A very important lesson was given to me the other day by my seven year old during our bed time routine. He whispered to me “mommy this was the best day ever” After an awww and a warm fuzzy I began to clean up the kitchen and wondered why was this such a special day? Of all the days, great themed parties I put months of prep into, the vacations, and all the scrap book worthy days he has had. Why was this one so much fun. As I stood rinsing the last pot I realized it wasn’t what we did, but that we were together and he had my full attention.
The reality is that it doesn’t take much time or money to make your kids feel special. Just your time and attention. Here are a few ideas for how to spend time with your kids even if you are short on both time and money.
Make it count….
- unplug turn off the tv, phone, computer, ect. it’s for just 15 minutes it wont kill you!
- Try to plan to do this when the opportunity presents it’s self don’t get to hung up on the date or time but cease the moment.
- Ask them what they want to do by giving them a list of thing to chose from or a box with quick ideas in it they can pull from. This way you won’t have them suggesting a tent making session if you don’t have time for that.
- Talk about behavior . Use the reward of fun time to get them to clean up faster ect. doing these things will allow mommy more time to play xxx
Try these ideas for what to do with your time……
color with them
let them help you cook
read a book
let them do your hair
play with THEIR favorite toy on the floor with them
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