Sometimes we forget that we need to spend quality time with our kids. Our little ones will not always be little and once they grow up to be independent individuals with the own lives and futures to worry about you will not have time to spend with them at all. Not because they don’t want to but simply because they just don’t have time while running the race of life. One moment they will be little kids sitting in front of the TV and watching cartoons or bringing you pictures colored with crayons to be hung on the fridge door, and in the other moment they will be graduating, moving out, progressing up the career ladder, dating, getting married or having their own kids. Time flies fast and we will only regret the opportunities we didn’t take.
So try to spend some quality time with your little ones and one of the best ways to do it is start a project with them. Not just a rainy day project to keep them busy (also to stop the nagging) and entertained during times they can’t go out but simply as a bonding experience. This can be a long term project where both of you contribute to it. The first step is identifying what your kids are interested in or good at. These two doesn’t always accompany each other. Sometimes the child will not really be interested in what he/ she is really good at and the opposite happens that the child may not be good at what he/ she is interested in. Either way you know your child more than anyone and you know what is best for them. So you can decide what you want to do. Research it up on the net. Ask parents of children closer to the age of your own kids about the projects they have done and how it worked out for them.
It should also interest you at least a little bit and it would be ideal if you could find a common ground where both of you are interested. For an example let’s say you are interested in gardening and your little one shows interest in playing in the mud and looking at the flowers that bloom in the garden or asks questions about its growth and varieties. Then you can get your child to plant a seed in a pot and you both can nurture it while giving the daily responsibility of looking after it to your kid. You can easily find terracotta pots Sydney for very cheap prices and garden pots in Melbourne and can easily browse through the catalogue and find what you are really looking for. Or you can go fishing together, build a tree house, paint a wall in the bedroom, work on a bicycle that has been broken for a while, build a go-cart, and carve out a little figurine collection from wood (you can get the child to name them even) and so much more.