One of the most important things you can do as a parent is make time for your children. This used to go without saying, but with all of the technology out there today, more and more families are letting go of their family time together. In years past, the only thing that really stood in the way of parents spending time with their children was work and possibly an overload of school activities. However, now you’ve got television, video games, the computer, cell phones and a host of other distractions threatening quality time with your children… that’s in addition to work and school activities.
Below are some fun ways that you can spend quality time with your children. You may not have a lot of time available every day, but you do need to make a little time each day to spend with them so that they continue to feel loved and valued by you. Believe it or not when your children feel love and accepted by you (quality time together achieves this) they are more self-confident and more likely to come to you for help when they face serious problems.
- Build Things Together – If you have a little boy (or even a little girl) who loves to build with blocks, Lego’s, Lincoln Logs, etc. then go build something with him. It doesn’t matter what it is you’re building together, it’s the fact that you’re doing it together that matters most.
- Play Dress Up –For those of you with little girls, playing dress up is one of the most fun and exciting things to do during the day. While you may not be thrilled about playing dress up, you’re little one will love playing with you. In fact, you might not even have to get dressed up yourself – just helping your daughter get in one of her old Kids Formal Dresses, curling her hair and polishing her nails may be all it takes to make the time special for her! If you need to purchase inexpensive little girls dresses, you can buy them online at KidsFormal.com or PumpkinFormal.com.
- Go Fishing – Boys and girls of all ages enjoy fishing, making this an activity that the entire family can do together. If you have older children, you may need to make them leave their cell phones at home – and you should also turn yours off to ensure you aren’t bothered by anyone during this time with your kids. Spending a day at the lake/river/pond fishing has a way of relaxing everyone, making it possible to start a conversation.
- Cook Together –It doesn’t matter if you have a girl or a boy, learning to cook is something everyone needs to learn how to do at some point in time. So, why not make it a weekly practice to cook (and eat) a family meal together? Cooking can be a lot of fun when it is done as a group and it’s a great way to spend quality time with your kids each week!