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Are you 'at home' on New Year eve?

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Kids are closest to a parent's heart on New Year eve. And obviously, sweet home is the venue for the celebrations. Here are some suggestions for making the most of the opportunity.

Even as you and your family is about to usher into a new year and a new millennium, make the most of the celebration time. This is the time you can really make a difference to your growing toddler or schoolgoer or even your infant.

Start a tradition

Start a New Year tradition now, when your kids are in an impressionable age. Let New Year be a time for festivities and exchange of love. Preferably, do not wait for your children to grow up. Or else the kids will grow up and declare their individual plans for the season. Register the concept of New Year resolutions during this season. Do not be cynical about the resolutions of your little one. Accept them at face value.

What to do in the night?

If you are not up for big entertainment, let your fun be totally kid-focused. Invite couples with kids belonging to the age group of your children. This will mean a special get-together for the kids and for their parents too.

  • Let the food theme be Dutch where everyone contributes dishes to avoid extra strain on any one kitchen. Avoid expansive menus and preparations. New Year eves aren't just about food you know.
  • Usually the pinnacle of the New Year party is well past the bedtime of children. Don't worry on that count. It is not important to keep your children awake only to see the clock strike twelve. If the kids are tired, let them sleep. Witnessing the stroke of midnight isn't as important to young kids, as a fun evening with friends and family.
  • Consider turning on the stereo and dancing to rock music, playing games, watching videos and building a barbecue to roast some chicken. Maybe you can have a video or computer game competition, or the regular games like passing the parcel, musical chairs and housie between parents and children. When played with parents, these games take on much more meaning.

Special family time

  • While the big-time celebrations are on, let the following day be completely devoted to inter-personal communication. In today's times of hectic pace, television, computers, and video games affect family time. That leaves families with fewer opportunities to spend meaningful time together. So use this opportunity to think what your family would really enjoy doing together. And plan accordingly.
  • Be sure to create a New Year's memory book with pictures. When your kids are grown up and gone, you'll savor the book for years. And so will they, whether they accept it or not. Let your kids put past year's highlights together in a book of family photos, ticket stubs and other reminders on the New Year's evening. Then help them add captions. Add a new installment every year.

Protect kids from uncomfortable situations

Children don't feel comfortable when in the company of inebriated and over drunk adults. So draw a line for yourself. You may enjoy drinks, but with grace and decency. Or if you want excess alcohol, make separate arrangements for children. Avoid late-night revelry and the mandatory aspirin on the first day of the year.



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