Working moms: Making family time count
- Start every day with hugs, kisses and kind words.
- Breakfast (even if it happens to be in front of the TV watching a favorite show like Oswald or Little Bear) is shared with mom and/or dad.
- Engage in one small project or learning activity before we leave for school.
- Make car travel time count for learning and sharing. On the way home from school we review the day, share feelings and often a lot of laughter.
- Dinners are simple during the week, but everyone is involved in the preparation.
- Reading books and learning are at the forefront of our evening time. We have a Junior talking globe, anatomy books and children's classics and encyclopedias and we keep them where we can use them - not tucked away neatly on a bookshelf.
- TV time is limited in favor of talking time or outside play time (weather permitting).
- Bath time and bed time doubles as quality time.
- Structure in our household is negotiable when it means squeezing in a little more kid/parent/family time. It just works for us. Even if it means bedtime gets pushed to 9:00 pm.