This is part of a sponsored collaboration with HBO and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. 5 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Children This Summer #SesameStreetonHBO #HBOLatino

Quality Time with Your Children

Like a lot of parents, at the end of the school year, I find myself wondering where the time went. For me, it’s always a time of reflection. It’s a time when I revisit my goals from the beginning of the year, set new goals for the last half of the year, and usually want a do-over with the kids. Life can get so busy during the school year that spending quality time together becomes limited by strict schedules, mountains of homework, and endless on-the-go-days. Summer is also the time I am most reminded that Life is good, but…

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Sometimes during the school year, simple things that should always be done together become independent activities. Like dinner, for example. It turns into a final-countdown activity, where everyone is in a race to finish, then run off to their next activity. My older boys usually have to eat before their younger siblings because they are always running off to soccer practice. The triplets have to eat before dad, because often by the time he gets home, it’s already the triplets’ bedtime. I eat standing up or walking around the house trying to get everyone ready for the next thing on the schedule. Quality time quickly becomes a scarce commodity. That’s why I try so hard to do more things together during the summer. I know the new school year will be here before I’m even ready, and my children will quickly become mostly too busy to share as much quality time as I want to have with them. Even Saturdays feel hectic during school year because we’re trying to pack in all our fun and quality-time into one day, since Sunday is all about getting ready for the new week.

Some things in life truly are priceless, and quality time with the people we love is high on the list. Although school was out yesterday, we still had to go to all three of my children’s schools today, to deal with a few last minute things. So for us, our first day of vacation is tomorrow, Saturday! And you know what we’re going to start the day with? Sesame Street! You can also tune in to watch your favorite characters all summer long on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am ET/8:00 am CT on HBO in English or HBO Latino in Spanish. Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street and HBO have joined forces to air all new episodes as well as classic episodes from the last five seasons of the iconic series on HBO and HBO Latino. Current and past Sesame Street seasons will also air daily on HBO Family at 8 a.m., while the last five seasons will be available to stream on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand. The new season will also include Sesame Street’s usual line-up of celeb guest stars including: Gwen Stefani, Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Gina Rodriguez, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Life is really better TOGETHER, and I can’t wait to spend as much quality time as possible with all of my children this summer.

Here are 5 Ways To Spend More Quality Time With Your Children This Summer:

  • PLAY together Quality Time with Elmo

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  • LEARN together Quality Time learning

  • be ACTIVE together stay active quality time

  • EAT together Quality Time Eat together

  • RELAX together Relax Together - Quality TIme

For more information on Sesame Street and other great shows for kids, visit HBO kids, HERE. What are your tips for spending more quality time with your children in the summer? Be sure to share them in the comments!

By: Alicia Gonzalez