Yay it’s time for Christmas! That’s what everyone thinks soon as the turkey comes out of the oven right? At least in my household it is. It’s time for hanging Christmas decorations, putting up the tree and my favorite, holiday music! What a time to be alive!
During the holidays it can be fairly easy to spend time with your little ones. You have the extra time off work so nothing but love and cuddles to go around! But what about when it’s not the holiday and you want to enjoy that same type of QT?
Last post I touched on my number one way I’m spending time with my little guy. In this 21st century, cellular gadgets have taken away pretty much everything including undivided attention and time. I even mentioned my stellar giveaway! Using my Jord watch, I’m taking back my time and giving it to my little Tater tot. I mean look at that face, doesn’t he deserve it?
Stopping electronics isn’t the only way I’m spending more time with this little guy.
Here’s 4 other ways I’m focusing my time with my baby:
- Get out the house. I don’t know about you, but when I’m cooped up in the house it’s fairly easy to turn on the tv or a different electronic and put my focus into that. But once I’m out and about the attention turns outward and notices all the beauty outside or in a certain activity. Don’t forget to wear your Cassia to be sure to fully disconnect from electronics while you’re out!
- Kid focused games. Giving your little one a toy and telling them to go play with it is easy. They’ll occupy themselves sure, but then you’re without an activity and it’s easy to go off and do something else instead of giving that undivided attention to your child. Playing a game like patty cake, peek-a-boo, matching, etc is a sure way to keep your attention focused on your child.
- Learn a new skill. No better time to focus then when you’re learning something new! Maybe learning to ride a bike, write your name, or in my case practicing feeding yourself Cheerios. It’s always so fun to see your child learn a new skill and what better way to bond then while you’re teaching it to them!
- Include them in household activities. I know we’ve talked about electronics a lot but that’s not the only way us parents get distracted. We are goal oriented individuals. When we wake up in the morning, just like Santa, we’re getting our list and checking it twice. From dishes to laundry there is a ton of things to get done around the house. With all those things to do it’s so easy to shift our focus from the kids. But if you allow them to “help” that’s one way to squeeze in that extra time. For example, when I’m folding clothes Tate loves to hand me the clothes out of the basket. Sometimes a little earlier than I get done folding the previous piece but hey, free help is better than no help, am I right?
The holidays is only a small snippet of the year and our babies deserve our maximum attention daily. Yes things like work, school and home life are important but so are the moments with them. Like the saying goes, “the days are long but the years are short”. You’d hate to miss out on it because your focus was somewhere else.
What are you going to do with your babe today?