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Spending time with our kids is extremely important and beneficial. It is part of our responsibility as parents to love and guide our children. Children who grow up in homes where they are loved, valued and paid attention to have healthier mental health, less behavioral problems, better communication skills and eventually become well-adjusted members of society. I see it all the time in the public school setting. Students who have uninvolved parents are attention-seeking, have low self worth and frequently act out.
As a busy working mom, I get it. Sometimes it’s hard to connect one on one with your child. That’s why I developed this monthly “connect with your kids” challenge. My kids want to have fun with me but I also want to have fun with them.
If I left it up to my 5 year old, we would pretend play everyday. For hours. Pretend play really isn’t my thing. So I decided that I needed to think more intentionally about activities that we could do together. Activities that would teach me more about my children. Activities that would teach her about the world around her. Activities that would enrich all of our lives.
1. Play MASH
2. Visit the library
3. Go on a bike ride
4. Read a book at bedtime
5. Parent’s choice
6. Send your child to school with a note in her lunch or bookbag
7. Gaze at the stars
8. Learn a dance together
9. Look at family pictures
10. Family movie night
11. Do chores together
12. Tech-free day
14. Kid’s pick
15. Do a craft
16. Play soccer
17. Bake something- kid’s choice. Follow my Baking with Kids Pinterest board.
18. Play Simon Says
19. Take silly pictures of each other
20. Make a waffle bar (this is my favorite waffle recipe)
21. Go hiking
22. Go to the zoo
23. Take family photos
24. Let your child pick all the meals for the day (and help prepare them)
25. Have a silly string fight
26. Make s’mores
27. Take photos of nature
28. Fly a kite
29. Throw an End of Summer party
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What are you most excited about doing with your kids?
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