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Do you ever feel as if, even though you spend nearly every waking hour with your kids, you don’t spend all that much time with your kids?
The truth is that when our kids are home with us all day, it doesn’t always feel necessary to make time to be specifically with them.
And yet, if we don’t do just that, it can be too easy for our “priorities” to get in the way of investing our time where it really matters.
Here are 5 ways to spend intentional time with your kids today and everyday.
1. Work Together
Instead of setting the kids up with an activity of their own while you do the housework, get them involved.
Toddlers can put clothes in the hamper, preschoolers can fold dish towels.
And elementary aged kids can do dishes, vacuum and help cook.
Sharing the load with your kids will be a great way to spend time together while you teach them what it takes to run a home.
2. Get Into The Word
If you haven’t yet found a way to spend time alone with God and time alone with your kids, you can definitely start by combining the two.
Choose a Bible study that’s meant for kids or families, and work through it together.
There is no better way to build your relationship with your mini–me than with the Lord at the center.
3. Be Present As They Learn
As a homeschool mama, it’s nice when your kids finally reach the age that they can complete some work on their own.
But even if your child no longer needs you to sit beside him as he works, he will undoubtedly love it if you do.
Be available for questions, share a praise about his handwriting, or just sit and enjoy being amazed at how far he has come from your first day as his teacher.
4. Play At The Playground
It’s nice to sit on the bench and enjoy the downtime while the kids run and jump around.
But every now and then, take some time and get in the mix when your kids are at play.
Push them on the swings, catch them at the bottom of the slide, and ooh and ah over their antics on the monkey bars.
They will love having your full attention and their smiles will more than make up for your missed downtime.
5. Put On A Movie
We don’t watch a lot of TV around here.
And when the kids do watch, it’s usually so that I can get something done uninterrupted.
Try putting on a movie, popping some popcorn and sitting with your little ones while they watch.
They will notice that you stopped doing all of your “important” work to make time simply to relax with them.
And it will warm their hearts and yours more than any happy ending can.
You Will Never Find The Time For Your Kids
A mama’s work is never done.
That’s the nature of living in a fallen world.
And since you will never find the time to spend with your kids, you have to make it.
Yes, lunch dates and special projects are always fun.
But you can spend intentional time with your kids any day without advance planning or spending.
Your relationship with your kids will thank you.
And you will be thankful for the precious memories that you create together.
Which idea will you try, Mama? I would love to know in the comments!