Some time ago I saw an article about a woman who counted the amount of time her son looked at her over a period of time — times that she usually would be scrolling through her phone aimlessly. This was a rude awakening for her as it opened her eyes to all the times she failed to connect with her son.
To be honest, I didn’t even bother doing the experiment myself because I knew…
I was guilty as charged.
It’s hard not to be glued to a screen at most times during the day when your child is home all day and both parents work out of the house with various jobs.
So I realized at that point that it was time to enroll him in school.
And boy did I get things done!
But after a small amount of time, I went back to that article about sharing time with your children and realized that I was still unsuccessful in devoting my time and attention to Fox when he came home from school each day.
It was time for another change.
I thought hard about ways to alter the situation and came up with a list of things to implement to make our bond even stronger.
We started a solid bedtime routine with books and bath time, purchased role play toys that allowed for Fox to pretend he was anything from a vet to a cashier and I was his customer, and I shut my computer in the office each night.
But this year, I’m interested in taking it a step further with one solid chunk of time doing something we both love.
Because we live in Southern California, we’ve eaten most of our meals in the backyard year-round. Being outside in the fresh air with the sun dipping and the crickets starting to chirp, no screen-time distractions or toys scattered about is incredibly healing and a great opportunity to connect with each other at the end of each day.
We gave it a shot a bit early over a bowl of Well Yes!® Minestrone with Kale Soup.
You could tell Fox felt really special.
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What ways do you best connect with your children at the end of the day?