I’ll be the first to admit that my wife and I have spent a lot of money over the years to have fun with our kids, and I have the receipts to prove it. Theme parks, vacation destinations, ballgames – we’ve always had a great time!
However, we were fortunate to learn early in parenthood that we didn’t always need to spend a lot of money to have a great time. Sure, I remember those expensive trips, but I have just as many happy memories of car rides, backyard games and creative projects.
Your kids just want your attention, and sharing yourself with them can make them feel richer than any kid on the block. It doesn’t have to be well planned, expensive or complicated – be creative! Here are a couple of ideas:
- Family Game Night - My wife and I have always enjoyed board and card games, and the kids loved occasionally beating Mom or Dad. Add a couple of frozen pizzas and the chance to stay up a little past bedtime, and it was always a hit.
- Car games - Driving to the grandparents or even just a long day of errands, we played a game called “Buzz”. Everyone (except the driver, safety first) would count in order and on each number that had 7 or a was a multiple of seven, they would have to say “buzz.” If someone missed a “7” number and another family member caught it, the person that missed was eliminated and the rest kept going until eliminations left only one player, the winner.It could get tough as the numbers increased, especially since the key to the game is to count quickly. Educational and fun – double check.
- Special individual time - Having triplets, we always wanted to allow individual time for each of our kids. So every Saturday morning, my wife or I would take just one of the kids out to breakfast to talk, hang out together, run errands or window shop. Just like Saturdays are meant for.
Do you have any ideas of your own on how to connect with your kids without breaking the bank? Please share!