Hacks to Have More Quality Time with the Kids

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Do you feel like there are never enough hours in the day to do everything you want? This means that something always has to give. However, that precious time with the little ones should not be something that falls to the wayside. A lot of Mums feel as if they do not spend enough quality time with their children. Life has a habit of getting in the way, and bad routines can manifest. Think about improving your relationships with your children, and it is something that can be helped following these simple tips.

Catch-up talks
This is something that can easily be done for ten minutes in the morning when you wake them up, or for ten minutes at night when you put them to bed. Find time to connect with your children and give them a real heart to heart conversation. These two times are particularly good as being tired means that their defences will be down and you may be able to have a more honest talk. Make them know that they can tell you anything and that you will always be there no matter what.

Have meals together
These days T.V dinners are all the rage, but get that family table out and have dinner time together. You, your partner, if possible, and the children. You can enjoy a conversation and discuss each other’s day, and you know that they have eaten their meals. You can ban phones at the table, this goes for you too, and you can ensure that they all eat a healthy meal. Family meals at the dinner table are actually associated with many benefits to your child’s life, including doing better at school, and life.

Get involved with games they may play. Learn about the online games they are interested in or play a bit of football with them. You will find if you show a bit of interest in something they love it will go a long way to building your relationship. They will tell you things about the game and themselves, and you will come to know them better. Have a laugh and a joke with them too, always find a bit of time to be silly.

Take them out and spoil them a little
Be careful not to overdo the spoiling thought as this can obviously have a detrimental effect. But, every so often as a treat take them somewhere, they really want to go. You can use this as a tool and play, for example, let them know it’s because they have been good. Also, it may be an idea to get children's entertainers of their birthdays, they will love this.

Reward positive behaviour
If your child does well at school, then let them know how much you care. This can be verbally or with some other reward. You want to encourage the good things in life and being aware of what is going on is key. You may be busy, but your child will appreciate the attention when they know they have done well.

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