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7 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Kids

Finding time to spend with your children has never been more difficult. Not only are schedules more hectic than ever, but there are so many more distractions for kids and parents that can take away from the quality time that we do have with our families.

But, research shows that the time we spend with our kids is crucial. Not only does it form lasting bonds and build self-esteem, but it also helps our children learn valuable life skills.

With so much pressure on these moments spent with our kids, it is difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning this time. Here are a few suggestions if you don’t know where to start.

1. Dollar Movie Night
Taking your child to the movies can be an expensive endeavor. But many theaters offer dollar movie days where popular films are greatly discounted. And if you bring your own snacks (try stopping by the grocery store and grabbing some candy from the dollar bin), then taking your little one to the movies doesn’t have to break the bank.

2. Go to the Theater
If you’d rather avoid the crowds at the movie theater, then taking your child to a local theater production might be just the thing. Get dressed up and study the program before the show starts. Going to the theater will give you a chance to talk and expose your child to a unique cultural experience.

3. Makeover Night
Spending time together doesn’t have to include going out. You could stay in and give each other makeovers. Spread out a blanket in the living room, put on your favorite (child-appropriate) girlie movie and spend time painting each other’s nails, doing each other’s makeup and creating new hairstyle.

4. Go Outside

If you’re looking for a little less hair and makeup and a little more outdoor fun, then try exploring local nature trails, going for a bike ride, or practicing your swing at the local batting cages. It will get you and your child away from electronics and closer to each other.

5. Stargazing
Summer nights are great for stargazing, and this simple activity can be a great way to connect with your child. Research a few of the major constellations before you head outdoors, and spend time trying to locate these formations while lying on a blanket in the backyard. And if you’d rather enjoy indoor stargazing, then attend a showing at the Mayborn Science Theatre’s planetarium.

6. Cook Together

Studies show that kids who are involved with cooking meals are more likely to try more foods and be healthier eaters in general. Why not try a new recipe or bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies? Not only will you be teaching your child important life skills, but you will also be spending quality time together.

7. Read Together
Whether you browse a bookstore, a library or your own bookshelf at home, reading together can be a great way to spend quality time together. Curl up on the couch with a blanket, some of your child’s favorite stuffed animals and read a stack of books. You could even build a fort and read your favorite books with flashlights.

Kids aren’t looking for an elaborate event when it comes to spending time with you. So, whether you’re spending quality time catching a movie or playing catch, it will all mean something special to your child.

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About the Author

Jessa McClure

Jessa McClure

Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects. 

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