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Looking for simple ways to spend quality time with family? Look no further — here are 18 awesome ideas for you to enjoy with your kids. Bonus: They are all really easy activities, so you can start having fun with your children today.
When you become a parent something amazing happens. You set out on a journey of wonder and discovery. Suddenly you start to see things from a new perspective. You have the privilege of watching your children learn and grow before your very eyes.
But parenting also has its difficult moments. It is exhausting and at times challenging beyond words. There are tantrums, sleep deprivation, squabbles, mess, and never ending laundry. It can wear you down. You know that you should carve out some time to build relationship and connect with each child, but that just seems to be another thing on your to do list.
18 super easy ways to spend quality time with family
- Give your child a bear hug; you know the kind that squeezes you tight and make you giggle.
- Introduce your kids to the joy of secret codes and send messages back and forth.
- Tell jokes… I loved it when my boys were just learning how to tell jokes! Children love puns and sometimes my boys would laugh so hard at their own jokes you couldn’t understand what they were saying! Giggles are infectious though and I would be laughing alongside of them with no idea why! Instant connection 🙂
- Read a book together.
- Have a dance party with them- even if you think you look and sound horrible.
- Get messy with them, splash in puddles, finger paint, make mud pies, or something gooey to eat.
- Visit the library together. Look at the new books together, giggle at the comic books, and find books on the child’s latest interestor play with the library toys.
- Turn off your phone
- Share your music. Introduce them to the music of your teens, who knows they may like it! Listen to their favorite tracks even if they set your teeth on edge! Ask them what they like about their music.
- Talk together. Let your children tell you about video games, books, and friends at school. Ask questions and encourage them to share their dreams, hopes, and concerns. LISTEN!
- Do chores together. It may take a little longer, but you can cross something off your list and have an informal opportunity to chat as you do dishes or fold laundry.
- Use car rides as an opportunity to connect. Sing silly songs, play word games, or chat together.
- Do an art project together and learn more about your kids in the process.
- Leave love notes in their lunch box or on their pillow.
- Play together
- Be available when they get up in the morning and have breakfast together. If you have to leave early for work leave a note wishing them a good day.
- Get active with them, skip rope, play ball, roll down hills, go cycling, roller-skating, or tobogganing.
- Have a special bedtime routine.
Ditch the guilt and celebrate every moment of connection
Any of these suggestions can help you spend time together. As you look back over each day I would encourage you to DITCH the parent guilt. Instead of focusing on everything you didn’t do, or the mistakes you may have made, instead celebrate what you accomplished.
- If your house is a mess, but you got down on the floor and played with your child YES! Remember that!
- If you had one of those days when bedtime couldn’t come soon enough, but you gave your child a hug YES! Remember that!
- If you spoke harshly to your child, but went back and apologized YES! Remember that!
Celebrate all the ways you connected with your children and acknowledge every one of them. They are the things that will strengthen your relationship.
Looking for more ways to spend time with your family?
The activities in the book don’t require much preparation, in fact many of them require NONE at all. Some require a few materials and a little planning, although not too much I promise.
I would love to hear from you. What are your best tips for spending quality time with family ?