For those of you who don’t know, those are my babies. All five of them. Affectionately referred to as the “Crazy Bunch,” they keep things exciting around here. Very exciting. So exciting that sometimes, we think there really must be a hidden camera somewhere because it can’t possibly all be real.
But it is. And while sometimes all the excitement means complete and utter exhaustion, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Not that I wouldn’t like a little peace and quiet once in a while, because believe me, I would. When I have three kiddos asking me three different questions, one kiddo crying (and, of course, screaming at the top of his or her lungs) over a skinned knee, and one kiddo trying to see how many paper towels it takes to make the toilet overflow, there’s a chance that I may trade that specific moment for a latte. A chance. But all in all, there’s nothing like being a mom. Nothing.
I mentioned the other day that I’m usually a little hesitant to give parenting advice. After years of getting “the look” every time people find out that we don’t believe in spanking our kids, I tend to just keep my parenting opinions to myself.
There is something that I would like to share today that I don’t think should offend anyone. Most parents genuinely enjoy spending quality time with their kids, and that’s all I’m going to be writing about. Just sharing my opinions on what makes time count as “quality” time. Because just hanging around with your kids doesn’t always cut it.
The last few months, I have spent more time with my kids than I have been able to spend with them in the last eight years. I’m only taking 10 credits at school, I work primarily from home (except for two days a week), and we are sitting out this year’s dance competition season. Yeah, the kiddos and I are spending A LOT of time together. A lot. But it’s not all quality time. When I’m typing away on the computer and they are sitting in the same room, but have their eyes glued to the television screen, that’s definitely not quality time.
What do I mean by “quality time”? I mean time during which you actually connect with your child. Time during which you have a real conversation or enjoy an activity that both of you fully participate in. Time during which you make memories.
So, I thought I’d give a few tips on how to spend quality time with your kiddos.
10 Ways to Enjoy More Quality Time