Sometimes it’s difficult to make time to enjoy time together with our children, but here are 10 great ideas that will help you connect with your kids in a meaningful way!
In today’s fast-paced world, it is sometimes difficult to spend quality time with our kids, even as homeschooling families. Maybe I’m the only one, but as a work-at-home homeschooling mom, I sometimes look across the table and realize I haven’t had any meaningful connections with my kids in a while. We get so busy with work, and school, and just life, that we forget to make time for the most important thing – relationships.
If you are like me and need to reconnect with your kids in a meaningful way, here are 10 amazing activities to do with your kids that are worth every minute!
Read a Book –
Of course, you had to know this one would be at the top of my list! I love reading. And some of the most special times in my life have revolved around books. Reading a book together at bed-time, or discussing a book together that you have read separately will definitely give you moments to connect with your child. I have lots of great book recommendations if you don’t know where to start.
Go on a hike –
Sometimes getting out in nature is just the thing to spark a great fun together. It doesn’t have to be far away or a long, arduous hike to connect with your kids and create amazing memories! Or try geocaching if you want to try something different.
Play a board game –
During the winter when it’s too cold and disgusting to get outside, I love to pull out the collapsible table and a board game and challenge my kids to a face-off, board game style. We have made lots of memories around the table in the living room!
Start a family journal –
I love this amazing idea from Ginny at Not So Formulaic! Take the time to write your family story, together. Yesterday, Princess brought me home a beautiful journal that she found while on a shopping trip with Grandma. I think we are going to use this journal as a starting point to connect by writing together.
Technology-free Dinners –
I once read a quote from Bill Gates that said he totally bans devices at the dinner table. Although modern technology has many useful applications, when we are focused on the incoming text messages and app notifications, we are not paying attention to those in the same room. So, in our home, when it’s time to sit down for dinner together, we put away the devices, (including audiobooks!) and connect over a good meal.
Bonus Idea: Stack all of the devices on the table and the first one to pick their device up, gets to do dishes tonight!
Go on a picnic –
When I don’t have much money to do fun activities, I throw a picnic lunch together and we head to the park just down the road. We spend the afternoon enjoying our time together, and it doesn’t cost us anything.
Go for a drive –
A few weeks ago, my kids and I were traveling home from a conference, and a conversation was sparked with my oldest daughter about dating and boy/girl relationships. While it’s not a subject we probably would discuss over dinner, the car seemed like the perfect place to talk about this particular subject. Sometimes it’s easier to say the hard things when we aren’t looking straight at someone. Of course, we also enjoy conversations about silly, inconsequential things in the car too!
Tell a joke –
It’s so much fun to laugh together with my kids. I text my kids little memes or jokes almost daily. I love to sit down and read a few jokes from a joke book together before bed. It makes a hard day… just a little bit brighter.
Say “I’m sorry” and “I love you” –
One of my favorite memories from my childhood is of a time I got in trouble. Not because I got in trouble, but because my mom came to me later and apologized for speaking harshly. I can’t even remember what crime I had committed, but I vividly remember the feeling of love for my mom when I forgave. It’s a lesson that has been burned into my brain. We don’t have to be perfect moms, but we will have stronger relationships when we say “I’m sorry” and “I love you” more often.
What is your favorite way to connect with your kids?