Ways to connect with your children are explored in this contributed post.
It can be hard nowadays to grab hold of good quality family time with your kids. Once they get past a certain age, they’re more interested in doing their own thing rather than cuddling up to either of their parents. They’ll always come back when they need us, but in their developmental stage of independence, we are the least of their worries. Getting everybody together to make memories can be harder than you think, even if you are all living in the same house. Work commitments, children's event commitments and other occasions that pop up in life are all things that can get in the way without us realising. Make a date and make sure that you are sitting down to get to know each other all over again.
Crafting with kids can be somewhat of a messy ordeal, but that doesn’t mean that the idea should be shunned completely. There are some craft ideas which don’t require many items to get them going, and less to work with means less mess in your house. If you’re thinking of setting the date closer to the summer, you could do crafts such as tie-dye outside and wear the shirts or whatever items you have dyed together. It’s a really great way to bond.
If you’ve got a job which demands a lot of activity, whether physical or mental, and your children take part in a lot of extra-curricular activities through school, you may not want to do anything with them at all but sit down and chill out for a bit. For movie apps to download, you could try out ShowBox to watch films on demand - especially if you’ve ran out of DVDs or television programs that you can agree on. Make sure that you have enough food, blankets and cushions to make it into a cinema-at-home experience.
Families who cook together, stay together … or so the saying goes! Children love to get involved in the kitchen, and baking cupcakes or getting them to help you cook the dinner for the evening can be a great way to really get involved in something together. The best thing about it is they get to consume what they’ve created at the end of it.
Sometimes, you just need to get the job done before you can afford to take a step back and relax. You shouldn’t feel guilty about getting your kids involved with any housework that needs doing, and setting them simple chores to do will actually increase their sense of motivation and give them a responsibility to take care of. Children love having responsibility, as it makes them feel a tad more grown up than they actually are - the best teachers will delegate jobs to their students in classrooms to give a sense of camaraderie throughout the class.
It doesn’t matter if you’re musical or not - kids love to sing. Especially with the release of hit Disney movies like Frozen, and now the remake of Beauty and the Beast, there is a mashup of classic and new songs for you to choose from to keep your children entertained.