How To Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Children
Just because you have children doesn't mean you're out of luck for New Year's Eve. You can celebrate New Year's with kids at home or out. Take a look at these ideas to find out what's right for your family. Whatever you decide, if you plan to keep kids up for midnight festivities, try to get them to nap and don't expect much from them the next day.
Get Out of the House
Check out local community calendars to find out what's going on in your community for families on New Year's Eve. Many towns and cities offer parades or parties for the whole family. If there are no festive events planned, consider taking the kids out to a special movie and then out for a late night breakfast.
If you plan on having some grown-up beverages, you may want to stay in instead.
Plan a Family Game Night
There's nothing my kids love more than to play board games. Making a treat of family game night can be a highlight of the year for kids. Create a tradition of hosting a game tournament of several games or just one favorite. Interrupt play with special snacks and festive drinks. Pair popcorn and Cheetos with sparkling apple cider.
Hold a Movie Marathon
New Year's Eve is the perfect time to catch up on movies you may have missed, or introduce your kids to your own childhood favorites. What could be more fun than a viewing of the original Star Wars triology? You could mix it up with choices from everyone in the family, or find something everyone likes.
Host a Family Friendly New Year's Bash
Family Halloween and Christmas parties are popular, but you'll be among the few to host a family-friendly New Year's Eve Bash. There's no law that says you can't celebrate the coming of the New Year a little early! Remember that New Year's happens at different times around the world. Choose a location that translates to an earlier hour and create theme around it. For example, Italy is five to eight hours ahead of most US locations. Have a party with an Italian theme and count down to the New Year without staying up all night!
Make Family Resolutions
New Year's Eve is a great time to sit down together as a family and take a look at what's working and what's not. Although I'm not a fan of the democratic style of parenting, I still believe children should have some space to air their grievances. Whether or not you cater to their wishes depends on your values and style. There's always room for improvement and if kids see that you're willing to compromise, they may be more inclined to make a few resolutions of their own. Wouldn't we all love to see the bedrooms picked up and the spinach eaten?
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