Christmas Activities for Children: The Hidden Benefits

clowning-aroundThere’s one huge hidden benefit to creating and getting involved in Christmas activities for children. Even though they initially might insist they want to watch the latest mesmerizing program on TV (and you feel tired enough to secretly want this yourself), you’ll find you won’t have to handcuff them, to get them hooked into a Christmas activity.

Children are by nature creatures of the moment, ready to be distracted into having fun any time – and they secretly love having your full attention.

A simple  way to do it – help them make easy Christmas crafts. And that doesn’t just apply to girls – boys like to do crafts too (though they won’t often admit it.) The secret is to lay out your craft supplies, get started – and watch them join in.

The big key to a successful craft session lies in resisting any urge you might have to take over and do the crafts for them. Don’t criticize their choice of colors, or try to force them to apply adult standards of good design taste. Just to provide them with the materials and be there beside them, to answer questions, teach safe procedures, help when asked – and most of all, just share the moment.

cherriesOne of the best hidden benefits in making time for special Christmas activities with children is not only the memory you create for both of you, but the time you invest in listening.

When little hands are busy, tongues start to chatter. You may hear more about what’s going on in their lives – sometimes really startling things, like the problem they’re having with the bully on the school bus or the trouble they’re having with their eyesight – than you ever would by asking.

Consider It an Investment…

It also builds self-confidence as they tackle new tasks (carefully supervised by you) -  and find themselves rewarded for their efforts with your genuine praise.  The more you interact with a child in a positive, happy way, the healthier and more secure an adult you’ll turn out.

There are other activities you can share with your children:

  • Wrapping presents
  • Decorating
  • Christmas baking
  • Having your own little Christmas party
  • Having a doll Christmas party
  • Singing carols

No matter how busy your life is or how exhausted you feel, stopping the madness to invest in and help children you love on their journey towards turning into becoming  independent, happy adults is the greatest gift you could ever give them – and yourself!

Isn’t that worth taking time for? :)

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2 Comments

  1. 1
    Dave Lucas Says:

    This year I have made myself a promise: be more aware of and get others to participate in the joyous holiday season. No matter who you are, be grateful and give what you can to others. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. 2
    admin Says:

    Dave, your promise mirrors one I made to myself this year. It’s good to feel we’re doing our best to make the world a better place, instead of being completely caught up in all the stress of this decade. Thanks for taking the time to write!

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