It is not easy being a working mom. Still, there is no point in feeling guilty when having a job is a necessity. The good thing is that child care centers are usually open during the same hours as most day jobs and some even provide special service in taking care of children during your own specific working hours. Therefore, spending the rest of the day with kids is a time to be enjoyed and looked forward to.
Talk and rest together
The fact that your kid goes to the child care center only works in your favor because you will have a lot to talk about when you all get home. Much more than you would have if the child stayed at home all day. So, even though you probably want to relax take this opportunity to rest together with your child while talking about daily events. Moreover, during this period of relaxing, you can watch cartoons or movies together and share your opinion about them.
Bring your kid with you to the kitchen
Have your child help you prepare dinner. This might not seem like a fun activity for children but it actually is. Children love to be a part of something grown up-looking and making food is definitely one of such tasks. They will feel proud and satisfied with themselves because they are able to help you while you will be able to spend some quality time with your kids while teaching them something useful.
Of course, do not forget about fun time that comes after dinner. This is when you and your child can play together to your heart’s content. Both of you will be tired from activities and obligations during the day, so the amount of time you will have for playing is perfect. There is no limit to what games and pastimes you can choose. It would be a good idea to ask the child to show you some of the new games and activities they learned at the child care so that the kid feels like he/she is actually doing something important and spending time wisely. From hide-and-seek to book coloring and making arts and crafts, there is nothing to stop you from a fun and fulfilling evening.
Irreplaceable moments before bed
Bed time is a special time of the day for children and it is important to be there for your kid. Singing lullabies or reading books is a great way to send your little one to the dream land. When reading or telling stories, focus on those with happy endings and great moral teachings, so that your child would reflect on positive values while sleeping and wake up full of energy and brightness for the next day. What’s more, you will be able to sleep better when you know that you were able to spend quality time with your kid until the very end of the day.
Use the days off to the fullest
Weekends are the days for family fun and therefore a perfect opportunity to spend time with children. You can do whatever you want as long as you are together and the child’s big smile will make you forget about work stress in no time. You can go to the park, swimming pool, organize birthday or random parties for your child at kids party venues with trampolines, have fun going ice skating or roller blading, or simply stay at home and play together as your kid’s imagination leads you on. These two days of the week should help you bond with your child more and provide you with enough positive energy to go through another working week.
It might be hard at first, but you will soon get used to the time you have to spend at work and your child at day care. This will only make the hours you have together more special and enjoyable for both of you.
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”