- Monday: Valerie Plowman, Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
- Tuesday: Maureen Monfore, Childwise Chat
- Wednesday: Bethany Lynch, The Graceful Mom
- Thursday: Emily Parker, Journey of Parenthood
- Friday: Surprise guest blogger
Today's post is by Maureen over at Childwise Chat. It is about making time for your relationship...with your child. While we have an innate instinct to care for our children and put their needs above our own, it is very easy to let a relationship with them slip past us. Life gets so busy. It gets harder as our children get older; we get more children and their needs are time consuming.
I like what Maureen said here:
As you think about making time for your relationship, think of it as another activity to schedule into your day. It can be something as simple as one-on-one reading time or a family game night. The only thing you must be sure of is to be present throughout the entire activity. Look in your child's eyes. Live, love, and laugh together.
You definitely need to make time spent together part of the schedule. We have "Family Home Evening" every Monday night where we do a spiritual lesson, talk about our upcoming week, and perhaps do a fun family activity. Having it be consistently every Monday night makes it so the whole family knows what to expect.
We also like to do date nights one-on-one with our children. Whenever we add a new baby, it gets tricky to do this. We have to sit down at the beginning of each month and pick a day for each date. We write it on the calendar. If we don't do this, then we get the last week of the month and realize we never had dates that month. Children feel special knowing they were made a priority in your life.
Head on over to Childwise Chat to read up on what Maureen has to say about making time for your relationship with your child.
Related Posts/Blog Labels:
- one-on-one time (blog label)
- BFBN (blog label)
- Balancing Time With Children: http://www.babywisemom.com/2010/06/balancing-time-with-children.html
- Spending Time with Baby/Child :http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/08/speding-time-with-babychild.html