Keeping children entertained incredibly difficult. While today’s age offers numerous distractions, such as the computer, video games, and television, you need to find a balance between technological time and family time. It is important to do things with your children that help them grow and learn, and get them away from the television. It can be intimidating when trying to figure out where to start. Luckily, there are several tips you can follow to help get things done with your kids.
Get Everyone Involved
The first thing you need to do is get everyone involved. While spending time with your kids is great, it is even better if you are doing something everyone likes. Of course, this is much easier said than done, because kids often disagree and have different interests. It is important to know your children, and figure out something that everyone loves to do, or do something that allows for multiple options. For example, if you go to a park, one of your kids may play on the slide while the other plays in the sand. Or, you may make a craft, but have different options available for each child, so they can make something themselves.
The Art Of Quiet Time
For all children, particularly those below 5, it is important to incorporate quiet time into a daily routine. Children can become over-stimulated extremely quickly, and having down time helps keep them grounded. Quiet times also help the parents out. Dealing with kids all day can be extremely overwhelming, and incredibly noisy. Parents need to get things done during the day, and a lot of this can be accomplished during quiet. Parents themselves may need a nap as well. Quiet time also allows your children to spend time together. Reading quietly or watching a movie together can be a great bonding experience. On their own, quiet time allows children to develop their individual skills. In order to have a successful quiet time, you need to define your space. If you want to split your children up, rotate each room they get each day. For example, your one child may get the basement while the other two get their own rooms, and this can be rotated on a daily basis. That way no one misses out or feels like they don’t get any time in the “good rooms”.
Reward Good Behavior
Rewarding good behavior is essential to encouraging good behavior in the future. Studies show that children respond better to positive reinforcement after good behavior as opposed to negative consequences following poor behavior. One way to reward good behavior is to create a reward chart. Every time your child does something good, they get a sticker. After 5 stickers, they get a reward, then after 10 stickers, and so on. You can increase the rewards for the more stickers they get. For example, maybe 50 stickers is a family trip to the zoo, or something along those lines. You can make a reward chart completely unique to you and your family, or even allow your child to make it.