Family Time Calendar: Get Relaxed - iVillage

It's been a busy, fun-filled week. Or a crazy, hectic one. Or a lazy, drawn-out one. Any way it happened, we're sure you and the kids have something special to share, so spend this afternoon making and writing postcards to relatives and friends. Not only will the recipients get to hear about how your summer is going, your family will also get a chance to learn in a new way what really mattered to each member over the course of the week.

What you'll need:

  • Blank postcards
  • Markers or crayons
  • Postage stamps

What you'll do:

Sit with your kids and talk about the week, and help each of them decide on one event they'd like to tell someone about -- be it playing at the pool, going sightseeing, making a special craft at day camp or catching fireflies. Have each child draw a picture of his or her chosen event on the blank side of a postcard. (Younger children may do a somewhat, well, abstract picture, as you know, but what grandparent isn't going to treasure that?) When the children are done with their pictures, have them dictate to you (or, if they can, have them write) a brief note to the recipient about what the pictures represent. Stamp, address and put the postcards out to be mailed in tomorrow's post. And don't forget to do some yourself!

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