Fun and Easy Games for your Kid’s Party

Finding games that are quick, easy, and will be fun for everyone can be a challenge.  Something that is too long may be hard for the younger ones to keep track of.  Ones involving a lot of running may not work for guests with asthma – so how do you ever find games that are not only fun for everyone, but also easy to create? It isn’t a simple feat.  Here are a few ideas to make your foray into party planning just a little less hectic!

Obstacle course

This can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it.  Whether you set up a whole course in your backyard or use a series of chairs, ribbons, and clothes, you can make a team game that everyone can enjoy! Make sure that you have enough room for at least 2 teams.  If you have a large backyard, create one long course and do a relay style.  If not, do a game with a consistent relay style for each team member.  For example, the first team members have to run to a large paper roll, run around it three times, then put on a new pair of shoes.  Next person has to run to the paper roll, run around it three times, but put on a shirt!  Whatever you choose to do, this is a fun option that will let you get creative and have some fun while you are at it!

Easy Games for your Kid’s Party

Balloon relay races

This game is especially funny when older kids are doing it.  To play this game, you must run with a balloon between your legs to your teammate, and pass the balloon off to them for their leg.  Whoever completes this task to the finish line first, wins!

Pin the tail on the donkey

A classic, this one is a lot of fun for younger kiddos.  Using Velcro or tape, have the kids try to pin the tail onto the right spot on the donkey. The closest ones get a prize – everyone else gets candy!

A scavenger hunt!

This activity is a great way to use time. Create a hunt that will send them all over, and give you some time to either set up a new game, or kick back and relax for a little while!  Split the kids into two teams, and then give them a beginning clue list. As they move throughout the hints, give clues to each item.  All items should be following a certain theme, and should lead to an ultimate item, theme, or compilation.  This also allows you to use complete creativity and have some fun.  You can also let your child in on the fun – let them pick the theme, and have some say in how many clues there should be, etc. Even with the surprise of what you ultimately pick, they can know that it will be something everyone can enjoy!  Whatever you pick, these simple activities can make a good party great!

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Mother’s Sixth Sense: Trust Your Gut

Mother’s Sixth Sense

A mother is responsible for many things, including teaching, raising, protecting, and nursing a child as they grow. But you can’t be there for him or her every second of the day. Eventually they’ll go off out into the big world, and you’ll have to trust in what you’ve taught them to keep them safe. Sometimes you may have a terrible feeling, and worry suddenly about your child. Many people will tell you that you’re just imagining things, and to continue on with your life. But the truth is, you should trust your gut. You’ll never know what you’ve missed if you don’t.

 

What the Sixth Sense Is

The sixth sense isn’t magical; it’s simply an emotional feeling that comes through unconsciously sifting through facts and logic given to you. You’ll feel that familiar pull that says that something’s not right, and it’s that gut feeling that you should rely on. Don’t think that you’ll be able to read minds or know with absolute faith that your gut is 100% right, but know that most of the time; you’ll be lead in the right direction.

 

How to Use the Sixth Sense

If there’s a twist in your stomach, then you’ll know something is wrong. Immediately try to think of where your child might be, and what might be happening. Whether they’re off at school, at practice, or simply sitting in a library studying, you should try to figure it out quickly. If you can, call them to ask them what is going on. Find some way to contact them. If they’re out of town, try to see what the news is in the area where they are.

Other times, you’ll get the same gut feeling when face to face with your child. That may be a sign that something is wrong that they’re not telling you. Try asking them a few questions, finding whatever subject it is that they avoid and focusing on that. Be sure to keep things private, because if your child has a secret that’s eating away at them, and they haven’t turned to you for help yet, then you know it’s not something they want everyone to know.

 

Why the Sixth Sense is Important

Sometimes, bad things happen. And unfortunately, sometimes we don’t find out until it’s too late. Having a gut feeling that something is wrong can help problems be found more quickly. It can help get your child out of a potentially abusive or destructive relationship if you can recognize the signs before they do. It may even help save your child’s life one day. If there was something wrong, but the doctors couldn’t figure it out, your gut instinct may help to save the day. It’s happened many times, what with doctors not always being able to find the problem. If your sixth sense is saying that there is something wrong, and you ask for a second look, you may save your child’s life.

 

Having that sixth sense is a privilege, and should be treated as such. While it may be wrong sometimes, as long as you take it seriously, you could help before anyone knows you’re even needed. In the end, it’s important to always trust your gut.

 

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Managing Your Love Life After Kids

Love Life After Kids

It might seem like a distant memory, but do you remember your love life before children? Every night was a “date night” and might include dinner and a play, movie or other entertainment. You would fall into bed and connect with your partner, then lazily sleep in the following morning. You might be laughing out loud at the comparison of that to what you have now, after kids. But you still have a healthy love life after you have children. Here are some tips to managing your love life after kids.

You Might Be Exhausted

It’s probably the biggest reason you’re not getting intimate more often with your spouse. Particularly if you have kids under 2 who aren’t consistently sleeping through the night: by the time you get dinner, bath, bedtime and your little one is settled, all you can think about is getting some shuteye. The sleep deprivation is hard to fix until a little later, but don’t deprive yourself of some mood-boosting and healthy intimacy with your spouse. We all know that kids tend to drive the schedule around the house, but you can work within that framework to spend a little time together. It is not uncommon for couples to find that their best opportunity for intimacy isn’t at night. If, by chance, you’re lucky enough to have a predictable napper, you’ll have some time alone: make the most of it!

Let Someone Watch the Kids

There’s no law that says – when you drop the kids off at a sitter – that you have to go out. Arrange for an outside sitter, then head home instead. Yes, you will feel a tinge of guild at being home alone. Quickly replace it with this thought: when you feel physically and emotionally connected to your partner, you will be a better parent. Taking care of your needs – and the needs of your spouse – are important to enable you to take care of the needs of your children. In this same spirit, it is perfectly acceptable to take of early from work and meet your spouse at home for a rendezvous before you pick up the kids at daycare.

Schedule It

You will likely grimace at the notion that you should actually schedule couples-time on your calendar. You think it will feel like an appointment or something on your to-do list. Then, you will see that there, amidst the pediatrician and play dates, your meetings and the gym, you have prioritized time to devote to your partner. It will feel strange, but when you see that scheduling time results in more romantic moments, you will agree to it, at least in the near term.

If You’re Not Feeling It

If you’re the parents of a newborn or baby under the age of one year and you’re not feeling as turned on as you used to, don’t be afraid to talk to your OB/GYN or general doctor. Hormonal imbalances, vaginal dryness and poor sleep can all contribute to your sex drive. Be open about your feelings and ask your medical practitioner for possible treatments.

Managing your love life after kids can be a challenge, but the investments you make to keep romance in your relationships will strengthen bonds with your partner and the connections the two of your share with your kids.

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