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It’s been said that the best gift you can give someone is your time, and this is especially true for young children. Life is very busy for parents, but if you can find even an hour to talk with your child, it can have very important ramifications on them as they grow up. And every single parent can find that time.

The quality of time you spend with your child can be just as important as how much time you spend with them, so take a look at some of the best ways to spend some good time with your kiddos.

Pick a scheduled activity to do together

Whether it is tot time at a local family entertainment venue, or reading a book together at bedtime, the best way to spend time with your kids is to schedule it. If you are a busy parent, then you probably have schedules and time blocks for everything anyway, so do the same with your kids. Not only will it give them something to look forward too, but it will also allow you to keep things on schedule.

If you know you’ll read a book with your child at 6:00 every night, then it’ll be something you never run out of time for. For even more fun, let your child pick an activity to do at a certain time.

Reinforce Positive Behavior

Studies show that most young kids (and even a few older ones) just want their parents’ attention and want to be acknowledged when they do something right. If your children do some chores without asking, have been doing well around the house, and have been behaving, then tell them so. That acknowledgment will show them that they are being appreciated and will lead them to repeat the behavior in the future.

Also, make it a point to tell your child that you love them and that they are important to you. Positive affirmations will help them open up to you and also get them comfortable expressing themselves.

Be Silly

Sometimes you need to let your inner child out to play, and who better to do that with than an actual child! Be silly, be unadult like, and take your child on an adventure. Go to the park and play with your child instead of just watching them, go out for a treat, or make up an adventure around the house. You’ll find that it helps your children have more fun, and also allows you to forget all the stresses of adult life and have fun too.

Laugh and be silly, and get involved in your child’s interests. If they like dinosaurs or a certain type of music, then get interested in it too. Finally, always answer your child’s questions as honestly as you can, because it will always inspire a love of learning within them. Plus, it’ll teach your child that you are someone who they can come to for answers. Practice these habits with your kids, and you won’t go wrong.