Make the most of Stampede with your kids!
Come Hell or High Water, there is a stampede this year and a C-train to get us there! If you are stomping down to the grounds or even taking part in other activities around Calgary, here are some tips to stop parent-child arguments before they even get started.
What is there to fight about at Stampede? You name it; we’ve seen families fighting about it on the grounds. It doesn’t have to be that way.
STEP ONE – Do a little planning before you head out. Decide what makes sense for your family and let your kids know the plan from the start; involve them in the planning if you can.
JUNK FOOD – One corn dog, the works or somewhere in between? Decide now so that your kids don’t have to beg and you don’t have to argue.
MONEY – What’s your limit for spending? Are you paying for everything or will the kids need to use their allowance for games and souvenirs? This will make yes and no much easier to say because everyone will be clear before you go.
RIDES – How many are allowed? Which ones are off limits? Who is paying for them? How long are you willing to stand in line for that roller coaster anyway?
HOME TIME – Let your kids know the time that you are leaving, give them warnings and then stick to what you say. If you know that you will cave when your kids beg you to stay, just decide to stay without setting the limit – match your words and your actions. If you know your kids will melt down at a certain time, GO HOME before then please.
TOO RICH FOR MY BLOOD – There are some good money saving deals to be had at this time of year but if a trip to the grounds is beyond your budget, there are lots of other activities around the city that may be a fit. Rather than saying – “We can’t afford it,” which may leave your kids wondering if you can pay the next grocery bill, say, “We’re choosing to spend our money differently this year.”
TEENS ON THEIR OWN? – If you are worried about your tweens/teens being at stampede on their own, go together and then set short times for them to go off and meet back at a prearranged space and time. This will help them to learn responsibility and you to determine whether they are ready for more freedom next year.
SAFETY – Talk through with your kids what they would do if they got lost. Don’t just tell them what to do, be sure that they can tell you what they would do. They need to know (or have with them) contact info for you.
Have a safe and fun stampede week!