From Books to Magazines: How to Make Sure the Bedtime Story Is Just the Beginning
Life is probably the most unstructured you will ever experience. And the best part about living life unstructured is that with the freedom comes lots of fun!
I’m constantly thinking about books, movies, music, artwork and other things that capture my children’s fascination – so I know our super busy lives don’t have to involve a large quantity of things to keep them occupied. (Except sometimes for nap time.)
Here are three other ideas on what kids would probably enjoy more:
Preschool, which is just a year after kindergarten in America, is the time when kids start reading. And they will likely continue reading until they turn 15! In my house, some of my best content came from the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss and others. I am definitely not overspending on preschool, however. Our family – and our annual child-centered vacation – tends to focus on resources that are very in tune with the outdoors. One of the best ways to get kids moving is to just walk. You will be surprised at the difference a few feet can make. When I was a little girl my brother was falling asleep and I had to do everything in my power to sneak him into his room so that I could go outside and run. So if a preschool is what your family is looking for, it’s probably best to ensure that you can get some time outdoors as a family – that is more likely to contain opportunities for children to play.
Books and Magazines
Books are such a wonderful way to get kids immersed in life. They just can’t replicate the inside of a book. And magazines, especially those featuring children’s literature, can be one of the best, most affordable ways to expose children to new books – and to children’s literature in general. More and more bookstores are thinking about ways to create place for little readers so they can pause and learn (or just get lost in the story).
So if you are looking for ways to keep your busy kids’ lives interesting, this could be the answer.
Deborah Farmer Kris is a school psychologist specializing in child development, with an office in New Canaan, Connecticut.