At the end of the school day, a little time together goes a long way.
The dog barks from the kitchen as everyone piles through the door at the end of a busy day. Backpacks, jackets, and sports gear drop to the floor. As you begin to sift through mail and think about what to make for dinner, all you really want to do is spend time reconnecting as a family.
Ever feel like dinner hour is just another rush hour?
It doesn't have to be. When you give each child just 10 minutes of the one-on-one time he's been looking forward to, the whole family will make a smoother transition into a relaxed evening. Make those minutes count by knowing what each child needs most.
Ages 2 to 5
Your preschooler wouldn’t let go of your hand in the morning, but now she can't stop talking about her new best friend. Give her your complete attention as she shares a story about the day or a picture she drew. Build her excitement for going back by asking what she's most looking forward to tomorrow.
Be an encourager
Ages 6 to 8
"As they mature, kids become more aware of what they are good at and where they have to work harder to succeed," says Dr. Patti Zomber. Spend a few minutes looking over homework with your child, celebrating successes and listening to concerns. Help him do his best by providing a quiet study place and implementing a house rule that homework is done before the TV goes on.
Plan on it
Ages 9 to 12
Spend time looking over assignments with your pre-teen and making sure due dates are in her planner. Then inspire her to work hard during the week by planning an activity to enjoy together over the weekend. Now’s also a good time to ask about her day. Make the conversation more dynamic by asking specific questions about favorite books, teachers, and friends.