Dads’ Ideas to Spend Time Together With Young Children during the Holiday Break

Parenting
The long summer days or the chilly winter breaks can be a perfect opportunity for parents to spend some really special time together. Today's post has some ideas from Mike, a dad of 2 on ways to spend some quality time with children: Building A Tree House Or A Fort This is the perfect activity for dads that simply love to be creative with tools and bits and pieces of wood. Kids love a place of their own and this can be easily constructed within your backyard. All you need is a few pieces of woods and you should be handy with construction tools. Your kid’s can help you in the construction and this would not only keep them engaged but would also give them a sense of accomplishment once…
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30 Minute Challenge: Learning to just BE with your children.

30 Minute Challenge: Learning to just BE with your children.

Family Communication, Help By Age & Stage
**This is a guest post from Sam of Love Parenting** I was pondering a question a while back - When was the last time you spent an entire hour having uninterrupted one on one play time with your child? How about just 30 minutes? I am sad to say that I wasn't quite sure, and I suspect I am not alone in my answer. Parents today live in a busy world, with busy lives, and have seemingly unending to do lists, places we have to be, deadlines we have to meet. Children can get caught up in the rush, and struggle to get our full focus and attention. I truly believe in the value of children being involved in adult activities. My son loves to help me with housework, join in…
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Special Time: Connecting in Nature as a Family

Family Communication, Help By Age & Stage
**Very happy to welcome Gina from Connecting Family and Seoul with a guest post in which she is sharing some activity ideas for families to do together centered around nature and the outdoors** Every family has their own special way to recharge and unwind after a long day.  Our family tends to gravitate towards the outdoors.  The sunshine, the soft breezes, the gorgeous trees, and clouds are what not only draws us to nature, but also helps us disconnect from our hectic lives to focus on what is really important - family.  There's just something about being outdoors that makes it easier to connect with each other.  Most days we choose to simply take a nature walk as a family, which may lead us anywhere from around the neighborhood or even to the…
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Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Making time in our busy lives for daily or weekly special time with our children is invaluable. Special time can be any activity where parent and child actively engage in play and conversation to build connection. Honoring this time together by putting away cellphones, turning off the tv and focusing on each other is what makes this time special. In part one of the Special Time Series there are 40 activity ideas for infants and toddles. Here are 60 Activitiy ideas for special time with Preschoolers and School Aged children. Pre-schoolers: 3-5 yrs A sure fire way to have successful special time with pre-schoolersis letting them choose the activity and lead the way. Telling mom or dad how to walk across a silly obstacle course or watching a parent get…
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