It’s finally the weekend, and like many other families with school aged kids, our days are packed with activities and events. I often find that when Monday shows up, I find it extremely difficult to feel like I’ve spent any quality time with our kids or feel like I’ve connected to them after a busy weekend – even though I might be physically with them the whole time. Below are 5 ways you might be able to change that.
1. Ask your kids to name five things they’d like to have happen over the weekend. Think about how you could incorporate at least one of their ideas into the weekend plan.
2. Try to carve out 15 minutes of one on one time with each child. Use that time to read together, take a walk, get on the computer and ask them to show you a show they enjoy watching or a band they like to listen to, make a meal together, play a game together, or do a puzzle.
3. Have at least one meal together without electronics of any kind. Ask them questions about the best part of their week and the worst part of their week. Then you share yours.
4. Ask them to teach you something – a few keys on the instrument they play, something they learned about in school, have them recommend a new song for your iPod, or a great book or movie they’ve heard about.
5. Spend some time with them before they go to sleep. It’s a great way to catch up on the day and I find they tend to accidentally and randomly over share when they are exhausted.
P.S. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself to recharge!