Ditch the TV, Bond with Your Child

King Midas was known to have the power to turn everything that he touched into gold.  In today’s financially-challenging times, anyone would fight tooth and nail just to have a power like that. 

But we parents do know that more than wads of money and chunks of gold, a more priceless commodity would have to be spending time with our children.  Time, once passed, is gone forever.  We can never take it back or adequately “make up for lost time.” 

Our jobs are often the culprit when it comes to grabbing us of time with the kids.  Since we can’t afford to do away with the things we do to put food on the table and a roof over our heads, we simply have to devise ways to work around the situation.

Although it is highly tempting to just sit in front of the TV with your kid and a huge bowl of popcorn in hand, that doesn’t really do much for interaction and bonding.  If anything, you just might end up with even wider hips from all the butter in that popcorn!

Take your cue from those worn out sandals your kid has been wearing for the longest time.  It would be a good idea to jump in on the MYOH Havaianas craze and try making your own funky pair of sandals.  It’s a novel idea, enhances your creativity and is downright fun!  Imagine customizing your own footwear as you spend precious time with your child.

Don’t let your imagination stop you.  Come up with other non-TV ways to connect and reconnect with your child.  Those activities will help you bond like crazy glue.


Family Time#7: Fun at the Fun Ranch

I’m lucky enough that the company I work for has extended our weekend to today, Monday, in lieu of the May 1 Labor Day holiday. My daughter and I couldn’t help but give out a shrieking “Weeeeee!!!!!” This is one of the rare times when I get to spend time with her, as normally, she gets to stay with my ex-husband on weekends.

Sunday, we went to Fun Ranch near Tiendesitas. It’s the one place she never gets tired of going to, much to my chagrin, because the place is extremely hot! We always make the mistake of going there at near noon, so you could just imagine the blazing heat. But I always give in to whatever makes her happy, so even I ended up a happy camper, notwithstanding the sweat brewing on my armpits.

My daughter went on all the rides as many times as she desired. I almost pitied her, as she frolicked around Fun Ranch alone, hungry for a playmate. If I had it in my power, I’d give her the little brother or sister she has been asking me for the past few days. But of course, given my present status, that is best left to wishful thinking.

Sentimentality aside, we both had a blast that day. In the final analysis, that’s all that matters.

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