10 Simple Ways to Slow Down & Make Your Child’s Day

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Today’s post is a wonderful parenting reminder shared by Joyce of Childhood Beckons. 10 wonderful ways to slow down and savor the moments with your kids! We all need to take time to do these!

10 simple ways to slow down and make your child's day! Yes!

Life can be hectic and busy. Parenting can sometimes seem to compound that problem.

And then there’s the holidays. It’s very easy to get caught up in your to-do list. Or at least, it is for me. We are always having to run here or there, finish this, clean that. Sometimes I find myself saying “no” when I should be saying “yes!”

Today, I wanted to share a few ideas on making time to slow down and have fun.

10 Simple Ways to Slow Down & Make Your Child's Day
I try to allow time to have fun, but sometimes we really don’t have the time to jump over every crack.

When we’ve had an especially hurried few days I like to plan one day to be a preschoolers paradise. We still do what needs to be done, but I take extra care in the planning and make it my mission to say yes. I try to view the entire day through the eyes of my preschooler.

Five things we do while running errands:

  1. We jump over the cracks! Both of us, it’s more fun that way.
  2. He pushes all the buttons! Elevators, debit card machines, coke machines.
  3. We stop at the grocery store with the carousel even if we don’t have shopping to do. It’s sacrificing five minutes time for some smiles and giggles. Well worth it.
  4. We take the time to stop and watch that trail of ants, find the perfect rock, or read every sign we see. This is something we try to do everyday, but it can often get pushed to the side when we are in a hurry.
  5. We have coin races in the Children’s Miracle Network donation bins. I bring a bag of change for this purpose. We watch the coins spin round and round. We declare victors.

10 Simple Ways to Slow Down & Make Your Child's Day

Five ideas for the time spent at home:

  1. Let them help make dinner. Let them pick dinner! Yes, it might be more work for you, but they’ll be thrilled to help. And you might get the added bonus of them eating better than usual.
  2. Play that board game before you make the phone call. Most games don’t take that long to play and making your child a priority will make them feel extra special.
  3. Read them one more book. Or three!
  4. Is it going to make a mess? Help them make a mess! Let them help you clean it up. That can be almost as much fun as making the mess. No, really.
  5. Plan an extra special bath. Instead of getting them out, add more warm water once the original water turns cold. My son looks forward to bath time, but by that time, I’m often looking forward to bed time. This is always a favorite!


All of these things combined makes for a very happy child. I usually get a lot of sweet comments at the end of one of these days. The truth is, I’m happier too. But you don’t have to do all of these things in one day like we do. Have you been feeling rushed? Set out to try a few things from this list, or come up with a few of your own. You’ll all be glad you did.


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  1. Sarah says

    Love these tips! We went to the grocery store his morning and the milk was 10 for $10. My 4 year old was thrilled to get out of the cart and pick out each milk, place them in the cart, and count to 10!

  2. Leah says

    Bubble Baths have been our top slow down, have a blast, time at the end of the day for all 6 of my kiddos! Stopping at the park, even if it is for 10 minutes of running around playtime, is a great one too. Set the timer on your phone and go! My best time with my 5 year old who is now in full day kindergarten is when I am prepping dinner! Sounds crazy I know, but I will have him get out connect 4 or another fast game and play while something is boiling or heating up. He has gotten used to me jumping up to stir something and running back. He loves that I make time in the midst of my crazy!

  3. Kimberly says

    Sometimes when I’m having a hard day I see you up in the corner and read that you have three boys, and that in itself is a comfort. I have three girls and I have found from watching my nephews that I think boys can be a bit more hectic then girls. So, if you can do it and have a blog with three boys then I know I can certainly do it with three girls. Thanks for all your time to share with other moms!

  4. says

    Great ideas and advice. Let the little children come. (Mark 10:13-16)
    I love this quote from the movie Hook:
    “Your children love you, they want to play with you. How long do you think that lasts? . . . We have a few special years with our children, when they’re the ones that want us around. After that you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention. It’s so fast . . . It’s a few years Peter and it’s over. And you are not being careful. And you are missing it.”

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