We have been super busy lately as full-time working parents. It seems most of our waking hours are spent at work or on much-needed personal timeouts to reboot. We end up not spending enough time with our kids. The guilt builds up but in this economy you have to make a living, right? I think a lot of parents are experiencing this same dilemma.
Solution? Get quality time in doing things we all can enjoy but that in itself is a challenge. Good luck getting everyone to agree on one thing. I’ve found, a good way of squeezing in quality time is to allow the kids to participate in the day-to-day activities like cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. It’s easier to convince them it’s fun when they are little. It’s a bit more challenging when they are older. Most “little” kids want to help fold laundry or mix the brownie batter, just as long as you are doing it too. They will refuse when you tell them to go clean their room or pick up their toys. I can’t say this is true for all kids but my kids behave this way.
My kids like to help make dinner. The little one especially loves it. She calls herself my “best little helper” and is most of the time attached to me at the hip. The oldest requires a little more convincing to participate since he is much older. Waiting 7 years to have more kids after the first has its pros and cons.
They love pizza. Spending $10 and 45 minutes is far cheaper than what I could imagine the future to be if I don’t make the effort now. It’s the little things that count. Let them help while they actually want to. Some of the chores may get done while you’re at it. If not, you’re still spending time with them.