Making meaningful connections with our children is something every parent wants to do. But I think we over complicate it at times. We plan these grand outings or themed events. For some reason, we get it in our heads that simple interaction is not enough.
Well, guess what mama, that just isn’t true! Our children don’t expect the grand and glorious. They are happy with the small and simple. Just taking the time to stop what you are doing and look them in the eye when they tell you a story or explain their latest LEGO creation means the world to them!
Connect with your kids
I’ve compiled a short list of 10 ways you can connect with your kids right now. And none of them take fancy equipment or lots of time. These are all simple things that add up to meaningful moments with our little ones.
This is probably my favorite thing to do with my children- all of them. From 4 months to 17 years, they all enjoy being read to. They love the snuggles (okay, maybe not the 17-year-old 😉 ) and memories made through reading aloud. For some suggestions on how to get started, visit Sarah Mackenzie’s Amongst Lovely Things. She is the founder of the Read Aloud Revival and my go-to-gal for read-aloud inspiration.
Cook Something Together
Whether it’s chocolate chip cookies, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter and crackers, get the kids involved! They LOVE to help! One of the many great things about littles is that they are pretty much always willing to help. If we can cultivate and nurture that willingness with good memories and fun, then that same little helper will one day become a big helper (which you will totally appreciate, trust me!)
Play A Game
Tuesdays around here are game day. My husband and I play games with the bigs after the littles go to bed. (Our current favorite are Dutch Blitz, Dr.Who Monopoly, and Wits and Wagers.) And during the day I play games with the littles while Daddy is at work. Sometimes we play board games like Sneaky Snacky Squirrel or Checkers. Other times we just make games up! It doesn’t have to be complicated!
Dance or Exercise Together
This is always fun. There are many YouTube Channels to choose from if you don’t have any music on hand or an exercise video. Dancing and exercising with mom is a guaranteed giggle starter- I promise!