"If your family is like mine, each day is so defined by routines and responsibilities that every minute seems 100 percent accounted for. You can't escape from such a full and absorbing life, nor would you necessarily want to. But there are ways to sneak into those busy days some moments of ease and closeness -- spontaneous fun, better talk, a change of pace that breaks up stress or moodiness, small connections that encourage kids to feel good about themselves and make you and your partner feel more confident and competent as parents. These instant happiness boosters take little time, money, or planning, but they can make a big difference in your life.
Snuggle TimeTake advantage of Saturday mornings to have all the kids come in bed with you for a 15-minute cuddle. Most days, you've got to leap up and hit the ground running in order to get everyone where they have to be on time. But one day a week, try not to schedule anything early so you can just hang out and feel close to each other.
Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the June 2000 issue of Parents magazine.