If you have to work, make the time you are at home “special family time.” Participate in making meals together, playing family games, having friends over, doing movie nights, etc.
Keep expectations low, and enjoy the limited time you have. Pick one or two favorite board games (all kids can be engaged in board games once you initiate and get it going). Plan some games in advance that you can pull out at times when things aren’t going as well as you hoped. I like Sleeping Queens and other card games or chess, checkers and Monopoly. They don’t have to be fancy games to entertain kids. A deck of cards and an interested parent are all that are required. The most important thing is that you be engaged and present during these family times.
Dr. Kate Roberts is a psychologist and parent coach on the North Shore. For more, visit www.drkateroberts.com, www.twitter.com/DrKateParenting, www.facebook.com/Dr.KateRobertsParenting or www.pinterest.com/DrKateParenting.