What do you do with your kids as a mom when you have no money to do anything?
November 23, 2008 8:31pm CST
Any ideas would be great thanks.
25 Nov 08
I live in Portugal, where trivial stuff costs a lot. We have a difficult domestic economy, since my husband's salary adding mine isn't enough for paying house, schools, transportation, food, etc... So, we have to reinvent all kind of things to make our sons (7 sand 3 yo) get some fun: - we bring pretty stones and dry leaves from a camp nearby; at home, we paint them, or glue them together, making quite pretty gifts to grandmas - sometimes I got photocopier paper sheets from my office (the ones the machine rejects), my sons create a draw or a painting, we cut them in small pieces like a puzzle and then we try to reassemble the drawing - if you have cards you can teach them how to play, invent new games, etc - get one large piece of paper, paint a system of roads, draw boxes with numbers on the roads; get a dice, several small cars (one for each player); put everyone at a side of the paper, where the roads begin; draw the dice to get the first to play... the rest is easy, draw the dice, see the points, get the car so many points as the dice tells.. the first to get the final line is the winner!!! If you have girls, you can draw something different for this last game, maybe streets on a city, with shops, play with little dolls, or paper dolls, I don't know... For boys I can't do this one (they don't like girls, yet, give them some time, ok?) but if you have princesses at home you can draw paper dolls and do paper dresses for them. There are a lot of sites with sketches to print out. I hope I helped. Kisses for your little people. :o)
• United States
24 Nov 08
It depends on what you are trying to do - outside activities or inside the house. If you search you local community you are bound to find some free stuff. Our local zoo has free admission on Mondays (which doesn't help me much since I work) but they also have free admission on some holidays like Thanksgiving. Local parks are great for hiking and playing. We love to go to different playgrounds in different areas, pack a lunch and have fun all day. Instead of going to the movies or renting them - I borrow them from the library. At our library you can request all of the latest movies and my kids don't know the difference. We have popcorn and sit down together. Our latest activity is doing puzzles. I found really cheap puzzels at a local discount store and we work on them in the evenings. I found that you don't need money to spend on the kids. Kids only care that you are there for them and spending time with them.
• United States
1 Dec 08
well seeing that it is christmas time , you could set and make orniments, read books, have a sing along party, have a tea party, me and my daughter play dress up whne its to cold to go out and play we do hair and nails, and make papaer dolls, you dont have to have money to have fun be creative