31 Aug · Tim Carter · No Comments

5 Ways to Make the Most of the Time you Spend with your Kids

With today's fast moving world, it is becoming more and more difficult for parents to find enough time to spend with their children. This is one of the main reasons why daycare is increasingly becoming important. In many instances, the little time that parents do manage to find is often affected by disruptions and other similar aspects.

As such, many children do not spend quality time with their parents. Fortunately, there are several ways through which parents can make good use of the available time. Herein are five of the most effective.

1. Scheduling

One of the best ways to go around the issue of disruptions is planning ahead. It is a good practice for parents to set aside certain times of each day that are specifically designated for spending with their children. This time should be taken very seriously and all possible sources of distraction must be eliminated.

All phones and devices should be put aside unless they are part of any activities being carried out. One effective method to prioritize this period is by marking the dates on a calendar, where they can be easily observed. Children should be well informed on the importance of this time.

2. Appropriate Activities

A good way for parents and children to enjoy quality time is by taking part in activities. Moreover, the chosen activities should be those that are loved by both parties. It could be a child's favorite game such as a video game, board game or card game.

A very recommendable practice is starting a family time tradition or ritual that is unique to the family members. Family rituals are known to unite families and better connect parents to their children.

3. Letting Children Help

One thing about children and especially preschool children is that they love to help around the house. Parents can take full advantage of this aspect to spend quality time with their children. Family time can be integrated into daily activities. This is effective when finding time is particularly difficult. 

If a parent has some work that they have to complete, they can recruit their children to help with simple tasks. For instance, during laundry time, children can be tasked with collecting the dirty clothes around the house.

4. Phantom Time

Just because a parent is not physically present does not mean that they cannot spend quality time with their children. Parents can still let their children know that they are valued even if there is no moment to spare. This can be achieved through written notes left for the children to discover. The children can even be encouraged to express themselves in the best ways they know. 

One way to make the most out of phantom time is through videos. Both children and parents can make videos for each other. The most important thing to remember is to be creative. Creativity is part of proper child care. Parents can use technological creatively to maximize phantom time.

5. Retreats

Retreats with children do not need to only be holiday retreats. Parents can arrange retreats to a local place every weekend or fortnight. An ideal place would be an out of town social amenity. It does not have to be something fancy.

It can be a simple hike or nature walk planned at regular intervals. Children love the natural world. A nature retreat can be a good avenue to spend quality time with your children and also teach them something about the environment.

All in all, quality time with the children is very important for their development. It is also crucial for their mental, emotional and physical well-being. For this reason, parents should always prioritize this time.

Tim Carter

I’m Tim Carter, a thirty something year old, husband, father, childcare owner, and chocolate brownie lover. I believe children deserve better and only hope this blog will create a little change.