Greetings MJP Families!
When was the last time you had a “date night” or “hangout” with your kiddo(s)? Interestingly enough, children of families who build in at least an hour of quality one-on-one time throughout the week are more motivated in school, score higher academically, and overall are well-adjusted and happier students. Some parents may retort: “But I have to work two jobs…” “I have three kids…how do I fit it in?” “ I am just tired…I need help!”
Quality date nights can be 15 – 20 minutes of exclusive time anywhere at anytime where your child can check-in and just experience “be” with you. Some ideas on how to make this work:
· Grocery shopping: Have them plan a meal menu and budget for items.
· Host a family game night
· Have a picnic in the living room
· Make cookies
· Visit a museum
· Fold paper airplanes and test them out
· Go on an adventure
These ideas/activities and more can transform the attitude and altitude of your child. Try one out tonight.