We lead such busy lives and I am as guilty as the next Mom of missing out on some of those little moments that present themselves to spend quality time with my son. I often try to catch up on emails and text messages when I get home instead of saving it until after he goes to bed. I have realized that I only get 2 ½ hours with my son each night when we all get home from work. Yikes…that time flies by! And while we can’t add hours to the day, we can be intentional about the time we have with our families and find creative ways to carve out more time to spend with the ones we love.
Here are some quick and mostly low-prep ways to spend quality time with your family.
A few favorites include:
- Look what I can do
- Celebrate me
- Tell me a story
- Get to know your child
- Reading Games
- Make them Laugh
- Creativity Exercises
A couple of strategies to create more family time during the week:
- Make enough dinner for leftovers the next night, or prep meals on the weekend to free up time after work.
- Limit your screen time – Put down the phones, laptops, tablets, and spend uninterrupted time with family. Emails will still be there for you later.
- Share jobs and stick to a routine – everything from setting the table, cleaning up, getting PJ’s on, etc., will go faster and smoother if the routine is predictable.
“Because how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”