1001 THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS; By Caryl Waller Krueger; Abingdon Press; 314 pages; trade paperback.
The title is a bit misleading. Doesn't "1001 Things to Do with Your Kids" sound like an endless round of crafts and learning projects with a few field trips thrown in? Doesn't it make you exhausted to even consider 1,001 new things to do?In truth, while you still wouldn't want to attempt all 1,001 of Caryl Krueger's ideas at once, they are less tiring and more enlivening than the title implies. And they aren't all crafts projects, either.
Krueger, who wrote "Six Weeks to Better Parenting," hands us ideas on how to have more meaningful conversations, how to celebrate the ordinary events, in short, how to make the most of the time you spend with your children.
A few examples from among Krueger's suggestions:
-"Help the One Who's Behind." So often the family is rushing to get out the door. Getting dressed, feeding the dog, gathering things to take along - it's wild. Teach family members to shout, "Help the one who's behind." When everyone else calls back, "Who's behind?" the one in need of help shouts his name. It's fun to come to the rescue!
-"Supper-in-a-Tree." Give an ordinary day a twist by letting kids have supper in the low branches of a tree. Join them! Put an open bag on the ground under the tree and let each one see how good her aim is with used paper cups and napkins.
-"Music Night." Once a month, let each member of the family share about 15 minutes of his favorite music. This can be from the radio or stereo. Supper is a good time. First, listen to the younger children's music, then to the teens' favorites. Parents can play golden oldies or Bach. Learn to appreciate the variety of music and musicians as you eat, talk, read, play a game or do a craft.