20 Small Family Moments That Will Make You A Great Parent

20 Quick Actions To Create Meaningful Family Moments

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It only takes a few minutes out of your day to create these amazing family moments. These small actions will make HUGE difference to your kids and make you feel like a great parent. Fantastic ideas and super easy to do! Don’t forget to grab the free printable.Small Family MomentsCan you believe how fast the year is going? It’s almost the end of February already! How can this happen. One minute I’m thinking about New Year resolutions and all of a sudden 2 months has zoomed past.

If you are a busy parent I’m sure you experience the same thing. One minute your child is a snugly baby and two blinks later they are old enough for preschool. You see them off to their first day in kindergarten and before you know it you are helping them get ready for graduation.


How can we slow down the days and treasure the precious moments with our children? Well I wrote about that here.

Still life does get awfully busy doesn’t it? And sometimes it feels as if there simply isn’t enough time in the day to make the kinds of connections we desire. What’s a parent to do?

Great parents have discovered this little secret

We often think it’s the huge, epic events that will make all the difference in our parenting.

But actually it’s the small things that  add up to make your kids feel valued and loved in your home. And when we do those, we’ll feel like better parents.

Yes our days are full and our to-do list are long. But we can start with those small family moments of attention and love. It’s that simple!

Small Family Moments

20 quick actions to create powerful family moments

  1. Make silly noises when  helping them do something
  2. Rub noses with your child
  3. Have a silly face competition
  4. Give them a hug
  5. Tell a story from your childhood
  6. Rub your child’s back
  7. Watch the sunset together
  8. Hold hands and dance around in circles together
  9. Say, “I’m so glad I got to be your Mom/Dad.”
  10. Brag about your child when you know they can hear
  11. Tell them about the day they were born
  12. Make up a secret handshake
  13. Smile when your child comes into the room
  14. Look into their eyes when they speak to you
  15. Tell a really corny joke
  16. Share a treat
  17. Give a high five
  18. Wink at them across a crowded room
  19. Tell your child what you like about them
  20. Squeeze their hands 3 times (secret code for I love you).

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Time to take action

Are you having one of those difficult parenting days? Do your kids need some attention. Take action! Try one of the things on the list.

I suspect many of you are already doing some of these things regularly. Yay for you! See you’re already a great parent. Could you squeak in a few more each day?

Free Printable

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Quick Actions sample Download the list. You’ll get the free printable, plus join my bi-weekly newsletter! Just click here to subscribe and enter the library. Print out the list and keep it on your fridge as a reminder to include some

You can be a better parent this instant

All it takes is a few small family moments each day. It is the small things that make a huge difference just ask the children.

Your turn

How do you connect with your children on a daily basis? What small family moments of connection are precious to you? What would you add to the list? Leave us a comment.

10 thoughts on “20 Quick Actions To Create Meaningful Family Moments”

  1. Life does go too fast, children grow up before you know it, so it is important to cherish every moment. These are great suggestions I will keep in mind.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    1. Sharon Harding

      My oldest son just turned 28! The childhood years went by in a flash and so I know only too well how important it is to cherish those moments.

  2. Lovely ideas! When my son was starting first grade, we kind of accidentally started singing “This Is the Day that the Lord Has Made” every morning as we left the house. He’s in fourth grade now, and we still do this every day! It’s a nice moment together and helps to remind each of us that even if the weather is unpleasant or the day has not gone so well so far, this is still a unique and amazing day provided to us.

    1. Sharon Harding

      Oh what a lovely morning ritual. I love the ones that seem to spring up spontaneously. I can guarantee that your son will, remember and talk about this when he is older.

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