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Life of the Working Mom: 10 Tips for More Quality Time With the Kids

June 4, 2014

Easter 2014Wow, it is hard to believe that the spring semester has ended and that summer is here. I hope you will be able to take some time off this summer prior to the fall peak season approaching. Here’s a quick update on my handsome men since our last article.

Tyler will be graduating from Pre-K this week, and although I used to think it was silly to have a graduation for Pre-K (prior to children), I am very excited to see him in his little cap and gown. I am certain I will be an emotional mess as my baby prepares for Kindergarten. He was a scholar this year in Pre-K and aced his assessments (and yes, I am now one of the boasting mothers). I am hoping this continues throughout the rest of his school years. Brayden turned 2 in April and is showing us the true meaning of Terrible Twos. He has a strong personality; he knows what he wants and is determined to get it. Although I am sure I will admire this quality later in life, it can be challenging at times. He is talking up a storm and tells my hubby and I that we are “bad guys” anytime we get on to him. He has a sweet side as well, and I love cuddling with him at night. It is his ploy to stay up later, but I will cash in on it every night.

Easter Bunner 2014I was always told that once your children start school, time will fly, and I am definitely experiencing that now. I love the little men that they are growing up to be, but can’t believe how quickly they grew out of the baby stage. It is somewhat scary to think that in a blink of an eye, my boys will be off to college and moving out of our house. I have been reflecting on this a lot lately and feel that I am missing out on some important moments by keeping myself so busy in life. My goal is to take a step back and truly enjoy every moment I have with my boys while they are small, as these moments are not going to last long. I don’t want to have any regrets or ever say, “If only I had done this.” I am going to work hard to do the following and hope you can benefit from some of these tips.

What can I do to spend more quality time with my boys?

  1. Put down the cell phone and be in the moment. Your Facebook Newsfeed will still be there and so will the text messages.
  2. Let them be kids and have their individual identity. Does it really matter if their shoes do not match their outfit?
  3. Create memories with a special family night each week, whether it’s Taco Tuesday or Friday Family Game Night.
  4. Clean the house when they are asleep. It can wait, and your true friends do not care if it is not spotless.
  5. Play with them and laugh with them. Channel your inner child-like mentality.
  6. Listen to the kids and ask if there is anything that they have been wanting to do for fun (within reason).
  7. Be affectionate and hug them often.
  8. Ask for help on certain chores that need to be done and make it a fun family task.
  9. Keep my work constricted to work hours, and if I do not get it done within that time, then I will wait to do it when they are asleep.
  10. Read to them every night while they are young. When they get older, spend that time talking to them about what is happening in their lives.

 

Kristi Jones, Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Kristi Jones, Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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