We all have those days when we’re up to our elbows in important work. Deadlines are staring us in the face, there are mountains of laundry in every direction, the floor is scattered with yesterday’s snack crumbs, and the kids have yet to eat a healthy meal today.
On top of the never-ending work load, the kids are clamoring for attention. It is important to remember that their behavior is oftentimes indicative of a true need in their lives…the need for attention from their parents.
My husband and I have been having an extremely busy couple of weeks. We work in politics and during campaign season, there is no real break in what needs to be done. Even though I try to remind myself to stop and play with the kids a bit more, sometimes their out-of-control behavior is what truly gets my attention.
They need mommy time!
The truth is we sometimes don’t have 30 minutes or an hour to spend in one-on-one play with the kids. Maybe we can only take a few minutes and show them that they’re important to us and that we love them.
Here are my 3 favorite ways to reconnect with my kids on the busy days:
Now, I’m not talking about an absent-minded, half-hearted tickle while continuing to stare at your computer screen. I’m talking about an all-out tickle fest. Get on the floor. Let them squeal in delight. Chase them around. Spend 5 minutes showing them that you know they’re important.
Have a Water Gun Fight
I generally don’t allow the use of water guns in the house, but the other day, Christopher and I set aside our work for 10 minutes and had an all-out water fight. There was water everywhere by the time we were done, but after a quick change of clothes, the kids were much happier (and well behaved!). There is also the opportunity to have the kids learn how to help clean up after themselves!
A variation of this idea is, if you live in a cold climate like I do, have a snowball fight! Kids love snowball fights and they’ll be squealing with joy!
Get those pillows flying! I love couch pillows and have 4 plus a few others on the chairs in my living room. That gives Christopher, Justice and I a few pillows each. Be gentle with the kids and let them “get” you!
What are your favorite ways to reconnect with your kids on the busy days? I’d love to hear in the comments below!