Spending time with your kids is an integral part of having a healthy family bond and happy children. Here is a list of ways we can make our kids smile, create memories and build their self-esteem. The benefits are endless, so set aside some time and share it with your kids.
- GHOST your kids: It is not what you think. If you can’t be there physically, you can still show up. Let your children know that you care. Put a special note in their lunch box or backpack. Get a free emoji lunch box note printable here. With the help of technology, we can easily make a video or facetime/skype our kids when we are not around.
- Take a break– Take moments in the day to take a play/read break. Use a timer if you need to and make the most of quality, not quantity.
- Schedule family time into your day so everyone knows what to expect. You can enjoy each other’s company without stressing about the time.
- Be more interactive. You can make dinner together. Teach them to play dominoes and backgammon, or have a picnic in the park.
- Include your kids in your hobby and teach them to enjoy it, too. Share with them why YOU love it.
- One on one time: Plan a date or outing with your kids alone. Involve them and plan something special together. Do something you both enjoy. You can get dressed up and go to a show, get tickets to a sporting event, or make a new ceramic or painting at a studio. It can also be as simple as taking one kid to breakfast or creating a secret handshake with your child.
- The morning commute to school is a great time to talk to your kids. Make it fun and interesting and pose a question in the car to start the conversation. In our house, we have a list of questions by the front door so we can read it before we leave and talk about the question and answer on the way to school.
- Help your kids with their homework. Your kids will cherish the personal attention and you get to keep up with how they are doing in school.
- Play dress up: Put on a bandana and eye patch and use dramatic play to step into their Pirate world for a while. Who doesn’t like a tea party?
- Build a secret fort with pillows and blankets and hide inside pretending to hide from the dog or Dad.
- Play outside with your kids: Take your dog to the park and throw the ball around. It is a simple way for everyone to enjoy themselves together.
- Let your kids express themselves: Whether they express themselves through their clothes, their bedroom decor or their art always support their freedom of expression. Create a dress up drawer or check out a thrift shop to foster their creativity. The acceptance for their choices will mean the world to them and foster confidence and self esteem. Don’t worry they will change their “style” a lot!
Sometimes the best thing I can do for my daughter is curl up on the sofa and give her a cuddle. In the end, they just want to know you are there for them.
How do you spend time with your family? Please share!