What's the Homemaking September ShapeUp! all about?
Just as it's important for kids to have chores and routines so they know what's expected of them and to keep their day's running smoothly, it's important that they have FUN! They are kids, encourage them to be kids. Let every family member pick what they want to do for 2 hours each week as a family. They might pick board games or a movie or a picnic. If you want you can specify a monthly not to exceed dollar amount to go with it to help build up a bunch of options.
$10 could cover:
a movie rental and popcorn for a movie night
a frisbee, sandwich fixings and juice for a picnic
a board game
a deck of cards
ingredients for homemade pizza night
packets of seeds to plant their favorite vegetables or fruit
an inflatable kids pool
There are plenty of free options:
going to the park
go for a walk
go look at the pet store
put on a play of their favorite story
telling stories each taking a turn making up the next line
have a camp out in the living room, using a sheet for a tent
If parents set the example of being able to have fun with just a little imagination, children will learn by example.
Do you have any other ideas?