7 ways to reconnect with your kids on busy school nights

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1. Great Green Games

It doesn’t take long to play a game with your children. We are huge fans of board and card games in my family, and there are many green options available on the market right now. Card games are great because they are simple to play with children of all ages, they are compact, making them easy to throw in my bag on the way to bowling practice and can be played anywhere. My son and I will play cards while we are in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or if we arrive early to an extracurricular activity we get a quick game in. We also keep a large bowl of card games as the centerpiece on our dining room table. This way, after we have chatted during dinner, we can get in a quick game of cards before tossing the dishes in the dishwasher.

2. Nature Walks at Dusk

Sometimes the only free time that my son and I have together is that time frame after dinner and before bedtime. We like to grab our shoes and walk the nature path around the lake in front of our house. It may be getting dark outside, but that is part of the fun. We get to see animals that we never see during the day. Hello frogs! Things seem a little creepier at night, which always adds a little more excitement to the walk, and it gives us both a little added exercise at the end of a busy day. Plus, it’s nice to walk outside at night with your older child. He might even hold your hand since no one will see you in the dark!

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3. Disconnect to Reconnect

We have a big rule in our house that we disconnect from all media during family time. For us that means there are no smart phones, tablets, computers or televisions on during those times. I have set my own business hours to end when my son gets home from school. That way I am never tempted to get sucked back into work. After your child has been at school all day, the last thing he wants is to compete for your time against a digital item. Give it a try and unplug from all of your media during the time that your child is home, then plug back in if you need to when he goes to sleep. I guarantee you won’t miss anything as important as those precious minutes with your child each evening.

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