There is no denying that life can be busy and chaotic and finding the time to have special quality time with your kids isn’t always easy. Even if you do manage to plan some family time together, you can’t be sure that you will have engaged and pleasant children to have fun with.
However, it is important not to underestimate how crucial quality time with your kids is, as without it you may struggle to stay the close and connected family unit that you want and need to be. Therefore, we have put together 5 easy and realistic ways that you can spend some quality time with your kids.
Have a Daily Connect Time
There never seems to be enough hours in the day, which often results in us putting family time together at the very bottom of our list of priorities. However, no matter how packed your schedule is, or how much your kids want to hide out in their rooms, there should be at least one bit of each day where you have time to connect as a family.
From you working late to them having after school activities to go to, you may struggle to find the time together that you want. But you could ensure that each morning before work and school you all sit down together to eat breakfast and talk about your day. A calm and collected start to your day can benefit everyone, kids and parents alike.
Play Their Games
It is important that you and your kids regularly have fun together and enjoy activities such as games. But take the time to see what games your kids are enjoying at the minute and be prepared to play those games with them.
Many parents pick ‘family classics’ for game nights, and while these can be fun as well, if you really want to have quality time with your kids then pick games and activities that they enjoy too. For example, there are hundreds of different Nendoroid dolls available, which could be very popular with your kids.
Have Time Away from Technology Together
From you checking your work emails every 10 minutes to your kids being glued to TikTok, it can feel like any time you do get to spend together always includes smartphones and tablets. Therefore, we recommend that you all put your technological devices away for the evening and spend that time talking and having fun. However, it is important that parents abide by the no-technology rule just like the kids do, otherwise, it is no fun at all!
Don’t Drive Everywhere
In modern-day life we have become increasingly impatient, doing everything we can to just save ourselves a few extra minutes here and there. But in the time that you ‘save’ by driving to the park or shop instead of walking could be the perfect opportunity to spend some time together.
These short walks together as a family can be invaluable ways to slow down the busy pace of day to day life, and just catch up with your kids and even have some fun. If your kids haven’t got too grown-up or cool for you yet, then they may even let you hold their hand during the walk.
Just like you would schedule a regular date night with your other half, we recommend that you also do it with your kids. It is a great way to set some quality time together aside and all take part in an activity that you enjoy.
By making a few changes and adjusts to your everyday life, you can spend quality time with your kids and maintain a happy and healthy family life.