It can be hard as a busy parent to find slots for some quality time with the kids, but we probably all recognise that time is more important than ‘stuff’. Evidence also suggests it is important for their mental health and adjustment to life and a parenting study in 2015 suggested that when it comes to time with our kids, quality was more important that quantity.
So here are some ideas of ways to spend quality time with your children that are fun, won’t break the bank, and that you as a parent will enjoy as well.
Get Lost in a Story
It seems a shame that some parents stop reading to their children when the child learns to read by themselves. But actually most older children will still enjoy being read too and sharing stories provides a great way to talk – things happen to the characters and it’s easy to have discussions about how the character might feel, how we would respond or to guess what might happen next. In fact the benefits of stories go far beyond literacy.
Audio stories can also be good fun to listen to together and of course most films actually tell a story. When the purpose is to spend quality time with your kids then it is important that you watch it together and then it can be a great way to discuss all sorts of topics that might not arise so easily in everyday life.
As well as reading stories, children will usually enjoy making up their own stories; some will write and illustrate them but others might enjoy telling you the story and having it typed on a computer. There are some great story making games and apps too – but in my experience kids still enjoy paper and a bit of gluing and sticking as well.
Drawing or painting may not be every child’s cup of tea, or parent’s for that matter, but exercising our creativity is important for us all in many different ways.
In addition to drawing or painting, try any kind of crafts, clay modelling, junk modelling or painting stones or glass jars, using fabric to make collages, pressing flowers or hundreds of other things. Again, while you are working together children often talk and find it easier to chat about how they feel. The fact …