When it comes to New Year’s Eve, not too many people immediately think of bringing in the holiday toting your kids around. However, if you’re like most people with youngin’s that are still living at home, you can still enjoy the festivities with children of all ages. In this week’s blog, we share some ideas that you might be able to use to make it to 2017 without pulling out your hair in the process.
Once the month of December winds down, and you top it off with a great party to say goodbye to the previous year, it’s great to help your children understand what everyone’s celebrating. Give your kids something to look forward to like improving their self-esteem; school work acts of kindness. Remember to guide your children to understand it’s out with the old and in with the new!
*One thing you can do is blow up some generic balloons and write different time on them leading up to the ball dropping. For instance, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 P.M. on separately on each balloon. With every hour have the children pop the balloon with a dart. Popping balloons will not only keep them awake until midnight, but it’s also a whole lot more fun than hearing “Is it time yet?” from your little ones every fifteen minutes. To change it up a bit, you can roll up small pieces of paper giving an activity that will take up until the next balloon pop. Activities such as play a game, eat a snack, etc., The whole idea is to keep each hour rolling and not letting the kids get bored.
**Next is the actual balloon drop at midnight. Visit a local balloon shop or florist and ask to have a giant balloon filled with confetti and other balloons. When the clock hits twelve, pop the oversized balloon to celebrate like they do on television. Super fun, and a little messy but well worth it!
***While kids may not know what the champagne tastes like, you can easily conjure up this great recipe using Perrier or Sparkling water and cotton candy. Just place the cotton candy pieces inside a child safe glass, pour the sparkling water and watch the smiles. This neat little trick will make them feel special, and it’s so fun to watch the looks on their little faces when the cotton candy disappears and turns into bubbles.
Don’t forget to stock up on noisemakers as this is one of the best ways for a kid to enjoy the festivities. Keep plenty of healthy snack foods on hands such as shrimp cocktail and cheese plates. With a little parent guidance and a few party favors, toting kids around your New Year’s party will be a cinch!
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It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning, the children are just getting up while you’re putting the coffee on when one of your kids says “Mom, what are we going to give to so and so for his/her birthday today?”
Suddenly a hot flash sweeps through your entire body as you just remember that today you have to take your kids to someone’s party that you don’t really know. What’s worse you don’t want to look like a schmuck parent that doesn’t have an ounce of creativity. So you muster up your kids and jump into the car. On the ride to the local toy store you ask your children what their thoughts are on gift giving to the friend. Asking the kids may get you a few different answers like “I don’t know” or “He doesn’t have
Xbox, let’s get him that” and then there is “She doesn’t even like me, I don’t know why she asked me to come to the party.” So what do you do when they aren’t help and you have less than 24 hours to buy something that will make the kids head spin? Here is a guide for you to look like a totally “With It” mom and won’t make your children appear as a couple of dweebs.
Boys 5 and older will be looking for anything from “Star Wars”. The Darth Vadar Light Saber is a sure win if the child doesn’t already have one. But you can never have enough light sabers. You can easily find these at any store including Walmart and many are under $20.
Girls 5 and older are hitting the shopping cart with the Shopkins Shoppies figures. These cute little dolls are on a mission to shot til they drop. They’ve got several shops that are a part of the collection like the Donatina’s Donut Shop and the Shoe Dazzle two stores which any young girl would like. Under $17 for many of their collectables.
Boys 7 and older would enjoy The Mind Jewel Brain Teaser or Squish Football. Boys love to be hands on at this age and are also a ball of energy. Give them something that will last and helps them either learn or use a motor skill. Both of these gifts retail for less than $15 bucks!
Girls 7 and older enjoy being crafty and this year beading is taking a front seat. Fusion Beads, or a Giant bead box is under $20 and they will have hours of fun making bracelets and other artistic jewelry. Don’t forget you can find these everywhere including places like Walmart and Walgreens!
Boys 9 and up are starting to become more advanced. If the child is into puzzles, then Turbo Mind Twister might be a good choice. This toy retails at $19 which is inexpensive when you consider the older the child the higher the cost of the toy.
Girls older than 9 that enjoy competitive games will enjoy the Nerf Sport Lightning Scoop Toss. Nerf remains a favorite brand for toys whether for a boy or girl. When you think about the longevity of their products, it’s a good toy investment. But let’s get back to the party.
With anyone of these items being a quick fix and popping in and out of a toy store, you’ll be able to be a hero mom and not a zero mom or dad whatever the case may be. In any case we wish you the best and hope this guide was helpful.
If you have any other gift ideas, you’d like to share with us please do.
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