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When we spend time with our kids, there is a big chance of spending lots of money! We eat outside. Go to the movies. Go shopping. Go to the beach and so on. There are a lot of activities that usually entails spending money.
Sometimes, we tell ourselves that spending lots of money is spending a lot of quality time with the kids. That’s a big LIE! More often than not, when we engage in money-spending activities we spend lesser time talking and mingling with the kids. When we go shopping, you’re conscious on what to buy. When we eat outside, we couldn’t spend much time talking because you don’t own the place – when your finish eating, you get out! When we go to the beach, you’re worried about the children’s safety.
Anyway, I am not saying that these activities are not good. They are actually fun and very addictive (especially shopping). What I am saying is, spending every Sunday with these kind of activities will really put the family off the budget. We also need to be practical.
Here some ideas on how to spend time with your kids affordably every Sunday:
• Plan your day. Don’t forget to attend church. This is a must priority in your Sunday schedule. Plot it anytime you want, as long as it’s part of the schedule.
• After church (for us, it’s always around 4pm), go home. Make sandwiches together. Let the children help you prepare their snacks. Make different sandwiches every other Sundays. Make your children experiment. After making your snacks, eat together and TALK!
• If you have an aircon at home, you can turn it up…get the latest DVD, turn off the lights and watch together. You’re in your very own movie theater minus other people! After, discuss the movie and make sure that they have understood what lessons that they should imitate or what shouldn’t.
• Buy coloring books or print from the internet. Let their creative mind go to work. Color with them while TALKING. You can also have crafts.
• You can also spend time with them at the bed or at the sofa…I call it “lazy afternoon” or “loving-loving.” Just lie around and snuggle each other or plainly talk about anything.
There are a lot of ways…just be creative on how to do it. Just make sure that the common denominator is “communication.” Make sure that you talk with each other. Give the children the opportunity to talk about their lives, their needs & wants, their ideals and perceptions. When they talk and you listen…it’s another manifestation of love!