If you are fortunate enough to have a career that permits paid time off, or even vacation time, it is not a bad idea to take a day off to spend with your kid!
First, ensure that your superiors are absolutely fine with you taking the day off, as you don’t want any guilt or fear ruin your fun time off! Select a day that your child is off from school and you would normally have to work, like a staff development day or something of the like.
The key is the element of surprise; let your son or daughter think you have to drop them off with a babysitter on that day. However, instead of taking them to a babysitter or a day care center, take them to get their favorite breakfast! Excitement will surely ensue! Kids love being surprised, especially when it ends with spending a fun day with mom or dad!
When you return home, ask your child what they are in the mood to do. If they are full of energy, you can play “hide & seek”, create an indoor obstacle course, or maybe, start a scavenger hunt. You can spend the first part of the morning together, having fun and de-stressing. Taking a day away from responsibilities and pressures is like hitting a reset button on the brain.
After about an hour or so, work on any homework or projects your children may have. They will love the help and you can ensure that their work is correct and punctual. This is a great way to make homework time fun!
Now, break up the day by going somewhere again. Maybe go see a movie, or shopping. You could visit us during business hours for drop-in crafting. We welcome drop-in visits daily, so any time is great. Sometimes we see many families and other times we only see a few kids, so it is not a bad idea to give us a call if you’re curious about how many people are crafting.
When you arrive home, it should be time for lunch. Allow your son or daughter to help you prepare your mid-day meal. This is fun for them, but it also teaches them skills they’ll need later in life. Depending on the age of your child, they might need a nap from all of this excitement, which gives you a few hours to read and relax. Even if your kid isn’t sleepy, encourage them to curl up on the couch with a book. They’ll enjoy the unwinding time, and reading is a joyous and educational experience that every child needs.