As a child, we all remember how much we treasured time spent with Mum or Dad. However, many people don't realise just how important these moments are in a child's development.
As a child, we all remember how much we treasured time spent with Mum or Dad. However, many people don't realise just how important these moments are in a child's development. According to the Child Development Institute, quality time that parents spend with their children is important for the child's mental health and adjustment to life. While most parents understand the importance of this quality time, many aren't sure where to begin. In order to offer some possible suggestions, here are a five ways to spend quality time with your children.
Educate your child through games and activities
Learning does not have to be restricted to the classroom. In fact, there are some areas in which we learn more outside the classroom than in. Spending time with your children is a great opportunity to incorporate learning with games and other fun activities. The key is to help your child learn without making them feel as though they're in class. There are countless resources online that help parents to design games that incorporate subjects such as math, language and science. As long as your child is both learning and having fun, the time can be counted a success.
Steal some time away from other parts of the day
Most parents cite not enough time as the reason for lacking quality time with their children. Sometimes parents must make time for their children when schedules are too hectic. This time can come by waking up 20 minutes early or going to bed later. Although an extra 20 minutes of time may seem insignificant to adults, children cherish every moment with their parents. This time can be used to ride a bike or take some books outside and read them under a tree. Although extra sleep is always nice, both parents and children will remember this time spent together.
Incorporate time into your to-do list
There are weeks in which an adult's to-do list simply cannot be ignored. A great way to incorporate time with our children during these busy days is to ask for their help. Children are often eager to help their parents, especially if it means spending one-on-one time with them. It is important to choose an activity that is not too difficult or strenuous for a child. Watering the garden or walking the dog are great ideas. Although the task may not get done as timely or as organized as normal, parents and children will both have fun.
Stress the one-on-one time
Children want their parents' attention when spending time with them. This can hard to achieve within large families are with big groups. It is critical that parents make an effort to spend one-on-one time with each of their children. This can be achieved by setting aside one day per week for each child in the family. Let each child know that their time with you is important. Family time can always be set for another day. The key is to set time aside in order to give every child your full and undivided attention. These moments spent together will be some of the most memorable.
Teaching a new skill
What children may love even more than spending time with a parent is learning something new during the process. One of the main jobs as a parent is to pass on knowledge and wisdom. Teaching abilities and skills is a great way to give children practical knowledge. Additionally, this is a great way to spend quality time with children. Not only will children cherish the time spent together, but they will also always associate that particular skill with their parent. Some practical ideas include baking a cake, building a snowman, working on an engine and more.
Parents are the most important people in a child's life. This is why children have a desire to spend a lot of time with their parents. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to manage quality time for an adult who has to work a full-time job and take care of multiple children. However, it is critical that parents make an extra effort to spend some quality time with their children. These five suggestions are just a few ways in which extra time can be found.