I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a get down on the floor and play kind of mom. I love spending time with my all 3 of my kids, but you probably will not see me playing Barbie or trains anytime soon. Also, being a work from home mom, sometimes I get lost in work, while they get lost in their toys, or even shutter TV!
Does this make me a horrible Mom? NO! It just means that I need to get creative and find things we can do together.
- Baking – I love to bake and luckily so does Ellie. Many evenings we’ll spend trying new recipes, mixing, breaking eggs, and just giggling. I’ve made sure that we have baking utensils and aprons in kid sizes. This way it’s easier for them to actually get involved. At the moment they still enjoy helping with the clean up. I’ll take advantage of that for as long as I can!
- Exercising – Yes, we exercise together. Ellie and I started doing this from the time she was a baby. It started out with me pushing her in her jogger for our daily hikes, but as she got older it evolved. Now I’ll turn on the Wii and we’ll box, play tennis, or dance for hours. We go on family walks/hikes a few times a weeks as well. Time seems to fly by because we’re laughing and just enjoying ourselves.
- Shopping – I know I know, but honestly, we have some of our best times out shopping. It could just at the market. We look for colors, shapes, or anything out of the ordinary. It creates conversation and learning. Bonus, they’re not afraid to tell me that the pants I’m trying on make my butt look big.
- Photography – I love spending the day with Camera in hand taking pictures of buildings, flowers, waves, or whatever. We’ve given Ellie one of our old point and shoots. I love taking her with me and seeing what she shoots. Many times it’s way better than what I’ve captured. When she was younger I would send her into the back yard and ask photograph certain colors. It was a great way for her to learn her colors. I can’t wait to start doing this with Zach!
- Working – Let’s face it, many days I’m working on a deadline and my playtime is very limited. On these days instead of turning the TV for the entire day, I’ll set up a workstation for the kids right beside me. I’ll have them color, work on the iPad, or practice with her workbooks. This way I’m getting work done and I don’t feel like I’m ignoring her. Bonus, they’re actually learning!