• Shannon Patterson

    This is a good reminder of how important it is to spend one-on-one time with your kids. 15 minutes is totally doable, especially if you make it a priority…which it should be.

    • Amanda

      Thank You for reading Shannon! I agree and we moms are so hard on ourselves for not doing EVERYTHING under the sun in the course of a day. I am hoping breaking it down to 15 minutes but seeing how valuable that time can be will remove some stress!
      -Amanda The Determined Mom

    • Amanda Tento

      Right Shannon! 🙂 We have got to balance the million and one things we have to do….somehow! Hopefully this helps moms to do it.

  • They are all great ideas! And so easy to do. I mean not so easy but like it is a nice and achievable way of spending more time with the kids. I am not a parent yet and I already barely have time for myself between my job and the blog but i’ll remember this post when i do have kids! xx corinne

    • Amanda Tento

      I remember when I was single and kidless. 🙂 It was a fantastic period of life! Enjoy your free time (even though I remember it seeming like I never had any)!

  • Nannymomrhonda

    These are all great ideas! I’m going to do some or all over the summer.

    • Amanda Tento

      That sounds like a fun summer! I just put together a printable checklist for the fridge with all of these on it. Stay tuned for a post with the link to it. 🙂

  • I love your ideas! I do a lot of these with my kids. Especially the photo shoot one.

    • Amanda Tento

      The photo shoot one is probably one of the furthest down my list…what tips do you have for doing it?

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    Now that my Son is a teenager it is getting harder to spend time with him. He is always involved in a bunch of after school activites. We are planning a trip to take together this summer.

    • Amanda Tento

      Well, you can always use the travel time in the car to connect with him. There is a free text message list I get each week from a place called Q4KIDZ. If you text Happy6 to 30644 they will send you a weekly text graphic with questions to ask your kids. Many would be good for teens too. 🙂

  • Megan

    I really needed to see this. I get so wrapped up in all these things that I don’t feel like I ever get to get down on my kids level and just play.

    • Amanda Tento

      I feel the same way Megan! I rarely spend time actually playing with them and my pile of mom guilt just sits in the corner while I do housework, school work, blog work, tired from work! LOL!

  • Ophelia Tang

    Great tips. All of us need this and take some time with kids or family. Thanks for sharing.
    XOXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    • Amanda Tento

      We all have to try what we can when we can! 🙂

  • Great ideas, these! It can be so hard to find the time to spend proper quality time with our children, but every little moment helps.

    • Amanda Tento

      You are welcome! I hope it helps you in some way! That is my goal.

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    These are such amazing ideas for moms who are so busy. Great for a quality time with kids. Enjoying every moment while kids are still young.

    • Amanda Tento

      That is a huge challenge to enjoy every moment. We need to get it in any time we can! 🙂

  • Cristina Leau

    Great tips. I love blowing bubbles :))

    • Amanda Tento

      Me too! Bubbles make adults act like kids!

  • Kaylee

    These are all great tips. The smallest things can turn into some of the best memories to look back on.

    • Amanda Tento

      That is so true! We just need to remember it doesn’t take a long time to create memories! 🙂

    • Amanda Tento

      Awesome! Enjoy your summer and let me know if you get to do all of them!

  • Such great tips and lovely blog post. I don’t have kids but I’ll have to share them with my cousin who has a toddler.

    • Amanda Tento

      Thank you Jackie!

    • Amanda Tento

      Thank you Jackie!

  • David Elliott

    These are great ideas of things to do with your kids. And I agree that we should definitely be taking more time with them. Even fifteen minutes a day adds up.

    • Amanda Tento

      It sure does add up and makes us feel less of the #parentguilt ! It’s a win win! 🙂

    • Amanda Tento

      It sure does add up and makes us feel less of the #parentguilt ! It’s a win win! 🙂

  • I agree that we all have at least 15 minutes to spare in a day. A picnic is such a wonderful way to spend quality time with your kids x

    • Amanda Tento

      That is so true! We just need to remember it doesn’t take a long time to create memories! 🙂

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    We all have at least 15 minutes extra in our day. If not even more. Great ideas you listed as activities to do.

    • Amanda Tento

      Very true. It is easier for moms to see how those little moments add up to a lot more time with this method.

  • Officer Travels

    This is so important! Especially in an era where kids are just plopped in front of a TV/Computer/Ipad. Great advice!

    • Amanda Tento

      Ugh! I know! We limit what our kids can watch and how much pretty severely. I love that their natural instincts are to dig in the dirt and collect bugs and make believe to keep themselves busy. 🙂

  • Oh! We love blowing bubbles and reading books. Thank you for the other activities you listed. We’re very much hoping to be more outdoorsy by next year when we get a garden. 🙂

    • Amanda Tento

      You are welcome! I hope you get to enjoy soe of the other outdoor activities as well. If you look on Pinterest there are a ton of ways to grow plants (including veggies) indoors as well. 🙂 Have a great day!

  • I think you just listed everything! But for me, I could spend time with my kid even on whatever I do, for instance, I can let him join me in the kitchen, give him some chores and it could be our bonding time.

    • Amanda Tento

      That is awesome! I am sure he enjoys every moment of it! With kids, sometimes we think their expectations are much higher and all they want to do is be near us! 🙂 Thanks for that reminder!

  • Amanda Tento

    I think that study is right! I find when I spend extra deliberate time with them they are happier and can entertain themselves more indendently.

  • Amanda Tento

    I am sure they will! I plane on starting it with my girls on the 1st of June!