So, how do we create quality time with 10 minutes every day? I want to explore just a few ways that we can do this. I think the most important way is to start out by taking an interest in your child's interests, showing a genuine engaged attitude around things that your child cares about. This can look like sitting down with them on the floor. So if your child is already playing with Lego, rather than saying, "Hey, come read a story with me," or "Hey, let's go to the park," rather than that, just join them on the floor where they already are.
Go where they are and then do what they are doing. Engage in the activity that they are already playing in and that they're already engaged in. If they're coloring at the table, just sit down and start coloring with them. If they're building a fort in their bedroom, go join them. Build a fort, raid the fort. Right? Have some fun with it. Get creative, get silly.
Another way to create quality time is really to drop the plans, drop the structure. So often we are so organized and we want to make sure that we are making the most of every moment of the day. But for kids, their creativity thrives from boredom. Sometimes by simplifying the day, we actually have a better opportunity and a better chance of making a meaningful connection by getting creative and getting silly with them. By taking an interest in their interests, simplifying the day, and dedicating just 10 minutes of one on one time, that connection is going to skyrocket, and you're going to find that your relationship automatically begins to improve that easily.