Did you know that on a recent poll, only 33% parents seem satisfied with the amount of time they spend with their children? Our time with our kids contribute a huge influence in their general development so it’s important to take this as a number one priority. So despite the busy work schedules or numerous meetings, parents should still insist on spending time with their kids. What makes quality time great is that you get to teach you kid good values as well as do exciting activities together. If a child spends less time with their parents, they often receive different values that may lead to bad behaviors.
It’s important to know that one of the jobs as a parent is to help them progress and develop into great beings until they’re able to do and decide on things themselves. You are not alone with this problem; millions of parents find it difficult to provide quality time for their kids. However, it still needs to be done for the sole reason that we all love our child/children. Here are some ways to spend quality time with kids.
- During weekends or day-offs, try to stay away from all kinds of gadgets. You don’t have work on that day for a reason, so stop checking your phone for emails. Kids love outdoor activities, so try taking them out in the nearest park as often as possible. If there are no parks residing anywhere near you, invite them to do activities that can be done inside the house such as painting, gardening or baking. Do not force your child to do something he/she doesn’t like but instead ask them what they like to do. Who knows? They might find basketball, bicycling or soccer interesting. Find a fun activity that both you and your children can enjoy.
- Have a tradition before they go to bed. If they’re still young, it’s best to read them a bedtime story. Nothing beats the youth’s imagination. If they’re a little old and don’t find bed time stories enjoyable anymore, make a tradition by having silly pillow fights or corny joke moments.
- Take vacations, frequently. You might think that family vacations are pretty pricey, but it does not have to be something extravagant. Vacations can be at places like the nearest beach or a camping site.
- Drive your kids to school. If possible, try to deliver them in school on your own. It shows that you are supporting them by escorting them to their school. Also a great time to see how they function inside the school.
- Now that we’ve talked about school, another quality time together is to help them with their homework. Do not mistake this as finishing their homework on your own, as they have to solve the problems themselves. This will help you to get to know how your child copes with his/her education and if he/she is doing well.
- Regular dinners. It’s understandable that many parents are growing busy these days but try as much as possible to make it to dinner. As we all know, dinner is more or like the heart of a family bonding time. Taking regular meals together as well teaching them how to cook is a great family moment both for you and your child. During dinner, you can ask them several questions regarding their day. Make this a regular thing as a whole family. If you don’t have time to spend cooking dinner, you can take them out which results to less hassle and more quality time.