My family and I recently weathered Hurricane Sandy. Since we live in The Bahamas, our experience was far different than those in the northeastern United States. We came through it safe and sound, and our home didn’t suffer any damage. Amazingly we only experienced 24 hours without electricity. We were very thankful, but 24 hours of a six year old constantly asking “What can we do now, mom?” was quite an experience! My daughter is a full-fledged member of the gadget generation. The idea of 24 hours without her visiting her favorite internet sites, watching movies on Blu-ray or playing games on the iPad was almost unimaginable. So I dug down deep into my mommy arsenal and pulled out the tried and true old school activities. She had so much fun that I’m considering having our family get “unplugged” monthly as a way to reconnect.
Here’s a list of some forgotten classic activities that I used with my daughter during the storm. You may want to use them to help your kids unplug, regenerate those brain cells and reconnect with the family:
• Telling ghost stories. Being without power was perfect for telling spooky stories, but even with the power on it’s a great way to kick start your child’s imagination. I could just see the wheels turning in my daughter’s brain as she created spooky plots to entertain the family.
• Putting together puzzles. They help children think spatially, and use their motor skills.
• Playing charades. Watch your child get their creative juices flowing as they pantomime their thoughts.
• Singing songs. Nothing brings the family together like singing silly songs at the top of your lungs. It’s good fun and will create life-long family memories for your child.
• Shadow puppets. All you need is a dark room, a flashlight, hands and your child’s ingenuity.
The whole family was ecstatic when the storm was over. But we were all pleasantly surprised to find that we felt just a bit closer as a family. I think I’m actually looking forward to the next time we put away the electronics and plug into each other. Face it -- when the kids are all grown up and you look back on their childhood, you won’t reminisce about the times that they spent playing games on the DS. Why not take the effort to create memories that the whole family will treasure?
MommyNoire family – when’s the last time you unplugged and reconnected with your kids?
Words By: Yolanda Darville