Tips for Spending One-on-One Time with Your Child
Life is busy. Life for working parents is often really busy. But prioritizing quality, one-on-one time with kids is so important. How do you find ways to fit quality parent-child time into your busy week? How do you spend one-on-one time with each child? Members of the Family Room blog team are sharing how they prioritize one-on-one time in their own families.
Tips for Spending One-on-One Time with Children
Allison: I limit the amount of activities or playdates I’m scheduling at any certain time to give us free time on the weekends together! We enjoy seeing movies together or just spending the day at my own parents’ house. Painting ceramics at Plaster Fun Time is also one of our favorite places to go. She always picks something for her and a magnet for me.
Amy: Being a busy working parent, it’s sometimes hard to have one-on-one time with the kids but it’s critical. Although I love the idea of scheduling it, I find the best one-on-one time occurs in those unexpected times when you find yourself playing street hockey with your son before dinner or playing a game of Monopoly after school with your daughter before the other child is home. Sometimes, I’ll suggest grabbing a quick breakfast with one before school or daycare or going for an ice cream at the end of the day.
Mary: Spending time individually with each child is so important but so incredibly difficult for our family. Anytime we have the opportunity to spend time together, we do. Our special time with one child usually occurs when the other child has a birthday party they were invited to or a sporting game that the whole family is not going to. My kids are so much fun during one-on-one time. They are so different in these situations when they aren’t fighting for my attention.
Media Mom: This one is hard. I’m often alone with both of my kids and have a hard time getting one-on-one time with either of them. Last year I took my daughter out of school two days before Thanksgiving and together we headed out of town and shopped and baked for Thanksgiving. That was fantastic. And now when my I drop my daughter off at a birthday party, I try to take my 4-year-old son out to do something special, even if it’s just to get and ice cream.
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