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What are some creative ways to spend quality time with my child as a single parent?

Hi there,

As a single parent, I am always looking for new and creative ways to spend quality time with my child. My child is currently six years old and is very active and curious. With my busy work schedule and demanding responsibilities, it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to spend with my child. I want to ensure that my child feels loved and supported, and I am hoping to get some ideas from this forum on how to make the most of our time together.

Any suggestions for creative activities or bonding experiences would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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vmckenzie

Hi there! I'm a single mom to an eight-year-old child who loves exploring and learning new things. One of the ways we bond and spend quality time together is by taking nature walks in the nearby parks or nature reserves. We go birdwatching, collect feathers and leaves, and make nature art together.

Another fun activity we do is to build forts using blankets and pillows. It's so much fun to create our own space and spend time inside, watching movies or playing board games.

When we want to get a little more creative, we work on DIY projects such as making jewelry or planting herbs in small pots on our balcony. I also suggest enrolling your child in a hobby class like music, art, dance, or swimming, which gives you two something to do together on a regular basis.

Lastly, my child loves cooking with me in the kitchen. We like to try new recipes, and they enjoy watching how things come together to form a meal. When we're done cooking, we eat together and talk about our days. It's a great way to bond and learn new skills together.

I hope these ideas help you! Remember, the most important thing is spending time together and creating fun memories.

heather08

Hi everyone! As a single parent of a child with special needs, I have found that it can be a bit more challenging to find activities that cater to my child's specific interests and abilities. However, with a bit of creativity and research, there are still plenty of amazing activities we can do together!

One thing that my child loves doing is sensory play. We set up a "sensory bin" filled with materials like rice, sand, or water beads, and my child plays and explores the different textures and sensations. We also enjoy taking walks in nature and exploring different parks and trails.

Another activity we enjoy is baking and cooking together. My child loves to be involved in the kitchen, and it's a fun way to practice important life skills like measurement and following directions. We also like attending special needs-friendly events, such as sensory-friendly movie screenings or adaptive sports programs.

Lastly, we love to read together. We pick out books that cater to my child's abilities, and we read together, discussing the storylines and characters. It's a great way to bond and encourage a love of reading.

I hope these ideas help other single parents of children with special needs out there. Remember to have fun and embrace your child's unique abilities and interests!

jacobs.jonathon

Hi there! As a single parent myself, I completely understand your situation. My child is three years old and I have learned that simple activities can be just as meaningful as more elaborate ones. One of our favorite activities is baking together. It not only allows us to spend quality time together, but it teaches my child important life skills such as measurement and following directions. We also enjoy creating art together by painting, coloring, or even making collages.

Another idea is to plan a picnic in the park. It's a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while also enjoying a meal together. My child loves playing games such as hide and seek, tag, and obstacle courses, and I try to incorporate them into our outdoor activities whenever possible.

Lastly, I would suggest reading together. Bedtime stories are a great way to unwind and share a special moment before bedtime. My child and I take turns picking out our favorite books to read and discussing the storylines and characters. It's a great way to promote a love of reading and bond with your child at the same time.

I hope these ideas help and that you find a few that work for your family. Remember, it's not about the activity itself, but about the quality time spent with your child.

jamarcus.kunze

Hello! As a single dad to a teenage daughter, I know that finding activities that we both enjoy can be challenging. One thing we like to do is go on day trips to nearby towns or cities. We choose a place to explore, and we spend the day walking around, trying new foods, and learning about the history of the place. It’s a great way to bond and create memories.

Another activity we enjoy is attending concerts, plays, and other cultural events. We both have diverse taste in music, so we try to find artists we both love and buy tickets to their concerts. We’ve seen some amazing performances and it’s always a fun experience to share with my daughter.

We also like to exercise together - it’s a great way to stay healthy and bond at the same time. We go on hikes, take yoga classes, and even try our hand at kickboxing classes. It’s a fun way to challenge ourselves and support each other.

Lastly, we love watching movies together. We choose a movie we both like and make a night of it, with pizza and popcorn. We talk about the movie afterward and it’s a great way to have deep conversations with my daughter.

I hope these ideas help you and other single parents out there! Remember to enjoy the little moments and cherish every day spent with your child.

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