Celebrating New Year’s Eve with Kids
When you become a parent it’s rare that you will see yourself glitzed up and ringing in New Year’s Eve at your local or, shock horror, at a glam party! In fact, I’m on eight years of PJs before 11pm – and, on a few occasions, I even conked out on the sofa before the midnight bells and missed all the celebrations. That’s parenting for you!
Staying at home to have New Year’s as a family doesn’t have to be PJs and cocoa though, and this year I plan on implementing a few new traditions with my kids. Check out these great ideas for making memories on New Year’s Eve with kids.
Firstly, turn back the clock for smaller kids. If you think your four-year-old is going to stay up till midnight, you’ve another thing coming – and it’s pretty much guaranteed to end in tears and tantrums (either yours or theirs).
Around 7pm, put the clock back a few hours and trick them into believing it’s midnight. Have a mini celebration and pop them into bed – they’ll be delighted that they saw ‘midnight’ and you won’t have to suffer the consequences.
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Are your children a fan of Trollhunters, Skylanders Academy or All Hail King Julien? Netflix has got your back this New Year’s Eve with a host of short videos with a countdown clock to midnight so kids can celebrate the new year in style.
The videos can be played at any time (not just at midnight) and parents can access the videos by searching “countdown”. It’s a genius idea, and it allows children to party earlier in the evening with their favourite characters.