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Sunday, February 05 2017 20:35

Life Hack: Bonding with Children and Maximizing Time

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Presented in partnership with Life of Dad and Cheerios...

My wife and I talk about it often - time (specifically, lack thereof) being a big issue for us as parents. As kids, we heard grownups talk about "time flying," but until you're actually an adult and a parent yourself, you just don't realize it. From a scientific standpoint, time is the same - but there has to be a correlation between size and time. When you're a little kid, the days seem to go forever. When you're physically bigger, the days seem shorter. There's also a chance that I made that up, but time is most certainly an issue. We want to spend time with our kids - time that increases the bond between parent and child - and that means utilizing our superior time management skills to "get stuff done," while still being there for our kids. What I'm saying is that I'm not opposed to eating breakfast in the shower. I get to save time by watching the girls brush their teeth, while I get clean and save a step by doing it fully-clothed. Seriously, just watch the video...

One of the constants of being a parent is a stockpile of Cheerios. Truth be told (and my girls don't know it), but there's fresh, unopened boxes of Cheerios in our garage right now. The whole family enjoys them, and sometimes you just want a crunchy bowl that hasn't been tampered with by the hands of children.

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But that hardly means a break in the bond. Oh, quite the opposite. Especially when tasty berries are involved - like Very Berry Cheerios. We grow berries in our backyard as we bond over gardening...

Gardening

We bond over movies, and all of the extended adventure that goes with them. Just like fellow dad David Lesser here...

And sometimes we bond simply by sharing a breakfast in quiet (a rarity, since it's usually loud), like Danny here...

When we do enjoy breakfast together, lately we've been digging the taste of real berries found in General Mills' Very Berry Cheerios. No matter where that bite may be, or if it's "breakfast" for lunch, dinner or snack, the sweetness of berries - and family time - can always be there together.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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