What are your favourite things to do with your child? When do they open up to you? We asked Mykidstime parents for their recommendations and these great tips will help you spend quality time with your child.
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Life as a parent is busy between work, school, creche, sports and activities – never mind home life! At times, it may feel like one-on-one time with your children is sacrificed, but it can be easier than you think to spend quality time with your child, and these ideas will help you get started.
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Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Child
- We talk on the walk to and from school each day (20 minutes each way) and after school, I’ll sit with him to help him do his homework, and we’ll be chatting here and there throughout the afternoon. If time allows and baby is napping, we can play a board game.
- I try to spend a few minutes with her when she comes in from school, chatting about her day.
- We do homework together first, then try to do some activity with them even if it’s just getting them to help prep dinner. We all eat together every day and catch up on news.
- Chats in the car letting everyone have a chance to speak.
- I try to go for walks with them so that we can chat while we walk
- Going over homework together when I come in from work. I sit down to ask about their day in school and play time. We talk about future plans together.
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Doing Activities Together
- We do things altogether, play, watch, study, read them books. We also try new things like baking, crafts. We also do chores altogether.
- Last weekend, we baked and built gingerbread houses together.
- My husband teaches him guitar lessons, so there’s always an opportunity to connect and talk.
- We watch TV together and just play around together telling jokes and talking.
- We either colour, bake, play a board game or LEGO.
- Cooking together and helping with the dishes, she loves feeling helpful.
- I always make sure I get at least two hugs, and spend time in the same room with them. Never do any adult things around them ie talking on phones, on the internet, watching adult TV, etc. And we always eat together at the table.
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Bedtime is Together Time
- I work full-time so I make a point to be there in the evening so we can have a story time every night before he goes to bed.
- We sit in the evenings and play with the toys or draw pictures, then we talk about the day.
- Talking about his day, a cuddle before bed and story, telling him how much he is loved and how amazing he is.
- He chooses a bedtime story which I read to him.
- We always have stories before bed too which can be a chat if needed instead!
- Cuddles, talking, asking about their day.
- At bedtime, the story provides a half hour of one-on-one time which is nice at the end of the day.
- At night time to snuggle up on the sofa before going to bed and let my child tell me about what was good about today (also what was not that good).
Meals Together are Important
- We always have dinner together.
- Dinner everyday is time to sit down and talk.
- We always try to have meals together where we sit down to chat without TV or distractions.
- Mealtimes are important for sitting at the table and eating as a family.
Assigning Family Time Helps
- We try and have game night each weekend and play different board games.
- We’ll have a movie night on the weekend where the whole family gets in some treats and we watch it together.
- At weekends we try to go somewhere as a family.
- Sitting together for movie night and trying not to always prioritise the household chores.
- We read and play games/puzzles together during the week. We go out together at weekends, to the park with the dogs, and watch films in the evenings. We sometimes bake together.
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Make Time for Each Child
- One on one with each child having a chat at least once a day.
- Go shopping with each individually too…more time to get close to your child and gives them one to one time with you.
- Asking about good (and bad) things that happened each day.
- I have 2 girls but each has separate story time so I can at least spend that time chatting about their days, how they are, etc
- Remembering what’s going on with each of them and asking them about them it (e.g. if one child is doing a play, ask how it’s going, or if another one is doing a project how is that one going, etc).
- I try to take time out with each of my three reading a book each at bedtime, going to each one separately throughout the day for a chat. Giving them all time for themselves and space too.
- Always talk with them about how they feel their day went for them. Listen – actively! Ask questions about the good stuff that happened so they can re-iterate it back and feel good again.
- I always try to sit down with each child for a while and ask them about their day.
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