The noise is inescapable most days—the chatter and lights from the TV, the bings and rings from our phones, the coming and going, and the rushing this way and that… it’s all so much. Many days I tend to bury my heart and mind into the mindless, needless distractions while my poor kids suffer from half-here-mommy syndrome. I’m a stay-at-home mom, so it should be easy for me to spend quality time with my children, right?! I should be utilizing my free time, creating and whipping together hand-made projects for my children and adhering to a strict schedule filled with categories of exercise, free play, sensory activities, reading, and exploring. I should be shaping and growing their small minds. But sadly, most days aren’t like this… most days are too full of distractions. So, I’ve decided to do something about it.
The first plan of action I’m taking is to decrease phone/social media time. My blogger friend, Suzanne, wrote about 5 practical ways to put the phone down that is helping me meet this goal. Seriously, people, go read it asap! It’s SO good!
My second plan of action is to incorporate more activities into the day with my youngest child who is at home with me while her siblings attend school. I’ve reached out to several fellow bloggers for ideas and advice and have compiled together a list of activities to use for spending quality time with young children. Obviously, some of these are great to use for free play as well.
1. DIY Sandbox
I am so excited about these newfound ways to be a more present mama and am implementing these changes immediately. I can’t wait to no longer be the distracted mama!
Do you have any fresh ideas for spending time with your kids? Please share them in the comments!