By Laura Backes
You’ve got lots of things to do and only a short time to do them in. On top of all this, you know you should be spending time with your kids. But how do you get your errands done and still have time for your children? Well, here are six ways to accomplish this most difficult task.
You’ve got to pick up something to cook for dinner, but why not take this opportunity to teach your children? A grocery store is a great learning environment. Younger kids can go over their colors and names of fruit, older kids can weigh vegetables and decide what sale items are a good deal. And while they’re learning, you are having quality time.
Making the beds, doing the dishes, dusting, cleaning and vacuuming; all those boring chores that everyone hates. Make it into a game. Have your children help you out around the house. They can clear the table while you talk about what happened at school, or help you make the beds while discussing the latest happenings on their favorite cartoon. The ‘vacuum monster’ can give them incentive to pick up the toys strewn across the floor, and little kids love dusting tables ‘whistling while they work’. (Try Cinderella or Snow White!)
Pulling weeds is great fun for kids, especially when Mom is right there playing in the dirt with them. All kids love to get dirty, and yard work is a great time for them to pull out their sand buckets and wagons and get to work. Watering on a hot summer day can easily be transformed into a trip to the backyard water-park. Not only does your yard stay green, but your kids get exercise too.
Even the littlest kids can help Mom in the kitchen. They can wash the vegetables, tear up the lettuce, and make sure the measuring cups are filled all the way. Older kids can be taught how to cut up a chicken, how to tell when the potatoes are done, and how to ice a cake. Whatever way you do it; kids need to know how to cook.
This may seem like a solo activity, but it doesn’t have to be. Have your child ride his bike as you jog and he’ll have no problem keeping up. Pull your little one in a wagon and your legs will be toned fast. Even aerobics can turn into playtime if you add some fun moves and silly music.
Working at Home:
Let’s say you work at home. How do you keep the kids happy without plopping them down in front of the TV? Simple, just give them ‘work’ to do. Fun stamps and stickers, strangely shaped scissors, a variety of markers, crayons and colored pencils, and they’re ready to help mom work. You can even squeeze some learning in there with writing exercises.
Whatever it is that you have to do, try to include your children. And don’t just drag them along. They will be adults someday and need to learn everything that you know. It’s never too early to get started. The more you talk to your kids, the better your relationship with them will be. So have fun, hang out, and get things done.
This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service providers in my area. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.