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1. Find Fun: Make everyday chores and errands fun, approach daily household responsibilities with a positive attitude. Sometimes by the time dad gets home we are all rushing around trying to get last minute chores, homework, and bedtime routines done before it past bedtime. It can be chaotic and stressful trying to get important things done while trying to get kids to sleep on time, so they are functional for the next day. Sometimes the only time you have with your kids that day is bedtime so make it count. Don’t spend that time being stressed or in a mad rush, turn bedtime into a game, play calming music to set the mood for sleeping, learn a new lullaby to sing to them, read a bedtime story to your kid no matter how old they are. Find ways to put in the fun in everyday moments, look for opportunities to play and have fun with your kids.
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2. Work & Serve Together: As adults we have many areas of responsibility not just work and parenting. We also have our community and other interest too. In order to try to balance some of those things we try to include our kids in anyway we can. My husband is great about always taking at least one kid if he is running an errand. Whether its the grocery store or the auto shop there is a kid in tow. Short little errand drives are great ways to fit in a fun little conversations and check ins. We also always try to have our kids work along side us when we are working in the yard, on the house or doing service for someone in our community. Find any and all reasons to include your kids in your extra curricular actives. You are teaching them valuable skills, community awareness, service, while also making memories together.
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5. Make it a date: Plan regular date night with your kids. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or anything expensive but scheduling a regular time and date with your kids even if its once a month is a great way to make memories and lets your kids know how important they are to you. My husband likes to have a big sleep over date night at least once a month with the kids where they watch movies till late, eat popcorn and all fall asleep on the couch and floor together. He usually doesn’t get much sleep (even though he is the first to nod off) but the kids LOVE it and say its their favorite thing that dad does with them. Its simple and easy but makes a big impact.
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