Making time to spend with your child reaps many rewards for both you and your child.
Even if you are busy with work and home activities, set aside time each day to spend with your child. Below is a list of suggestions on how to fit time with your child into your busy schedule.
» Commit to a family mealtime each day.
» Write your child’s activities in your appointment book – in ink!
» Identify one thing/activity on your weekly schedule that you can do without and replace it with kid-time.
» Take your child along with you when you run errands.
» Volunteer to participate in a regularly scheduled child activity, such as coaching a softball team or helping with a school activity.
» Identify one children’s show on TV that you secretly like to watch and make a point of watching it with your child.
» Develop an interest in a hobby that you and your child can enjoy together.
» If your work requires you to travel, take your child along with you when your business trip can be extended into a long weekend.
» If your work schedule is flexible, start your work day earlier so you can spend more time with your family in the afternoon.
» Leave your work, cell phone and/or pager at home when you go on family vacations and outings.