When we become parents, there are so many things we have to keep track of.
From soccer practice, doctor’s appointments, ballet lessons, and school plays, it is no surprise that our plates are full. Childless millennials may ask why we overwhelm our busy schedules with even more extracurricular activities.
To be honest, sometimes I ask myself the same question, too.
What many don’t see, however, is that we are trying to offer our children a childhood that they will cherish and look back on with happiness. It is essentially a way to honor our children for coming into our lives and bringing so much joy.
Children’s Day (this year on June 12th) is a commemorative day in which we honor children and bring awareness to their welfare. It emphasizes the importance of supporting children and cultivating an environment where they can thrive. We must celebrate them and make them feel like a fundamental part of society.
After all, our children are the future of the world.
If you are anything like me, I love celebrating any occasion that makes my loved ones feel cherished and appreciated. I think some people stray from these celebrations as they can cause stress and add more pressure to your already overflowing to-do list.
But, worry not! It is possible to have a relaxing celebration.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Children’s Day while still being able to have the day off as a mom.
Organize a Picnic
What better way to celebrate your children than by having a picnic? Don’t roll your eyes at me just yet, though.
You may think a picnic involves a lot of preparation, but all you have to do is get a large blanket and go to the grocery store and buy your children’s favorite drinks and sandwiches.
The deli section at many grocery stores is filled with finger foods. Forget those moms that make you feel inadequate because you don’t cut your children’s fruit in the size of hearts and flowers.
Grab all your essentials and head to your favorite relaxing park.
I love going to this park right by the bay in our city. Those waterfront views and the gentle breeze bring me peace while my children enjoy the jungle gym and their favorite food.
Host Family Game Night
You probably own a wide variety of games. From board games to card games, you can dedicate the evening to simply playing their favorite games.
Order a pizza and soda, and you have an easy, relaxing celebration where you don’t have to do anything extra.
You can even set up a contest where the one who wins the most games wins a grand prize.
Celebrate Children’s Day with a Movie Marathon
When motherhood has you feeling particularly exhausted, you may not have the motivation to do more than sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day. However, you can involve your children in a way that will help them feel celebrated.
Have a movie marathon in which you watch movies back to back for hours. Some great films are the Toy Story quadrilogy, the Harry Potter saga, Disney’s Halloweentown, and Marvel movies.
Make some popcorn and let them make a pillow fort or set up a small tent so they can watch the movies from their own special space while you sit on your favorite reclining chair.
Celebrating Children’s Day should not bring you more stress and leave you feeling burnt out. With these tips, you surely will make them feel honored and loved while also being able to relax.