As a mom of two I know how hard it can be at times to get that energy that our kids want from us. On a weekday I find this to be so true. After getting breakfast ready and eaten, clothes on, teeth brushed, lunch made, school drop off, dishes done, dinner planned, laundry done, phone calls made, doing some crazy, school pick up, snack, Oh My Goodness! As we know there is so much more. My point is I get it. But our kids need our one on one time. Professionals in child development, advise that these small amounts of “Special Time” will add up to an increased trust and emotional/relational bond. This will enable your kids to feel secure and less likely to act out negatively for attention.
Here are a few easy ideas:
Read a book together
Play a board game
Make ice cream or fresh bread. The kids get a kick out of the reward at the end.
Go for a 15min walk
Take the dog to the dog park
Play dress up with them
Build a fort in the living room with pillows, blankets and box’s
Go window shopping
Visit the library
Have a picnic
Make a card or write a letter to someone special
Tell stories, add a flash light for a more dramatic and exciting time
Tell you kids how special you think they are.
These are only a few ideas. Sometimes we as parents are consumed with so much guilt because we feel like we don’t have the time or energy to do the small things. You probably do more than you think. I make this guilt feeling into something bigger than what it really is so I can relate.
English proverb- “The soul is healed by being with children.”
How much time did you spend with your kids today?
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