January. It's a new start. It's the time of the year that many of us make resolutions to either a) give up something, or b) start doing something that we feel will make us better. We're going to focus on the latter.
We see it each January, year after year, and it falls directly in line with one of the more commonly suggested resolutions — I will spend more time with the kids this year.
January is really the perfect time to not only suggest you will spend more time with the kiddos, but actually do it. After the Christmas holidays we all return to our "normal" routines of back to school, and for many of us, back to work. We could all afford to open up a window of time in our day for the kids. Whether it's after school, after dinner, before bed, or some other time that is better suited for your schedule, it's really important to make an effort to spend some quality time bonding with your children.
In addition to January being the perfect time to start anew and add a new routine into the mix, in all likelihood, you also have some new things from Christmas including games, puzzles, arts and crafts, or some other type of projects. All of these are great opportunities to spend time with you children and enjoy their company, even for those who might be older and otherwise wouldn't want to just spend time hanging out with you.
Just remember, spending time with the kids comes from the heart. It's not out of obligation. One day not too far down the road, you'll look back and wonder where the time went. You'll be thankful for the time you had with your kids and cling to all those great memories you made. And hopefully, you'll say, "When 2012 started, I remember when we did this..."