how can i spend more time with my kids?

Jaimala - posted on 05/20/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I work from 8-4 and then afternoons I have household chores.

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Dora - posted on 05/24/2011

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What I have learned to do is have my son help me in fun ways. He has a blast, we are spending time together and things are getting done. My son recently turned 3yrs old. He loves to help me cook. I let him stir whatever he wants and he gets to add in the ingredients. When it is time to wash dishes he will stand on the chair next to me. I will wash everything first and then ask him to help me scrub wih lots of bubbles (of course) and rinse. He has a good time doing these things and in return we are spending time together and chit chatting. Just try to make the chores fun. It also helps teach children responsibility.

Cynthia - posted on 05/30/2011

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Due to being a single mom I can't work, cook, clean and do sports activities all the time. So we really only clean after church on Sunday's. During the week it's everything else. My friends and family know if they come over during the week it might not be spic and span spotless but then again I feel they are coming to see me and/or my son and not judge me for house my house looks.

Leanne - posted on 05/25/2011

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I have a 2 and half year old and a 3 month old and its hard to give attetion to both but i find the best thing that works at the minute is singing songs and nursery rhymes with them while i go about the chores so they feel they are getting all the attention and can join in and the best bit is they dont realise you cant sing

Linda - posted on 05/24/2011

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I work similar hours. When I get home, my daughter who is almost nine, helps me make dinner. She loves it! It's fun to them, and a way you can teach them math skills, and life skills. We get a chance to talk and laugh. If she has homework, she does it while I'm cooking. I spend time with her reading before she goes to bed. Her bedtime is 8 p.m. so at 7.30 p.m. she stops whatever she is doing and gets ready for bed, reads by herself for about 20-30 mins. and then I read to her for about 10 mins. We get a chance to talk for a few minutes after with lots of hugs and kisses when I tuck her in. It's hard to be a working mom. But the more you involve your kids with what you are doing, you'll be surprised how much fun they and you will have, and you'll be teaching them something and they'll be learning something without knowing! Have fun!

Elizabeth - posted on 05/23/2011

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You can involve the kids in some of the chores that you feel is safe for them or let them be with you when doing some of the chores. I guess you do not work on Saturdays and Sundays so you can afford to hang out with them than and of course try and make adequate use of any public holiday that you have. We all go through the same but we seem to work it out somehow.

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Teresa - posted on 08/05/2011

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Get involved in their activities. My son is in cub scouts and I am now his den leader. We spend a lot of time together camping and doing other scouting activities. I have also gotten involved in the kids program at church and we spend alot of time together at church and also at home just us. My house is always on the brink of chaos but my son and I have a great relationship and we spend alot of time together.

Jaimala - posted on 08/04/2011

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o great thanks i will try asking my kids to help in a fun way hope they will like it they already help packing up toys their clothes and so on.

Bevely - posted on 06/12/2011

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My kids do a lot of the household chores. Me and my husband both work full time, and the kids take care of everything except for the laundry, mopping, my bedroom, my bathroom, and the yardwork. That way when I am off we can spend time together, I can take them to the pool, library, or whatever we want to do.

Amanda - posted on 06/03/2011

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I do the chores that need to be done when they go to bed ie: dishes, laundry, sweep, vacuum.... and the other chores on the weekends ie: mopping, dusting....(and not every weekend). Time spent with your kids is more important than chores. If they are old enough, have them help with some of the chores.

Kate - posted on 06/02/2011

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I work the same hours and was having the same issue. What I did was break up dusting/cleaning/floors into doing one room a day. Then, I started getting up at 5am so I could clean one room a day, work-out, and prep dinner. This way, when I get home from work & daycare with my son, all I do is pop dinner in the oven and we have family time while waiting for dinner to cook. It just means I have to go to bed shortly after he does (usualy 30 mins after so I can watch a little tv!) so I get enough sleep :).

Ana Paula - posted on 05/31/2011

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Well i work 3rd shift and i have 5 kids ..what i do is learn whats happening in my community and i do the family activities. On the weekends. I also sometimes have some activities i do at home for. I creat time and things i do. I sometimes even watch like half hour of tv time with them...

Susan - posted on 05/31/2011

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I have a 20 mo old and a husband who works ridiculously long hours. Flylady.com has really helped me! I can do anything in 15 min.

Julie - posted on 05/30/2011

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I would not worry about doing your household chores and spend that time with your children and do your chores maybe once a week and maybe get them to help you if they are old enough. If they aren't old enough get them jobs to do that aren't going to harm them that way you are still spending time with them

Amber - posted on 05/29/2011

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wait until your children go to bed,and then do the house chores.if you are off on weekends,if they are old enough have them chip in on the chores,that way you kill two birds with one stone,your spending time with your kids,and you are doing chores.

Candi - posted on 05/24/2011

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Hire a nanny! A nanny can help not only with childcare, but can help with light housekeeping, laundry, help with homework and even start the evening meal. When you return home from work, you can sit down and enjoy time with your family and not have to worry about the little things! Nannies4hire.com has a great selection of nannies throughout the US and Canada. It is an affordable and easy process!

Lisa - posted on 05/23/2011

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Sometimes u can give them a tiny part of The chore and kids love to help. Something that is a snap for you Is harder for them so they help and you do it together. My daughter loves to hold the dust pan and helping take the trash, or I let her dry plastic stuff out of the dishwasher.

Carin - posted on 05/21/2011

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Why not do the chores after the kids are in bed? If the kids are old enough maybe you could make a game of the chores and get them to help. Then you could spend time with them and get stuff done.

Katherine - posted on 05/21/2011

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Forget about the household chores for a bit and spend some time with your kids ;)

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