As parents we can be so busy with everyday tasks – running around to get everyone out the door in the morning, making sure dinner is on the table, doing laundry so that there are clean clothes – we can forget to play and interact WITH our children. Some evenings it is A.C.’s bedtime before I know it, and it seems like have not actually seen him at all.
As vital as it is to have his physical needs met, it is even more important to me to make sure that we at least have a couple of moments each day just to connect. When he is older I want him to remember that Mommy played with him, with no interruptions from computers or cell phones or chores – Just some one on one time together.
Here are some of our favorite activities to do together:
Kitchen dance off– My family is full of kitchen dancers, we always have music going and are dancing away when we are cooking. Break out your favorite music and show off your dance moves. Laugh, be silly (and even burn some calories!)
Grab a good book – Curl up on the couch and read together. Reading to your children is so important for early literacy. Exercise your imagination by making up tall tales about the characters in the stories.
Splash –Fill the kitchen sink with water and break out your plastic measuring cups and wooden spoons. Have a blast playing in the water, you both may end up a little wet but it is nothing that a quick change of clothes and a tea towel can’t fix.
Get outside – Go for a walk, play on the swings, play tag, skip rope, toss a ball. So many possibilities to get out and get active, with the added benefit of helping kids burn off some energy making bedtime easier.
Craft it – Pull out some crayons and paper and make some artwork. We are not at the stage to add scissors and glue yet, but if your kids are older add those in too. Who doesn’t love doing a little arts and craft now and then. Plus you will have the perfect gift for Grandma the next time she comes over!
So take 10 minutes today and play with your kids. Get down to their level and connect over a fun activity. What are some of your favorite activities to play with your kids?