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Want to spend more time with your kids? Here’s loads of simple ideas and tips to help you connect with your kids right now.
I clutched the box like a life saver and numbly walked to car. We were packing the car to drive our oldest son to University. I could tell that he was full of nervous excitement and I wanted to support him through this important milestone. So I put on a brave smile, when in reality all I wanted to do was melt into a puddle on the floor and bawl my eyes out.
How could he be old enough to go to university? Where had the years gone? Wasn’t it only yesterday that he was starting Kindergarten?
One day it will be your turn to help your child pack and leave home. Your children are here with you now, but all too soon they will grow up and go out to live independent lives.
They won’t be with you forever
If you are in the midst of parenting young children it’s probably hard to imagine. You are so used to the constant noise and activity that it’s easy to forget it won’t always be that way. In fact the thought of some peace and quiet may be really appealing.
But I want to tell you that the time you have with your children will go by at lightening speed.
The time to connect with your children is NOW.
I know that life can seem overwhelming at times. We live in a fast paced society and there is so much to do and so little time to do it. But as parents there is nothing more important than connecting with your children.
Now is the time
Your children are with you now. You only have a very limited time in which to read stories, snuggle, build forts, jump in puddles, give piggy-back rides, chase away monsters, kiss it better, have a burping contest, tell corny jokes, do silly dances, build the biggest tower ever, have water fights, or play tickle tag with them.
“What if I could recognize when the proverbial memory cameras are rolling, collecting footage that my kids will eventually replay in reminiscence, once they are parents, and then step into the frame, so that I might become an important actor in those moments?” Josh Misner
But you can connect TODAY.
You can do it NOW.
Don’t waste another second!
Everything else can wait.
21 Brilliant Ways to Connect With Your Kids Right Now
I would like to encourage you to leave this post right now and go connect with your children.
- Give them a hug
- Read one of their favorite stories, or two, or three…
- Try an easy art project
- Raid the kitchen cupboards for pots and spoons and forming a marching band
- Do something silly with your kids
- Have a dance party
- Try a science experiment
- Go play outside
- Play a board game. You could even make your own!
- Do an act of kindness together
- Bake something together
- Create some land art.
- Paint a rock
- Dress up and play pretend.
- Spend 12 minutes playing with your kids
- Blow bubbles
- Go wild with colour
- Make a toy together
- Enjoy some hot chocolate or ice cream.
- Build a fairy house
- snuggle on the sofa and listen to a chapter from an audio book
And later, after you have had some fun together and made some memories, drop back for a moment and leave a comment. How did you connect with your children today?
A mini book
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