Being a mom is hard to even when you’re able to commit all your time to it, but things get even trickier when you can’t. The average working mom has to maintain a difficult balance between several important things: namely raising her kids, looking after herself, and furthering her career. And when life gets even more hectic — during a pandemic, for instance — it gets even harder to ensure that each of those priorities receives enough care and attention.
Something that can easily get short shrift is furthering the mother/child connection. When your time is limited, you can focus on covering the essentials (food, hygiene, health, education, etc.) and forget about how vital it is for mothers to spend meaningful time with their kids. But what’s the best way to use the time you can find? Here are a few suggestions.
Help them with some activities
Kids love puzzles and games, and you can really grab your kids’ attention if you invest in some. If you’re not already using them, look into subscription boxes for kids: you pay each month and receive new packages with new things to do. This means you don’t need to put time into placing orders and choosing among many options. Just wait for your new boxes to arrive.
Consider the activities in a Sago Mini Box, for instance: various activities on distinct themes, offering many different things to do. And what makes this even better than just reading to your kids is that it encompasses many different things in addition to literacy. Pattern recognition, calculation, abstract thinking, and many other valuable skills that you can help them with!
Get some exercise with them
A key part of being a parent is setting your kids up for success in the future, and one of the best things you can do for them is to get them into the habit of exercising. Just telling them to do it won’t be that effective, though, because they might only do it to appease you — and if that’s the case, they won’t keep exercising when they reach adulthood. So what should you do?
Well, by exercising with them, you can have a good time and show them that you exercise because you choose to (for good reason), setting a good example for the future. Be sure to choose something low-impact, though.
Yoga is a good option, or light cardio (even taking some lengthy walks can go well, or doing household chores). And if you have a Switch and don’t mind some further investment, Ring Fit Adventure can be great for kids. You could take it in turns.
Teach them how to cook
Cooking is fun, and kids naturally love trying different ingredients and making delicious food. What’s more, you might well be spending time making food every evening anyway, so you might as well make it quality time with your kids on top of that. Are there foods they won’t eat? Try new ways of preparing or presenting them.
You can approach this purely as a way to have fun together, taking the pressure off when it comes to teaching them, but cooking is a valuable skill (and vital for health). So start asking questions while you cook with your kids, seeing what they understand about why you do certain things and what different spices are for. If you get them interested, it’ll be great for them.
These are just a few suggestions of things working moms can do to spend more quality time with their kids, and it should be possible to fit them into your schedule. Instead of just reading to your kids, do some activities with them. When you exercise, get them involved. When you cook, get them to help you out. It should be fun!