1. Turn off the TV:
I’m not saying you have to live television free, but let your children learn to occupy themselves and not be entertained every moment of the day.
2. Get off the computer:
Engage with your children as much of the day as possible. Save your social media time for designated periods of time in the day or just wait until the children are sleeping to do all your web surfing.
3. Sit down and eat with your kids:
When my husband isn’t home, it is so easy to sit the children down for a meal and then use my time for “productive” things. The calm time of fellowship with my children is lost when I don’t take a moment and sit down at the table with them to converse.
4. Get Outside:
Letting our children learn about and enjoy nature is such a joy. Kids can run, play, be loud and get dirty and that should be a part of every person’s childhood.
5. Read to them:
My children are little, so they love to be read to, but I even look forward to family reading time after dinner as the children get older with chapter books and classics.
6. Give them days with no electronic toys:
Video games and electronic toys, in my opinion, often numb creativity. Give your children a change to have creative play and other educational activities besides with electronics. Plus you can save a little money on batteries. 🙂
7. Get off your phone:
When we are at the park, in our yard, or even at home and we are constantly checking our phone and/or using our phone like a computer we are showing our children where our priorities really are, and its not with them.
8. Wake up before them:
Take a few moments to equip yourself for the day. Read your Bible, have a cup of coffee and get a few started with your day. Let your children wake up to a happy momma and not a crabby-still in bed-you woke me up-momma.
9. Read your Bible (both to them and for yourself):
This is the best way to ready yourself for the day. Only God’s Word will resonate in your soul and transform your mind.
10. Say “yes” more:
Looking for opportunities to say yes to your children can really change their behavior. Sometimes we are genuinely exasperating them with all our “no, no” business. Give them a little freedom. Let them play. Let them help.
Some of the choices on this list I’m better at than others. We don’t struggle with the TV in our home, or video games but some days getting off the computer is difficult. I love reading to my children, but I often tell them “no” about things where “yes” would merely be inconvenient for me, but not detrimental to my children at all.
Happy Parenting!! Enjoy the blessing of your children!
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