4. Go on a cross-country family road trip. (Alternatively, go on a vacation to a far-flung, exotic place).
Plan a family road trip for the summer vacation or other long breaks during the year. If you’re homeschooling your kids though, you can do this at any time – just one of the benefits of teaching your kids at home! If you’re homeschooling preschoolers, make the most of these fleeting years of childhood by creating precious memories with them – on the road!
For your trip, choose places that you would normally not go to, or have never been to before. It could be one of those far-flung provinces, or maybe even the hometown that you haven’t visited for the longest time.
Alternatively, you may want to consider going for a family vacation abroad or in the province, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve had one. Click here and here for suggested destinations.
If you’re travelling with little ones, these articles may be of help to you:
What to pack when travelling with Baby
Travel safety guidelines and tips for your child
Tips for Baby’s first long trip
Tips to keep your preschooler entertained during long car trips
5. Plant trees.
With climate change and deforestation among the major problems faced by our world today (they’re partly why the devastation caused by Typhoon Sendong was so severe and widespread), we would do well to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices, starting with our own families.
Planting trees together with our children is an excellent way to teach them to care for the environment. If you don’t know how to go about this, you may want to go to this website, or contact the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (tel. no. 02-9296626, website: http://www.denr.gov.ph/)
6. Create a family tradition of giving.
This year, why not start a family tradition of sharing your blessings by helping the needy in a more concrete, permanent way? Initially, you may feel overwhelmed or afraid at the thought, especially if you feel that you don’t even have enough for your own family’s needs.
However, Mother Teresa once said: “If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” She also said: “Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.”
Our own family can confirm this fact: the more you give, the more you receive. We were once lay missionaries based in Timor Leste, and we often felt as if we were living from “paycheck to paycheck” (we still do now, come to think of it). However, this did / does not stop us from giving to those in need, even in small, simple ways. As the saying goes: “it is better to give than to receive.”
To start off your family tradition of giving, you may want to try celebrating family members’ birthdays in a more meaningful way. Helping the victims of Typhoon Sendong is another way to share your blessings.
Families who are very, very blessed may want to go the extra, extra mile by “adopting” a student or a child in need. Here’s a list of some organizations that you can choose from:
• ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor)
• He Cares Foundation
• World Vision Philippines
• Compassion Philippines
• Gawad Kalinga
Establishing a family tradition of sharing and caring will certainly be a wonderful legacy to pass on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Of course, these are just some of the things you could do with your kids this year. If you want more ideas, you may want to read the articles posted here and here.
Here’s to a memorable, fun-filled, productive, blessed year for us all!
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