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  • 4 TGIF Family Activities Everyone Loves

    Family Activities Everyone LovesFriday night is party time for some and wind down time for others. It is the one weekday that signifies completion of the work week and introduces the joy of the weekend. For us busy parents however, it’s easy for us to want to crash on Friday and keep the festivities simple. There’s nothing wrong with saving your energy for Saturday and Sunday outings.

    After working all morning, spending the night in is a treat for you, and it could also be a lot of fun. Here are a few simple things you and the kids can do at home on a Friday night!

    1. Movie Night

    Of course you can pop in a DVD or browse Netflix to find the latest and greatest family films and call it a night. Or you could not take the term “movie night” so literal and actually create a family film. Together with the kids write up a script or a brief story line, put together silly costumes and film it. Upload it online for your friends and family to see or burn it to DVD and watch it over and over again at home. That’s a fun night!

    2. Cook Dinner Together

    Believe it or not, preparing meals is a responsibility a lot of kids actually WANT to be a part of. With your supervision, your children can put together an amazing meal while bonding with you. There are tons of kid friendly recipes online that use simple every day ingredients. Joining you in the kitchen makes the night go by quickly for kids.

    3. Arts and Crafts

    The creative wheels are spinning during childhood and you might as well nurture them. You will also find that you are still creative as you were as a child when you join them in them in the festivities. Whether it’s through painting a coffee mug, drawing a picture or enjoying an activity based subscription box together, there are countless ways you and the kids can get crafty together.

    4. Game Night

    Game night is a family favorite for many reasons. The rush of competition, the laughter and joy it brings all makes your family feel closer to each other. You can teach your children sportsmanship, leadership and even teamwork right at home. Blow the dust off of your board games and card decks and make a Friday night tradition the kids can look forward to.

    Show us family night at your house with a photo. We’d love to see how you and your family bring in the weekend.

    safe sleep solutionWritten by Joanna von Yurt, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Co-Founder and CEO of Swanling Innovations Inc.

    Joanna von Yurt is the mother of three intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate girls (who all want to be mommies when they grow up). She is first AND foremost a mom! Professionally, however, she is an accountant, controller and serial entrepreneur.

    Joanna has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University with an emphasis in child psychology. She worked as an infant caregiver for 12 years and interned as a Child Life Specialist, family/social therapist, and assisted in clinical studies involving children’s personality and social psychology. Joanna is a Certified Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Prevention Professionals, Safe Sleep Educator, Member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants, Member of the National Sleep Foundation, and Member of the Canadian Sleep Society.

    Joanna has a lifelong passion for childcare and child safety. She enjoys sharing her experiences with other parents about sleep routines, attachment parenting, safe sleep guidelines, and children’s natural sleep patterns. Her company, Swanling Innovations, is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in 1 safe sleep solution (mattress protector, flat sheet, fitted sheet and sleep sack all in one) designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered.

    Joanna always says that a well-rested child and well-rested parents add up to a happy family!

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