While fulfilling the duties of being a parent, people forget to enjoy the process of raising children and spending more time with them.
Parents spend endless amounts of time and resources trying to figure out how to raise their kids in the best way possible. However, in the bargain of being “perfect,” parents often forget to enjoy the process of raising a child and being a family. They forget to bond with their kids just as they are with their unique aura. Spending time with kids matters more than parents might think, per The Washington Post. However, spending time with them in the right manner is another factor to consider.
Melissa Milkie, a sociologist at the University of Toronto said, “I could show you 20 charts, and 19 of them would show no relationship between the amount of parents’ time and children’s outcomes. . . . Nada. Zippo." It was also added that parent time can be particularly harmful to children. That’s when parents, mothers in particular, are stressed, sleep-deprived, guilty and anxious. So, Shanon Vasquez—who goes by @stopvirgoslander on TikTok—shared a video leaving suggestions for parents to spend quality time with their kids. More than the books, techniques and other things, the quality that matters most is being present with kids and making time for them.
In her video, the mom shared inexpensive activities she did with her kids during the weekend that added to their parent-child time. The mom also pointed out that these activities were simple, middle-class, stay-at-home edition and realistic. The mom first did a lava lamp experiment where she added color to water, and then added some oil to a bottle. Next, she added a few other ingredients before she and her child together found themselves looking at a beautiful effect created due to science. Her child is seen as excited as ever with the simple activity they did with science and a few basic ingredients.
The next activity was St. Patrick’s Day-themed Jell-o bins. The mom made colored jelly and added to it several edible items that blended with the St. Patrick’s theme. These included coins, 4-clover leaves, green-colored items and so on. The trays themselves seemed fun and vibrant to look at and undoubtedly, it was a wonderful experience for the kids to get together with their mom and make their Jell-O bins. Next up, was a super fun DIY playdough. The mom made 3 large dough balls with ingredients from home and added color and other elements to make it more pleasant.
She then offered the same to her kids to play with, to make shapes, add charms and so on. The kids are seen playing with the dough, making cupcakes and several items as per their liking. Up next, the mom and her kids made some ice cream at home. Though they didn’t achieve the gourmet style of perfect ice cream, they sure enjoyed the process. The kids undoubtedly had the time of their lives with these intriguing activities that are easy and ensure one spends time with their kids. Several people commented on the easy and enjoyable ideas the mom suggested. @lauren.loren9571 said, “I love seeing moms trying, it's the best we can do. Babies appreciate everything we do even though they can’t say it.” @rockwithsondra commented, “Love these! Getting stuff from Walmart now!”