So school holidays are here and I have three kids to entertain!
Don’t get me wrong I love spending time with my kids, but I find keeping them all entertained during the school holidays a little overwhelming. My kids would happily spend all day (and night) on their iPads, so during the school holidays I like to make sure we spend some quality time together.
Nicole Pierotti is a psychologist and parenting expert who says rather than making grand plans to go on a round of excursions, movies and trips, we should plan some ‘down-time’ that allows parents and kids to spend time connecting on real terms.
“We live in the age of ‘connection’ yet many parents feel disconnected from their kids because they are time-poor and school holidays give them a chance to complete other tasks. All too quickly the holidays draw to a close and we haven’t achieved what we had intended, leaving both children and parents unfulfilled,” says Nicole Pierotti, psychologist.
Nicole says that just ten to fifteen minutes is all we need to connect with our kids.
“Connecting is just about spending meaningful time together. The time where you really listen or just be together without jumping up to flip the dinner, feed the cat or hang out the washing,” says Nicole.
Even if you have to work this school holidays and they need to go to vacation care, you can still connect with your children at the end of the day and spend some meaningful time together,” says Nicole.
Here are Nicole’s top tips to connect with your child this school holidays:
- Simply sit together and draw. Whether it be scribbles for two year olds, shapes for three year olds, tracing for 4 year old and colouring in for school kids.
- Grab the play doh, add a placemat and get busy having fun. Try asking your child what it is they want to make and let them take the lead.
- Take in some fresh air and play outside: find a ball and kick, throw, bounce and catch, kids of any age love this time.
- Pick up a bucket of chalk and find a piece of concrete or pavers and draw. What to draw? It can be a road to ride their bike on, a shop, their name to trace over, or a picture of them.
- You can make car travel your connecting time, spot words on signs, letters on number plates, brands on cars.
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Nicole Pierotti is a child psychologist and parenting expert. She runs her own clinic ‘Baby Smiles’ based in Queensland. For further information, visit: www.babysmiles.com.au.
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