This week’s challenge is to spend more time with your family this week.
Time. It comes. It goes. It never seems to be enough! You really can decide what you do with it! This week’s challenge is to focus a little bit more on your kids and your spouse.
Give them your full attention when they are with you. I have to remind myself to stop all of my projects and focus on them. The sweetest time for me is right when they get home from school. They talk a lot more then. If I wait until later to talk with them, I find it’s a little harder to get them to talk about things that happened in their day. Plus our schedules get crazy and we get distracted. Another great time we’ve found is tucking them in at night. My husband is the best at that. He still tucks in our teenagers every night and they expect it. I do some days, and it is a great time to tell them you love them and express gratitude for something they have done or for being your child…With girls, doing their hair usually takes 5-10 minutes-so there’s another opportunity for great conversation.
Try to spend at least 5 more minutes with each kid each day. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it makes a huge difference! I tried this a few weeks ago. I made an effort to go to each girl’s room while they were doing their homework and tell them I loved them and how proud I was of them. I was amazed at how they opened up and we had some really great discussions. My son was standing by the ping pong table so I picked up a paddle and invited him to play. I’ll never forget his response…”Mom, you want to play with me? You never do.” We had a great 5′ game of ping pong and I realized that I really do need to focus more on my kids! They should be at the top of my priority list!
I’d love to hear how this goes for you! Please share any ideas or tips you have found for spending more time with your family.