Six simple ways for busy families to enjoy time together


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It’s tough being a working mother and making time with family meaningful and productive.

You work all day and the little time you have in the evening and on weekends isn’t always spent the way you want it.  The good news is that everything counts, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or grandiose to get in some great quality time with family.

Some of the following might seem too easy or too simple, but they take little planning (giving you even MORE time) and are easy to execute.  Give them a try and see how your relationships with family members improve.

  1. Go for a walk or bike ride.  Get out of the house, get a little exercise and talk to each other.  It’s so simple and yet so rewarding. Time chatting will do wonders.
  2. Help with homework.  Yes, it gets done, but what’s important is that you’re together. You’re building memories, even if the task is a must-do.
  3. Cook together. You have to make dinner, anyway.  Involving your family gives you time with them while knocking out an essential from your to-do list.  Show them the process.  Explain how to put it all together. It might take a little more time this way, but it’s time well spent.
  4. Do chores together. You’d be surprised how happy a four year old can be with a small broom and dustpan. Children get great satisfaction knowing that they are helping with something that matters.
  5. Draw and cut.  It’s simple art with supplies you already have.  Let the children direct the process while you are there for support and you will yield some great memories.  Display their art or let them play with it and they will remember that they made something special- with you.
  6. Go to a local diner and grab some ice cream or other treat.  While children don’t need treats all the time, it’s a memory making event that can be used every now and then.

It’s all about time together.  Looking back, your children won’t remember if you did something expensive or far away.  They’ll remember that you were there, and that’s what counts.

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