Each day, no matter what stresses or frustrating situations you may be in, spending time with your kids and family should be a top priority.
Being a busy parent is tough, but sparing at least 30 minutes a day to talk, teach or play with your children is not just needed for them—it’s important for your well being too. Take a peak through this list of basic parental duties below and see which things you can cross off. If you think that it’s possibly to incorporate one, two, three, or all eight into your life—you may be surprised to discover how such a small suggestion could encourage such a profound impact into your child’s lives, and yours as well:
¨ Bedtime reading—With today’s 21-centruty universe of an over abundance of electronics, picking up an actual book has increasingly and alarmingly become endangered. Encourage casual or light reading into your household. Check out books for the library, themed to your child’s interest or reading preference.
Dedicate 15 or so minutes before your kid’s bedtime to read a story. Make the bedtime story interesting (as your child is most likely tired from the day).
¨ Eat together—Having dinner together is an under appreciated value of being a family. It’s doesn’t even have to a gourmet meal, in fact simplicity can even be fun at the dinner table. Pick up and call for box of pizza, or to make it even simpler, order food with paypal. This is your perfect opportunity to casually speak with your family members and discuss the day that was, and what tomorrow endures.
¨ Word games—Games such as Silent Charades or “Simon Says” are wonderful bonding opportunities you can easily apply into your family’s lives. It’s also a chance to improve he or she’s vocabulary and cognitive thinking.
¨ Homework review—Make sure to quickly stroll through your child’s schoolwork. This will ensure that your child knows that it’s not only his or her teacher that will be making sure the schoolwork is done, and done properly. If you see something wrong or care to make a recommendation, this is your chance to play tutor.
¨ TV guidelines—Many parents want to the “cool parent,” but there is a time and place for that. Being a “good parent” is what your child needs. Set viewing times about how much TV your child can watch and when all electronics need to be turned off.
¨ Car talk—It may sound trivial, but a simple on-the-road conversation is a wonderful chance to speak with your kids. Plus, you have the added advantage where they can’t get away from you. It also will help to save you time from a constructive conversation later on in the day.
¨ Set up your child’s homework area—Some kids just need a little assistance with organization. A perfect place to begin is setting up a makeshift office in his or her bedroom. Ensuring that he or she has pencils, ink in the printer, batteries in calculator, pens, paper, etc.
¨ What’s happening in school—As I’m sure you can remember, school wasn’t always the easiest time in your life—between grades, teachers, friends, and bullies. Try to let your child let you into his or her life in school and see if anything concerns you, or if you can offer any constructive advice.