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Spending quality time with your children is a parent's responsibility. For this particular article, I write to the fathers out there who may be struggling to find time in a day to spend some time with their children. I hope this delivers thoughtful and energizing ideas for you to share with your children in a manner that builds memories and quality time.
Spending time with your children, according to Positive Parenting Solutions, "Not only will it give you a better bond with your kids, but the attention and power boosts will fuel better behavior." What parent doesn't want better behavior?
No longer are the days of attending a baseball or tee ball game enough to consider that time quality time spent with your children. You can't connect and doesn't create opportunities to understand what may be going on in his or her life. By removing all distractions and getting back to the basics, strengthening your love for your children is a particular moment and one he or she will remember forever.
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Here are six ideas for each day of the week that allows you to spend quality time with your kids that won’t cost you a fortune. Because I know you dads can be cheap. I’m guilty of it too.
1. Monday Music Night
Kids and music are like PB&J. Whether singing a song or banging on a drum, the thought of making music comes to life.
Before you get stressed out, I am not referring to a drum set combined with electric guitars. If that is your cup of tea, then by all means, create fun music with your children.
Music is also beneficial for kids. "Music is important for kids who are born early" and "music can help your child wind down when they most need it." Find something around the house you can use to make music. Items around the house like an oatmeal box or rubber bands are creative ways. If you are interested in making this a regular thing around your homestead, then invest in an affordable children's music set. For around $30, Amazon will ship this set to your home.
2. Taco Tuesday
Who doesn't love tacos? Making this Mexican meal will take some mild planning to ensure you have the grocery items to make tacos. The key is to let allow the kids to make their tacos (you cook the meat if non-vegan) and spice it up, no pun intended, by allowing the children to make each parent one of their tacos and guess which taco the child made.
When grocery shopping, pick several types of salsa by color and spice preference. Not only will it help to color the dishes, but it allows your children to try something new.
3. Wednesday Hide-and-Seek
A simple game of hide-and-seek is a great way to relieve some energy from the children while boosting your energy too after spending a day at the office. Plan on spending 20-30 minutes, preferably not within an hour of bedtime, dads. I made this mistake once.
Have each child take a turn at hiding and seeking while you join in on the fun. Get creative and have fun with it. Also, dads, get goofy with it.
4. Toy Thursday
For this particular night, you play with your child's toys. Let him or her pick the toy to play and spend 20-30 minutes allowing the child to use his or her imagination.
Remember, the kid sets the rules of this game to allow your child the chance to lead the playtime. Often, parents will try to interject during playtime blaming the child for not doing something right. This harms the imagination and no longer becomes fun. The point of playtime is to have fun and enjoy it.
5. Friday Night Camping
Some parents may not like the thought of this one and depending on where you live in the globe, it may not be feasible. Or is it?
Kids like camping. It's adventurous. It's fun.
If you don't currently have a tent, you can purchase an indoor kids tent from Amazon for around $20. An outdoor tent will cost you more because it needs to be waterproof and windproof. A four-person tent made by Coleman is roughly $53. It is a good brand and mine has lasted over 5 years now. It has been a good investment plus it has never allowed bugs to get inside.
You can build a tent in your backyard, family room, or bedroom. Use it as a moment to share stories and connect. Sometimes the goofier, the better. Tip: Bring a flashlight.
It is essential to allow your child to use his or her imagination when telling stories. "Imagination allows children to develop forces of creativity," says Eugene Schwartz, director of teacher-education programs at Sunbridge College.
6. Creative Saturday
The next time you or your spouse is out-and-about, stop by a local hobby or craft shop, like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Think of some creative ways to allow the kids to make something fun with their imagination. Having such supplies can come handy during rainy days too.
One website I can go to for ideas is www.thebestideasforkids.com. From activities to slime, this mom shares tips and tricks to make your job easier.
Another great resource is KiwiCo.com. Every month I purchase a box for my two children. This monthly subscription is around $20 per box that contains activities and projects. Some are focused around technology and science while others are geared towards the age of your child.
Another terrific idea is to let your child get messy! In a Parenting.com article, Melissa Willets shares 10 Awesomely Messy Outdoor Activities for Kids.
"Parents need to be there--they need to be a witness to their children’s lives. That means creating good times, but more importantly, it means being there when things are tough. It means being an active participant in your child’s everyday struggles." according to Parenting-Child-Development.com. Make a conscious effort to spend at least a small time of your day with your children.
In this article, I shared tips to get more involved for each day of the week. These activities can be shuffled to any day of the week, but it acts as a guide to save you time and money when thinking of ways to spend QUALITY time with your children. Remember to have fun with it and don't get frustrated. It is your job to manage the fun and keep the positive engagement.
Nick Carroll is a published author of 6 Steps to Achieve Financial Freedom and has worked as a Commercial Credit Analyst, Investment Marketing Associate, and worked at the Pentagon-Air Force Budget Office. He is a graduate of Creighton University with a Masters in Investment Management and Financial Analysis and holds a Bachelor's in Banking & Finance.