It is less than a week before Christmas, and in my local shopping-centres I can see many parents and children shopping for Christmas presents and getting ready for the Christmas festivities.
During this festive time, it can be a busy time for everyone; however, you can still involve your children with your Christmas planning, getting them to help with the shopping and menu planning. Children can help when getting ready for family gatherings/visits on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or during the New Year.
So how can you involve your children?
Helping Plan the Menu –
Older children can help you with menu planning, discussing the different dishes, and helping with writing out the menu.
After that, someone can go through the recipes, search through the pantry, and draw up a shopping list, and others will help with the cooking.
Your kids can help with:
- planning the shopping list
- planning what to serve your guests
- making some Christmas pies or cookies as presents, instead of buying them from the shops.
How can your children help you prepare the menu? They can:
- decide on the recipe/s
- check for ingredients from the fridge and pantry
- write up the shopping list.
Guests’ Arrangements –
This is a HUGE job if you are the host during the festive season. Our grandparents lived with us, so during Chinese New Year, we would be the host for the interstate and overseas guests. As a child I knew exactly what to expect and the arrangements that were needed.
So if you have the honour of hosting the Christmas gathering, it is a great opportunity to get everyone involved and allow creativity to flow:
- Make a list of who may be coming.
- Who will be occupying which room – get your kids' input and feedbac?
- Do you have enough mattresses and pillows; if not, what do you need to do?
- When do you need to organise all of these by?
- How many people need to help with this responsibility?
The benefits of getting your kids involved in family projects are:
- It is a great opportunity to connect, and share those experiences together.
- It gives you and your family the opportunity to open up to communication, i.e. discussions, exchanging ideas, etc.
- Your children love to help and be involved. They will feel important, useful and the satisfaction of being able to contribute and make a difference.
Christmas time may be a busy and crazy time for everyone…; however, use this time to connect with your family by working together, helping and supporting each other. Have a wonderful time celebrating and embracing your family members.