Holidays Are About Family So Involve Children In The Holiday Preparation

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It's the holidays and things are in a bustle. Here are some tips from Linking Families and Communities to help everyone to remember that the important part of the holiday is the family.

Holidays Are About Family

"Holidays are for the entire family and it is so important that we allow this time for all members to be apart of the festivities," says Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

The holiday season is upon us and there are lots of ways that families can make sure that kids are involved in the holiday preparation. Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director with Linking Families and Communities provides five important tips to help families keep the true message of the holidays.

It is important to remember to ask the children to help. Often times if children are able to pick what they would like to do they will be more involved. Parents also find children do a better job than if they are told to do a particular holiday task.

Selecting a theme for a party together is a great way to allow children to be creative and feel that they are apart of the planning and festivities. Remember to keep an open mind as the theme maybe more creative than anticipated.

Meal or party planning is another way children can participate. Simple ideas such as featuring their musical ability by singing the songs they learned at childcare, preschool or school, having an art show showcasing their holiday artwork or telling holidays jokes and riddles for the guests.

Making the holiday decorations for the party is an excellent way for the children to participate. The entire family can join in by make ornaments or party favors for guests that will be attending.

Allowing the children to become a part of the party allows them to interact with the guests. Ideas include having them be greeters at the door, being waiters or waitresses and helping with food and refreshments or even taking the guest's coats and bags.

"Holidays are for the entire family and it is so important that we allow this time for all members to be apart of the festivities," says Elizabeth. "This is the best time of the year to re-energize that special bond in the family and create memories that can be past on to future generations."

Linking Families and Communities provides resources and assistance to families to build healthy bonds between parents and their children and is a recipient of Early Childhood Iowa funds. Located at 822 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, IA. For more information visit http://www.linking-families.com or call 515-955-5437.

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