Getting Kids to Spend More Time With their Grandparents

Spending time with grandparents is an integral part of childhood and can offer truly special memories.  More importantly a kid needs to have fun with their grandparents.  Here are some great activities for kids to do with their grandparents to create priceless memories for everyone.

Cook a Family Recipe Together

Does your family have a secret heirloom recipe?  If so kids helping their grandparent cook this dish helps children learn about their heritage and allows grandparents to tell the story behind the recipe for some additional information an on the family tree.

Create a Family Scrapbook

By doing this, especially if grandparents live far away, kids have a wonderful chance to learn about their family by going through old pictures and records.  This would be a great summer project and a fun way to teach a child about their family tree and history.  Putting names to pictures is invaluable as it creates a new dimension of learning about one’s family and provides an easy way for a child to learn.

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Field Trips

Getting out of the house and taking special trips with grandparents also leads to wonderful bonding time and special memories.  Fun activities include going to the zoo, a museum, local parks, or even arranging weekly dinners at a favorite restaurant.  This creates structure and gives kids something to look forward to.  A promised outing to the zoo is also a great way to get your kids to behave so they can enjoy a fun trip.

Embrace Technology

To introduce youngsters and older generations to technology arranging video chats is a fun and beneficial activity to both parties.  Even if you are far away from grandparents advances like Skype make it possible to have a face to face call with someone on the opposite side of the globe.  Kids will realize they can speak to their grandparents whenever they like and grandparents have the sense of knowing that long distances are no longer as limiting as they used to be.

Sharing Hobbies

Encourage your kids to learn a new craft, skill, or hobby from their grandparents.  Sadly these arts are a dying breed and to have such a hobby is not only immensely satisfying it is a great way to brings kids and grandparents closer together.  These dying arts are also very valuable to be familiar with as they might include sewing, woodworking, and baking among other things.  These areas offer life lessons that child will most likely be very grateful for.

A Wealth of Knowledge

Above all else, grandparents are pillars of values, morals, and knowledge.  They can offer deeper and more meaningful lessons based on what they have been through in life and their generational perspective.  The more time kids spend with their grandparents the more of their wisdom they are exposed to and this is a priceless gift.  In addition to being the best caregivers after parents grandparents are there to provide wisdom, guidance, and answers to  help their grandchildren grow into better people.

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Simple Soups for Spring

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Make Dinner Fun for the Whole Family

Spring lends itself well to a variety of fresh dishes that even the most discerning palate can enjoy. Even though summer is just around the corner, chilly evenings make spring the perfect season to enjoy soup made from fresh ingredients. Your kids will also enjoy being able to help you create dinner, which will help get them away from the television and into the kitchen! The next time you find yourself looking for family cooking ideas, consider using these activities to get everyone involved. Not only will you end up with a delicious dinner, but you will also be able to strengthen the bond with your child and give them memories to cherish for years to come.

Get the Kids Involved

Kids of all ages love to help cook dinner. It not only instills good values, but helps them understand the process of creating a meal and learning where their food comes from. Before starting, be sure you prep all of the items going into your meal. This includes any chopping or the handling of raw meat. Once the hard part is done, get your kids involved by letting them measure ingredients, taste test and pitch-in during cleanup. Of course, older children can help cut vegetables if they are properly trained and supervised. To peak their interest, use ingredients that they enjoy eating and allow them to present their creation to the entire family before eating.

Make Cooking Fun

The key to child participation is making sure they have fun! Allow them to have free choice over what goes into the meal, and put them in charge of reading the recipe if you choose to use one. Other activities, such as playing music and small games or friendly competitions can help ensure enjoyment by all, and keep them coming back for more fun!

Creating your own family cooking ideas can be complicated. The next time you are looking for the perfect meal give this recipe a try and make your families’ dinner special for everyone.

Creamy Potato Soup

Ingredients:
½ pound bacon (thick cut works best)
3 large carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 large potatoes, chopped
7 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup milk
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. chopped parsley
1 cup grated cheese

Directions:
To begin, cut the bacon into small pieces and brown in a large skillet over medium heat. Once fully cooked, remove the bacon and drain any grease from the pan. Place the onion, celery and carrots into the same pan and saute for 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Pour the broth into the onion mixture and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the burner and add the milk and heavy cream. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Remove two-thirds of the mixture from the pan and place into a large blender. Puree the soup until smooth and then pour it back into the pan. Simmer the ingredients until all of the vegetables are fully cooked. Serve in bowls garnished with cheese, bacon and fresh parsley.