I recently read an article that said we spend about 3.5 hours a day with our kids (on a school day). It felt wrong, but as I counted up the actual hours we aren’t in swim lessons or soccer practice, it came out about right. Time is limited, lives are busy, and it can be hard to find the time, energy or enthusiasm to connect after a long day.
If your kids are anything like mine, they come tearing out of school at the end of the day starving and cranky. Sometimes they are in the mood to tell me about their day, and sometimes they want to space out and have some quiet time with a snack.
I’m no expert, but with a 2nd grader and a kindergartener I’ve discovered a few tricks to help pass the after-school hours and connect with my kids.