The most important things in life are often the most challenging. Quality time with our children is no exception to that rule. Here are some tried and true tips to set yourself up for success!
Time It Right
You and your kids are most likely to have good time together if you’re in the right mindset. Timing is everything. Make sure that quality time is planned for when everyone is well fed and before it’s late and they’re getting tired. Make sure that the time is good not only for your children – but for you as well. If you’re hungry, tired or irritable – abort and find another time.
Ignore the Mess
This is harder for some more than others. When parents are uptight about the mess being created by activities, the tension spreads to everyone. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’ll clean everything up as soon as you’re done, but in the meantime, have a great time.
The focus of Creating Time™ activities is connecting with our children. The outcome of the activity is at best secondary – and usually irrelevant. Many of us like to make sure when doing crafts or projects with our kids that the finished product looks nice. But in focusing in that we lose sight of our real goal – to be having relaxed, enjoyable, quality time with our children. It’s about the process, not the result.
Unless, of course, the result you’re looking for is a great relationship with your kids. That result you certainly can focus on – and you’ll get it when you keep your focus on having a great time and not on the activity itself.