Zionsville Times Sentinel

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September 26, 2012

’Tis the season for fall and for all your family

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Pack snacks and water bottles to keep children from hunger and fussiness. Sated children are better participants. So are sated parents.

Most of all, be prepared to leave. It’s easy to think that the time and effort required to get your family to a special locale means you should stay as long as possible to try everything. That approach can be a recipe for disaster. It’s better to have two hours the family fondly remembers than six hours completely ruined by an ugly meltdown and flaming tempers.

Set a family goal. The type of goal depends on the age of your children, but setting a goal can give a focus for the family as you engage the activities. If you attend an art festival, challenge children to find five works of art they would love to have in their bedroom.

At a history festival, assign older children a character or event they can tell the family about on the way home. Give younger children a page with pictures of aspects of the festival they can check off when they spot them. Food festivals offer the opportunity for children to try one new food, or get the parents to try one.

With a family goal, not only does the festival take on deeper meaning, the family works together to accomplish the goal making for better bonding and memories.

The results are in; fall leads the count as favorite season. With a little planning, taking in all the sights and sounds of fall can make this a season of blessing for your family.

Tess Worrell is the mother of eight and teaches parenting and marriage. Email her at tess@yourfamilymatterstous.com.

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