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Your children are growing so fast! Soon, they’ll be grown with families of their own. Slow down the clock a bit with these 24 activities designed to strengthen the bond between you and your children. These ideas are great whether you have toddlers, teens, and anyone in between under your roof! #parenting #family #play #relationships #children #2019

How to Spend Quality Time with Your Children in 2019

Time Flies When Your Children Are Small

My third pregnancy has been such a blur compared to the first two. I’ve had my plate filled to the brim thanks to my virtual assistant business, homeschooling, homemaking, and blogging. On top of all that, I’ve dealt with the worst morning sickness I’ve ever experienced in my life due to a variety of factors including iron-deficiency anemia.

I’m blessed to have a 5-year-old and 3-year-old who have been very understanding and patient while I’ve had the energy level of a slug the past few months. And I’m grateful that my husband has filled in the energy gap for both of us in so many ways during this time.

Now that I am beginning to come out of the fog, I’ve been able to spend more time getting tasks done such as organizing digital files. In the process, I’ve come across some fun home videos of my children when they were infants. Every mom says this, but my babies were so adorable! It’s mind-blowing to think of how fast the time went from when they were in my womb until now.

All this reminiscing made me realize that my very full schedule was helping the days to fly by even faster than they already are.

I chose to be a homemaker because it’s important to me to spend as much time with my children as possible. The desire to nurture, teach, and care for my own children has been important to me as long as I can remember. I am fortunate to have a husband who thinks the same way. As two adult children of divorce and former latchkey children, we’ve always had it in our hearts to do things differently.

Though my babies are still so small, I know they won’t always be this young. I don’t want to be so busy all the time that I look up one day and find I’ve missed everything.

Turning Things Around

I’ve been on a journey to simplify my life so that I can focus on what’s most important. Part of this process includes developing a list of activities to spend quality time with my children.

As I was creating this list, I began to think about all the ways I wish I could’ve spent more time with my parents at various stages in my childhood. I added some of those ideas to this list for moms who have children that are much older than mine.

I hope these ideas will inspire you to slow down and get to know your children. If you find your child is a bit resistant to spending time with you because they’ve grown used to having very little one-on-one time with you, don’t give up! Start with something simple such as watching one of their favorite shows together. Over time, you can ease them into an activity that involves more in-depth interaction, such as working out together or a weekly brunch date.

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Spending Quality Time with Preschool Children

Garden helper

Show your child how to start and maintain a garden. Pick plants that are hardy, easy to grow, and (preferably) edible. Increase the educational factor by researching all about the plants you’re growing.

Play card games

Simple games like memory or go fish will increase your child’s brain power and give you an opportunity to teach him or her about strategy.

Dance party

Turn on your favorite music and cut a rug with your little ones. Break out the camera to record the best moves.

Scavenger hunt

Create a simple indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt. Winner gets to select a toy from the dollar store!

Bake and decorate cookies

Make a batch of cutout sugar cookies. Decorate with royal icing and candies, then distribute some to your children and some to your neighbors.

Play a Conversation Game

Gain insight into how your child thinks with conversation games. If you own a smart speaker, you can download an app such as 20 Questions or Would You Rather and fire it up before or after dinner.

Paint Rocks

Find a few uniquely shaped rocks, clean them up, then decorate them. Use paint, glitter, googly eyes, tissue paper, or whatever you have on hand. When they’re dry, use them as paper weights or book ends!

Friendly Competition

Easy board games like Uncle Wiggly, Trouble, and Candy Land are a lot of fun to play with your children. Be patient in the beginning as your child learns to follow the rules, take turns, and control his or her emotions during the gameplay. In time, you’ll all be having a blast!

Spending Quality Time With School Age Children

Slime Master

Making and playing with slime is a great way to have messy and creative fun! With a few simple ingredients you likely already have – white glue, contact solution, glitter, food coloring, borax etc. – you can create a toy that you and your child will love playing with for weeks to come.

Lend a Hand

Spend one weekend each month volunteering at a soup kitchen or animal shelter. Giving back side by side will give you and your child a lot to talk about.

Mad Scientist

Put on your goggles and lab coats then have fun with kitchen science experiments. Make a volcano, whip up a batch of plastic milk, create a tornado in a jar, and more!

Fiber Artistry

Are you a knitter or crocheter? Are you handy with a sewing machine or were you taught how to sew by hand? Pass along your skills to your child with one-to-one lessons. Or you can find some great videos on YouTube and use them to learn the fiber arts together.

Task Master

Help your child out with a creative project of his or her own choosing. Be willing to take direction and lend your support as your child works to make his or her vision come to life.

Constructive Play

Make a fort in the living room, build a sandcastle, put together a tower of blocks, or build a snowman in the front yard. Choose something fun and easy to build together then celebrate once the job is done!

Planning Committee

Let your child be in charge of a family event such as movie night. Provide him or her with the supplies needed to make their vision come true.

Do Nothing

There is value in just being together. Sit in the backyard and sip a cool beverage. Plop down in front of the fireplace and watch the wood burn. Unwind next to your child on the couch. It’s important to show your child how to just engage with their own thoughts. Paying attention to your inner dialogue is an important skill that too few people have learned to develop.

Spending Quality Time With Teenage Children

Share a bullet journal

Start an interactive scrapbook with your teen to document fun memories and share special letters just between the two of you. Give it to your child as a graduation gift or wedding present.

Give cooking lessons

Everyone needs to know how to cook! If your child hasn’t been in the kitchen with you, now is the time to turn that around. Show your teen how to make all the basics, treasured family recipes, and experiment with some exotic dishes together.

Learn how to code

Basic computer programming is an important skill to learn, especially for your child. Learning how to code in pairs is even better! Start out with something simple like Scratch and work your way up to Free Code Camp. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, purchase a couple of Raspberry Pis to open up the world of computing on a completely different level.

Play a video game

Modern children are considered digital natives, so it makes sense to use tech as a way to connect with your teen. Find out what your child’s favorite video game is and ask for a few lessons so you can engage in a little friendly competition later on.

Brunch Date

Take your teen out for brunch every weekend or once per month as your schedule and budget allow. Enjoy croissants, a hot drink, and casual conversation. Remember to do your best to listen more than you talk!

Take a walk

Walking daily is a low impact way to improve your health. Invite your teen to be your walking buddy. If lifting weights is more your style, hit the gym with your child in tow.

Makeover session

Let your teen dress you for the day with the understanding that you get to choose their outfit, too! Take pictures and go out on the town together. The results may be hilarious!

Start a small business

Thanks to the internet, starting a small business is relatively easy, even if you’re still a kid! Find a product to sell, a service to provide (such as building websites with those coding skills you’ve developed!), or commit to starting a blog together. Not only will you spend quality time with your child, you could end up building an empire together. Hello, college fund!

Make the Most of the Time You Have

Your children won’t be at home forever, so you’ve got to take the opportunities you can to spend quality time with them now.

This list is a great starting point, but it’s only the beginning. If you’d like to know the best way to connect with your kids, go ahead and ask them what they want most from you. You may be surprised by the answers!

Keep an open mind and be willing to follow through with whatever agreements you make with them.

Showing love to your children in a way that matters most to them is an investment that will pay off over the course of a lifetime.

What will you do to spend more time with your kids? Share your ideas in the comments!

Your children are growing so fast! Soon, they’ll be grown with families of their own. Slow down the clock a bit with these 24 activities designed to strengthen the bond between you and your children. These ideas are great whether you have toddlers, teens, and anyone in between under your roof! #parenting #family #play #relationships #children #2019

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