I think we all know that it’s important to spend quality time with our children. But as a parent in 2019, our life is busy, It’s filled with work, school, household chores, running errands, sports activities and much more.
So how can we make time free in our lives to spend quality time with our children? Since quality time doesn’t have to take long (quality is better than quantity), it’s not that hard to do.
Before I’m going to tell you how you could plan some quality time with your children, I want to tell you some of the benefits of it.
Benefits of spending quality time with your children
There are a lot of benefits of spending quality time with your children, for you and for them. I don’t want to say a lot about those benefits in this post because that’s not what this post is about. But I do want to name a few of them here so you know why it’s so important.
The best would be to give each of your children an hour of time with just you. But when you have a lot of children and a busy schedule, that can be hard. Just remember that even ten minutes of time, is better than nothing at all.
Making time in your busy schedule
So now to the point, how can you make time for your children in your already busy schedule? It’s not as hard as it may sound, you can often let your children help you with the tasks that are already on your to-do list.
What is really important is that you need to make sure that you don’t get distracted, so turn off the TV and your phone. When your phone is on, it’s really easy to see who just texted you, or what that email is about. Don’t do this, those texts and emails can wait, they really can.
Here are some of the things that you already need to do, but which you can do with your child together so you can spend some time with just the two you. Make sure to only have one child at a time with you, so it’s really about them.
You already have to prepare dinner, so why not ask if one of your children wants to help you? It’s a great life skill that everyone needs to learn and it can be a lot of fun to do together. You can do this with really young kids by letting them help to stir sauces or add ingredients that you already cut before hand.
Fix a leak
If there’s a leak in your house, a tire that needs repair or some other jobs that need to be done in the house, ask your child to help. This is another important life skill that you can teach your children and even very young children can help you.
Help in the garden
If you have a garden, you need to do some work in there, so why not ask you children to help you out. Grow some beautiful flowers together, see who can grow the biggest sunflower, rake the leaves together. There are so many things to do outside which, if done together, can help you build a bond with your children.
Next time you need to go to the store, take only one child with you and use that time to have a talk together and have some fun. Taking one child to the store is also less stress for you and it gives your husband time to do something with you other child(ren).
Make a mealplan
If your child is 5 years or older, he or she can help you make your mealplan for the next week. It might take a bit longer, but it’s fun to do and can help picky eaters eat better (just like with cooking). Set some simple rules, like 6 evenings with vegetables, or one not so healthy meal a week if you’re afraid it will be pizza every evening.
Cleaning together can also be fun if you make it fun. Turn up the volume and dance while you clean, see who can wash a chair the fastest, or have a declutter race.
You see that also you can have some quality time together with your little ones. Make sure to do something with only one child and to turn off your phone and the TV, else you or your child will get distracted.
There are of course more things you can do with your children that don’t need to take a lot of time. Use the ten minutes before leaving the house to turn on the music (loud) and dance, like no one can see you. Sing or play together when it’s bath time and read a story before bedtime (it only takes 10 minutes).
Can you think of some other ways to have some extra alone time with your children? Let me know in the comments.