This is the fourth post in our series about child care.
When I was as a young working mom of two children, I struggled with finding the time to play games with my kids. I was busy caring for them and balancing all the jobs I “needed to get done” around the house in those few short hours after work. I remember myself saying, “After…. After….” Once I sat and took the few minutes to play with them I realized how important play is to my children’s development. Having my children help me to do the everyday household tasks was even a learning experience for them (e.g., helping to cook dinner or folding the laundry). It even helped me get some things done so we would be able to play games and have fun together!
Do you find you struggle balancing your career and other tasks with playing with your kids? Have you ever thought about how many values and skills your children learn from simple games and tasks? That is something I think about when my children ask me to come play…
The relationship you develop with your child starts from the moment they are born. Spending quality time, working together and doing activities together help grow the relationship and help to develop your child and get them ready for success in school and life. Children are our most important asset and there are many ways to invest in them. I have found from my experience the small things we do with our children have the most benefit and help create those close relationships and skills for children.
Are you investing in your child? Stop and take a minute to think about it. Actually, just stop all the “stuff” for a little while, and play with your kids. It’s that simple. You’ll be amazed by how much it means to them and the memories you are creating!
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For more tips and hints about finding time to connect with your kids, or to share your experience, there are many ways you can talk to one of us directly:
- Leave us a comment below – we’d love your feedback
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- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dial 311 or 905-825-6000 for parenting information or to speak directly to a Public Health Nurse every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
About this guest blogger:
Wendy Harper, Supervisor at Maple Avenue Regional Child Care Centre, parent of two children age 8 and 11, and found the above information to be extremely useful personally and professionally.