Life is busy; adults work, kids are busy with schoolwork, and it’s not far fetched to imagine a life where everyone is only passing ships in the sea, or solely focused on the to-do list for the day.
Kids grow up so fast, so maintaining the bonds of family is something that should always take priority. Here are a few ways you can spend quality time with the family and show them the ways you love them.
Get active together
Looking out for someone’s health is one of the biggest acts of love, even if your kids would rather watch TV. With young children, you could take them to the park and push them on the swings, or rent a paddle boat and get out on the water. With slightly older kids, organize fun family activities out on weekends, which could involve getting everyone on their bikes and riding down through some park trails before stopping for a healthy picnic, getting out the water pistols and having an all-out war, or anything that is guaranteed to get everyone moving.
It doesn’t have to be a birthday for someone to receive a special gift. If your child has done well with their schoolwork, or overcame a particularly difficult challenge, reward their efforts with a personalized present; Gifts in 24 is great for finding monogrammed notepads or engravings, or you can look to Etsy for something handmade. Alternatively, if you know they’ve been saving for something specific, you can surprise them by giving them the rest of the money they need.
Help each other
We might not notice it because we’re so wrapped up in our own concerns, we don’t realize someone in the family is struggling. Whether it’s your children having a difficult time understanding a school subject, or your spouse feeling overwhelmed with a work issue, everyone has a problem. Let them know you’ve noticed their struggle by offering to help, or just providing comfort in a way only you can.
You and your partner aren’t the only ones who treasure your limited time with your children. If there’s time in your schedule, arrange a visit to your parents’ or siblings so your kids can spend some time socializing with their family. Perhaps you have a relative who lives near to the beach, a famous attraction, or even in a foreign country, which will be perfect for expanding your children’s horizons.
When all the exams and important meetings have passed, set aside an evening for everyone to have fun together. Start in the late afternoon by getting the children to help you make the family’s favorite dinner, then everyone should sit at the table together and avoid talking about work or school. Once all the dishes are clean, you can make a list of family games you can play, or ask the youngest to choose a movie, and just have some quality fun before bed.
Naomi Dyer says
Shannen, keeping us all sane! Xx
Shannen Espelien says
Haha! That’s one of my goals! =)