Whether you’re a working or a stay-at-home parent, spending quality time with your child is important. We’ve all gone through childhood. We know what it feels like when we get to spend time with our parents and siblings. Nothing is more heart-warming than seeing your parents make an effort to spend some quality time with you.
As a parent myself, I know how important it is to take a little time off and play with my kids. In this article, I’ll show you some of the fun ways you can try to do with your child during your special time. Before that, let me help you understand why it is important to spending quality time with your child.
Importance of Spending Quality Time with Your Child
It is incredibly rewarding to spend a planned non-stop quality time with your child. You don’t have to play with a lot of expensive toys. Even playing together with just the two of you can simply be enough. Nothing can compare to the memory you will be making together at that moment.
Of course, you should also let your child have some independent play as I’m sure you also have other things you have to do. However, it is important that you try to make some time for your child on a daily basis.
Studies show that children who spend less or no quality time with their parents tend to act out negatively in order to seek attention. Not only does spending quality time with your child help you build trust and emotional bond, but it can also become the foundation of your relationship with your child.
How Often Should You Spend Quality Time with Your Child?
You don’t have to spend quality time with your child every hour. You can do it every time you’re available. Try to spend several of at least 5 to 15 minutes of quality time instead of making it a long one in just one go; that way your child will have something to look forward to all throughout the day. This is especially recommended for toddlers and preschoolers since they usually have a shorter attention span than older children.
Fun Things You Can Do with Your Child
Encourage the inner artist in your child
Create an idea box together with your child and let him fill it materials that he can use to create his own unique artworks. Not only does this develop his creativity and imagination, but it’s a great way to have fun with your child.
Make bath time more fun with finger paint
Are you finding it hard to persuade your child to take a bath? Why not turn bath time into something more fun by using finger paint. Your child can draw on the walls while you wash his or her back. It could be a bit messy, but it’s super easy to clean. Alternatively, your child can just create body art so as to make it less messy.
Camp out in your backyard
During the weekend, you can set up a tent and a couple of sleeping bags together in your backyard. You can create a campfire and eat some smores while telling stories for a fun family night while camping out.
Create your own house or city by using boxes
You’d be surprised at how ingenious kids can be with just a couple of boxes and some tape. They can create a mini-sized house in just a matter of minutes. Some kids even put in some pillows, blankets, and flashlights to make it even more fun.
Teach your child how to make shadow figures
For this activity, you won’t be spending any money. You will only need some light, a wall, and your hands. Teach your child to make shadow figures of animals on the wall. You could also have a guessing game to make it more interesting. Not only is it a fun way to bond with your child, but it can also help him or her not be afraid of the dark.
There are still a lot of other fun ways to spend quality time with your child. You can even try asking them what they want to do, and you can tell them that you want to do it together. Now that’s a great way to start.