Making Time to Connect with Kids


time with kidsMy cousin and I were lamenting recently about how when we go to the park with our kids we are no longer the “young moms.” It’s strange to realize you’ve moved past a stage you loved.

Time keeps chugging along, though.

My oldest son passed me up in height this year. Last Christmas I was still taller than him, now he has a good four inches on me. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this happened.

Needless to say, my kids are rapidly growing up right before my eyes.

With that comes the realization that there is less and less time that they will be with me, under the same roof. I have to make sure I am intentional about the time I have left, even when it seems that everything is rush here, rush there, this activity and the next. In the midst of all that, I am looking for ways to connect with my kids, because, teenage years. 

Making Time

Because our schedules are packed, really carving out one-on-one time has become a priority. 

I drive my oldest to school in the mornings. This is a quick 7-10 minute drive, but it’s just us, and it has been a time where we can connect and chat about important things, random things, or just plain ridiculous things. It’s great, and it’s just such a positive start to the day.

My youngest and I have been walking the dog together after dinner. This was supposed to be his job when we agreed to get a dog, but I quickly realized it was good for all of us to get out together. Some amazing conversations happen on our walks around the neighborhood. 

Connecting in person without distractions feels amazing, especially in our overly digitized world. Think about times during your day where you can schedule in these one-on-one times with your kids. You won’t regret it.

How do you make time to connect with your kids?

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Jennifer is a single mom of two boys. She does her best to get to places on time, despite being a chronically late person and the fact that neither she or her boys are morning people. She recently went back into the classroom after staying home for nine years to raise her kids, and she credits her sanity and success at this endeavor to the fact that she has incredibly supportive parents, family, and friends. She also has a network of single moms that truly “get it” and who encourage her on a daily basis. When she’s not hanging out with her kiddos, Jennifer enjoys writing at a coffee shop, trying new restaurants, or catching up with friends.


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