Create a fun holiday project that lasts all year
One of the moments I’m most looking forward to during the holiday break will be to spend some actual, true blue familia time together. I plan to “turn off the technology” and really pay attention to my tween girls. This age group KNOWS you’re not doing it enough and remind you! Gone are the days when they just ask, “Mom or Dad can we do this together…?” and instead, “When we were at the stores you were on the phone the whole time…”. They notice. And before building resentment, I suggest really planning your time together. A few ideas:
– Leave time to share a new game, toy, doll or book together.
– Catch up on fun movies.
– Plan an outdoor outing that doesn’t cost much. It just lets you focus on them.
Or one of my favorite pastimes, plan a special craft together. It’ll be something you’ll make today but look at for years and laugh at the memory. And if it doesn’t come out perfect- better! Then you’ll really laugh.
The great part of the tween years is that you can spend quality time together enjoying a fun conversation if you’re willing to stop and listen. The sad part of the tween years is that they’re getting older- and the opportunities can slip past you quickly. Take advantage of the time NOW.
I found this cute idea for a “Felt” Gingerbread house that I thought was cool on the Lowe’s “Ideas Creativas” website. You can make it as boyish or girlie as you’d like. Since our friends at Lowe’s sent us a $50 Gift card, we wanted to raffle it and share it with you- our Los Tweens amigos so you can pick up some items and plan a fun craft together during your ‘down time.’
One way I would change the house is to add a slit as a ‘piggy bank’ (which can be a way to hold money before you deposit it with your child if they have a savings account) or to drop little “ideas” on a small sheet of paper of ways to continue spending time juntos throughout the year. If given the opportunity, kids will tell you exactly what they’d like to do- sometimes we’re too busy to listen. I know I’m trying to be a better listener, one day at a time.
FELICIDADES! Many blessings for a wonderful holiday and new year.
As a mother of twin tweens in 2011 and an active Girl Scout Troop leader, Cristy realized there was a need to develop bilingual digital content and foster a community facing the challenges of raising kids after first grade. That year she founded and remains co-Publisher of Los Tweens & Teens, to support multicultural parents and mentors with content related to raising Gen Z- tweens & teens ages 7-18. Through the Los Tweens & Teens LIVE events such as Teens & Me – the growing team aims to provide our community with essential resources from chats with therapists to battle anxiety and bullying, to understanding social media and technology.
A New Jersey native of Cuban decent, Cristy is a board member of Amigos For Kids – a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in the South Florida community. She is a teenage cancer survivor and speaks nationally at conferences and volunteers with cancer-awareness organizations such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida.