We’ve all heard the clichés about spending “quality time” with our children. If you’re like most people, you probably nod your head in agreement but really don’t think too much about exactly what that looks like in your own situation.
Face it – we all think of ourselves as busy people and it’s easy for days to slip away from us in the middle of the practical obligations of work, laundry, grocery shopping, car repairs, paying bills, and otherwise maintaining our households. The other reality? Childhood is a short period of time and we don’t get any do-overs.
So, what’s the answer? In the middle of all the parental responsibilities, don’t forget to have some fun with your children. Think about your own favorite childhood memories. Write down ten things you loved to do and resolve to make some of those happen again. This isn’t about money or expensive trips. It often really is all about the little things. Camp in your backyard. Cook together. Have a pillow fight. Play with water balloons. Stage a family talent night. Go on a mystery destination car ride. Go for ice cream in your jammies. Go fishing. Have a scavenger hunt. Do a family movie night. Visit all of the Little Free Libraries in your neighborhood. Volunteer together. Practice random acts of kindness. Have a picnic. Go to the beach!
Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby to us) said it well, “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.”
Now go have some fun and create some amazing memories!