It can be extremely easy to get stuck in a “kid watching” rut. You turn on the TV, maybe let them play with your phone or iPad, and basically just let them play by themselves. You let them play with their toys, or go outside and run around. You keep an eye on them to make sure they’re being safe, but only rarely actually get involved in what they’re doing. According to this post by Becky at Your Modern Family, most parents only spend 20 minutes a day on average actually playing with their children. Now, I know that our lives are busy and we have stuff we have to do, but what’s the point of it if you don’t have a good relationship with our kids? The best way to make that time count is by playing, instead of just watching. Here are some tips from the post:
-Really get on the floor and play with them. Read to them, don’t watch them read. Dance with them, don’t watch them dance.
-Schedule playtime if you have to. Mix it up if you get bored playing the same thing- introduce activities and games that you like to do!
-It doesn’t have to be a MAJOR event! You don’t have to pack them up and head to the park or a football game. Just go to your backyard and throw a ball around with them. Sit at the kitchen table and play with playdough. They just want you. Be in the moment!