Summer is the Season for Making Time for Our Kids

by Jennifer Sikora

When I asked my three-year-old daughter what I should write about for this post, she looked up from her coloring book and said, “You should write about these guys!” ‘Those guys’ she was referring to were the lovable Elmo and Zoe from Sesame Street. At first I chuckled, but the more I thought about it, the more it actually seemed like a fun idea. I did, after all, grow up with Sesame Street, and although the show has changed drastically in the years since I was my daughter’s age, their commitment to making learning fun has not shifted in the slightest.

Just a few days ago, we pulled up a Sesame Street episode on YouTube; it was many years old and featured a young Stevie Wonder and a timeless Cookie Monster, just to name a few. I sat with my little ones and enjoyed the retro images and the old-time jokes, thankful for a few quiet minutes with them.

Shouldn’t all days have moments like this in them? Whether facilitated by the songs and characters of Sesame Street or Dora or any other children’s show, or even through games and stories straight from our own imaginations, shouldn’t we spend some time each day hunkered down next to our kids just reveling in their nearness and in their love of learning? I know that I would do well to take advantage of those moments more in my life.

It is amazing how much our kids are literally sponges waiting to soak up anything and everything that comes their way. When I take the time to become an active participant in their learning or their quiet time, I gain access to their precious little minds and have a chance to share the wonder and excitement that they get from exploring their ever-expanding world.

With summer upon us, let’s get creative and find ways to connect with our kids – both in new ways and old. Spread out a blanket on the lawn and read some books. Grab some dried pasta and start counting. Pick up some seeds and start an herb garden. You could also pop some popcorn and settle in for some family time, courtesy of Elmo and friends. Whatever you choose to do, making time to share life with your kids as they learn is a wonderful way to show you care, and to learn even more about them and their interests and abilities. Here’s to a great summer!

Jennah Mitchell is a freelance writer that enjoys helping businesses and individuals match powerful words to their stories, services, websites, marketing collateral, and more. When she is not writing for her clients, she blogs at www.onlytruenorth.com about anything and everything related to being a mom. She also recently finished her first book: a devotional for moms with infants and toddlers.



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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Melissa June 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

It’s so easy to get caught up in our lives we forget about taking a few minutes out to just connect. It doesn’t have to be extravagent or crazy to make the little ones happy just a few minutes of your undivided attention goes so far.

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2 Jennah June 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

That is so true! Kids love TIME, not necessarily the latest in toys or technology. Thanks for that great reminder! :)

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3 Emily June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

A young Stevie Wonder?? That was a LO-ONG time ago!

Anyway, our joy so far this summer is enjoying the thunderstorms after a very hot and dry last summer and warm and dry winter (I’m in north Texas).

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4 Jennah June 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I know, right? Makes me feel old haha. We love a good storm here in Montana too – glad to hear we have kindred spirits in Texas. I hear you have had a lot of hail recently too – weather does crazy amazing things, doesn’t it!

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5 Nicole Robinson June 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Nice post. All they really want is us. My 18-month is not shy about letting me know she needs my attention. When we get home, she sits in my lap and rubs my cheeks for a bit. I have no idea how this started but it is sugar sweet and something I cherish daily.

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6 Maggie June 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

You’re right. We should spend individual time with our kids each day. A few minutes goes a long way. This can be so hard, though. Lunches, tantrums, baby crying, play dates… It’s motherhood.

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7 Lily June 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I try to make a few minutes a day for my sons. They are 10 months apart, both 5 years old, step brothers. They take turns cooking with me. They also take turns taking showers, and I give my attention to the one who isn’t showering. It may not be much, but it’s something.

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8 Peter_Familyman June 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

Today I am very happy because my lovely daughter prepare something for me. In the past, I have no time to spent with my daughter. I have more job to do, so in this year I think about it and I try to manage all of things in my life again.

I change myself for 3 months already, I have more time to play, cooking, shower with my daughter. This is a really beautiful time when I stay with my daughter.

Sometime you can spend only a little time but it is very worthy for your kids.

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9 Beth June 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thanks for the great reminder! I love those moments when you can literally see the learning taking place and the wonder at something new. I need to make it a point to be more intentional about watching for those moments!

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