Enrolling your little ones in daily child care can be a positive thing for your family. Whether you need to work, run errands, or simply have some time to yourself, relying on child care can offer you peace of mind. It can help your children make friends, have fun with their peers, and learn things that can help them throughout their lives. You can make it work even better for your family when you plan fun daily traditions to have fun with your kids when you pick them up from child care.
Go on a Kids-Focused Walk
Most children delight in one-on-one time with their parents. Try to fit in some time where you can be totally focused on your children right after child care. It may be a simple as simply going for a walk around the block before getting in your car and driving home. Knowing that they will get to go for a walk while having your undivided attention can be something kids look forward to each day.
Have Family Game Time
Why wait for after dinner to have family game time? Having family game time as a tradition right after you pick your kids up from child care can be a really fun thing they look forward to each day. You may opt to play a game outdoors, go to an arcade, or go to a local park where you can play more physically active games like tag or even sports. You could try switching it up and doing a combination of all of the above on different days, too.
Go Out for a Snack
When you pick your child up from child care, you both may be ready to sit down and simply chat with each other. Rather than try to talk while you're distracted during a commute, make it a tradition to sit down for a snack with your kids right after child care. Go out for it, instead of sitting at the kitchen or dining room table. That doesn't mean you have to spend a lot on eating out each day. You can pack nutritious snacks and head to a scenic picnic spot in town to relax and enjoy your snacks together.
Finally, keep in mind that child care can be one of the best decisions you make for every member of your family, and doing special things to bond with your kids around your child care schedule can accentuate its benefits. These traditions can also empower you to spend quality time with your children each day, and it is the quality of time spent together that will create the best childhood memories for your kids.