Spending time with your kids is easy when you use one of the 20+ easy ways to spend one one one time shared in this post!

Spending time with your kids is easy when you use one of the 20+ easy ways to spend one one one time shared in this post!

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UPDATE: 4/4/2022

In the last 10 years since becoming a mom, I’ve come to realize that when it comes to spending time with my kids, they don’t care if it’s 10 minutes or 2 hours.  They just want to have my undivided attention while we do something together.  Being a busy mom of four usually means that we’re leaning more towards the 10 minutes rather than the 2 hours side of things, so I’ve had to become a little creative to work that time in.

My kids are really good kids.  Sure, they still argue with each other and have to be asked 937 times to get their shoes on before we leave anywhere.  But I will tell you this: I’ve noticed a huge different in my kids’ behavior when my husband and I are consistently spending one on one time with our kids.  We try to be deliberate about it and let the kids know that this time is for them specifically.

If I’m with my son or daughter and the baby is fussy, my husband steps in to take care of her so I’m not distracted.  If my husband is with one of our kids and the other wants to ask him a question or show him something, I remind them that the other child is having one on one time with him and they will get their chance.

My Favorite Tip for Being Present

One specific tip I’ve found helps me be more present in the moment with my child during our one on one time is to put my phone in another room.

How often do we pull our phones out just to check the time and end up getting sucked into Facebook or Instagram and forget why we even wanted to look at our phone in the first place?

By putting my phone in another room, I’m removing the temptation to even touch it. At the same time, I need to be able to keep track of time, so that’s one of the main reasons why I like wearing a watch. As an added bonus, when I’m in the habit of checking my watch for the time, I’m spending less time on my phone getting sidetracked. #winning

If you’re not sure where to start, just remember the idea of quality over quantity.  Often it’s the regular day to day tasks that provide the best opportunities for us to spend time with our kids.  I’ve put together a list of some of the ways I sneak in one on one time with my kids to help get the ideas flowing for you on how you can incorporate this into your own life.

22 Easy Ways to Spend One On One Time With Your Kids

  1. Go on a walk
  2. Build a block tower
  3. Color a picture
  4. Make muffins or cookies from a mix
  5. Paint fingernails and/or toenails (this 60 second drying polish is my favorite)
  6. Watch a cake or cookie decorating video
  7. Read a book together
  8. Build a puzzle
  9. Take them on a quick errand with you
  10. Grab a small treat from the store
  11. Blow bubbles or make a bubble snake
  12. Jump on the trampoline
  13. Push them on the swings
  14. Play hopscotch
  15. Do sidewalk chalk
  16. Throw water balloons at a target/side of the house/fence (keep these rapid filling balloons on hand)
  17. Make something out of play dough
  18. Sit on the porch and eat a piece of candy or chocolate
  19. Tell them a story about when they were little
  20. Tell them a story about when you were little
  21. Learn about something new together (animal, how it’s made, history, etc)
  22. Tell each other jokes (grab this silly kids joke book)

If you think my tip about having a watch to wear might be helpful to you as you aim to spend more one on one time with your kids, I definitely recommend checking out the watches they carry at JORD.  They have beautiful mens wood watches and womens watches.  Something I really like about their watches is that each one is unique in it’s own way because the bands are made out of wood so you can see the colors and grain, plus you can choose to also get custom engravings which make great personalized gifts.

I’d love to hear the different ways you spend one on one time with your kids!


  1. I truly love this! Often times spending time with your children one on one is overlooked. I think it's extremely important as well. I love spending days with each one individually (of course also together) but during Spring Break and Summer break, we traditionally have a day with mom. We do a lot of fun things that they dream about doing movies, Chuck E Cheese, Toys R Us, and other little things that they love to do. It's really more budget-friendly than people think too! One idea to make less expensive is that Chuck E Cheese has printable Chuck E Cheese reward charts (10 free tokens) the kids love it! Loved the post! Thanks for all of the fun ideas! I will be sure to use some with my kiddos. 🙂

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