The internet is a wonderful tool for rainy days. It gives your child the opportunity to stretch their imagination and have indoor fun. At the same time we want them to have useful activities, not just a day of zoning out in front of the computer. Here are a few fun activities I have found online for a smart but entertaining rainy day.
Zoo World 2
This Facebook game is great on so many levels. First they make patience pay off. You can earn the special currency a little at a time. They make it possible to get special products without spending money. For example, I was able to “rescue a special dinosaur” rather than spend special currency on it. It’s also a great learning tool for my child. We sit together and name the animals as well as their colors and the number of a species we have. We discuss what each animal would eat and pick the terrain we think would be best. I can teach my son about new animals by looking them up on Wikipedia and reading about them. You can build your zoo specifically to your child’s interests. Mine specializes in elephants, dinosaurs, and butterflies.
Rainy days aren’t the best motivators for physical fitness. However, Youtube is full of exercise videos that can be done indoors. My favorite indoor exercises to do with my little ones are simple yoga and tai chi. It’s easy to introduce these types of exercises to a child for both fitness and calming down indoors. It gives their bodies something appropriate to do while spending their energy.
Do you have family members that are far away? Try using rainy days to Skype family members across the country. If the schedules of your family at home and your family abroad don’t coincide, write an email together. Use a silly font or color for the words to make it more fun and personalized.
What do you and your kids do on rainy days?
Stress can waste a good deal of money. Ask any mother and she will tell you. She shops, gets spa treatments, and eats out all to reduce responsibilities in her life as well as stress. There is often guilt involved from spending that money. Either the mommy guilt, feeling we should never need time off, or the money guilt that you really can’t afford what we have spent.
More Mommies = More Downtime
Mommies are the front line of child care. If you are a stay at home mom one of your financial benefits is not needing to pay child care. If you are a working mom you most likely don’t want to spend more on child care. This is especially true when you have younger children. Rather than getting a babysitter to get your downtime, collect a group of like minded moms and their children. Pick an activity, such as pedicures or a hair treatment. Take turns giving and receiving the pampering service as well as a turn watching the children. You and the other moms all get a break from the kids, pampering, and don’t have to pay for babysitting.
Share With the Kids
Sometimes the desire for downtime doesn’t mean getting away from the kids. It just means you don’t want to run around like the responsible chicken with your head cut off. You are feeling stressed and want a break without alienating your kiddos. So share your downtime with them. This could be watching your favorite child friendly television show with them, or sharing an ice cream bar. You’ll end up with less stress, a happier mommy, and a happier little one.
Actively Take Time Alone
Don’t wait for the right time to come along to have a break. Set a regular time to do something you enjoy. It may be after the kids go to bed or you could take turns with your spouse caring for the kids in the evening so you both get a break at the end of the day. Everyone needs downtime.
What do you do to get a break without breaking your budget?
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Lazy days are some of the best days in human existence. They are days filled with silence or family, but not obligations and stress. They can be a little bit of a money sink though, because they aren’t really days of financial production. Here are a few ways to limit the costs of your lazy day and still come out of them worry free and refreshed.
What’s In The Fridge
Do you have a fridge full of leftovers? Do you have microwave dinners in your freezer or a bag of salad in your crisper? Instead of ordering out or going to a restaurant use up what you haven’t used in your fridge. This is also an easy way to prep your fridge for cleaning day. When scrounging in your fridge just throw out what looks bad.
Don’t waste money at a landmark or at the zoo. Don’t waste gas by going for a drive or to the store. Just stay in your own home and watch a movie or have friends over. Spend the day on the porch watching your kids in the backyard. Work on crafts or gaze out the window or into the fireplace with a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Do something small for your health without feeling bad. Take a nap. Have a bubble bath. Enjoy a wrestling match with your toddler. Do something that will actually relieve stress and allow your to feel better on an emotional level and therefore more productive on your non-lazy days.
Leave all electric or battery operated lights off. Use sunlight that come through windows and skylights. Use the fireplace or candle light. Both sunlight and candle light are linked to stress reduction. This is also a mild natural way to warm your home on chilly fall days. Just be sure to wear your favorite fuzzy slippers and pajamas.
What do you do on your lazy days?
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There are many ways to get free stuff on the internet, but one of the most overlooked ways to get free stuff is by visiting the websites of television channels. TV, through set times to broadcast and thousands of commercials, is becoming a thing of the past. Why would people choose to watch television the old way when they can watch when they want with fewer ads? As a result, TV channel websites are finding more ways to keep the interest and loyalty of their viewers.
Free Kids Stuff
There are many things for kids to do other than watch the show when you visit the website of their favorite television channel. They can have stories read. They can interact with their favorite characters. There are games to play. You can even print out coloring pages of your child’s favorite cartoon characters. It’s a fun way to get away from the actual watching of the television show and at the same time still be able to let your child see their favorite shows.
Comes Out Before Netflix
When you visit Netflix you need to wait until the next season of the show you are watching comes out in full to see what happens next. When you watch Hulu some shows you can see right away. Others are only on Hulu Plus. Some of these same shows are available on their channel websites right after airing. Other channels choose to post episodes on their website a week later.
Loyalty Rewards and Stores
Some channel websites offer loyalty points that offer great discounts for (you guessed it) their website store. It’s a good place to find merchandise for a friend or family member who has a favorite show. There are also sweepstakes and giveaways offered on some websites. They could be for anything from coveted kitchen wares to shows on DVD, but if you win they are free.