Tuesday, December 31, 2013
7 creative ways to ring in the New Year with your kids
Pro tip: Your kids won't know it's only 8 p.m. if you pretend it's midnight.
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Christmas has come and gone and the New Year is upon us! Seriously, where in the world did 2013 go?
Some of you may have children who are clever enough to know that New Year’s Eve is centered around midnight, which means this is the perfect time for them to bust out those puppy dog eyes that melt your heart and beg to stay up hours past their normal bedtime. If you know that you won’t even be able to stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year, then I think you may appreciate these New Year’s Eve alternatives for your whole family.
1. Ring in the New Year … early — When I say early, I’m talking 8 p.m. You may not be a fan of keeping your kids up until midnight, because let’s face it — they’ll still wake up at 6 a.m. So, throw a little party earlier in the evening so that everyone can get to bed on time. You’re welcome.
2. Have a family-friendly party — If you’re brave and are willing to have a bunch of your friends and their youngsters over at your house, go for it! Make it into a slumber party for the kids, that way everyone can stay up as late as possible. Have games and lots of food for the shindig and ring in the New Year together! Be sure to decorate the house, too.
3. Make a time capsule — As a family, create a time capsule that you’ll open next December 31 — or even longer from now. Fill it with photos from this year, as well as surveys that you each have to fill out. When you open them a year or years later, you’ll have something to most likely laugh at and see how you’ve all changed in the time that has gone by.
Here’s an example of a survey:
Ask questions like: favorite color, food, band, song, book, show, movie, etc. Include the hardest thing about 2013, favorite memory with the family, and greatest lesson learned, too!
4. One-year bucket list — This is better than just a lame resolution (which no one ever truly sticks to). Create a one year bucket list as a family, or individually, for things that you want to accomplish or experience in the next year. For example, go zip lining as a family! Write it down on a poster board and display it for even more motivation.
5. Confetti balloons — This could be combined for your small family celebration or a party, but stuff confetti into balloons and pop them at midnight. (Or at your fake midnight at 8 p.m.) Messy, but so much fun!
6. New Year’s Eve piñata — Make a piñata that looks like the ball in Times Square and instead of watching the ball drop at midnight, smash it and get candy and prizes. Way more fun, right?
7. Last resort — Pretend that New Year’s Eve is just any other day and go to bed early and just have a special breakfast the next day. Or maybe I’m the only one who would rather just sleep than stay up late waiting for a ball to drop … maybe.
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