Being a parent can be an extremely difficult task. You have complete responsibility for a whole human and it is up to you to make sure that they are fed, watered and well entertained. Though we all love our children, we all get excited for the days when they are at school or out playing with their friends, just so that we can have some time to ourselves to relax.
If you are a parent, it is likely that you are experiencing the fall break. If your child is old enough, it is likely that you usually just let them get on with playing with their friends or going to a kids club. However, this is one of the rainiest Octobers that we have ever seen, which means that your child has been stuck inside for the last few days.
You may be tempted to just allow your child to sit in their room all day playing games, but this is not good for them at all and so should be avoided at all costs. If you are not sure how else to keep your child entertained, we have your back, here are easy ways to entertain your children on rainy days.
Host a Movie Night
There is nothing more exciting than a movie night with your family. If you look back to your childhood, it is likely that some of your favorite memories are times spent with your family watching films. Thanks to the magic of streaming sites, you have access to almost every film at the touch of your fingers.
Forcing your family to decide on a film to watch can take hours, so we recommend that you pick three choices. Then have your family each vote on one of these films and stick with the choice that has been made, no discussion. It is likely that your family will enjoy it, no matter what film it is, so don’t waste too much time deliberating.
To top off the evening, you could make some microwave popcorn and buy some candy for your family. Why not buy a pizza to really make it a night that your children will look back on and think fondly of.
Get to Know Your Child
Think about it, how much do you really know your child? You know the foods they like and hate, but do you know where they stand politically or morally? Children are incredibly clever and from a young age, they begin to form their own ideas of right and wrong. Getting to know their beliefs can really strengthen your relationship and it is a great way to pass some time during the rainy days.
If you are not sure how you can approach the conversation, we recommend that you start off with some of your classic would you rather game questions, like would you rather have feet for thumbs or thumbs for feet? Once you have gotten past the funny questions, you can throw in some more serious questions and really get to know your kid.
Having these conversations with your children will make them feel more comfortable speaking to you, which means that they may confide in you in the future, which is the kind of relationship that you want.
When you are experiencing a rainstorm, it can be tempting to want to spend all of your time sitting down. This is fine to a certain extent, but this is not a great way to stay fit. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of online workout videos that you can access and do from the comfort of your own home.
You should encourage your children to get involved in these workouts, as childhood obesity is an ongoing problem that needs to be focused on.
If your child feels as though workout videos are a bit of a chore, we have an easy way that you can trick them into exercising, while also having fun. I am sure that you have heard of the game ‘Just Dance’. This has a collection of popular pop tunes, matched with their iconic dances. You can compete with your children and see who gets the best score while having a lot of fun.