Over the past few months, I've been so busy that, I admit, I've let a few of our general house rules slide. It just seemed easier to ignore the beds that weren't made or the plates that didn't get put in the dishwasher, then to have another argument.
But, baby, I'm back - and I'm better than ever! I love waiting until my son is all the way downstairs before gleefully reminding him to turn off his bedroom light. And I cheerfully (and sarcastically!) feign amazement after my daughter somehow figures out how to work the faucet and fills her own water glass. And if you should ignore my request to take out the trash...you just might find a bag of garbage where your computer used to be.
Yes, we all have responsibilities in our family and chores are meant to reinforce this belief. But I also want my kids to understand that others aren't so lucky and that the world doesn't revolve solely around them.
Family outings can also help and I've taken to finding eye-opening experiences for the kids - visiting sites and exhibits that will teach them about the world around them and hopefully help them find a passion to make a difference. Here are a couple of ideas:
Let's take the time to teach our children to care - about our own families and our world as a whole.
The NJ Kids Team
Fun Things to do this week in North Jersey
WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series: Music Legends at the Luna Stage
Saturday, April 27
Discover America's original musical art form at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series - a free concert series bringing jazz culture and performance to your neighborhood. WBGO presents these concerts during... West Orange. Read More >>
Healthy Kids Day at YMCA in Westfield
Saturday, April 27
Kids and families get a jump on a lifetime of healthy fun! Special activities include: inflatable obstacle course, arts and crafts, carnival games, camp expo, Fun Junction, Overlook Teddy Bear Clinic... Westfield. Read More >>
Senses of Springtime Festival @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, April 28
Immerse yourself in the splendors of the Islamic world and the Ancient Near East! Usher in the new season at this festival for all ages-come dance, hear stories and music, create art, and explore the ... New York City. Read More >>
Sunday, April 28
A wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy, Pinocchio must first learn about courage, loyalty and to always tell the truth. The ballet follows his adventures with an evil Ringmaster, a gang of Ruffian... Englewood. Read More >>
Fun Things to do this week in Central Jersey
Behind the Scenes Tour at Jenkinson's Aquarium
Sunday April 28 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunnyside Equestrian Center Open House
Sunday April 28 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Communiversity, Princeton Festival of the Arts
Sunday April 28 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 12-4:30 pm.
Educational and fun activities for kids and the dinosaur lover in all of us. 15' interactive T-Rex accompanied by the Dinosaur Troubadour singing songs that everyone will want to join in. Bill Robinson is back with his live animal shows which include birds, snakes and other reptiles. There will be geological demonstrations provided by scientists from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the New Jersey Paleontological Society and the American Museum of Natural History. Read More >>
Saturday, May 4th, 4am-4pm
The New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium present the 33rd annual Super Science Saturday. The festival celebrates New Jersey innovation during a fun-filled day of FREE hands-on activities, live theater, continuous demonstrations and much more! Special $5 Planetarium shows run throughout the day and admission and parking in the State House garage are free! Read More >>
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