I often get the ‘surprised look’ every time I answer the question: “So how many kids do you have?” As you see, I have four, all under eleven years old. I got started late. Got married at 25 and started having babies at 27 (don’t start computing my age, please). But in this day and age, family, friends, communities, church and the world around us offer us more than enough options to make parenting four kids a blast! Of course, it will always be economically efficient if you have less kids but over the years, working moms now have developed a way of making things work. After all, this is all about making ‘working moms’ work well in everything. Our generation of technology sometimes do not leave an option for our kids but to become another non-moving, electronic gadget-dependent kid. Keep your eyes open because I am going to list down some from the tons of ideas you can have in getting maximum quality fun time with your kids without breaking the bank.
Pinoy Kids Fun Time#1 – Street Games If you are old enough to create your own social network page (FB, Twitter, Disqus and IG), most likely, you are from a generation who has seen and played more than enough street games in your childhood. Have a spare tire no longer in use from your garage? Hang it up a tree and you have instant swing. Have your kids run around the clubhouse in the afternoon instead of giving your dog the usual afternoon walk. Piko, siato, tumbang preso, chinese garter, block 123, agawang panyo and taguan are hits to 2015 kids which are all priceless and ALL of these are not on Google Play or Apple Store.
Pinoy Kids Fund Time#2 – Backyard Play Larong pinoy (Philippine games) at the comfort of your own backyard. I know of a family who has set up a mini Enchanted Kingdom at the back of the house and offers Pinoy-games-rides and attractions. Set them up and you never have to go far or pay anything on your next afternoon game time with kids.
Pinoy Kids Fun Time#3 – Join a Family Run Fitness has grown so big in the past five years that you can find family run to join anytime. You can even create opportunities for the kids to understand and share the cause for the run. It beats another trip to the mall or to the cinema, unlike the mall and cinema, your kids can get the benefits of exercising while helping support a cause.
Pinoy Kids Fun Time#4 – Kids’ Date Days Other than your scheduled date days with your kids, our kids also date several other people who help us train our kids in the way they should go. It is just impossible to go solo or exclusive with parenting four kids and this is what family, friends and ninongs/ninangs (godparents) are for. We have a long list of single men and women who have loving relationships with our kids: aunts, church teachers, wedding godchildren, and other single and fabulous friends. This will also help prepare them for their own kids in the future! Considering the cost of dating kids, make sure that your kids are invited/asked. Don’t force people to date and spend on them! It takes away the fun and love out of it.
Pinoy Kids Fun Time#5 – Sunday Class / Kids’ Church Our Sunday Kids’ Church has done a great deal in helping me parent my kids. There is no shortcut to instilling values but to do it consistently with them. It helps them to be social, while allowing them to have their own relationship with God. Age-appropriate Sunday classes they can attend allows them to find Sunday teachers who use their own language, through play at the Toddlers’ room, crafts/stories and illustrations at the Preschool, Bible and life lessons/memory verse for Junior kids and interaction/guided conversation with the PreTeens. Maintain relationship and check with the teachers and you will never have to pry about what goes on in their hearts and minds when you are not with your kids.