As a mother, taking care of a young boy can be a rigorous
amount of work. From acting as a chef, a chauffeur, a therapist, and every
other job imaginable, it’s a full-time job that entails diligence,
determination, and a whole lot of patience. But it’s important to remember all
of the wonderful things that your son has brought into your life. Spending
quality time together can help strengthen the bond between mother and son, and can
be a great time to have some fun and maybe learn a few things, too!
Quality Time Together
Don’t fret if you can’t think of ideas – quality time with
your son can come in a variety of ways! Start by thinking of things that your
son loves to do. If he’s a sports fanatic, try practicing with him in the back
yard. If he’s really into dinosaurs or animals, suggest that you have an arts
and crafts session together during which you draw prehistoric creatures. Or
even take him to the museum, and let him pull you from exhibit to exhibit,
telling you all of the cool things he knows.
Books Aren’t Only For
Another great way to spend mom and son quality time is to
read together. If he’s still too young to read, work on some alphabet practice
as he sits in your lap and watches you turn the pages of his favorite picture
book. The colors will surely fascinate him, and staring at the words on the
page will help with his letter and word recognition. Let him touch and even
turn the pages, stimulating his kinetic senses as well.
If your son is starting to read or has already learned how,
take turns reading pages to each other, creating different voices to match
different characters in the story. This will show him he can have fun with mom,
and will help his reading skills immensely.
Mom and Son Quiet
Don’t think that rest or naptime is only a one-person event.
If it’s almost time for your son’s nap, start reading a book of your own while
he rests his head in your lap. If he’s comfortable, let him fall asleep as you
perform work of your own. Falling asleep and waking in your arms might not be a
fun activity for him, but will comfort him and make him feel safe.
Spend a Day at School
If your son is attending preschool or is even in the first
years of school, attending once in awhile can be a great way to spend quality
time together. Many teachers of children this age need volunteers in the
classroom, and this could be a great opportunity for you to work with your
child while you help the burden of the teacher.
As you help out, make sure that while you’re impartial in
your work with the children, your son knows that you are there for him. Even
seeing you help out across the room can make him beam, and will only make him
proud of his hardworking mom.
Time Spent Together
Truly, quality time with your son is really just meaningful
time spent together. Whether it’s playing games, reading, or just having quiet
time, being together can help your child learn, and can strengthen the bond
between mother and son.