It’s Diwali again. The most awaited festival by both kids and adults. There is always a lot to do in Diwali that most adults dread, like cleaning the house. Moreover it is a long vacation time for kids. On one hand you would want to spend time with your kids and have fun, on the other you have preparations to do for Diwali which are a lot.
You always want to spend as much time as you can with your child and vacations are the best opportunity for it. But festivals like Diwali leave you with minimum time as you have numerous jobs at your hand. Cleaning, preparing Diwali sweets and snacks, buying gifts, clothes, Diwali groceries, puja items and what not. This all is in addition to the daily jobs that you already have.
Here are some ways that could make it easy for you to still have fun with your kids:
- The very first thing is to make a list of the tasks to do. It could be more of a timetable of the things that need to be accomplished. Write down all the things and involve your children in discussing how to plan to accomplish it. For example cleaning. Decide a day for each room/area and start with your kids. Be patient with the process. Remember that you are doing it because you want to have good time doing this with your kids. Have fun. It may take up more time initially but this is how the kids learn and bond.
- It is always good to start early. So maybe you could not start with preparing the sweets early but you can definitely start the cleaning and shopping early. The extra time is what is the fun time is that you are going to have with your kids.
- Ditch the mobile and the television on these days. If you really want to spend quality time with your kids, you would not want to waste it over social media forwards or unnecessary posts that are not making any changes to your life. Go offline and play with your kids.
- Prepare the decorations at home with your kids. There
are a lot of free tutorials available. There are also a lot of workshops that
you could attend with your kids that give you the opportunity to get the things
- Create the Diwali lanterns at home with your kids.
- Decorate the plain diyas with your kids.
- Help them create handmade Diwali greeting cards.
- Pack the Diwali giveaways/gifts together. You might teach them various gift packing techniques.
- Prepare handmade “Toran” with your kids.
- Involve the kids in the sweets and snacks cooking. Again, be patient. The goal is to have fun. Let some of the laddos be not a perfect round or those chakli strands overlap. Its part of having fun and most importantly its part of learning. Encourage your kids to do more.
- Do not forget to tell them stories related to Diwali while you are cleaning or preparing cards or cooking. At night, read them the tales that we relate to festivals. This is how they know the importance of festivals and develop faith in the culture.
- The most fun part is to go shopping together. Plan the day very well. Get you lists ready. Start early. Pack some fruits and water. You could have lunch out with your kids too.
The local markets are the best place to go for Diwali shopping. Let the kids choose the diyas for the home. Let them watch you how you negotiate the price. Take time. This is what they remember when they grow up. Get them to choose the Rangoli colours that you would make with them. Select the Lanterns and lightings together. It is so much fun. Let them choose their own clothes within budget. This is a part of learning to be responsible. Let them be with you to the puja items store. Let them see what you are buying. Answer their questions patiently. Remember to have fun.
Diwali with kids might not leave you with the “me time”. Always remember to take care of your health. And you can enjoy more.
- Eat on time and eat healthy.
- Do not replace meals with Diwali snacks.
- Stay hydrated. Always carry a water bottle out.
- Get enough sleep.
- Stay away from social media.
- Let the kids out to play too. It is a good time to catch up with pending work.
On the night of Diwali, when you are all dressed up in new clothes, make sure to involve your kids in everything you do. Light those diyas together. Make that rangoli with them. Ask them to switch on the full Diwali lightings and see how their face lights up. Let them offer sweets and snacks to the visiting guests. Let them converse with the guests.
Get together and pray to have happier and fun days with your kids always.
Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. Have fun!