When it comes to spending time with our families, we often wish those everyday moments resembled a perfectly curated collection of Insta-ready snapshots. Everyone would be smiling, bonding and laughing together... and that glitter our children used to make their latest artistic masterpieces wouldn’t still be stuck on our floor all those months later.
But we know that real life - especially life with kids - doesn’t look like that: it’s messy, chaotic and unpredictable. And that’s what makes it so magical.
All parents feel the need to become master jugglers, trying to manage their schedules to fit around careers, looking after children, making time for family and friends and remembering the occasional thing for ourselves. Since we’re so often rushed off our feet or feeling guilty for not being able to spend more time with our little ones, we want the time we do spend with them to be special and enjoyable - for us and for them.
The good news? Quality is better than quantity when it comes to looking after children (just check out this 2016 study published in BMJ Open). So it’s not about logging extra hours, but having a good time together, whether you’re enjoying life’s simple pleasures like a really good book or embarking on new adventures, like an under-fives-centric seaside holiday…