Between work, school, extracurricular activities, making dinner, helping with homework, there can seem like there are not enough hours in the day. With everything going on it can hard to squeeze in quality time with your kids.
If you feel like you don’t spend enough time with your kids, you’re not alone. According a recent survey conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Crayola Experience, more than half of parents say they are too busy to have fun with their kids. Surveying 2,000 parents with kids ages 3-16 across the country, the researchers found that 78% of parents wished they had more time to spend with their kids. The poll also found that 40% of parents admit they have missed at least one important milestone in their child’s life, and that 82% of parents said their child has complained at some point about not spending enough time with them.
“Even when parents do spend time with their kids, the children often feel their parents’ aren’t fully present in the activity - and parents agree,” said Vice Preside of Crayola Experience Victoria Lozano.
Here are some tips for spending more time with your kids:
- Practice parenting meditation: Try to stay in the moment, focusing on seeing your kids, hearing them, understating them and being amazed by them.
- Take pajama walks: Before bed, weather permitting, take your kids on a “pajama walk” to help them decompress and mellow before going to bed. Get your kids completely ready of bed (teeth brushed, faces was, pj’s on) and then take a slow stroll around the neighborhood.
- Have a taco night: Try using themed dinners when time allows. You can have a taco night, a pizza night a Chinese night or a pancake night. You can also increase your time with your child by having them help with the preparation of a dinner night.
- Fix it together: Use home improvement projects to spend time with your kids while teaching them about tools and life at the same time.
- Get there on foot: When you need to take your child somewhere nearby, take the opportunity to walk and have conversations with your child while you are getting to your destination.