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Finding Valuable Time for your Kids





Our fast paced world is most certainly spinning faster than ever before. Between the incessant emails, the constant meetings, and the growing demands of our businesses, family time often gets the short end of the stick. Here are some ideas that will help you disconnect from the demands of your professional world and reconnect you with the most important people in your life:
 
  • Dedicate some family time in your schedule. Turn off your phones, computers, and televisions during these interludes. Barring an emergency, make it clear to staff and employees the times when you don't want to be disturbed.
  • Eat breakfast with your spouse and children a couple of times each week. It's a great time to sit down together as a family and shoot the breeze as the day begins. As a bonus, since it is early it is less likely to be interrupted by scheduling conflicts.
  • Pick up a family hobby. Your kids may not share your love of golf or collecting stamps, but they might share your love of boating, hiking, or other activities. Find something that everyone enjoys and make it a point to do those activities together.
  • Play games together. The games should be challenging, engaging, and fun. You can play board games, word games, or even a game of tag. Bottom line, the family that plays together, bonds together.  
  • Do some work together. Children are inherently curious about Mom and Dad's work lives. Let them pitch in and lend a hand from time to time. Conversely, help them with their homework when the teachers and tutors have all gone home.
  • Cook something together at least once a month. Have your children help plan the meal, prepare the ingredients, and take it from the stove to the table.  
  • Talk with your children. Engage them in conversations, friendly debates, and playful banter. You can do this in the car during the drive to school, right before bedtime, or simply on a lazy summer day. These discussions will help build strong bonds; bonds that you'll want to have when boys, girls, and cooties rear their pre-pubescent heads.
  • Use all of your spare time wisely. Even if it can be measured in mere minutes, remember that every minute with your children counts immensely.
 
Our technologically driven world has connected us like never before. When it comes to family, these connections don't build strong bonds. In order to truly connect with your children, you need to disconnect the technology and enjoy the simple pleasures of life together.


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