Welcome to the April 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Pastimes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about family pastimes.
My husband is a total Movie Junkie. When we first got together, it was nothing to curl up on the couch and spend an entire weekend watching a series of movies. I'm an easy audience, so it was a nice way to spend our time together. Then we had kids. Sure, we can and do use subtitles, but... its really hard to pay attention to a movie with children under foot, as it were. We recently moved and now the main television is in our bedroom. That means its even harder for me to join him, but it also means the kids aren't noisy around the television when he is watching a movie. No more expecting anyone to stay quiet in the main family room!
It has been so cold so much of the time, but it is finally starting to warm up and I'm looking forward to returning to our new hobby! I wanted to take up geocaching for years and finally did last Summer! Now this is a hobby the family can get into together! It gets us outdoors, exploring new parks and areas. I like to think it challenges the way we see things and think about them - in order to find something that someone has hidden. We've even hidden one cache of our own in a sentimental place.
Do you have a hobby you prefer to keep to yourself?
How about one to share with others?
Visit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- 8 Reasons to Go Camping with Your Kids — The weather is warmer, and it is time to think about taking a break. As you plan your family vacation, Mandy of Living Peacefully with Children, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, explains why you should consider hitting the trails with your kids.
- Crafty Cohorts — Kellie at Our Mindful Life enjoys crafting with her kids, and the skills they are learning.
- 10 Hobbies For Families With Young Children — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama knows that finding hobbies families can do together (with young children in tow) isn't always the easiest of feats. She has compiled a list of 10 family friendly hobbies that children of all ages can enjoy and that won't break the bank!
- Helping Himawari — Sophelia's family at Sophelia's Adventures in Japan share a passion for helping when a dog is abandoned at the nearby elementary school.
- The 'Art' of Having Fun — Marija Smits shares some thoughts on family art and fun.
- How we made our own Family Day — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares how her family celebrates the best day of the week, a chance for connection and adventure and endless possibilities: Family Day!
- Our Family Hobby — Survivor talks about how animal husbandry has become her family's favorite hobby at Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters.
- Sowing the Seeds of Passions — Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs wonders if her interests, and her husband's, will shape her children's passions as they mature.
- Harry Potter Potions Party — One of the best activities Dionna at Code Name: Mama has ever done with her family has been a Harry Potter Potions Party. She is sharing the resources she used to create their potion recipes, the ingredients and tools they experimented with, and the recipes themselves. Feel free to use and adapt for your own budding wizards and witches!
- Pastimes Have Passed Me By — Kati at The Best Things takes a new perspective on projects that never get done.
- Food as a cultural experience for preschoolers — Nathalie at Kampuchea Crossings finds that food is a good way to engage her preschoolers on a journey of cultural discovery.
- 10 Reasons I Love Thrifting With My Children — That Mama Gretchen has always enjoyed shopping, but with a growing family she's become more frugal and thus, her little ones are now in tow on her thrift store adventures.
- Pastime with Family vs Family Pastime — You can share lots of pastimes with your family, but Jorje of Momma Jorje discovered a family pastime was much more pleasant for sharing.