Believe it or not, you CAN enjoy a New Year's Eve bash with kids - even if you CAN'T get a sitter!
Infants and toddlers make it simple. Tuck them in, turn on the baby monitor, and you're free to party - as long as you limit alcohol consumption and keep the noise down.
Preschoolers and kids in the early elementary grades love getting into the New Year's spirit.
To build excitement, announce a day or two ahead of time that you're going to have a night-time New Year's party with pajamas on.
Then, when you go grocery shopping, you can let your child pick out a party snack. A trip to a party store for some inexpensive noisemakers will add to the excitement.
Or, create home-made noisemakers and decorations together. Visit www.familycrafts.about.com/od/newyears or http://wilstar.com/xmas/auldlangsyne.htm
After your celebration, consider saving your noisemakers and decorations to use again. Kids enjoy rediscovering their old favorites from year to year.
And maybe you'll rediscover the kid in you.
Happy New Year!
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