Sunday, 29 September 2013

How to make the most of your weekend with your kids

Guest post (in association with Cineworld) 

For many working parents the pressures of daily life means that having enough time to really enjoy being with the kids can be a problem. That is why it is so important to make the most of the time that weekends provide, so that you can have as much shared time as you can with those closest to you.

Of course, there are always other things that need to be done too, shopping, jobs round the house, a bit of 'me' time squeezed on there somewhere. In fact, there’s so much to do that there's never really enough time to strike everything off of the list.

Making sure that the real joys of family life don’t get lost in the rush to fit everything else in should be a priority.

So here are a few suggestions about how to spend some quality time with your children.

Plan ahead

A little planning is a good thing and living in the UK it's a good idea to have a 'plan B' that doesn't need good weather to run smoothly. Spending time at home with the kids is a great way to enjoy being together but getting out and about can make a real difference and create memories that last a lifetime.

Going to the cinema is a great option and is suited for all weathers. The best kids films at venues like Cineworld don't just come out over the summer and there's usually a good choice showing at your local cinema all year round.

Make time

The thing you should really be aiming for is quite simple - just make time to be together! If this means you need to put other things on the back burner then that's what you need to do. Giving children your full attention is not only enjoyable, it also helps them develop the social and educational skills they need to get on in life.

So in order to enjoy time spent as a family, switch off your smartphone, leave those work emails until later and make time to enjoy the moment.

Have fun

Ultimately, the way to make the most of a weekend spent together is just to have fun in whatever way you can. This could involve some kind of favourite sport, whether that means going as a spectator or simply taking part yourself in the local park. At home there are plenty of ways to join in with your kids games and activities and some can even be educational for everyone involved.

Some kids love to make a mess so it can be important to remember that you are trying to fit in with them and allow them to enjoy themselves rather than trying to force some kind of activity that they may find boring.


If you only have limited precious time to really get down to the business of having fun together, it can sometimes add a pressure to the whole proceedings to try and get things just right. So always remember that the most important thing is to simply enjoy spending time in each other's company.

1 comment:

  1. You are so right. As a working mum with a husband who works on Saturdays I have to do all the housework at weekends and fitting that in is bad enough. Daughter also has swimming and riding lessons, piano practice and music theory to do, not to mention the tons of homework she gets from school. The weekends can seem as hard work as the weekdays! It's really hard to find time to just be a family. We try to have Sunday lunch followed by a game like Monopoly and afternoon tea on a Sunday to be a family. Even that feels lke something else to fit in!


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