10 Things Kids Want Their Parents To Do With Them

Parent and child quality time is vital to every kid’s development and self-worth. It helps build character, builds a personal relationship between child and parent and helps kids form lasting and meaningful relationships with others as they grow older. There are countless benefits to this quality time and even kids know how important it can be. When kids tell their parents what they want from them, it does well to listen. Chances are it will benefit and enrich both child and parent in ways beyond measure.
Reading with kids

1.     Read to me! Reading is a wonderful way to spend personal time with children. Sharing this pastime helps kids develop an interest in and a love for reading, which can drastically help their academic success and promote a lifelong love of learning. Sharing a book together creates special memories that both parent and child will cherish forever. Personalized books from KD Novelties, can help create more unique reading memories and unique experiences to share with one another.

2.     Tuck me in at night and tell me stories! Sending kids off to bed with a proper goodnight is very personal and helps build an intimate relationship that will help kids as they grow older by helping them create meaningful relationships. Not only that, but it will help parents and children have meaningful relationships together that will last. Telling kids stories about when their parents were young gives them an idea of their parents childhood and will help bring them closer through these special personal moments shared.
3.     Play more often! Playing with kids and allowing them to play more can actually help their creativity and individuality. Giving their imagination exercise helps them develop key skills and by parents playing along with them, gives them an opportunity to teach them valuable lessons, in a fun atmosphere, while creating memories together.
4.     Spend more time with me, not just with my other brothers and sisters! Spending quality time with kids should be an individual experience. While it is still important to spend time as a family, spending time with each child individually helps develop their self worth and their unique sense of self. It also shows them that their parents care about who they are, what they like, and what makes them a special individual.
5.     Talk to me at dinner! Kids really benefit from conversation. Asking them about their day and hearing about their parents’ days help them feel like part of the family, and not just a kid. This also helps them develop confidence in their thoughts and feelings knowing that they are valued.
6.     Give me hugs and kisses more often! Showing affection regularly shows kids that they are loved and valued. Plus it always feels nice to know that someone cares, at any age.

Hugging makes kids feel special

7.     Discipline me when I need it! It may sound odd, but disciplining children when it is deserved shows that their parents care about their actions and decisions. This active role teaches kids about consequence and gives their fast developing lives more meaning and value. Give them reasons for the discipline and especially because you care. They won’t like it in the beginning but will be very thankful in the end.
8.     Share some of my favorite things with me! When parents spend time watching their children’s favorite shows, listening to their favorite music, and reading their favorite books with them, kids feel that their opinions are valued. It is also a great way to spend some quality time and grow close, getting to know what one another likes and dislikes.
9.     Leave me notes! Leaving personal messages in lunch bags or in their pockets when kids go off to school or daycare remind them that they are being thought of and that someone loves them.
10.  Take care of me and make sure I am healthy! Feeding kids healthy foods and being mindful of their health and well-being not only shows them that their parents care but it also helps them learn to take care of themselves as they grow older.

Teaching children valuable lessons while also building a strong personal bond with them will not only help them develop, but will enrich both parties involved. We urge you to listen to what your kids are saying and keep these pointers in mind.

Create Memories on Mother’s Day

Create Memories on Mother’s Day by Reading with the kids
While Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all of the moms in our lives, whether they’re our own mothers, sisters, friends or aunts, who are mothers to someone, it is also an important day to spend time with the children. Some kids may be too young to impart any gifts on their own, aside from spending some personal time with mom. Whether your kids are old enough to understand the holiday or not, set some special time aside to be with your children.
Spending family time together is very important. It helps build familial relationships and builds memories, but spending time with each of your children individually helps show just how much you care about them as a person and as an individual. This helps them grow character and grow a strong sense of self. Whether you decide to read and experience a book together, play a game, or simply have an in depth conversation, it is these personal one-on-one moments that kids will come to cherish as they grow older and remember on future Mother’s Days. Here are some things you can do to spend some special time with each of your kids.
1.     Read a personalized book together. Sharing a book together is sharing an experience. You venture out on a journey and remember that experience together. Sharing a personalized book with your child reminds them about how special they are and how much you mean to them.
2.     Play a game. Ask your child what games they want to play with you, and taking part in exactly what they want will create fond memories for the future. Not only that, but it keeps both of you active and entertained.
3.     Tell them a story. Sharing personal stories about when you were your child’s age helps them relate to you as a person as well as a mother. It helps them feel closer to you when you share personal stories and helps them understand you and themselves better.
4.     Ask them about their week and tell them about yours. Talk to them like they are another person, not just a child. This helps them formulate opinions and builds their confidence. They feel important when they are asked about what goes on in their lives and what their feelings are on certain topics, as well as hearing about their mom’s lives as well. 

These activities will stick with them as they grow older and will undoubtedly come to mind on future Mother’s Days. Invite your kids to get to know you and get to know them as individuals so they can grow up and become special individuals themselves. Think of the mothers you will be celebrating this year. Think of all of the things you respect about them and what they have done for you in order to become the person you are now, and remember those moments when creating new ones with your kids as well.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms out there from all of us at KD Novelties! 

Fun Activities To Do With Your Kids on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s day is the first holiday where spring and warm weather are on the horizon. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keep kids entertained and occupied on this holiday.

1.   Arts and crafts are a great activity for any holiday. They help kids learn and better understand the traditions of the holidays they are celebrating and let’s them be a part of it. One great activity is to make leprechaun hats and beards out of construction paper or felt to be worn all day or to play dress up games with. Plus, the photos of kids wearing these will be priceless.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
2.  Bake themed cookies! Use cookie cutters to create four-leaf clovers, rainbows and pieces of gold. Use icing to creatively decorate these baked goods and let the kids get in on the action.

3.  Break out the Books! Reading about St. Patrick’s Day is another great activity. This will teach kids about the holiday they are participating in, whether they read books about leprechauns and rainbows or kid’s books on St. Patrick himself. Kids are more likely to read if they have a book on a subject relevant to their current lives, such as a holiday they are celebrating or a milestone they are aiming to accomplish.
I Rish I Was Reading
Reading personalized books published by KD Novelties, can help inspire kids to get outdoors. Their personalized adventure books such as My Fishing Adventure, My Camping Adventure or My Tea Party can help inspire kids to move their activities outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Have a St. Patrick’s Day themed tea party outside or catch some fish to accompany a St. Patrick’s Day dinner!

4.  Make a rainbow road to the front door! Kids can use colored chalk to draw rainbows on the sidewalk or driveway for leprechauns to find. This will help them get outdoors and get creative!

5.  Eat Green for the Day! Prepare naturally green foods such as peas, avocados, and broccoli.  However, parents can get creative and add green food coloring to mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, jello, pound cake or even lemonade.

6.  Find four leaf clovers! This is a great activity that directly ties in with the theme of the holiday and gets kids excited about being outdoors again.

7.  Make a shamrock necklace. Cut and decorate several shamrocks from green construction paper or craft foam and then punch a hole in it. Thread a piece of gold or green yarn through the hole to make a lucky necklace.  Shamrocks can be colored or painted and can be decorated with glitter.
St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Rainbow Fruit
8.  Make a rainbow fruit salad. Cut up your favorite fruits (various colors) and display them as a rainbow.  Top it off with gold coins for the treasure at the end of the rainbow!

9.  Face Paint! Parents can never go wrong when it comes to face painting and kids love it.  Dress the children in green and paint a four-leaf clover on their face.

10.  Have kids create their own personalized St. Patrick’s Day adventure book! At the end of the day, have them make their own book describing all of the fun activities they did during the day, including rainbows, four-leaf clovers, gold and pictures. Personalized books are great ways to get kids to read, especially if they write one themselves!