chocolate syrup, bananas for banana splits, whip cream, cherries, cones, and the like. Suggest to other Moms in your neighborhood to take turns in hosting this event. This way you will have a considerable block of work time to yourself to help you stay on schedule.

3. Set up your kitchen table for finger painting fun. Open up your laptop right there at the table to keep an eye on things while you stay working. And by all means, take a few moments and make your own finger painting creation! This will give you a nice break from work and also encourage your kids to remain interested in the project for longer periods of time if they see you enjoying it too.

4. If you have a home office, get your children enthused with tidying things up a bit. If you have more than 1 child, give them each a special cleaning project. Set aside a special clean-up day each week for this purpose. You can make it extra special by rewarding them with a little pocket change or even a lunch event.

5. Take a trip to your public library. This activity would be a fun outing every week or every other week. This is another convenient place you can take your laptop along. While your kids are looking at or reading their books, this would be an ideal time for you to open it up and keep on working.

6. Make one day of the week a work help day. Set your kids up a special work area, with paper, pencils, crayons, etc...
Have them make pictures for you to display on your desk for the week. Tell them you need pretty pictures with lots of smiley faces on them to keep Mom motivated and happy about her business. You can also give them special chores such as, fetching the mail for you, emptying the trash, stamping your name or label on brochures, catalogues, and envelopes. According to what type of business you have, I'm sure there are other tasks that your children will be happy and able to help you with.

7. Have a video day. Keep this to a minimum. You don't want to create an unhealthy habit that would encourage more bad habits as they reach adulthood. You should encourage other events that would keep them active versus being in front of the screen. So, once per week would be ideal.

Here you have an activity for each day of the week. Be happy and enthusiastic about these weekly events, as this will encourage your kids to be more involved. A good idea is to make up a colorful chart with these events and place it on the fridge for everyone to see. These activities may get them involved with your business (depending on their ages of course), and will also give you a chance to spend some quality time with them during the summer. Have fun, they are only young once!

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

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