If you want to create a fun memory with your kiddos that they'll be talking about into their old age, have them try to figure out an old rotary phone. You can probably find one of these relics in a thrift shop for cheap.
When you locate one, have your phone ready to video a laughter-filled and perhaps a bit of a frustrating moment. It's just hilarious because even the smartest of kids who have never used this type of phone cannot instantly figure it out.
We had this experience at the Sam Rayburn House in Bonham...there is a semi-functional phone in the visitor center. I thought for sure the oldest would figure it out, but nope.
Whenever we need a fun laugh, we just roll the video and giggle away! Try it with your kids and remember to capture the moment on video so it will remain a fun sharable family memory!
Parenting Goal: Give your kids the skills and knowledge needed to become a productive member of society without living with their parents as an adult.
But there are many daily situations where parents perform acts for the kids that we don't even see as a hands-on opportunity to meet the parenting goal of raising productive members of society.
Why is this? There are adult functions and child functions. It's because we think we have a certain parenting chores that society expects us to perform without question.
Look, I have three kids with their own set of challenges and strengths, and some days my parenting goal is just to get them to school with all their clothes on and teeth brushed.
But honestly, there are lots of things that we as adults step in and do for our kids that we never consider our kids can actually do also. Here are seven "adult" things we can start letting our kids do today:
It was the fourth bloody tooth which my son yanked out of his mouth and sat on the dinner table that made my husband declare our children had not achieved the art of table manners.
I was just happy with the "no farting or burping at the dinner table policy", but apparently my husband has higher expectations of the kids than me.