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  1. I love this. Any ideas to turn it around when the kids are a little older like tweens? Some of these will still work for about another minute, but they will soon start to think I’m quite lame when I try these.

  2. Great list. Copy cat is a great idea I hadn’t thought of. We definitely do family dance parties. One way to make it fun for everyone is to take turns choosing the song. Another tried & true one is to just go outside. Even if it just to sit on the porch or do nothing, being outdoors seems to calm everyone.

  3. I love these ideas! My 3 boys love a game of Hug tag, although they are getting really fast and I have to work hard to catch them. Another little thing my kids love is the kissy elevator. Whenever they see my husband and I hugging, they will rush over and ask for a ride. My husband and I will lift them up (sometimes 2 at time) and we all smother each other in kisses. You can’t help but feel happy after a ride in the kissy elevator!

  4. The list is amazingly long. I thought the only way to recharge emotional energy was cuddling. Thanks for great tips.

  5. Hi Kelly, I read this article yesterday and used two of your games to play with my toddler today, the “surprise” one and “copycat”. I predicted my toddler would love them and she did, what i didn’t expect was how much I enjoyed our connection! Thanks for your article! By the way are the family conversation startera suitable for 3 year olds or should I wait a few more years?

  6. Val Sklarov says:

    It seems that parenting has never been harder than in this generation. Our busy schedules often mean that we do not have enough time to bond with our children. The information presented here is a gold-mine for every parent that has a busy schedule. The games suggested by the author are easy and practical.

  7. I would love these seven ideas as a printable. Somewhere I can keep in the house. We need all the ideas we can get to remember to be goofy with our kids when they’re melting down instead of discipline!

  8. These are so wonderful. Love them all!! Thank you SO much.

  9. This is a great list, thank you so much!
    What age were your kids able to do them? I feel like my 2 year old would just say “I don’t know” to a lot of them (copycat, circle conversations, etc)

  10. I tried the surprise game with my 8 year old son. He chose a hand, it was a hug, he chose another hand, 50 kisses. He thought it was hilarious and it was so sweet to connect with him. It put us right on track to have a wonderful day together. I giggled to myself when I was alone that it really worked! Great advice mama!

  11. I am definitely adding all these to my list, especially during this time families can really bond together. I also like to have a pampering session with the kid to relax during this time. I have tried the moms co baby care products and they are oh so good! Must try for all new mommies out there.

  12. I love the surprise game idea and family cuddles! These are great ideas, thanks for sharing.