30 Minute Challenge: Family Time

**** This is a guest post from Ariadne of Positive Parenting Connection ****

Quality time, responsive parenting

Sometimes it can be tricky to find activities that are fun for the whole family – especially when the children’s ages and interests can be so different from one another. I often get asked how I find time to really BE with each child and even how to juggle play time with three children.


There are days when one child only wants play dough and the other child wants me to read to him and the third wants to play acrobats and circus clowns…yes, it gets quite silly around here sometimes, but nonetheless it’s not always easy to juggle the time and attention between household jobs, working, writing and three children.

The thing is, the more we can play together, as a family, the more we learn to BE together in a harmonious way – sure there are conflicts, struggles and disagreements at times, especially when it comes to agreeing on ONE activity we will all do together, but all those are invaluable lessons that help us deal as a family with struggles not related to playtime or sharing mom and dad’s attention.

Sometimes, I confess I want to skip the playtime, not because I don’t love it, but because I have a million things on my mind, books I want to read or things that need organizing, food to be cooked and so on…but I have challenged myself to MAKE the time and really commit to 30 minutes every day, no matter what, to really play and connect with all three kids so we can really BE together.

I really see a lot of sibling and family harmony and learning moments when we decide to spend just 30 minutes or when we find the time, an hour together doing a shared activity.

Some of our favorite family play activities are:

*Side walk chalk

*Acrobatics

*Green Light / Red Light

*Animal Action

*Making music

*Legos

*Painting

*Reading

The best part is that this harmony we create carries over into the day and other parts of our family life – when we spend time working as a team to beat the hungry alligators or creating a new song with our drums and bells, naturally when it comes to putting the laundry away or setting the table, that same sense of team work tends to emerge and we all work well together.

No matter if you have one child or many, have you ever noticed how much a special connection emerges when you focus on spending some time together? It can be hard sometimes to slow down and make the time, or even get through some of those initial conflicts that can certainly arise when the whole family needs to pick an activity together –but the benefits can be so great!

So, are you ready for the 30 minute family challenge? What activities do you enjoy doing as a family?

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Sam’s post over at Positive Parenting Connection: 30 Minute Challenge: Learning to just BE with your children.

Peace & Be Well,

Ariadne

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Ariadne has three children; she practices peaceful, playful, responsive parenting and is passionate about all things parenting and chocolate. Ariadne is a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator and the creator of Positive Parenting Connection, a resource for positive discipline and parenting. Find her on facebook at the Positive Parenting Connection Community Page!

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