Sometimes we have a tendency to get so wrapped up in our busy schedules that we do forget about quality time with our children. This isn’t referring to time in the car taking the kids to school or dance practice. This refers to good old quality time between a parent and their child.
This may seem difficult when a lot of parents are working two jobs, going to school to further their education, or even taking care of sick family members. It may seem impossible to find the time to do interactive things such as playing games, practicing flash cards, doing crafts, and other activities that are important to a child’s development.
The good news is that there are ways for busy parents to still help their kids learn despite their busy schedules. It just takes a little bit of creativity.
Utilizing time well
Organizing time is the key to being able to spend time with your children. If you’re going back to school, try to organize your school schedule to the best of your ability to free up some of your time. The same is not as easily said for work schedules, but there are some cases in which an employer will allow the reorganization of a work schedule.
It more or less depends on the type of industry that you work in. Some parents have even had their children’s bus drop the kids off at their work or the kids walk to the place of work. Here, the parent can spend time with their children while waiting for the other parent to pick them up.
Multitasking is another way to be able to spend time with the children. While dad is doing chores throughout the house, daughter can be getting her homework done. If he is working around the kitchen, she can do her homework at the kitchen table so that he can help her when she needs it. Even if you have to wait in the car for prolonged periods of time, having the kids do homework in the car is a great way to have quiet time and be available when they need you.
Making routines out of these two things can make a huge difference. Doing some of the same things repeatedly gets the kids and you used to doing them and it will become a way of life. Children are always learning and making it a routine to do things such as talk to them or help them with their homework enhances the learning experience considerably.
It also helps if you can find others to help you. This is especially true for single parents. A good babysitter may be able to help the kids with their homework if you can’t be there. Maybe there is even a summer program or afternoon program that your child can go to until you are able to pick them up and have great conversation in the car on the way home. Even having a grandparent or a friend help out is a great way to keep your child moving where he or she needs to go.
As you can see, there are some creative ways to spend time with your child even if you need a little help here and there. In the end, you will find time to spend with your child even if it is for a little while before bedtime. Doing little things such as reading a book, telling stories, playing educational games making sure your child gets to where they need to be when they need to be there shows that you care and support them in the things they want to do.