How to Make the Most of Time With Your Kids

Dr. Tovah Klein, author of "How Toddlers Thrive," explains how busy parents can spend quality time with their children.
3:33 | 09/01/14

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I cannot wipe the smile off my face. So great. Next up, making the most of the time with your kids. Kids back to school and back to hectic work schedules. You want to have the quality time. Here is Becky Worley with tips. Reporter: It's a sad fact of life. Some weekdays parents only get an hour of quality time with their kids. Parents feel a ton of pressure these days. Because in most households both the mom and the dad are working full time. Reporter: A recent article listed tips for maximizing this power hour. I have to answer a work e-mail. Reporter: Omit outside distractions. Every parent go on a cell phone or iPad diet. Reporter: To get conversations flowing, ask why questions, why is math your favorite subject? Rather than what questions, what did you do in school today? Am I an animal? Yes. Reporter: And how about some fun? Board game opinios. What color am I? Orange and black. Am I a tiger? Yes. Reporter: Or tackle a crafty project to create memories and be picked up the next day. Now my personal favorite -- We can fold laundry together. Reporter: Bottom line, take time out to be a parent, connect, slow down, and you'll all be happier. It might not get done as quickly as if you did it yourself, but that wasn't so bad, right, guys? No, bad. It was bad. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Becky Worley, ABC news, Oakland, California. Oh, yes. Sara was completely distracted by the presence of a chihuahua in those shots. There was a sighting. And joining us now psychology professor, the awe thof of how toddlers thrive. As a busy parent, how do you maximize time? Disconnect and switch modes. It's the hardest. Turn off the phone. Don't do the last text, switch from work to family time. It's hard. It's a good time to go outside and throw the ball around. Your child wants to connect, not perform. They want to be with you. And they notice if you're spending time and look down at the phone. It's important. I just put it in another room so I can't. What about if you're a working mom and dad, and the only time to connect is dinner? How do you maximize? This is true for most families. It's a great way for kids to be involved with parents. Children love to cook. Little ones up through teens can be involved in helping. Older kids learn to cook this way. Even just hanging out in the kitchen, children will talk about their day with no pressure. They want to be with you. That's the goal. I like incorporating them into the cooking. Any strategies for bedtime? The hardest time of the day. It's a special and unique time. This is when families have rituals that include book Reading and cuddling. But it's a time you can sing a Lu la buy, or play a card game. But you can sit with your child or lay down with them. The lights are low, and children start to talk. Dr. Klein, such great advice. We appreciate having you on. We want to know, would you put your family on a cell phone diet? Tweet us at #socialsquare. Ryan. Next up on the heat index, a

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