Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Time: The Best Gift

It's always a struggle in our busy lives to find "quality" time to spend with our children. But all our children want is our attention and time....and they don't judge us on quality.

4 year old Luke's preschool is a firm believer in sharing time with our children; so much so, in fact, that several times a year his teacher sends home a Family Coupon Book that contains "coupons," each coupon listing a simple activity we can do with our child just to spend some time with him/her.

I'm listing this month's coupon ideas, because I think it shows how simple it is to share a few minutes of time with our pre-schoolers:
  • Make and drink some hot chocolate together
  • Make and eat some popcorn together
  • Draw a picture together
  • Sing a song together
  • Play at the park
  • Match mittens or socks together
  • Bake some cookies (and eat them, too!)
  • Write a letter to a friend, and take it to the post office
  • Play a game together
  • Set the table together

In spite of the crazy, hectic daily schedules we all call our lives, I've found through these coupon ideas that it's really a simple thing to spend some time with our pre-schoolers (oh, and you get to eat a lot, too!).


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  1. These are great ideas! I know that all to often I get busy and let my kids play amongst themselves and I know I miss out on a lot. I'm going to make up little coupon books for my kids for Christmas!!! And start doing a few of the things you listed today. :)

  2. These are good ideas. I sometimes stop myself during the day from what I'm doing and go in their rooms and start playing with their toys, they come running (and crawling) because they hear me playing with their toys. They get so interested in their toys all over again just because I'm playing with them LOL

  3. Hi Lisa, I love the coupon idea! My son will love it too ... I think he would want to cash in on them all!

  4. Great ideas! I love that coupon book idea for your kid. I'm so going to have to do that.