“Best of” items for our kids are fun to work on. As I did in my last “Best of” I have dealt with three different areas.
The first area is food. We want to get those kids eating and give them something a little special. Sometimes it is hard to get kids to eat at all. It is always fun to give them food you know they will enjoy and give them something that will “stick to their ribs.” It is always nice to give them something different instead of the “same old, same old.” I offer a coupe of simple suggestions:
Take a name brand macaroni and cheese and slice up hot dogs in it. Our kids love it. If your child has a little more advanced taste they may really like smoked or Polish sausage cut up into the macaroni and cheese. It is not the type of food you would want to feed to them often because it is so high in fat but with kids with high energy levels it is a meal that will help them out. I discovered when you “experiment” and use your own taste, kids love to eat things that are new you love too. Another meal I found was a “cheese onion-burger (OB). It is hamburger you fry and break up in the skillet. You add chili powder, ¼ of onion and a little butter. Be generous with the chili powder. Place the hamburger in a bun or over bread and while it is still hot you can add some American Cheese. I guarantee this food will bring a smile to their faces. Finally if you find a sweet tea that has become a favorite of the school crowd it will help your kids to remain hydrated. Is this the healthiest food? No it is not but it is healthier than fast food and they will eat it. Further it is designed for kids that are active so I think they are good “outdoor lunches” when they are able to play outside.
What do you do as a family? Do you go to the movies or play miniature golf? I would offer an idea; a baseball game. There is nothing like it. There is no doubt wherever you live you are within driving distance of a professional baseball team. It is well worth the cost and a once in a lifetime experience for many people, especially children. Families have wonderful times together. So another of my “Best of the Best” is attending a baseball game as a family. We did it and even though our boys knew a little about baseball, it wouldn’t have mattered if they hadn’t. Of course Wrigley Field in Chicago is something special. However in any ballpark you have the players swinging at and hitting balls; there is the drama of the umpires’ calls; there are vendors coming up and down the aisles selling great “kid food” and in many parks there are mascots.
In some cities such as my hometown of Peoria, Illinois, there are Class A teams. These are fun as well because the crowds are more intimate and often there are special days where the kids get to meet the players and in lower divisions there are almost always mascots and even entertainment.
In another area I am looking at Birthday Parties. There are all kinds of birthday parties. What are the best? Again I turn to something I have developed that I have found overwhelmingly successful.
Have a party of perhaps of 5 to 7 kids. The idea is for each child to bring their mother and or father to organize things to do together. Whatever the format of the party and whatever is going on children can watch all of these parents having a good time together and for them to be with their parents is the most thrilling fun you can give your child.
Nothing will warm your heart quicker than to watch a small group of kids giggling as they watch their parents “play together.” I have become convinced that the best way to earn your child’s respect is to show them (especially in a group of adults) you still like to act as a child.
These are some “bests” I have found and share them with you in the hope they bring you the same joy they brought to my family.
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