Your children are your greatest gift. You wouldn’t trade being a parent for anything in the world, but you often feel like there is not enough of you to go around. Between work, running a household, and a mountain of obligations, you never even have a chance to catch your breath. Your children are not getting the quality time with you that they deserve. It’s time to focus on parent-child moments before it is too late. In a blink, your little ones will be grown up. Consider four ways that you can spend more time with your kids. You won’t regret it.
Make Room for Recreational Family Activities
There is nothing better than getting outside to be active with your children. You’re encouraging a love of the outdoors, physical fitness, and enjoying each other’s company. If you can’t find room in your schedule during the work week, pick one day on the weekend for a family outing. Make a commitment to getting out while you keep your body moving with your kids. Try and shake things up. Go hiking, or start taking family bike rides. Be sure to teach your children to always wear protective gear such as helmets, especially because failing to do so is illegal in some states. Visit parks and go for a walk. Visit your local school and make good use of the playground. You’ll relieve stress and enjoy your children.
Always Tuck Your Children in at Night
Make bedtime a quality time with your children. It can begin with the nightly bath and lead to a story before you tuck your little ones in. You’ll establish a routine that will spare you a struggle when it is time to turn in for the night. That half hour to hour a night will reassure your children that you are there for them and you love them.
Have Fun with Family Game Night
Choose one night a week when you can break out the board games. This is a great chance for everyone to unplug and unwind. Pop some popcorn. Make ice cream floats. Talk to one another and laugh. Share your gifts with one another. You’ll find yourself looking forward to it every week.
Dinner time can be a chore or you can turn it into bonding time with your children. Let your kids help you as you decide what to make each night for dinner. Give everyone a job. Let the kids help you with clean up too. Be sure to praise them for their efforts. It will mean less stress on your shoulders, time to catch up with your kids after a long day, and they’ll learn life skills along the way.
Everyone is busy, but never be too busy for your children. You only have them under your roof for a blink. Before you know it, they’ll be making lives of their own. Cherish the time you can snatch with your kids and make the most of it.