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Most families today are caught up in a hectic whirlwind of activities & getting quality family time isn’t easy when your family is scattered in all four directions. Time slips by as we rush from here to there as we juggling jobs, running the household, chauffeuring our children, our parents, relatives and spouses to work, school, appointments and commitments. Yet, we know that spending quality time together is the best way to show each other that we care. So how do we squeeze in quality family time when our schedule is so hectic?
Juicy Juice®, the iconic kids’ beverage that has been enjoyed by families for 40 years, announced a year-long campaign dedicated to celebrating 100% family time moments and the parents and other grown-ups who make them happen. To help, Juicy Juice has signed on Meredith Sinclair, author of “Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit,” to share tips for making the most of family time.
“We want to help parents make the most of the time they have together with their families, and not feel pressured to find more time in their day or week,” – Meredith Sinclar
Chances are if you are this busy, you have a schedule that you run by…actually haveing a schedule will help you to visualize when you can squeeze in time whether it’s just 5, 10 or 30 minutes to focus on each other and stay connected. I’m sharing a few of my own tips along with a few of Meredith Sinclar’s to help you get the most out of your quality family time.
Family time can take the form of a conversation or game on a 10-minute ride to school or the grocery store. Push for carpool time to be a “no phone zone.” Those quick trips to and from school and during errands are the perfect opportunity for light-hearted conversations that connect the “what-did- you-do- today” dots or even grab a snack of some granola and Juicy Juice Splashers.
Do Chores Together
They need to get done which can take away from precious quality family time, so why not do them together. You wash the kids dry, you can fold laundry together etc. This gives you the opportunity to not only get your housework done, but it also gives you the opportunity to catch up and teaches your kids responsibility.
Reading to your children is always a great idea, kids love the quality time and it help grow their vocabulary & cognitive abilities…but as they get older this might not always be a welcome option. Reading next to each other for 20-30 minutes and discussing the book is another great way to get in some quality time.
Have Tea Time
Having a quick tea time is not only relaxing but gives you time for a little chit chat and snack. Chances are your kiddos don’t drink tea so a Juicy Juice 100% Juice is always great to have on hand. It contains no high fructose corn syrup, no cane sugar and no artificial sweeteners, so you can relax and enjoy your time together without worrying about a sugar high.
Make it a point to leave work or schedule work a little later into the night so you can make dinner together a priority. This is not only a great way to catch up with your family and talk about the days’ events, but it also gives your children a chance to ask questions and discuss things that they came across that day and might forget at a later time.
Make Sunday “Family Day”
Since Sunday is the only for sure day that my husband has off, we have dedicated this day as Family Day. NO ONE is allowed to make other plans (with exceptions depending on activity). It’s a great day to catch up, try out some craft projects like this upcycled DIY craft using empty Juicy Juice boxes, or get the kids involved in dinner or snack time with easy-to- make recipes for busy families.
We love a good movie night in our house. We usually make it a theme night so all snacks/foods relate to the movie we are watching. One of their favorite snacks is my Bacon Cheddar Ranch Deviled Eggs that we made for our Angry Birds movie night, delicious and plenty of protein for growing kiddos. Juicy Juice is a great idea for movie nights because all Juicy Juice products are made from real juice, with sweetness that comes only from the fruit and no added sugar…because the last thing they need is liquid sugar when they have popcorn bowls sprinkled with movie candy.
How do you squeeze in quality family time?