Time seems to speed up the older we get. We have more responsibilities, more tasks that take up our minds and eat up our day. As we strive to make a living to provide for our family, it can be hard to carve out quality time with the family.
However, it’s not impossible. Read on to learn 8 inspiring ways you can make the most of the time you have with each other!
1. Pajama Walks
It can be hard to convince your child that it’s bedtime. A great way to get them in the mood for sleep is by taking a short walk around the neighborhood. The important part is that they’re allowed to wear their pajamas!
This makes it more of a special time for you and your child. As you walk you can talk about each other’s day, and your child will burn off any excess energy.
2. Your Helper
Children have a natural interest in doing what adults are doing, and if they feel appreciated and helpful, they’re more than willing to be your little assistants. Take your child grocery shopping with you and have them pick out cereal cartons and milk jugs for you.
If you need to go to the post office, ask if they can help you put stamps on your envelopes. As we do these chores, it’s easy to forget that these are intriguing tasks for kids. Try to think of ways to involve them, even when you need to get chores done!
3. Themed Dinners
Sharing a meal together around the dining table is a wonderful way to spend quality time together. However, you can go further and make preparing dinner a fun occasion! Come up with themed dinners for certain days of the week, like Taco Tuesday and Pasta Sunday.
This takes some pressure off of you and your partner to come up with different recipes to make, and your children will be eager to help on these special days.
Bicycling is a great way for the whole family to get exercise without anyone lagging behind. Learning how to ride a bike with you will provide warm memories, and your child will be proud of this new skill they’ve developed.
Moreover, bicycling allows your child to familiarize themselves with your neighborhood or community. Point out street names to them, interesting landmarks, and stop at a park or ice cream shop if you need a rest.
5. Read Together
You don’t have to wait for bedtime to read together. Everyone needs a break in their day, and you can read to your child in 15 or 20-minute increments when you’re both ready for something different to do.
Try to choose books that illustrate values you’d like to teach your child, such as being a good friend, learning to listen, or having self-confidence. As you read or afterward, you can talk to your child about what they thought about it and if it reminds them of anything that’s happened in their lives so far.
6. Plan Trips
Not only are family trips to museums, parks, aquariums, etc. fun, but you can also even take advantage of planning those trips for more quality time. Come up with a few different choices of activities, then present them to your child and let them decide which one they want to do.
This is a great way to get their brains working as they consider each possibility. It also teaches them confidence as they learn that their opinion is just as valuable as an adult’s.
7. Foster Creativity
Instead of setting down a coloring book and letting your child work on it with a pack of Crayons on their own, get involved with them! Find fun creative projects that you’ll both enjoy, such as origami folding, painting, or making tie-dye.
Creativity involves problem solving, dexterity, scientific thinking, and more. Encouraging this by being part of the process will make it even more fun for your child. Afterward, hang your creations on the fridge or on the wall as a reminder of warm memories.
Your child will be proud of what they create and encouraged to keep thinking outside the box.
8. Photos & Video
It’s never hard to forget to document your child’s growth and special milestones in your life, but how many photos do you have together, not counting the traditional portrait?
Throughout your day spend a few seconds for a fun selfie with your family as you cook together, read, or play. Every year you can make a tradition of printing all these photos and letting your child take charge of creating a photo album.
Another idea is to take a one second of video with your family a day - there are some apps available that can stitch them together automatically. As the days add up, you create a short video of your year that acts as a time capsule.
Quality Time With the Family for Warm Memories
When you feel as if you don’t have the time or energy to spend time with your family, remember that time is never standing still. Your child’s room will eventually be cleared out as they head to college. The moments you share with them will be preserved in photos and videos.
Good Old Gifts have some great ideas for toys and fun things to help foster creativity in children.
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