As a working mother I never feel like I have enough time to just play with my kids. There always seems to be another deadline to meet, calls to make, and a pile of work on my desk that needs my immediate attention.
My two sons, ages 6 and 3, are very active and would love to have my undivided attention. However, duty calls and work must be done if the mortgage and the bills are to get paid. Try explaining that to a 3 year old…let me tell you, it’s impossible.
What is possible is to carve out time in your day to play and release your inner child at the same time…how refreshing.
Day planners are made for just that. Plan out a block or blocks of time each week that you can dedicate just to the kids. If possible, plan these around times in their schedule where other activities don’t interfere—for example, naptime for your 3 yr old or karate class for your 6 yr old.
Playtime can be indoors or outdoors depending on the weather but have a variety of activities for the kids to choose from. This gives the kids some control and allows them the independence of choosing an activity. Playtime can be as simple as kicking a soccer ball around or getting down on the floor and playing cars or building blocks or as involved as taking a nature hike outdoors.
During play time, put on the answering machine and turn your cell phone off so that the kids know this is their time. Avoid any unnecessary interruptions. Get down at your child’s level. Encourage creativity. You can ask the older children to write down a list of activities that they might enjoy doing with you during “play time,” this engages them and teaches them how to make the best of their time too.
While not easy, scheduling quality play time with your kids while still maintaining your business is not an impossibility. It just takes planning.
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