7 Ways Parents Who Aren’t Into Kid’s Games Can Connect

Written in collaboration with Bupa

I’ve finally made peace with the fact that I’m not the kind of mum that plays for hours with my three kids.

But I don’t need hours, maybe just 10 minutes, to get them started on something.

Just recently during our beach camping trip in Byron, that wasn’t as sandy as it sounds, I spent hours hanging with my kiddos.

Why? Because we were doing things that we all love, for example a swim in the ocean, a walk on the beach, looking for treasures in rock pools and EAT ICE CREAMS!

bupa 10 minutes with kids

We were a fabulous team during our 5-day adventure and I think I only checked my phone about six times the entire holiday.

Now that we’re home I’m back to trying to slot in up to 40 hours of work while keeping ‘bored’ kids amused in 37C heat. It’s important to me that we still have quality time and have each others’ backs, especially as they’ll all be at school together this year.

I also make sure that every hour that I’m working I take time to spend 10 minutes chewing the fat with them or hanging.

As far as I’m concerned it’s the small moments with your family, your team, that matter the most anyhow.

If like me you’re just not that into kid’s play please don’t feed bad, there are plenty of ways to spend time together without playing.

7 Ways Parents Who Aren’t Into Kid’s Games Can Connect

  1. Sit down and make a Lego creation, for just 10 minutes and then tell them to finish it.
  2. Make a scavenger hunt list and watch them run about trying to find everything.
  3. Go for a walk around the block and get them to tell you 5 sounds they hear.
  4. Jump in the pool with them – who cares if you’re a jelly belly like me they’ll just call you chubby and rub your stomach like a Buddha (true story)
  5. Sit everyone down and ask them to help meal planning for the week. Then swap out all the takeaway food they suggested.
  6. Tell a story with the alphabet, each person says one word starting at A eg A Banana Came Dancing Early…..
  7. Have a quick game of family cricket, soccer or frisbee!

To discover some great information about how and why you can connect with your family and make it a strong and happy team visit  here.

Meanwhile, don’t feel bad if you’re like me and don’t spend hours creating and making with your kids.

I’m a firm believer that you can connect with them in other ways, just as long as you do it every day and relish the moment you’re in.

Are you a fan of playing with your kids?

How do you connect with your children?


  1. This is a great list! I love a scavenger hunt.

  2. Tam James says:

    Ooh the scavenger hunt has me intrigued too!

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