You have limited parenting time with your children because of a hectic work schedule. You see them on one night each week and have two full days with them on the weekend. You want to make sure their time with you is great and that they enjoy being with you because you hope to get more time with them in the future.
Your biggest question is what you can do to make the most out of this parenting time. Is there anything you can do to make this better for your children? The easy answer is yes. Here are three things you can do.
Pay attention when you’re together
When you have limited time together, any time you spend together should be focused on building your relationships. Do activities together, like going swimming or playing sports, drawing or even watching TV. Focus on your kids and what they like to do, and involve them in your day.
Have discussions about their lives
It’s a good idea to take some time to talk about everything your children have done all week. Set aside time during dinner or in the morning to talk to your children about what they’ve done in the week and about what they’re interested in. Get to know them and their goals while you have the time to do so.
Give them a space to call their own
Finally, give them a space to call their own. In your house, you should have beds, bedroom furniture, toys and items that your children need. Give them a comfortable space that they have some control over to call their own in your home,
These tips can help you stay close to your children even when you don’t see them often. Being present and open is sometimes all it takes to help your children adjust to a new situation.