The Importance of Spending Time with Your Children

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Great way to spend time together as a family is to go to a local park, or even an amusement park or museum.


  • 1. The Importance of Spending Time with Your ChildrenHow many times a day do you catch yourself saying, "not now" or "I dont have time"?Now, how many times a day do you catch yourself saying this to your children? Toomany times we, as busy moms, get caught up in the daily grind of our familys lives andtrying to get everything done that needs to be done, but we forget the real reasons whywere trying to bake 4 dozen cookies, schedule a doctors appointment, make out agrocery list and go to the store, make sure our childs soccer jersey is clean and readyto go for the game that is scheduled at 5 p.m., have dinner ready before leaving for saidsoccer game, and squeeze in homework - all before putting our children to bed. Then,we take the next few hours to get caught up on housework such as dishes, laundry, andgeneral tidying up when one of our children, or even your spouse, comes up andreminds you that you have a family get-together the next day that you are supposed tocook 3 dishes for! So, you stay up half the night preparing for the next day knowing thatyou are going to be completely exhausted but expected to put on a happy face.I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to take time out to just spend time with yourchild. If you have more than one child, then you need to spend time with each of themindividually. Taking the time to get to really know a child not only helps to boost yourchilds moral, but it also helps to bring you closer together. This, in turn, builds strongbonds when that child is out on their own. They will see you not only as their parent, butas close friend and confidant. And, as long as you are honest with them, they will behonest back to you. They will know that they can trust you with problems that they aredealing with and know that you will help them get through them. This also teaches themhow to be with other people and, one day, with their own children. They will rememberhow you took the time to spend with them and get to know them, and they will want todo the same for their children as well.As for family time, it is another great opportunity to show your children what it means toturn off all the televisions, computer, and game systems. When you do not have anyother distractions around, pull out a deck of cards or a favorite board game, plan somefavorite snacks for finger foods, and just have fun! You will be surprised what you willlearn from your children even while playing a board game. This is another greatopportunity to get to know your children. You will see how they interact with others,especially during a competition, and you will see how well they win or lose. If you findthe your child is a poor loser, you can take the time to show them (in a gentle, lovingway), how to congratulate the winner and show how proud you are of the person thatwon, but you also show praise to your other children that did not win by praising howwell they did play the game and how much fun you had spending that time with them.

2. Another great way to spend time together as a family is to go to a local park, or even anamusement park or museum. Talk about all the different things that there are to do orsee, and then make sure to do/see everyones favorites. Make sure and take thecamera along so that you can capture some of these memories for yourscrapbook/photo album.One more great way to spend time together would be to prepare a meal together. Leteveryone be in charge of a particular item on the menu. Make sure and supervisesmaller children and help them when necessary, even little ones can toss a salad orcrack an egg with supervision. Let them measure ingredients out. They really love thisand will really feel like they are contributing. Its been proven that children who helpprepare foods will often eat them where as they would not eat them if someone elseprepared them. Click here for more information.


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