Being Present for the Kids: The Benefit of Quality Time & How to Get More of it

November 16, 2018 by Lily Wright

As a parent, it can be hard to find time to be as present as possible with your children. Between soccer practices, school functions, and the several moving parts of you own, intricate life, quality time with your kids can be few and far between. Namu has a few simple hacks to spend more time with your kids without even having to plan for it. Quality time is everywhere, and here’s how to find it:

Home Repair

It’s easy to want to find a solution to an issue in the house and fix it as soon as a possible. But some leading experts suggest taking a slower route and asking your kids to join in with the solution. If time permits, try to hold off on fixing things like a leaky faucet, simple paint jobs around the house, or even tire changes, until you can invite your kids to join. Home improvements are a great way to spend time with your kids while also teaching them about tools at the same time. Additionally, these simple projects can help get your children more involved with what’s happening in the home and can help hone new skills or hobbies they wouldn’t know they had prior to helping you out.

Cooking & Meal Prep

Daily meals are inevitable, and there’s no reason why you can’t make a project of it for you and your kids. If time permits, try to set aside a few meals a week that you can cook with your children, even if their tasks are as simple as stirring a pot of pasta, or helping to set the table. Similarly to home improvements, cooking projects help teach your kids simple culinary skills, and also offers a great 20-30 minutes of daily bonding. You can help get them excited about culinary projects by offering to help teach them how to cook their favorite meals and snacks.

Family Movie Night

If you and your children have developed the habit of watching TV shows and movies in separate rooms, a good way to connect would be to pick a movie you’d both like to watch and see it together. It sounds simple, but this semi-obvious bonding experience often goes overlooked! To get your kids excited about it, try including something fun, like making popcorn or other snacks together. Chances are good they’ll remember the experience even more than the movie, and isn’t that the goal in the end?

 

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