When Mom or Dad are recovering from an Illness, accident or trauma the whole family can be thrown into chaos. When our children’s needs are being met, they feel more loved and are willing to play on their own better as well. When they play on their own, you have time to take care of your needs so it is a win-win for everyone!
Here are some ideas of mostly low-key and inexpensive activities to do with or for your 0-16-year-old.
- 0-1 Infant *cuddling * looking in their eyes *smiling at each other
- 1-year-old *peekaboo *container stacking *looking at picture books
- 2-year-old *Lego *bath time together * colouring
- 3-year-old *singing *play dough *hide and seek
- 4-year-old *play cars/dolls *chop veges *blanket forts
- 5-year-old *journal *play music *science experiments
- 6-year-old *paint *tell jokes *plant a garden
- 7-year-old *puzzles *bake muffins *read books
- 8-year-old *supervise playdates *take them to activities *learn instruments
- 9-year-old *play dough map *nonfiction picture books *journal writing together
- 10-year-old *painting *puzzles *cook a simple meal together
- 11-year-old *dinner and a movie in *board game *build card houses
- 12-year-old *Make slime *soap making *novel-reading
- 13-year-old *Have a picnic inside or out *make a dream board *
- 14-year-old *Blog together *supervise target shooting *adult colouring
- 15-year-old *Tea together *Watch the stars *pedicure or manicure
- 16-year-old *Read scary books *Paint art *Sing and make up new songs
Sometimes you child just wants your time and attention. The activity is often the bonding agent that allows the time to be fun but it doesn’t always have to be included. There is a great test to find out how your child needs to be loved. Check out Gary Chapman, The 5 Languages of Love quiz
Kids love to laugh, play and connect with us and sometimes this quote eases my conscience as I am working on getting better.
“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”