A Break in Routine is Difficult for Many Kids

Children, like all of us, are creatures of habit.   There is a sense of safety and familiarity in a schedule.   When that routine is broken it can cause a little bit of chaos in their world.  They don’t know what to do with themselves, so parents will hear things like “I’m bored” and “when are we going to…”.   For many children with siblings it can cause fighting, for no other reason then they can’t think of anything else to do.   For sanities sake, we need to come up with a plan for the last half of Christmas break.

Just like the “I’m Thankful For…” poster we made for thanksgiving, spend this week working on a “Going the Extra Mile” poster.  Jesus teaches the concept, in Matthew 5:38-42, about going the extra mile.  This means to go above and beyond what you are suppose to do.  This is a great concept to make a game out of teaching your children over break.   Read this passage this week to your kids and then give them examples of what would be going the extra mile.  You get up to put your dish in the dishwasher after cereal, take your brothers as well.  Your chore is dishes after dinner, take five minutes extra to sweep the floor.  There are countless examples to give your kids.  Next the job for parents is to watch and find even little things that are kids are doing above and beyond and write them up on the poster.  At the end of every day read the things that were done and have little rewards for each thing done, like Hershey Kisses.  The bigger deal that we make out of the game the more fun our children will have with it.  Don’t miss this opportunity over break to teach your children another great way to be selfless!

Listen to today’s podcast for more ways to keep your sanity through Christmas Vacation.