Sometimes my loving parents and brother’s and my sister’s help out my budget, by treating us to special events, attractions, dinners and movies. If your children are well behaved and get good grades it happens more often. I remind my kids to send thank you notes (heck texts n emails work too) for gifts and to say thank you as often as possible. Getting good grades and awards at school also get very nice donations :), that we never expect or ask for.
Last summer 2012 my brother suggested we all go to Universal Studios & Venice Beach for a couple a days. I said “OK, will split it”. We went and had a blast, 2 nights & 3 days of fun. Upon return I asked my brother what was my share of the cost, he said “Nothing $0” brother, “your kids behaved so well, its my treat”. Lets do it again next summer.
Update, my brother reminded me that our summer trip was coming up and we were going to CA. Adventure Park this year. 2013 We cant wait!
My parents and my other siblings do allot of nice things as well. And I always remind my girls of how proud I am, of how well the behave and say “thank you” and send notes for gifts.
Signs of appreciation go a long way!
Who ever thought your kids would like to go on a Hike?
calories burned by all parties.
$3 in snacks (trail mix n H20)
Mental Memories Priceless
cost… 38 cents per child
for some reason my girls love mac n cheese and the also love apples…]
wish i could feed them this all the time….
but i do it gracefully…..
Sleep in later than your usual weekday if u can and take the kids to a
Local Nursery, Flower Garden, scenic park type. You’ll find
friendly people, most are free access, peaceful surroundings.
I took them to this real friendly Nursery flower garden it was free.
I stopped at my favorite inexpensive local bakery for some Muffins, pastry, each picks out there own. u could go to a convenience store, grocery store, wally world any place that has a good price. i paid $4.60 for 4 muffins and 2 hot chocolates i turned into 4. i added hot water there and made 4 cups. less sugar and more yield.
when we got to the nursery flower garden we took our time and focused on cool and neat and pretty details. “Oh look over here!” “check this out” “aaahhhhh so pretty”
was the conversation starter. We killed about 2 hours taking our time from start to finish and we were ready to go home for a rest, snack, own time wants.