Tēna Koutou katoa (Greetings to everyone)
WOW, is it really nearly Christmas?
As a kiwi Christmas is new for us, we’ve decided that this year we’re all going to try something different with giving presents. We have each been given a budget and we are ONLY allowed to buy each other gifts that have been bought in Op shops, second hand or repurposed/upcycled. So no brand new items for us this year! I must say I am rather looking forward to the challenge and seeing what treasures my family have found for me. I am also hoping for the sun to be out for me to have my first ever Christmas day picnic on a beach!
Do you have family traditions or are you trying something new like me. One thing I know I won’t be missing out though, my extra special fresh fruit trifle! No Christmas meal can be without one of those for us! Picnic or no picnic!
The past month has seen two Family Fun pool parties. One in Palmerston North, where I managed to get to meet a few more of you, and one in Masterton. There are still tickets available for Upper Hutt on Saturday 15 December, and Porirua on the 16 December. If you would like tickets to your local pool party, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the location of the event, your contact details, mailing address and the number of tickets you need for your family.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for emails invites to your local support group get togethers too. The long school holidays can be challenging, exhausting, but fun as well. Support groups are a great way to connect with other local caregivers for sharing, relaxing and having that all important self-care moment or two. If you are not currently a member of a support group please do contact us to find out where your local group is. If there isn’t one up and running in your area then please do contact me to find out how we can help you set one up.
“Boredom is an opportunity for adventure” – I recently read this and it led me to think…
How many times do you hear “I am bored” during the holiday? Are you stuck and looking for some new holiday activity ideas, here are some of my favorite ones I have done with my children over the years, I thought maybe you would like to try them?
- Host a neighborhood pot luck party.
To ensure a well-rounded menu, invite odd-numbered houses on your street to bring dessert, while even-numbered ones bring savory sides. All you have to do is supply the venue and the welcomes.
- Make a decorative garden pot.
Here’s an easy art project you’ll actually use: Turn a few terra cotta pots upside down and squeeze acrylic paints onto the edge, allowing it to drip down the sides. Once it dries you’ll have a beautifully funky planter.
- Play in the dirt.
Not only does gardening help kids understand where their food comes from, it will also give them a huge sense of accomplishment to see something they planted sprout and bloom.
- Plan a photo scavenger hunt.
Make a list of items your family or friends can find outside, like “something red” or “three types of flowers.” Whoever snaps photos of the most items on the list wins!
- Have a read-in.
On days when it’s too hot or rainy to play outside, load up on books from the library, get cozy with a pile of pillows, and spend the afternoon reading. You may even want to make this part of a pajama day!
- Have “boredom” jar ready to go for when the children say that word!
Put an end to that perennial summer complaint by filling a jar with suggestions. Fill with low- and no-cost activities ranging from “make an obstacle course” to “find out how many bones are in the human body.” There are many good ideas on line. So when that word is said, and they really cannot think of something to do, get them to draw one out with their eyes closed.
The Christmas close down period for Fostering Kids NZ is Saturday 22 December, 2018 to Monday 14 January, 2019. During this time, our main line will not be manned. If your situation is critical, please call our critical support line 0800 693 278. If your situation is urgent, please call the 24/7 caregiver help line 0508 227 377.
Look out for our new training schedule going live for term one soon.
Finally, have a lovely summer break and I will catch up with you all in the New Year!
Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes)
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