How To Spend Quality Time With Kids
The Zoo Is One Of Many Fun, Quality Trip Ideas With Your Children
This morning I realized my two seven year olds and two five year olds have fifteen days left of school this year. My two year old son and I only had a handful of solo days left before summer break. Therefore, we skipped my favorite class at the gym. It will be there next week. I wanted to spend some quality time with my son.
Ten Easy Ways To Spend More Quality Time With Your Child/Children
Quality time may involve brainstorming ideas. Here are ten to get you started.
First, turn electronics off. Very little bonding or conversation occurs over an electronic game or television show.
All of these items can be done with one or more of your children. Try it!
1. Go to the zoo or a museum.
2. Go get ice cream.
3. Take a walk, hike or run.
4. Read a book
5. Have a picnic.
6. Go to the grocery. My kids love to go to the store with me.
7. Create a book. Help write and illustrate a story together.
8. Plant flowers together or work on a garden.
9. Bake or make dinner together.
10. Go to a park
Flamingo At The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium
1. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
3. Bag of Kix cereal
5. Change of clothes because he is potty training
6. Another change of clothes because I didn’t want to jinx myself
Packing For Our Zoo Morning Trip
We decided to go to the zoo. My five year olds had a play date this afternoon. I had from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to just spend time with my youngest. I have never taken one child to the zoo. We had back to back twins and as a result, we have always had at least two children in tow.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Our Trip To The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium
Our local zoo, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, has been rated the top zoo in America by USA Travel Guide, directed by Jack Hanna. We are members and frequent often. We took our twenty minute drive to the zoo. When we pulled into the lot, he yelled, “Zoo! Zoo!” I could tell he was excited!
He did wonderfully at the zoo. He sat in the stroller as we walked. He hopped out at the exhibits. He loved the flamingos and polar bears. We visited many bathrooms! He posed for pictures! He was extremely fascinated by a chipmunk that ran by. Perhaps we didn’t need to go the zoo!
Best of all, I noticed his face light up. Sometimes with five little children, you cannot ‘see’ them all. It was nice to have all two hours of our zoo visit just to see how he reacted. We stayed at an exhibit as long as he was interested. We moved on quicker if he couldn’t see the animal or was distracted. This morning was all about him.
Quality Time With Multiple Children
This morning was about my two year old. We had fun together. He loved the animals. He is now napping like a champ!
What about my other four children? How do I spend quality time with them? I thought about it more. I needed to put some time on the calendar. I needed to think about their interests/hobbies and ask them what they wanted to do together.
Our Older Four Children
My Oldest Seven Year Old
He loves museums and he is starting to play baseball. We have a local baseball team and a brand new ball park downtown. Maybe I can get tickets and just take him to a game? He would love to wear his baseball team hat and eat a hot dog at the game.
My Youngest Seven Year Old
He loves helping other people. He has been asking about helping more at church. My son has been on my behind to follow up with our priest about having lunch together. Maybe we will schedule the lunch and then take a walk together afterwards to talk some more. He would be so pleased to do this.
Fun Things To Do With Your Kids
My Oldest Five Year Old
He loves to learn. He has been begging to visit his Godparents, too! Maybe we will take a road trip and have lunch with his Godparents. After lunch, we can check out a local museum. His face will light up at the idea!
My Youngest Five Year Old
She loves to create. I am always telling her, "No more tape!" or asking her, “Where are my scissors?” She loves to make things out of empty containers. Maybe we can go through our recycle bin and see what can be used. Maybe we can finally use all the tape and scissors she wants and create something wonderful together. I think she will almost wet her pants if I suggest this.
Another Quality Option: Do It Yourself Kits
How To Spend Quality Time With Your Children
I don’t focus on my children’s individual needs as much as I should. Most parents are guilty of this. However, this morning I had a revelation and will attempt to refocus my attention. This won’t happen on a daily basis. Life and schedules don’t permit these at all times. But heightened awareness can make quality time easier to achieve.
Ice cream And The Park Are Ways To Spend Quality Time With Kids
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I Am A Stay At Home Mom
I never miss a deadline for work. I rarely miss a work out. I seldom turn down a walk with friends. But, I am a stay at home mom of five children before I am an employee, athlete or friend. I can get consumed with meeting my own needs and that of the group and overlook those of the individual. I am going to think more about my children’s interests and schedule more time with them.
With Mother’s Day approaching, I will be showered with cards and maybe even a gift.
The biggest gift I can give to my children is my time and attention.
© 2012 Karen Lackey