Spending Some Quality Time With Your Kids

Do you spend time with your kids at home? Have you ever tried to schedule some quality family time? Many parents spend so much time with their kids that they lose the quality and pleasure of doing so. Kids tend to become bored with the same activities or the same TV shows, that they begin to feel neglected. This is a critical time in their development, when they are most receptive to learning new things.

Parents must be sure that they are setting aside time for activities that will engage all of their children, foster creativity, and allow them to develop skills and talents. The best way to do this is to take some time to sit down with your kids and create some fun and creative activities that they will enjoy. Here are some ideas for activities that you can use to foster creativity and fun in your family:

Mother and child studying.

Do you have a lot of books that you are not using anymore? Take a few minutes to pull out a few titles and start reading. You can turn it into a fun and creative activities game by making up a new story. For younger children, you can make things like a ghost story, a fairy tale, or even a cookbook ghost story. For older children, you can create a crazy adventure based on a real haunted house. Be sure to include your child’s creativity when creating these fun and creative activities.

If you have never tried crafts, why not try making cookies, or even painting a cookie monster? Kids love working with their hands, and anything they create in the comfort of their own home is bound to spark their imagination and build their confidence at a young age. Take some time to work on some simple projects that will get them thinking and have them show off what they have created. Children love to show off what they have made to their friends and to their parents. This is a great opportunity to teach them that it is OK to show who you really are and that they can have fun doing it as well.

Another way to get creative and spend time with your kids is to get them involved in arts and crafts. There are all kinds of different activities that you can do with your kids to pass the time, and it is a great way to bond together as a family unit. Art activities and craft ideas can easily be found online, so that you can get started right away.

Child cooking.

As a parent, you can also help your kids through this fun and entertaining time at home. It is very easy to incorporate fun and creative activities into the mix of things. Your kids will love being outdoors, but it will also get them to think outside of the box as well. Being a parent is hard work, but with the right resources, it can be fun and rewarding at the same time.

Spend time together with your children as a family on all of those creative activities that you have mentioned above. Make sure that you take them shopping for something or other on a particular day of the week that you know that they will like. This allows them to get creative, but it also helps them to feel included as well. It will make their experience with you richer and more memorable. Who knows?

Now that you know this about the many ways to spend time with your kids at home, you may want to do something special for your next trip. Perhaps you would enjoy taking them to see a movie or even getting them out to watch it with you. Whatever your kid’s desire, is probably something that you will be able to accommodate. Take some time to sit down with your kids, play some video games, and enjoy the time together. If you are planning a trip soon, this is one idea that just might work. It will give them an opportunity to see new places, meet new friends, and do fun activities that they simply love.

The Top 5 Home Exercises For Busy Parents

As a health-conscious, fitness-enthusiast parent, I want nothing more than setting a good example for my kids by paying attention to my body, remaining in good shape, and enjoy the boost of physical energy that being active gifts me with, every single day. Often, however, despite my best effort, reality ends up standing in my way.

Let’s face it, as a busy parent, juggling work, household, and child-rearing duties, often we simply can’t afford to lose the time driving to the gym or even spending heaps of time by hopping on the elliptical or going for a long jog or cycling session. Fortunately, as I’ve found out, if you are truly serious about your health and revamping your physique, you don’t even have to.

Take a look at the following exercise ideas designed to tighten your abs, sculpt your arms, lift your buttocks, and get you into shape in no time, without having to leave the comfort of your home. Easy-to-do in-between chores, before going to work, or even while playing with your kids, these workout ideas eliminate all those typical excuses that we usually allow to stand in our way to obtain that much-coveted ideal body.

1. Planks

Benefits:

  • improved core strength
  • toned tummy
  • better posture
  • stronger back
  • shapely upper arms

How To Do Them:

Get on the floor in a push-up position, elbows on the ground, right under your shoulders. You should balance on your toes and forearms, holding this position as long as you can, but at least 10 seconds. Add 5 seconds every day; before you know it, you will be able to maintain a proper plank for a minute or even longer.

2. Tricep Dips

Benefits:

  • sculpted triceps and shoulders
  • firmer arms
  • elimination of upper-arm “bat wings”

How To Do Them:

You can easily utilize a sturdy chair, the couch, or even your heavy, non-tipping kitchen table for this exercise. Place your hands on the edge, firmly gripping them, on each side of your hips. Next, lift your buttocks up from the seated position and begin to lower it by walking your feet forward slowly. You should be supporting your full weight with your arms and feet. Next, return to your starting position.

3. Counter Push-Ups

Benefits:

  • upper arm strength
  • sculpted back
  • lifted chest muscles

How To Do Them:

Facing your countertop, place your hands on its edge, shoulder-width apart. Step two steps backward. Next, slowly lower your upper body towards your hands and the edge of the counter, much like in the case of a regular push-up. Finally, return to your starting position.

4. Squats

Benefits:

  • stronger legs
  • sculpted glutes
  • shapely thighs

How To Do Them:

Place your legs about shoulder-width apart, facing forward. Next, slowly lower your rear end, as though you are trying to sit down on an imaginary chair. You can extend your arms in front of your body to help with your balance. Bend your upper body forward and stop moving downwards once your thighs are parallel to the floor. Return to your original position.

5. Glute Bridges

Benefits:

  • tightened glutes
  • toned hamstrings
  • slimmer hips
  • shapely legs

How To Do Them:

Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the ground. Let your arms rest on the floor by your sides. Next, slowly lift your hips off the ground and keep moving them upwards until they form a straight line with your thighs. After a few seconds, lower them back to the ground.

I hope you agree; these exercises don’t seem too difficult to incorporate into your busy daily schedule, as a parent. If you commit to doing a few sets of them daily, you will find -much like I did,- that getting into shape is simple, effortless, and doesn’t have to be time-consuming at all!