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Tips to spend quality time with your kids

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Kids & Teens

Do you think that you are spending quality time with your children? If you are nodding your head affirmatively then think again. Spending quality time does not mean that youll just spend few hours in the weekend with your kids watching television, eating French fries or splurging in fun activities in the Disneyland. This means some thing more. If you really want to spend quality time with your kids then follow the below mentioned tips on that.

Since nowadays most of us are working parents, therefore we are always thinking about missing out the precious moments in our childrens development. This in turns fills our mind with guilt. But there is no point in feeling guilty, it will not help you in solving the problem; rather it will make the situation more complex. Therefore try to make the time you spend with your child as much beneficial for all of you as possible.

When you come home after a long and tiring day, dont start immediately playing with your kid just for showing that you love them. Rather sit for some time with your kid and try to let him or her know about the importance of your work and how it is helping you in your life.

Always try to get into a regular routine during the whole week, rather than keeping everything for the weekend. So, all of you sit together and spend time in debriefing the days events, so that you reconnect as a family. Do something interesting. Ask your kid to help you in cooking or setting the dinner table or put away the laundry.

While working together chat about how the day went. This will help you bond more strongly with your kids and in that manner the kids will also learn some lessons in household work.

If possible always plan a special weekly event. It is better that you ask your kids where they want to spend their weekend or how can you make the weekend more enjoyable for them. You may go to the zoo, or boating or swimming, but wherever it is, go out with your kids on a weekend in a regular basis. Even if you dont want to go out for any activity on a weekend then at least go for getting ice cream or to feed birds in the parks. These little treats will make your kids happy and will help you in bonding more with them.

Always take care to know about the friends of your kid. It is very important that you know the names of all their friends so that when your kids talk about them you can immediately react to the stories. Check out how he/she is doing in school. Always ask whether he/she likes the school environment. This is more important to know than whether he/she enjoyed the trip to Disneyland.

Every night after dinner, try to get a family gathering. Read out a book to your child or tell them nursery rhymes or teach them some songs. When he or she goes to bed do not forget to wish good night. Get up at night to check whether he or she is sleeping properly or not. If you find your kid is not having enough sleep talk to him or her to know whether something is bothering him/her. Always talk as a peer not just as a parent.

So, you can see, it is not necessary that you have to change your lifestyle to make sure that you spend quality time with your kids. Its better to infuse small joys into your everyday life so that each day you spend with your kids become special.