Tuesday, October 1, 2013

#Sponsored: Tips On How To Create Quality Time With Your Family (and Welch’s “Share What's Good” photo contest)

Disclosure: “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch's. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Sometimes my husband and I are so busy with taking care of our home, getting the kids bathed, dressed, fed, their homework done, the house cleaned up, and more, that we forget to take time out and spend time with our children. I recently discovered that I spend a lot of time in front of my laptop, and I have decided to cut my time online so that I can spend more time with my three children. As they aren't going to remember when I bought them this toy or that toy, as much as they will remember that mommy and daddy played a game with them, took them outside, read them a book, or just took some time our of our busy day to hold and talk to them.

My Tips on How To Create Quality Time With Your Children Are:

1) Play a board game or do a puzzle with your child or children.
It's not too hard to find a half hour or an hour and sit on the floor or at the table and play a board game with your children.

2) Take 10 minutes each day just talking with and listening to your child individually.
Talk to them, ask them how their day went. Ask them about the weather, how was school, how their bus ride home from school was, or what they might like to do more as a family, with you. I never thought that spending just 10 minutes a day with my children, just talking with them, or listening to them, could make such a difference in their behavior, and my relationships with each of them, but it does! Our 10 minute special time together each day, sometimes turns into 15 or 20 minutes, or sometimes longer! But it's fine. Spending time with my children is what I live to do.

3) Have dinner at least one night a week at the dinner table.
Sit together and have dinner at least once a week, as a family, at the dinner table. This means no watching TV while your eating, and all cell phones must be on silent or turned off, and your not allowed to answer them. You'd be surprised what your children might tell you while your sitting around the table together, eating dinner, as a family. They really enjoy this time together, I know that I did, and I still do.

4) Talk with your children when you give them a bath.
I especially enjoy this time! We talk, play, and enjoy some personal time, just me and them, one on one.

5) Hugs.
Yes, it's as simple as that! Hug your children as much as you can throughout the day. Make sure to even tell them that you love them, at least once or twice a day, or more. I find this one tough for myself to do with having three children. I do love them, and I do my best to tell them and remind them, but I forget to actually say it. I know how much it meant to me when my parents would tell me that they loved me. As they didn't say it often, but when they did, I was on top of the world.

I hope that I was able to give you some ideas to help you connect more with your children. I am not the perfect, and I am probably not one of the best parents in the world, but I am trying to be the parent that I want my kids to remember me being. Loving, caring, and present.

Check out the Contest below for ways in which you can Share your special moments with others from Welch's, and enter for a chance to win $5,000!!!

Welch’s believes in the magic of “kitchen table” moments, and has been helping families enjoy them for generations. In the time it takes to drink a glass of juice or share a sandwich, a special moment can happen. That’s why Welch’s just launched a new movement called “Share what’s good™” It’s all about sharing those special moments that occur each day with family, friends and loved ones – whether it’s at home or on the go. At Sharewhatsgood.com you’ll find a variety of great content from fun family ideas to delicious recipes. You can share photos of your every-day moments and see how others are doing the same. 

The “Share what’s good” Photo Contest Details:
As part of the Share what’s good campaign, Welch’s has launched the “Share Your Moments” photo contest! From Now until October 25th, upload a photo of your favorite family moment for a chance to win $5,000! Visit Sharewhatsgood.com to enter.

You can also Share Your photos to Twitter and Instagram, using the #sharewhatsgood hashtag to enter to win the Share what’s good Photo Contest!

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