“5 tips for busy parents to be always there for children”
Am I having time enough with my children? This is a hard question to answer but don’t be so hard on yourself. Many parents work and have just a few hours a day to spend with their children. What we’re bringing in this list is not just some ways to spend more time with your child, but also more quality time.
Having a good time with our children is important for their development and well-being. Instead of worrying about the time we actually spend with our children, here are 5 tips for busy parents to take the best of each moment!
Children do have a schedule too. Classes, homework, camping, soccer team, school assemblies and other activities they enjoy doing. Maybe it’s not possible to do every single activity together but some we can put in our schedule and make it. Cheer them on in a game, help them on their homework are definitely things our children will value. If you can hardly ever make it, still include it in your agenda to ask about it to them later, it will certainly make them feel special.
Spend time together (alone)
This could be playing video games, going to a night walk, taking ice cream at the park, going to the movie or even ordering pizza. It’s important to have some one-to-one time with children, really talk to them and let them know that you want to be close to them, that you worry and are willing to help them. Family time is also important, try to get everyone together and spend some great time together.
Be always there: even when you are not
Today’s parents can’t be full-time for children – and that’s not a problem! If you’re at work when they are waking up or if they’re sleeping when you get home, this is one of the most effective things you can do to be present. Write short notes and drop them on their notebook, record a short video and send it to them or leave it along their breakfast, draw something and hide at home so they can find, write a short history for them to read and tell it to you when you get together. These are very effective ways to be present, especially the notes!
Do things together (fixing, cooking, doing laundry)
Don’t let these moments pass without your children around you and “helping” you. We may spend hours and hours doing these activities, what if they were together with you, helping and learning? You could use this time to talk to them, to teach them new things or even learn more about them! What do they like to eat? Do they know how to fold a shirt? Use this time to get together.
Eat together whenever it’s possible
As long as your schedule allows it, try to get together for dinner. This is the time to talk about the day, the week, know how was their math test, and so on. Don’t forget to take a break on mobile devices at this moment, have real conversations and reconnect with them!
What do you do to spend more time with your children?
Tell us! 🙂