Feature Article: How to Spend More Time With Kids

by | Jan 24, 2022 | Featured Article | 0 comments

Raising children is difficult because of the financial stress brought about by raising children and because children need love and affection when growing up. Many parents worry that they don’t spend more time with their kids.

Most of the time, parents with full-time jobs only get to see their children earlier in the morning or later at night. 

Parents should spend time with their children for many reasons, especially since it has been statistically proven that children who spend more time with their parent/s often do better. This is true regarding academic achievement, behavior, and emotional well-being. So here are a few tips for you to spend more time with your children:

Dine Together

Everyone needs to eat. Most of the time, after a bustling day at work, finding the time to spend with your family is often very difficult. Because of this, why not spend time with them while having dinner? Scheduling a fixed time for dinner with the family will be an excellent way for everyone to talk about what happened to them that day and advise them on problems or issues they may be having.

Exercise with the Family

It is a given that many people need to exercise every day to stay fit and healthy. So, if you are the type of person who already goes to the gym or runs every morning, why not invite your kids to join you? It is not only a way to spend time with your children, especially teens who usually become interested in exercise at this age, but it also allows them to improve their physical health.

Fix things together

For all those parents who take the time to fix things at home when they’re broken, why not include your kids? These activities are a great way to teach your children how to repair or replace everyday household items like changing the lightbulb or fixing the sink. At the same time, it allows you to spend time with your children and talk.

Leave Notes

If you leave home way earlier than your children or are working the night shift while they go to school, leaving notes for them is a great surprise when they wake up and a gentle reminder to them that you care. Leaving a note on the refrigerator door telling your kids what they can eat or a small sticky note on the mirror to remind them to brush their teeth are some ways to leave notes for your kids.

Reading Books Before Bed

If you’re busy during the day but have the time at night, why not include yourself in our child’s bedtime routine? The best way to do this for younger children is to read them bedtime stories like those by Walter Hoge before they sleep. If not, you may want to make up your own stories to tell them before they get to bed.

Giving Them a Ride

Whether going to school or just giving them a ride to the mall, where they’ll meet up with their friends, a car ride is a great way to spend time with your kids. Who knows, they may even talk about how excited they are for the event you are bringing them to or may talk about what happened to them during your car ride home.

Bath Time!

Bath time is great for younger children; bathing them and playing with them may be fun. However, if you don’t have the time, or if your child is just too old for bath time, maybe brushing your teeth and flossing together with your children after dinner would help reinforce good oral hygiene and spare some time for your kids.

Celebrate Family Traditions and Occasions

Family traditions may sound like a given, but these are some of the most looked over things done by parents. Going to your child’s important events and spending holidays together often significantly impact your child since these are the times when they would expect your presence and support on something.

Making sure they spend enough time with family members or relatives during special occasions is also a way to bond. Though this may differ from family to family based on where you live or your religion, spending annual holidays such as Thanksgiving or Halloween with your family and relatives gives them a chance to get close to their cousins or relatives.

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