I follow a blog called Serenity Now! Today Amanda had a very encouraging blog on spending time with your kids and family. If you have about 5 minutes please click on the link and read it. I found it very encouraging!
We are a home-schooling family and spend almost all of our time with, or around, all children. However, it does not always translate into quality time with our kids. I love being a stay-at-home mother, but I too have to work at spending quality time with our kids. My husband and I have found a few easy ways to do this. One is our meal time. I cook almost every night for dinner and we usually eat all 3 meals at home. We eat at our table (except on fun nights). Together we make an effort to actually converse with our kids while we are eating. My husband usually asks what they learned in school and he actively tries to remember what we are studying and reading and he asks specific questions about that. We let them lead the conversation and talk about what they are into....which can quite honestly be pretty boring. They talk about what the cat did or what cake they want for their birthday in 2 years, but it is rewarding and hopefully we are instilling some family values during these moments. Another thing I do is not feel guilty if I want to sit and watch them play. When they are outside they ALWAYS want me to come watch. It is amazingly easy to say "No, Mommy has laundry and mopping." But I try to say "yes" as often as I can. The other day I spent over 2 hours just watching them play, helping them with the sprinkler, getting popsicles and cheering for them when they did tricks and stuff. I had a great time and they were so much to play with!
Anyways, I wondered what others do to create those special moments, not just with your kids, but for your whole family? Please share your thoughts!