Young children can be a challenge. We love them for their endless energy and curiosity. But those same qualities can test the patience of even the most devoted parent.
As a grandmother responsible for raising a grandchild, I quickly learned the value of knowing what activities and community resources are available in my area. Finding programs and activities to stimulate her mind and help her burn energy makes my job easier, and the whole family happier.
For your grandchildren ages 2-4 year old, find out what activities would suit them best.
For families on a budget, your city’s free spaces and resources can be a regular routine that doesn’t strain your wallet. With your card, the endless supply of books, movies, and music can make rainy days indoor much more tolerable.
Beyond entertainment, the library is an important educational resource. There are resources and programs to support your child at every reading level.
Share time with your child at the library to encourage a love of learning
and reading that will serve them throughout life.
Parks and Recreation
Municipal spaces are a fun way to keep your family fit. If you live near a national park, you might consider a yearly pass. A pass would grant your family access to all the amenities of the park at a discounted price. Hiking, fishing, camping, and swimming are healthy and exciting ways to get children away from the electronics and out into the world.
In more urban areas, parks equipped with playground equipment, water fountains, bathroom facilities, swimming pools, and picnic areas are common. Many parks and recreation departments sponsor more organized activities as well. The community pool offers swimming and water safety lessons for all ages. Your city may offer team sports and lessons, like indoor soccer.
These types of organized activities are great for helping children, and you, socialize with people who have common interests. Build community through new friendships!
It’s fun to get out into the community and meet your neighbors. Charity walks and fun runs are another fitness related activity that also teaches children about the importance of community. Community festivals, gatherings, and parades are always exhilarating.
Church bazaars, neighborhood yard sales, and craft fairs are a great way to get to know your neighbors and their unique talents and interests. There are usually informational booths at these events as well. You may discover a new resource or organization to help you.
The YMCA is an organization with branches in most areas. They offer discount childcare, after school programs, and lower cost sports and swimming activities. Their programs are supervised, so I can drop my granddaughter off and use the time to do other things.
Other services can include mentoring, camping, STEM activities, early learning, and food programs. The Boys and Girls Club of America is a similar organization. Their services are primarily before and after school programs.
For children who are ready for a more engaging experience with their world, scouting is still one of the best options.
The Boy Scouts of America has taught boys of all ages survival and leadership skills since 1910. The Girl Scouts of America and their signature cookies have offered the same experience for girls since 1912. Both programs are an excellent way to get your grandchild to love learning valuable life skills.
Read my next article on the importance of community support.
My job as a parent is to guide the child in my care into a strong, intelligent, independent adult. That was tough enough when I was younger. Being older makes everything just a little more difficult. But with the right community resources, nothing is impossible.