For busy parents there’s always something important to do around the house; laundry needs to be folded, the dishwasher needs to be unloaded or countless other tasks and responsibilities that come with maintaining a household and family. Ultimately though, those times you need to be working on something is the exact moment that your child will need you. Rather than telling my son to “hold on a minute” I’ve found a great solution for those busy days when I need thirty minutes to work on a freelance writing project for a client or get dinner going.
First, I stop whatever it is I’m doing that seems so important and focus 100% on my child, I know this seems counterproductive but it works. Your child needs you in that exact moment so as a huge proponent of attachment parenting, I’ll get down on my childs’ level and give him my undivided attention.
Playing a quick board game is usually just the ticket for my son, we’ll play for about 15-20 minutes and then he’ll be ready to go off and do the next thing, on his own. That leaves me the time I need to get all the ‘extra’ stuff done! I was excited a few years back to happen upon two very straightforward games that are quick, educational and fun for everyone.
The shopping list matching game is a huge hit with my son. Unfortunately I have been unable to find the Marina Games version of this since I’ve purchased mine, but Orchard Toys has a very similar (almost exact) version called My Shopping List. Here my son and I play the Marina Games version:
I recommend grabbing these games to tuck away in a closet for those moments when you want to play and interact with your kiddo, don’t have a lot of time and still want to be present and engaged.
The other great game that is perfect for my numbers-oriented child is Frogs on a Lily Pad, it’s great math practice, fun and cute! Check out my son and I playing this one a few years back!
This parenting thing is no joke, whether you’re working from home and need to maximize your time or you work outside of the home, we’ve all got a lot going on to keep our house running smoothly – but the most important thing is to foster your relationship with your child every chance you get. These quick games fill all those buckets that need filling!