Christmas is over once again. My how time flys... Or does it because I keep saying it without even realising. Hmmm note to self; this year I will work on not saying 'time flys'.
Now the festivities may be over but the school holidays are around for a few more weeks. My kids are older now so I'm not affected by the holidays anymore unless I head to the shops or the local park. For me I always use to say YAY when it was school holidays, but I understand not all parents feel this way. Life gets a little more hectic, kids get bored, they often argue with siblings and entertainment isn't always cheap.
No matter what was happening in my life the school holidays were something I always looked forward too as my kids and I would spend as much time as we could chatting, laughing and playing board games. Board games are such a fun way of connecting and just hanging out together, not just in the holidays but on weekends as well. In my family sometimes our games would last for days, we loved them, we always have and although they are living away from home now, I believe we always will.
Games have always been a part of our family entertainment. My earliest memories of playing games are with my grandparents. With a piece of paper and a pencil we would play for hours a game we (they) simply called 'boy-girl' (A word game that my sister and I have for longest time thought about putting into production for others to play and enjoy, note to self; must still do that).
So Games for us have wonderful memories. Many hours of fun, sitting around the table playing anything from boggle, scrabble, boy/girl, cards, charades, and monopoly to the newer DVD trivia games. I like to add a new game under the Christmas tree every year, for us all to enjoy.
But one particular game we use to play always gets me thinking when ever the school holidays come around; It's the Lord of the Rings board game called RISK.
It's one we played a number of times when the boys were younger and although fun as we each gained our territory's, built our forces and challenged each other to conquer new territories (It can be very competitive!) the word RISK always stands out in my mind. RISK has positive and negative connotations depending on how you apply it and the meaning you place on it. But in this case being games, school holidays and spending time with our kids it poses thoughts of what we risk missing out on. As adults our lives can be so busy. Sometimes we're just exhausted, way too busy, shrug things of as not that important or a waste of time or we’re simply so consumed with pressing important issues over work, bills, relationships and other matters. We can even without realising and with the best intention say 'later' which many times sadly never comes.
So this post is simply an encouragement to make the most of our time and create memorable moments with our kids, especially during the holidays. Time passes so quickly, my kids are now 26 & 20 (but we still play games as often as we can when they come to visit).
They grow up so fast and it's time we can never get back. So I encourage you all to see the school holidays as a magical time you get to spend bonus hours with your kids. No matter what age they are there's something fun you can do together, without spending a fortune.
Below is a list of some of the things my kids and I did (and a couple we still do) over the holidays.
Our kids are a beautiful gift to us and we are their greatest teachers. They watch, they listen, they learn and time spent with them is the greatest gift we can give them.
Create moments and memories to treasure. That's what you'll remember at the end of your life. Our children will also remember the time you spent together (or didn't) too.
Feel free to share your favourite magic memorable moments or family traditions. You just may inspire another to try the same.
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