Thursday, February 16, 2012

Parenting Pointers: Cherish Time with Your Kids

Here's something rather sobering that I just read last night. There are 936 Saturdays from birth to when kids turn 18 and are ready to go off to college. If you have a 5-year-old, at lest 260 of them are gone. So make sure you are making time to take time with your kids. It doesn't have to be big things - here's a list of easy ways to make a little extra time with your kids, and foster good memories and relationships in the process:

- Shake it up. Instead of routine meals/homework/TV time, try eating dinner in a strange place in the house - or under the table - and go for a nighttime walk.
- Always include your kids in household projects. They'll learn valuable skills, and it's good time spent with parents. The projects might take a little longer, but the kids will feel good and parents will know they've been able to spend quality time with kids.
- Walk if possible. Too often in the car everyone's doing their own thing. If you're doing a short trip, walk and talk. If you need to drive, make it a point to engage in conversation at the kids' level.
- Find a connection. Try out their video games. Watch a few of their movies. See if there's something they enjoy that you might like too. It'll give you something else to talk about, plus another way to spend time with them.

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