I resent having to make dinner every night.
I resent the time it takes away from me spending with my family.
I resent the time it takes away from my kids, who just want my attention.
And I want to give it to them!
Between the soccer practices and art club and weekly tutoring and whatever else pops up after school, there isn’t much time left for family.
You’re nodding your head, aren’t you?
You understand the crazy schedules.
The shuttling kids back and forth.
The desperate need to sit down for dinner but at the same time, not wanting to spend what little time you do have cooking.
But what is a mother to do?
So what am I going to do with all of that free time?
My boys voted on doing a floor puzzle, but there are so many low-key activities that you have right at your fingertips!
You can check off items from your to-do list while connecting with the kids.
- Fold socks (you can make it a race)
- Solve the plastic lid puzzle (actually match each plastic tub with the correct lid)
- Go through the mail (the kids can make a collage from the magazines and flyers)
- Rake leaves (be sure to leave time to jump in them, too!)
- Find a home. We pick a shelf that has too much stuff sitting on it and everyone helps “find a home” for each item
Don’t feel like completing a to-do? Here are other fun things you can do without a lot of fuss!
- Draw a picture (have your kids pick the theme)
- Play a board game
- Hold a building contest with your favorite blocks or Legos
- Play tag in the backyard (or light saber wars)
- Challenge your kiddo to a racing video game
Spending quality time with your kiddos doesn’t have to be a big production.
It’s about spending time chit chatting and being present.
That’s really all our kids want from us — our time and attention.
Make dinner quality time, too! Try these fun 20 dinner conversation starters to make dinner interesting again!