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A lot of moms and dads out there stay home with their kids all day like I do, others that teach (like I used to) have the whole summer off and get to enjoy three solid months with kids at home, and others work year round putting their children in someone else’s care during the day. I think we all face one similar issue- how can we make the most of the time we have with our kids? My children have always wanted quality time with me and fun experiences more than they’ve ever wanted more toys. I’m sure most kids are the same way. I wanted to share with you a few mom tips that have worked well for our family.
1) Always shop at a one-stop-shop type place- Walmart. Although I’m home all day every day with my kids, I really dislike spending the entire day shopping. I tend to have really random stuff on my shopping list at all times, but I can always knock the whole thing out in one trip if I head to our Walmart. The prices tend to be lower, and with one stop, it’s less getting in and out of the van over and over with two kids who really don’t like being in a car seat. Less errands make more time for us to spend at home! Happier kids equal a happier mom!
2) Make the mundane magical. We always have something fun going. My two year old is in this stage where she wants to wear crazy outfits- a tutu paired with cowboy boots with a crazy shirt or two layered up is a common outfit in our home. My husband once mentioned we should probably change her into something “normal” before leaving the house like that, but I contested, and said she looked wonderful! I don’t want her creativity to die out. If she wants to wear glitter and a tutu to the store, I’m not going to fight it. We also have dance parties regularly, and drink out of fancy straws just for fun.
3) Make more time for yourself. Say what? Isn’t this article about spending more time with your kids? Yes, but I am such a better mom overall when my brain is not totally fried. We live a couple hours from family, but whenever I can I will make the drive for a few days and have my mom watch the girls for me, and I can kick up my feet and relax. It helps my sanity big time when I can be alone for a little bit and the time I spend with my kids after unwinding is that much more special. Just yesterday, I sat out in the backyard with a Snapple Lady LiberTEA (the 18.5 oz Straight Up Tea and Premium Glass items are on Rollback for $1 at Walmart starting June 3rd!) with my feet up and read a magazine for an hour. It was so amazing to take a little “me moment” for myself. Lady LiberTEA is a blend of black tea with red raspberry, white peach, and blueberry (red+white+blue= liberty) and is so good!
4) Let them help. This one is tough for me sometimes because anything I do goes ten times faster WITHOUT their help. But kids love to help SO much, and it’s great for their growth and self confidence when you let them be a part of helping. Whether it be helping put away toys, working on a craft together, or cooking, find a way to let them be a part of what’s going on. My daughter loves to help cook. It’s fun for her to help with the assembly of a meal, and by building her own sandwich, she is also making choices about what she likes to eat and how she likes something.
5) Make something together. Kids love the hands on. My daughter would much rather play with Play-Do or do a craft than watch television all day. I was reminded how cheaply kids can be entertained last weekend when I was at my dad’s house and he had an empty cooler full of melted ice and a bucket and my girls stayed entertained for over an hour that way! It made us really re-think our idea to go to the water park this summer when they can be just as entertained with a free lake or a cooler for that matter! If you are the thrifty type, you don’t need to shell out big bucks to make a craft with your kids. We took some of the empty Snapple containers we had and made a vase for some pretty flowers.
Some of the containers are glass and some are plastic, so if you choose to do a craft like this one, just be careful! Depending on your kid’s age, you could come up with other fun crafts with a vase too, like decorating it with washi tape or gluing on some brightly colored pom-poms. I also had the idea of drilling holes through the lids so you could string them all on a necklace!
If you decide to use Snapple for your drinking and crafting needs this summer, don’t forget to find them at Walmart! I had to search for mine for a little bit, and then found them pushed up next to the side of a wine display on the edge of an aisle.
How do you make the most of the time you have with your kids? I’d love to hear your tips!