As parents and teachers, we care about our little ones every day, we teach them to eat in a balanced way, we pay attention to their sleep hours, bundle up when it’s cold, and wear sunscreen in summer but do we share with them enough time? Today, at RELATIONSHIP TALK AFRICA, we talk about the importance of spending time with our children and sharing different activities with them.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SPEND TIME WITH CHILDREN?
Spending time with your children is important because they need it for their emotional and psychological development. Have you ever stopped to think that you are the most important person in your little one’s life? Even though they are no longer babies, they still need you and you can give them what they need, and we are not just talking about clothes, housing, and food. You can give them the most valuable thing you have in life. Yes, your time. Also, although it sounds like a cliché, “time flies” and before you know it, your children will be older, they will leave home and make their lives. But let’s not think about it today, let’s focus on now. Your children are at your house, waiting for you to spend time with them. With time, we do not mean that you give up your hobbies and spend with them day and night, but quality time, that is; time really dedicated to them. You do not need to spend 10 hours in a row with the kids, but to be 100% as long as you can be by their side. No mobile phones, no television (unless it is to watch a movie together) your attention must be focused 200% on them. Just a few minutes can make a difference.
Here is an idea; Take 5 minutes to wake up your children with love and tranquility. Don’t run, don’t rush them, just wake them up by talking sweetly and tell them how much you love them. It seems silly but is there a better way to start the day?
Nothing is better than sharing quality time together. Here are a few Children’s activities to enjoy with the family
1. COOKING AS A FAMILY
Kids usually enjoy cooking and it is no wonder! Cooking brings together the best of experiments, playing with dough, getting dirty, and nibbling on tasty things! Also, it can be a good opportunity not only to talk and have fun but also to teach children the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, how to cut with a knife, or the urgent need to maintain personal hygiene and in the kitchen. What will you cook today with your children? Here you will find 9 tips for cooking with children.
2. READ & CREATE STORIES TOGETHER
A good opportunity to enjoy together is to read a story, so you will foster your children’s interest in reading while sharing a new and magical world by their side. What if you reread one of your favorite stories from when you were little with them? How about creating stories with the children? We are not referring only to the stories you create for your little ones’ bedtime, but also to write a story together, drawing one, or simply recreating a story using dolls.
3. WATCH A MOVIE WITH THE FAMILY
And when we say “look”, we mean really looking. It is not worth putting the film and surfing on the internet. The idea is to sit with the kids, watch the movie, and comment on the story, being interested in their opinions and thoughts about it.
4. DO SPORTS & PLAY VIDEO GAMES TOGETHER
Relatively recently we talked about the importance of playing sports as a family. As we always say, you are the mirror in which your children look at themselves and if you do sports, they will want to do it too! Find an activity that you can share with your little ones, for example, swimming, soccer, or riding a bicycle, and take the time to do the activity as a family. You will not regret it! Both you and your children will play sports and have a great time. And yes, we couldn’t stop mentioning video games because kids love them! But we propose that you play with them, so you can know what games they like and how much time they spend with the console.
5. LOOK AT PHOTOS
Kids usually like to look at pictures and if it is with mom and dad, even more so! You can take the opportunity to tell them stories about their grandparents or about you when you were little, you will surely have a great time.
6. MAKE CRAFTS AS A FAMILY
Save the cardboard toilet paper tubes and you will see how easy the little ones have fun! If you give them scissors, plastic wrap, and colored paper, they will create countless animals and monsters in the blink of an eye! Did you know that a can be transformed into a pencil? And can a box be an airplane or a car? The options are multiple, with a little imagination and the things we have at home, you can create many crafts to do with the little ones: masks, painting pinecones, making origami.
7. DANCE, SING & EXCURSIONS
Dancing and singing are liberating. Put on music and let yourself go. Enjoy the sound and movement. Surely, you will be creating unforgettable memories with your children. Excursions don’t have to be expensive and elaborate. A trip to the park to collect pineapples can be a real adventure when enjoying time with Mom and Dad. Create adventures with your children, even if the family outing is the obligatory visit to the supermarket.
8. CREATE GIFTS
For Christmas or a birthday, it doesn’t matter. The idea is to share time, creating something to give to a loved one. What is a nice idea? These are just a few ideas but we are sure that you already have more options in mind! No matter what you decide to share with your child, the most important thing is to share it!