In general, I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I feel like they only set one up for failure. But this year, my New Year’s resolution wasn’t one just for myself, but rather one for my little one, and instead of calling it a “resolution,” I’m calling it a tradition. I’ve started a fun weekly tradition with my little one to spend focused quality time together just once a week. And before you stop to say “That’s ridiculous! You should be spending WAY more than just one day a week giving your child quality time,” I’m talking about things that are beyond the basic sitting down with your child to play with their toys or read books. Here are a few things we’ve done to spend quality time with our daughter since starting this tradition.
Take a minute to slow down… 1 of 7here's a few suggestions!
Try out a new skill 2 of 7Give your child a chance to try out a skill for their repertoire - trying out utensils, sitting on the potty, or putting on their own jacket. Activities like these might not seem fun to an adult, but the sense of pride that your child will receive from learning something new will be great fun in their eyes.
Work on a focused activity 3 of 7Take time to sit and try a focused activity. Sorting shapes into a muffin tin, working on puzzles, or playing musical instruments. Simply taking the time to help your child focus on a learning activity will nurture their development.
Go on a family date 4 of 7Devote one night of the week to going out as a family - a special date. Take a trip to the zoo, a cafe for kids, or even just on a walk! You'll all benefit from the quality time.
Play outside 5 of 7Head out to the nearest park and push your little one on the swings, go down the slide or just let them run around in the grass.
Play dress up 6 of 7Exercising your imagination along with your child through playing dress up will be fun for the both of you - and make sure you dress up too!
Do an art project 7 of 7I know, making a mess might not seem like a ton of fun for you, but bite the bullet and let your child dig into some messy, creative fun. You just might enjoy it too!
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More from Lauren:
- 15 Black and White Basics For Your Toddler’s Wardrobe
- 8 Valentine’s Gifts To Bring the Sexy Back To Your Relationship
- 10 Hard-Sole Shoes For Toddlers With Tiny Feet
- Big & Little Fashions: Mother/Daughter Valentine’s Day Style
- Big & Little Fashions: Mother/Son Valentine’s Day Style