It seems to fly by faster each year our children get older. A friend once said to me, “Long days, short years” when describing raising children. She was spot on. We have the same 24 hours in a day as we did when our kids came into this world, but why does it feel like so much less?
In talking with other parents about time, there is a common theme:
There isn’t enough of it.
Between the demands of work, logistics of getting children to and from activities, caring for our homes, feeding our family, paying the bills, it can all be a bit overwhelming.
And the REALLY important stuff we want to make time for can get pushed to the side. Important stuff like connecting with our children.
It’s easy to say we’ll do better tomorrow, but tomorrow becomes the next day and the next day and so forth.
Since we can’t magically add minutes to our day, we’ve had to be creative in the ways we connect with our three sons.
Finding only 15 minutes a day can be all it takes to keep everyone centered and happy.
Below are the top 10 ways we connect with our kids:
This has been our favorite activity to do with our kids since they were wee ones. Reading with them on our laps, bedtime reading, somehow fitting into their forts for ‘undercover’ reading or simply sitting in our family room on the couch, this special time of bonding through a shared book is a cherished activity. Even our 11-year old still likes to hear us read a picture book to our youngest. More…