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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Smucker's Kidvitations

This is a sponsored post from BlogHer and Smuckers.



The school year is right around the corner for most of us, and summer's togetherness will soon be replaced by a potentially hectic new schedule. With early mornings, and late nights as they get older, there are times I feel like I haven't seen the kids all week.

When we need to reconnect a little, when I fix my kids' lunches, I sometimes put a note in with them as a surprise, just to let them know I'm thinking of them, and am tuned in to what's going on at school, e.g. "I love you, and good luck on your test!" My older ones fix their own lunches, and I will sometimes sneak a note in theirs as well. (As far as I know, they've not been beaten up for it.)

The nice folks at Smucker's have taken the lunchbox note a step further, and given the lunchbox note a little twist. Smucker's Kidvitations are a cute way to make a note for your child's lunchbox to let them know you're thinking of them, and are looking forward to doing something special with them later. Check them out!

The contest

Enter for a chance to win a $200 Visa Gift Card.

To enter, leave a comment below and share how you share a moment with your kids on a busy day

Contest ends 10pm CST August 25, 2010.

Rules:

* No duplicate comments.
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* This giveaway is open to US-Residents aged 18 and older
* Winner will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
* You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Create a Kidvitation!

Home can be a busy place with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That’s why it’s important to set time aside to spend with your kids. Use Smuckers® Kidvitations to invite your kids to share a moment with you over a perfect PB&J.

299 Comments:

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  • Even if we are busy running from one activity to another, we will take the time to talk in the car and laugh about our day.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Mami2jcn, At 7:27 AM, August 05, 2010  

  • Cuddles and snacks is sometimes all you can squeeze in on a busy day but the cuddles are always most fun when sharing a snack like a pb and J or some yummy ice cream.
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

    By Blogger meeyeehere, At 1:09 PM, August 05, 2010  

  • I work at a high school where my 2 youngest attend.
    Everyday they come into my classroom and eat with me.

    YES, they ARE teenagers!
    I can't believe it either!

    By Blogger Wander, At 1:54 PM, August 05, 2010  

  • I love to just stop, sit down with my little guy on my lap, and read him a good book.

    thedealscoop @ yahoo . com

    By Blogger MaryEllen@TheDealScoop, At 11:21 PM, August 05, 2010  

  • We always have a chance to talk in the car when I take him and pick him up from school..Those are great times we share.

    By Blogger jillyrh, At 12:15 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • No matter what, I always read my daughter no less than 4 books and do at least one activity,like a puzzle or game, with her after her nightly bath. I know how easy it is to just distract them with cartoons when you're tired,bt I always think ,"What if this was our last day together?" And that gives me the energy to play Hungry Hungry Hippos for the millionth time and do it gladly.
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

    By Blogger quitecontrary1977, At 3:42 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • After our usual bedtime routine, I like to turn the light off and just talk with my children for a few minutes before leaving their rooms. It's a nice, quiet one-on-one time that usually cannot happen during any other time of the day.

    By Blogger Nikki, At 7:46 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • On a busy day, I like to take time to snuggle! I'll take my lady and we'll snuggle and play on the bed. I love this time of laughter and smiles :)

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger allthingsnew, At 9:05 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • Tweeted!
    link: http://twitter.com/asthepotter/status/20471377933

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger allthingsnew, At 9:07 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • I always set aside some quiet time during the day to read with my daughter. She loves to hear about new adventures and fairy tales so it's a very positive experience for both of us.
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

    By Blogger A. Smith, At 9:13 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • My son and I lay on my bed right before bedtime and read together.

    By Blogger sherrypg, At 9:42 AM, August 06, 2010  

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    By Blogger sherrypg, At 9:42 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • we lay down with the kids in the evening and go over their day or the next

    By Blogger wigget, At 10:54 AM, August 06, 2010  

  • We like to eat our lunch together at the park. Even when you're busy you still have to eat lunch! We make or buy some sandwiches, and the park is nearby so we stop there to eat and share our crusts with the ducks.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Kristen, At 12:28 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • I like to talk to them one on one after school.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

    By Blogger amandawk, At 2:38 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • we always read together everynight..it's our together time, no tv..no phone ..just snuggles and the 2 books he picks out
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

    By Blogger jakiesmom, At 2:39 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • Before my daughter gets started on her homework, I try to take a few minutes while she's eating her snack to find out how her day went. It is sometimes the only time of day, other than dinnertime, that there's a pause to do that!

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

    By Blogger Katie, At 4:09 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/Skaketgirl/status/20498872530

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

    By Blogger Katie, At 4:10 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • On a busy day, I would share a moment with our son-to-be by taking a nap together.
    hsuperparents[at]gmail[dot]com

    By Blogger HSUper Parents, At 4:46 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • On busy days, I include my daughter in the cooking. She just turned six and I have noticed she is learning so much through helping with cooking - reading, math, etc. So I feel like we're bonding, learning and getting stuff done all at the same time!

    susan (at) cravingthesavings (dot) com

    By Blogger Susan, At 4:57 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • Story time is always my favorite way to connect with my daughter! She is always so interested when I read to her and her eyes just light up!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

    By Blogger Nicole, At 6:54 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/20508530727

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

    By Blogger Nicole, At 6:54 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • My son and I like to sing songs together - and we can do that even when I'm still doing something else if it's a super busy day.

    frankandkatie at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Teaching Mommy, At 6:59 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • tweet

    http://twitter.com/frankandkatie/status/20508969987

    frankandkatie at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Teaching Mommy, At 7:02 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • I'll sit and rock and sing with my kids for a few minutes. It's nice to treat them the same as if they were tiny and to just sit and be relaxed.
    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

    By Blogger Tethered Mommy, At 7:13 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • We dance it out! When it is stressful and busy, we will stop what we are doing turn up a song and dance and sing at the top of our lungs. Thank goodness we dont live in an apartment! It takes the edge off and makes us laugh together!

    Megan
    mommyminded.blogspot.com
    mommyminded@gmail.com
    Win a $25 Target GC!

    By Blogger Megan, At 8:13 PM, August 06, 2010  

  • Well, I don't have children yet, but my parents made time to share moments with me in so many ways! I would just hope to follow their example in enjoying the simple things with my family. Thank you for the giveaway!


    ~Beeb

    supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

    By Blogger Beeb, At 1:30 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • I tweeted this here: http://twitter.com/hardertobreathe/statuses/20532673936


    ~Beeb

    supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

    By Blogger Beeb, At 1:32 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • Asking them to tell ME a story. They love the spotlight and it helps build their creativity and conversational skills.

    By Blogger Tracy R, At 1:34 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • My daughter and I enjoy cooking and baking together. Then we sample our efforts and it is always so much fun!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    By Anonymous Nancy, At 6:14 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • No kids of my own yet, but I have nephews. I love to call and talk to the 5 year old. He is starting school very soon and is great fun to talk with about this big new adventure.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

    By Blogger Homemaker Honey, At 6:29 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • After a busy day we take our dog and sit out on the front porch We chat about anything and watch the cars and neighbors go by
    bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

    By Blogger bepoia, At 8:39 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • On a busy day, I always take a few minutes out to hug my children and tell them just how much that I love them. paulasue39@yahoo.com

    By Blogger paulasue, At 9:31 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • when were busy and dont have alot of time we usually fix a small snack for them to eat, all of us get togeather and decide what we will eat and then we sit down together and spend a little time togeather while we are eating our snack

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

    By Blogger lmurley2000, At 10:52 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • tweeted

    http://twitter.com/lmurley2000/status/20560562242

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

    By Blogger lmurley2000, At 10:52 AM, August 07, 2010  

  • I don't have any kids yet, but my parents always made a special time for us growing up by doing activities one and one. I still do it now that I am grown up!

    By Blogger Brittany, At 12:02 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • My kids, now teens seem to respond the best when I am willing to stop everything and ask them what is going on in their life, what is making them happy, bothering them, or anything else they may want to share with me. Individual attention with no distractions is very special between us. itscindisworld at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Cindi S World, At 12:06 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • I don't have kids yet but I have twin nephews who I love dearly. Every weekend, I devote an hour each for them where I read books, teach them and play with them. They have speech delays so I try to make our times together fun but educational.

    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

    By Blogger mandala, At 6:58 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • It's always easy to just pick up a book and read to them right before bedtime. It's fun and educational, and we love to "go on adventures" together.

    qwaszx024 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger denise, At 9:45 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • I am lucky enough to be a stay at home Mom and I take my kids to school every day. I try to take the time in the car on our way to and from to focus on my kids and find out what they are thinking about, how their day went and what is going on with them at school. I ask questions!
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

    By Blogger Annette D, At 9:51 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/20597147821
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

    By Blogger Annette D, At 9:52 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • We like to cuddle up at bedtime and tell each other fun stories.

    By Blogger Andrea H, At 10:48 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • My son calls me every day on the way home from work (hands-free, of course) so we can catch up.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Linda Kish, At 11:38 PM, August 07, 2010  

  • I try to leave an hour or so open every morning so we can do something together. If I plan it before hand, it is much easier to make it happen.

    By Blogger Fun On a Dime Lady, At 5:10 AM, August 08, 2010  

  • Fun times are usually had in the kitchen. Baking cookies. Or hot chocolate. Or something along those lines!

    By Blogger Just call me b, At 6:29 AM, August 08, 2010  

  • By always reading a bedtime story! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:11 PM, August 08, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/20645592496 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:11 PM, August 08, 2010  

  • Reading or art is always a great thing to do!
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

    By Blogger AStarrA, At 7:04 PM, August 08, 2010  

  • i take my niece for lunch in a park
    ann.altima at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Anna, At 7:38 PM, August 08, 2010  

  • On a really busy day our special quiet time is at bedtime when I read stories to her


    Carmen
    nemesis_33012 at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 9:30 PM, August 08, 2010  

  • On a busy day, my daughter and I spend lunch together as a 'mommy-daughter' moment by helping each other make lunch.

    By Blogger sohamolina, At 12:07 AM, August 09, 2010  

  • WE ALWAYS EAT LUNCH TOGETHER AS IM UNEMPLOYED. THAT IS OUR "FAMILY TIME" kytah00@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 12:09 AM, August 09, 2010  

  • ALSO TWEETED GIVEAWAY http://twitter.com/kytah00/status/20683690734 kytah00@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Angel Jacklyn, At 12:09 AM, August 09, 2010  

  • no matter how busy the day is, we always snuggle up with a few books!

    By Blogger Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker, At 9:35 AM, August 09, 2010  

  • No matter how busy my day is I always make time to have a sit down meal to discuss our day and what exciting things we encountered.

    By Blogger LStewart, At 9:51 AM, August 09, 2010  

  • We make sure to stop for a minute and talk about our days while doing a calming game (puzzle etc...)
    nbellowsdove at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Naomie, At 12:01 PM, August 09, 2010  

  • When I'm really busy I run in their room really quick and give them the fastest kiss and hug ever and then run back out which always gets a laugh.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:31 PM, August 09, 2010  

  • We take time out and read together. It's something we both love, and I love that my son loves books.


    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger Charity(ccboobooy), At 6:52 PM, August 09, 2010  

  • I love going on individual dates with them

    karinaroselee(at)gmail.com

    By Blogger Karina, At 11:03 AM, August 10, 2010  

  • We make sure to read every night no matter how busy we are.

    By Blogger The Mommy, At 1:01 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • After school, I always let them tell me about their days events. I give advice only if they ask or need it!

    LWons@HotMail.com

    By Blogger mar, At 2:28 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • Even on a busy day, each evening, after the kids are bathed and in their PJ's, we'll all sit on my King size bed and read, talk or watch a movie. My husband works a night shift, so it's just me and the kids at this time and we find that it's our wind down and relax time. The kids love this time.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

    By Blogger peg42, At 2:41 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We try and sit down out on our deck after dinner and talk.

    By Blogger agordon10, At 2:45 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • one day week my daughter and I would make dinner together and put candles on the table and drink out of wine glasses..lol

    By Blogger Janice, At 3:06 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • my daughter and I work on art projects together.
    my son and I take our little dog for a walk on a beach

    they each get their own time with mommy
    souldolphindream@aol.com

    By Blogger souldolphindream, At 3:23 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • Sharing a meal together, even on busy days eating together can be a treat.

    By Blogger Nita, At 3:44 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We talk at bedtime, while we are cuddling, about how both of our days went, I try to go first and then she will usually open up and talk about her day. She's easier to talk to than my 13 year old. With him, I talk on the way to school in the car.

    By Blogger Mother with Dreams, At 3:46 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • I tweeted http://twitter.com/nitabr/status/20824081347

    By Blogger Nita, At 3:53 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • On a busy day, I make sure to call my teens at least once and at the end of the day during supper we all talk about what we did that day.
    nancymn2003@yahoo.com

    By Blogger nancymn2003, At 4:30 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We always have dinner together then we go out on the deck and just share our day. They always go to bed knowing they are loved and that I cared enough to share how they feel.

    By Blogger ret2win, At 5:15 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • before bed we walk around together and set up for the next day- backpack, etc so we talk then, and read together

    By Blogger MOMFOREVERANDEVER, At 5:15 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We like going out to lunch together once in awhile. They think its a real treat!

    By Blogger Denise S., At 5:40 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We always make sure to have dinner together an after that we have conversations.

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

    By Blogger Eve, At 5:58 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • tweeted: http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/20833075152

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Eve, At 6:01 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • blogged: http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/blogher-smuckers-giveaways/

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Eve, At 6:02 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • Everyday, even on a busy day, at night when they are in bed, we chat while I rub lotion on their hands and feet. The love the little massage and we both love chatting before sleep.
    Thanks for the chance to win the Visa GC.

    BrendaLea
    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

    By Blogger BrendaLea, the Prpldy, At 6:22 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We take the time each day to have a meal together. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

    By Anonymous elizabeth p, At 9:57 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • notes in the lunchbox or if at home we all share something about our day to spark conversation
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

    By Blogger Stephanie, At 11:08 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • Even if we are busy, we always make time to sit together at the dinner table with no tv on.

    Thanks
    surveys4lori@rocketmail.com

    By Blogger Lori Sifuentes, At 11:20 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • I like to read with my children usually silly little stories.

    Christine
    dazed1821@aol.com

    By Blogger Christine, At 11:41 PM, August 10, 2010  

  • We have reading time every night together!

    By Blogger Jennifer Neal, At 12:31 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • Busy usually means in the car and going multiple places so we try to make the time in the car relaxing and fun with music and maybe singing.

    bookcat1010 at gmail dot com

    By Anonymous buttonbutton, At 2:10 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • No matter how busy the day is, I always "tuckle" my son into bed at night. We have a whole little ritual we go through. I wouldn't miss that for the world.

    By Blogger sweepmom, At 7:41 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • We read together at night to wind down

    By Blogger buzzd, At 7:47 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • On busy days when activites/appointments are planned, we all pitch in to help out.

    By Blogger Cindy, At 9:30 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • keep special snacks on hand and when their friends come over, just set a small plate in front of them and walk away. their friends notice and make your kid feel so special

    By Blogger mmentor, At 9:35 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • I always leave little notes on there napkins.

    By Blogger shelley, At 9:53 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • we don't have children yet, but I love to walk around the block w/ my dear husband to chat about his day...and enjoy the beauty of God's creation!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 10:28 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/20894323985

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 10:28 AM, August 11, 2010  

  • With my younger grandchildren it is bedtime story and hugs; with my older ones it is talking and playing board games. All of the children take a daily early morning walk with my husband and I when they stay with us. It is good exercise and a great time for conversation

    By Blogger Betty N, At 12:31 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • tweet
    http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/20903245944

    By Blogger Betty N, At 12:33 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • long bike rides along the beach would be our pick

    By Blogger allysona, At 1:19 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • I don't have kids yet... but ask me again in 6 weeks. I'm sure my favorite thing to do will be to rock my little baby!

    chelsea at rootsandrings dot com

    By Anonymous Chelsea, At 2:46 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • I like to have a date with each of my 3 yr olds (they're quadruplets) and we could have a little one on one time:) We don't get enough of it!

    Jenny B

    jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

    By Blogger Jenny B, At 3:46 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • We generally share breakfat together which gives us a chance to talk.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

    By Blogger mogrill, At 5:02 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • We generally share breakfat together which gives us a chance to talk.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

    By Blogger mogrill, At 5:02 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • Always time for at least one homemade meal together, and lots of hugs during the other "passing each other when rushed" times!

    By Blogger EyeBeeLeaveEweHoney, At 5:24 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • HORTON111@AOL.COM

    I ALWAYS TRY TO BE HOME WHEN THEY COME IN FROM SCHOOL

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 5:50 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • Lots of hugs!

    By Anonymous Nichole, At 5:53 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • I sit with them and talk about their day

    By Blogger llinda29, At 8:56 PM, August 11, 2010  

  • We always read together before bed time.

    By Blogger JC, At 12:58 AM, August 12, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/20951889695

    By Blogger JC, At 12:58 AM, August 12, 2010  

  • We play word games while we eat lunch.
    dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

    By Blogger smilekisses, At 2:57 AM, August 12, 2010  

  • We try to have sit-down meals and just talk about our days, or something silly that pops into our heads.

    By Blogger Marsha, At 9:29 AM, August 12, 2010  

  • My grandson goes to the same school I work at so I make it a point if possible to run to the lunchroom and say hello during his lunchtime.

    By Blogger fostertam, At 11:37 AM, August 12, 2010  

  • My tweet

    http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/20988993675

    By Blogger fostertam, At 11:39 AM, August 12, 2010  

  • I take them swimming...my condo unit has a pool. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Super Frugalette, At 1:24 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • every evening we talk while watering the garden!

    By Blogger Lisa P@www.isitmondayalready.com, At 2:45 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • bond over making cookies!

    By Blogger Melinda, At 3:24 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • we make popcorn and watch TV together at night

    shoppingchic2 at gmail dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:24 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • I bond with my "kids" by giving them treats (kids = cats)

    seanm1999 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    By Anonymous sean, At 3:24 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • She helps me cook dinner--she can do simple dressings all on her own and takes it very seriously!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

    By Blogger jennem, At 3:35 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • I share moments with my children on a busy day by bringing them home something from fast food after I get off work. It sounds silly but you ought to see the excitement in them! gmissycat@yahoo.com

    By Blogger gmissycat, At 6:10 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • I tweeted also! http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/21013684449 gmissycat@yahoo.com

    By Blogger gmissycat, At 6:12 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • Everyday before nap time I read a book to my two little grandsons and then we draw pictures of the characters from the book.
    eswright18 at gmail.com

    By Blogger ellie, At 6:16 PM, August 12, 2010  

  • Heh, well one of the best ways I've found to spend time with my kids is to read to them stories before they go to bed :) Namely the Just So Stories :D

    By Blogger Timbo, At 1:28 AM, August 13, 2010  

  • I just tweeted this giveaway here :D

    http://twitter.com/TimboSquad/status/21042237933

    By Blogger Timbo, At 1:29 AM, August 13, 2010  

  • read books at night before bed

    autumn398 @ yahoo.com

    By Blogger Ms. Autumn, At 1:30 AM, August 13, 2010  

  • I work from home on occasion and we have two computers side by side on our office desk. I can work at one while my kids work/play on the other. We get to spend time together, I can monitor what they do online and I get my work done at the same time. It's great!!!
    Elise : family.pontes@gmail.com

    By Blogger Pontes Family, At 11:16 AM, August 13, 2010  

  • We connect by cuddling. My kids love t cuddle and hug and kiss, so just taking a few minutes to snuggle up there warm little bodies is a recharge for all of us!
    Kelsey
    micahandkelsey1(at)cox(dot)net

    By Blogger Kelsey Kim, At 3:37 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • i like to talk to them about their days, see how they felt about everything went that day, make sure they are happy

    By Blogger sarah, At 4:20 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • I usually just grab them for a minute and cuddle.

    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

    By Blogger Tethered Mommy, At 8:10 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • We always read together in the evening. Also, we limit video games at our house, but they love when I sit down and play with them. They just think it so cool to watch mom play Wii. We do play lots of board games when our work is done.
    chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

    By Blogger Chip, At 10:05 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • We share a moment by making sure we have at least one if not all 3 meals of the day together.

    By Blogger Cher, At 10:26 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • We always tucked our kids in at night with a kiss, hugs and prayer, no matter how old they were. It seems they were always more talkative and willing to share at that time.

    By Blogger Denise, At 10:42 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • We read a short book & sing a few songs & I rock him (2 yrs old) for a few minutes each night.

    By Blogger Rose and Luke Shepherd, At 11:09 PM, August 13, 2010  

  • we go outside and eat popsicles while discussing our day.

    By Blogger sassy2, At 7:58 AM, August 14, 2010  

  • Even when we're busy we make sure to talk, even if it's only for a few minutes, or via phone, or text message. Even if it's just in the car talk time, communication is so important.

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Amber, At 11:23 AM, August 14, 2010  

  • Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/21161689387

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Amber, At 11:24 AM, August 14, 2010  

  • When we're having a busy day, I sometimes grab my daughter and lock us in the bathroom to do our nails together. Those are the times she opens up and actually shares her day with me.

    shel704 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shel, At 3:36 PM, August 14, 2010  

  • Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/21176326489

    shel704 at aol dot com

    By Blogger Shel, At 3:36 PM, August 14, 2010  

  • We share special moments when they get home from school, we make a snack sit down and watch silly cartoons together!

    thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail.com

    By Blogger The Prickly Pinecone, At 4:51 PM, August 14, 2010  

  • My little guy is hooked on Smucker's Low sugar Strawberry and Jif creamy peanutbutter. We make them daily!

    By Blogger Sarah, At 5:07 PM, August 14, 2010  

  • How I share a moment with my kids on a busy day is just by taking the time give them a hug and a kiss and tell them how much I love them.

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

    By Blogger Shawna, At 11:01 PM, August 14, 2010  

  • tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ShawnaMichelle2/status/21202827369

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

    By Blogger Shawna, At 11:02 PM, August 14, 2010  

  • I don't have any kids... But when I was little, I had an aqua lunch box with "Littlest Pet Shop" on it and my mom made me lunch everyday for school. Sometimes she would clip some funnies out of the newspaper and put it in my lunch or leave a note. =] How sweet now that I look back and realize how special all those peanut butter and jelly sandwich lunches really were. <3

    suzy_darling@hellokitty.com

    By Blogger Suzy, At 12:07 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • Tweet

    http://twitter.com/suzy_darling/status/21245615072

    By Blogger Suzy, At 12:09 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • I think it's important to set aside a specific time for "real" chats/talks whatever you want to name them. It works at any age.

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:34 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/21250828440

    scoopster(nospam)at yahoo dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 1:36 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • We're long-distance, but even the busiest day allows for a phone call to share the milestones in my goddaughter's life.

    By Blogger cdabs, At 4:54 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • Talk & share about our day during the car ride to and from school.

    lynnx512 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Lynn, At 7:24 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/livelovelynn/status/21271491694

    lynnx512 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Lynn, At 7:24 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • We eat dinner with the tv off!


    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson
    janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
    jannajanna@hotmail.com
    www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

    By Blogger Janna @ Feed Your Pig, At 8:08 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • During school, I always take the time to ask how their day was, if anything exciting happened, how they did on a test...We also always sit down to dinner and talk. I love the time we spend together.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!!

    JH33194(underscore)2002(at)yahoo.com

    By Blogger Jeanette H., At 8:20 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • I don't have a kid but I spend time with my nephew by reading to him.

    bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

    By Blogger bridget3420, At 10:37 PM, August 15, 2010  

  • The most rewarding, emotionally fulfilling way to get close to the kids in my life has been to spend time -- long or short periods, doesn't matter -- cooking or preparing food together. There is nothing better than this hands-on activity resulting in nutritious, delicious meals (or even snacks) to create nurturing, life-long bonding experiences and memories.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:28 AM, August 16, 2010  

  • My kids are grown, but taking them to lunch helps us connect and stay in touch. They love the free meal and I love the time together.

    By Blogger Vicki Malave, At 10:55 AM, August 16, 2010  

  • My girls are 9 and "almost 11". On a busy day we crank up the tunes on our favorite Christian radio station and sing at the top of our lungs until we collapse (or I threaten to lose control of the van). Other times we'll sing with a little more control and throw in some harmonies. Best of all is when we turn the radio OFF and make up our own songs with the 9 year-old "rapping" out rhythms.

    By Blogger groovyoldlady, At 4:08 PM, August 16, 2010  

  • My son is 2 and we are still breastfeeding, so regardless of how busy the day, we always have our moments of eye time together. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger simone/ thebubbledies, At 11:49 PM, August 16, 2010  

  • entered on Aug 10th and tweeted today: http://twitter.com/prpldy/status/21415587750

    BrendaLea A. - Purple Lady
    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

    By Blogger BrendaLea, the Prpldy, At 11:24 AM, August 17, 2010  

  • We don't have a TV and instead do "reading hour" almost every night! It is more of a shock when we don't have time to sit down and read!~

    By Blogger Stephanie, At 1:15 PM, August 17, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/DCMe20009/status/21423066194

    tweet tweet!

    By Blogger Stephanie, At 1:16 PM, August 17, 2010  

  • My daughter is in graduate school far away from home. We share time together on a busy day by chatting on the phone as she walks to class or by e-mailing each other!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    By Anonymous Nancy, At 4:40 PM, August 17, 2010  

  • We take time out and read together every day

    By Blogger julis55, At 9:27 PM, August 17, 2010  

  • Every night we spend an hour or two just doing what they want to. It could be a game or an activity.

    By Blogger lighttraveler, At 10:07 PM, August 17, 2010  

  • When my children were small, the bedtime reading ritual was a good way to spend some time with them, no matter how busy the day was.

    cgclynsg0 at gmail dot com

    By Blogger clynsg, At 11:13 AM, August 18, 2010  

  • Sending emails ro sending funny e-cards is a great way to connect.

    By Blogger Carolyn G, At 8:36 PM, August 18, 2010  

  • blogged here http://theartofrandomwillynillyness.blogspot.com/2010/08/blogher-contests.html

    By Blogger Carolyn G, At 8:36 PM, August 18, 2010  

  • A quick and surreptitious hug and kiss is often my way of connecting when we are busy.

    By Blogger Debbie C, At 11:27 PM, August 18, 2010  

  • My 15yo daughter still comes and hugs me or wants to rub noses.
    With all the running around we do (driving back & forth for sports), sometimes the best time I spend with my 12yo son is while driving in the car (if no one else is with us). The conversations are short; however, we aren't distracted by video games, the TV, or telephones.

    By Blogger Natalie, At 11:52 PM, August 18, 2010  

  • Tweet! http://twitter.com/lexiquin/status/21551163469

    By Blogger Natalie, At 11:57 PM, August 18, 2010  

  • I don't have kids, but I try to spend more time with my Mom and Dad. I go to the gym with Dad when he's on his lunch hour from work, and I help Mom cook dinner.
    katyjv1988(@)yahoo(dot)Com

    By Blogger katybaby, At 12:05 AM, August 19, 2010  

  • http://twitter.com/katyjv1988/status/21551667703

    katyjv1988(@)yahoo(dot)com

    By Blogger katybaby, At 12:05 AM, August 19, 2010  

  • I love our end of the day wrap up with my 3 year old son. As I lay him in bed and prepare to read him a story, he starts with "Mom, I had fun playing in the park!" (or whatever he did that day) I ask him what else he had fun doing as he makes a happy list. It's a wonderful way to bond over new memories, and it let's me know what he really enjoys the most so that we can do more of it!

    By Blogger Nell, At 5:34 AM, August 19, 2010  

  • Always take time to stop slow down and have a good meal EVERY day!

    By Blogger Nathan C, At 6:17 AM, August 19, 2010  

  • I'm always there before and after school. But after school is usually the time where we get to talk about his day and his plans for after school.

    ewalsh40(at)gmail(dot)com

    By Blogger EMAIL ewalsh40@gmail.com, At 12:03 PM, August 19, 2010  

  • I bring out the Ice Cream to slow everyone down while we enjoy it and talk the things going on.

    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

    By Blogger dawns41, At 2:57 PM, August 19, 2010  

  • Bathtime is always our special time to unwind together.
    smchester at gmail dot com

    By Blogger sweetsue, At 3:27 PM, August 19, 2010  

  • My son loves to go bowling with me. Sometimes after he's had a hard day, we pile into the car for a few games of bowling. It takes only an hour of my time, and it means so much to him--and to me.

    By Blogger nape, At 4:17 PM, August 19, 2010  

  • I don't have any kids but I do spend quite a lot of time with my nephews when they get their breaks from school. I would generally go mountain biking with them and teach them how to do tricks on skateboards and on a bmx bike.

    akahenry@live.com

    By Blogger Kr4zi, At 5:03 PM, August 19, 2010  

  • My family has giggle time...
    What this means is that even though we have a tight and busy schedule as parents our children will soon mimic what they see displayed in their household. So to maintain a healthy and balance of wild emotions, my family invented giggle time with the help of my 4yr old daughter. Every day between 6pm-7pm we have to an activity around or outside the house while taking turns playing knock- knock jokes, this increases my daughters memory, vocational level, and sharing attitude about things, along with a live, laugh, love, expressive moment to enjoy.

    By Blogger MissNiree, At 10:12 AM, August 20, 2010  

  • Have always enjoyed just stopping our day and sitting down for a face to face visit over a cup of tea.

    By Blogger M.A., At 10:47 AM, August 20, 2010  

  • I like to walk the dog with my teen son. We have the best chats.

    By Blogger Amy, At 3:35 PM, August 20, 2010  

  • I drive my daughter to and from her school, and those are our 'sharing' times - keeping up with each other, laughing, singing along with the radio together...

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

    By Blogger sksweeps, At 9:33 PM, August 20, 2010  

  • We do "High/Low" when we're driving home or eating dinner. Everyone has to say the High or Best moment of the day and then the Lowest or not-so-great moment of the day. It's interesting to hear what affects us the most during the day.

    By Blogger Giant Sis, At 8:24 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • One of my favorite ways to connect on a busy day is to go around the table and everyone share one thing that was great about the day and one thing that was their least favorite. Some days it's incredibly insightful!

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

    By Blogger carmen, At 9:09 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • We have a sit down dinner every night and everyone shares what happened during their day.

    By Blogger chlorinebrain, At 10:02 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • We always make time to read together before bed. A good story and cuddles is a great way to end the day.

    By Blogger Nancy, At 10:56 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/21759063579

    By Blogger Nancy, At 10:58 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • I used to just put them on the bus and spend the day alone. This year I get to drop off and pick up my oldest at a new school and it's amazing how much we've reconnected with time alone to chat!

    By Blogger Ace, At 11:48 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • I also find time to stop everything I'm doing and read to them. Sometimes I find myself spending too much time in front of the computer and have to remind myself how important time with them is and how fast they grow. :)

    infidelsgirl at gmail dot com

    By Blogger SuZ, At 11:52 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • Each child is different. I brush my youngest daughter's hair while we chat. My youngest son sits in my lap while he eats breakfast. I get the teen boys to talk whenever they walk in the kitchen, which is, oddly frequently. The teen girl has to sit and talk to me whenever she wants something. "I need money." "What did you do at school today?" "Sigh. Well, I..."

    cathy at domesticpsychology dot com

    By Anonymous Cathy McCaughan, At 11:56 AM, August 21, 2010  

  • I am a huge fan of "notes on a napkin". I write a little note to each boy on a napkin in their lunch. Sometimes, I even get a note back!

    By Blogger Judy, At 12:26 PM, August 21, 2010  

  • I try to leave little notes around the house or in my daughter's overnight bag if she's going to be away from home. She loves it!

    By Blogger Casey, At 2:17 PM, August 21, 2010  

  • We always eat supper together as a family :)

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    By Blogger kamewh, At 7:27 PM, August 21, 2010  

  • we cook dinner together
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

    By Blogger msrodeobrat, At 11:14 PM, August 21, 2010  

  • My comment is based on what my mom did with me- stuff I remember vividly still at the age of 51 (she's now 88). We made stuff in the studio together. My mom is an artist- a fashion illustrator and watercolorist- and we had a studio, and we made stuff: tiny salt-clay food for my mini-kitchen, sculptures full of "gems" and metal and glitter, paper mache puppets, a giant dreidle for Hanukkah on a 6' lampost that twirled around our dining room and jingled, ghosts and a giant spider webs and a 6' fake-fur spider and other crazy decorations for Halloween... I'd wake up in the morning to find that "the magic fairies" had decorated our entire apartment in the night... Wonderful magical stuff...

    By Blogger Elisse Jo Goldstein-Clark, At 12:18 AM, August 22, 2010  

  • I always try to spend time everyday asking my son questions about his day.

    By Blogger Katherine M, At 1:04 AM, August 22, 2010  

  • Before falling asleep, we always talk about our favorite thing that happened that day. Hopefully teaching my daughter to focus on the positive and help her have good dreams.

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

    By Blogger Janet and Maya, At 9:05 AM, August 22, 2010  

  • I tweeted! http://twitter.com/JanetandMaya/status/21831869048

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

    By Blogger Janet and Maya, At 9:07 AM, August 22, 2010  

  • After dinner we climb into the bed and watch a show together.

    By Blogger Nanci, At 2:23 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • We always talk about my daughter's day and we laugh and sing together in the car

    laurie1993@verizon.net

    By Anonymous Laurie Brown, At 2:51 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • We make it a point to have dinners together on a regular basis. Even with out busy schedules, we always make time to reconnect as a family.

    By Blogger ~dab, At 3:00 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • I would be having a really busy day at work, it would make me stop and call home to my daughter knowing that there is more to life than work

    By Blogger Theresa C, At 3:27 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • My husband and I both cuddle our two kids individually when they go to bed. They won't go to sleep until both of us have cuddled because they love the attention and affection!

    By Blogger Tonya, At 4:26 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • I'm never too busy to spend time with the kids but on a busy day I try to make meal time special time.

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

    By Blogger Princess Golden Hair, At 5:42 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • We always sit down at the dinner table together at night and take turns going around the table and discussing our favorite thing that happened that day, even if dinner is pizza out of a box!

    By Blogger BlondeMomBlog (Jamie), At 5:47 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • My children are grown, but I love sharing fluffernutter sandwiches with my grand daughter. marybug2@yahoo.com

    By Blogger marybug2, At 6:07 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • Our nightly reading time is a special time to bond with my sons. I get to spend alone time with each. I read them a story first and then they read one to me. We all look forward to that time of day.

    By Blogger Deb, At 7:15 PM, August 22, 2010  

  • My 9 year old Granddaughter loves peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches with honey on it. There is nothing I love more than having my 5 Grandkids and my niece spend the night with me. We have bonfires and make smores and my 9 year old Grand daughter puts jelly on her smores.
    jheavenly56@yahoo.com

    By Blogger janet, At 7:24 PM, August 22, 2010  

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