Organize a "Clothes Swap Potluck" with neighbors and friends to swap gently used children clothes. Kids can go ‘shopping’ for items that are new to them, and parents can save some money on brand new items.
Activities of the Week
Make something old new again.
Take the long road.
May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Looking for a way to add some extra activity to your family's routine? Park your car as far away as possible so you have to walk a longer distance from your destination. Even better, walk or cycle to run errands in your community. Find more tips on ways to stay healthy on Fitness.gov
Make Mom’s May.
Take time to help celebrate the mothers in your life, and find ways to help your kids do the same. Make a card, a meal, a 'coupon' book, and/or a phone (or video!) call. Show her how much you all care! Find more on the DadTalk Blog.
Take a 'what if' trip.
Looking for a conversation starter over your next family dinner? Try this: If you could visit anywhere, or any time, in the world, where would it be, and why? Share your answer too!
Spend time talking about Savings.
Talking about money and finances can be a hard conversation at any age! Openly talking with your kids about what is savings and why it can be important can help set them on a solid financial path. Try some of these conversation starters to understand more about how they see money and savings: What’s a good way to save money? What are some things that you like, but don’t think you need all the time? What was a time that you wanted to buy something, but couldn’t get it right away - what did you do, how did you feel? For more tips on talking to kids about money, visit Kids.gov.
Take a walk!
Walking is great exercise, and a great time to talk to your child, no matter their age. Walk in a park, down the street, or even park at the back of the grocery store parking lot and use the time to catch up with what’s new in your child’s life.
Visit your local library!
April 12-18, 2015 is National Library Week. Take advantage of a great community resource and find books that you and your children and read together. You can read to smaller children. For older children, have a Dad’s Book Group where you both read a book or a chapter, then talk about what you thought of the book.
Many families end up with leftovers after a meal. Next time you're planning dinner, check out this list from Share Our Strength on ways to give old dinners new life. Ask your kids for their input on what sounds tasty to them!