Every working mother probably feels guilty at one time or another that she isn’t spending enough time with her kids. The balance of work versus family often feels like it is teetering heavily in the wrong direction. Children, however, base much more importance on the quality of time over the quantity of time, and there are many ways you can foster quality time (and make memories!) with your kids that are easy and inexpensive.
Set aside one night a week for family movie night. Order pizza, make popcorn or cookies, and settle in around a good movie – whether it is a new release or a family favorite. Take turns letting a different family member choose, or sometimes write several movies on slips of paper and draw one out of a hat.
If your work schedule allows, have lunch with your child at their school. Kids love this! It gives you a glimpse into their world, and you get a little break in the middle of the day as well.
Make it a point to eat at least one meal together as a family each day. You won’t think it makes that much of a difference, but kids will point it out if it doesn’t happen! Time around the table is a great way to share what’s going on in each other’s lives.
Get up a little earlier, or stay up a little later, than the rest of your house to tackle chores a couple of days a week. That way, you won’t feel like you’re playing catch up when you’re at home together as a family. You’ll spend less time on chores, and more time doing fun things! Additionally, work together as a family to make the morning routine less harried. Lay clothes out the night before, have lunches packed and ready to go, even put things in the car the night before, too, if you’re afraid you might forget them! Anything done ahead of time will save you time and stress when you’re heading out the door!
Remember; make the most of what time you do have with your kids. Two hours of quality time will speak volumes over six hours of wasted time to you, and your child.