Friday, November 2, 2012

15 Minutes

It's Family Friday! Hope that all of you are safe and sound after a crazy week filled with storms, Halloween, and the crazy that comes with life.

This past week I was catching up with a very good friend of mine who had just gone to a Nanny Conference. At that conference they had suggested that one way to curb "bad" behavior with kids was to spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time with them a day. I know, you're thinking wow what a novel concept, spend time with your kids! But I think in today's technological driven world filled with events, activities, and long to do lists, 15 minutes of uninterrupted time (including not checking cell phones) can be a very hard thing, but necessary, to do.

Last night I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately I can't say it was a solid 15 minutes all together, it was a little more spread out than I probably could have done. But I now have a reachable goal that I can shoot for.

During our time together last night Abbey wanted to learn to braid. And she wanted to make a braided bracelet for her dad. Learning to braid can be a tough task for a 5 year old but we found a great way to cheat a little and made it easy for her to learn. Pipe cleaners! We took fun bright colors of pipe cleaners, twisted them together and started our braid.
The best part was each time she moved a strain it stayed in place. There was no fumbling of the string or loosing where she started.
She loved it and was even able to make 2 bracelets.

As you move into a new weekend, I challenge you (and myself) to try to spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time with your kids. I think we'll all be surprised by the rewards of it. And if they ask you to braid during that 15 minutes, try pipe cleaners.

Have a great weekend!

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