A mother of four, Michelle C. Kendall knows what it’s like to be busy. When her kids were young, she often struggled to find something meaningful to do with them that was both easy and entertaining.
One day years ago, the Highland mom was rummaging through her activity files leftover from when she taught preschool.
“I thought, ‘Wouldn't it be nice if mothers had lesson plans to go off of?’” she said.
It was then the idea of Minutes with Me was born. Launched late last year, the company's premise is based on monthly activity kits for parents of young children. The idea is that instead of relying on technology to educate and entertain kids, families can use the activity box to better interact with each other.
The 12 kits -- each filled with four themes -- include conversation starters, recipes, games, art projects and more. Themes range from holidays and seasons to animals, transportation and recycling.
Especially in their formative years, Kendall said, children need parents to teach and listen to them. Instead of turning on the TV while making dinner or giving children a tablet during car rides, parents can use kit activities designed specifically for those situations.
“A lot of my ideas are timeless,” Kendall said, noting the kits’ sing-a-longs and Bingo cards. “I’ve just organized it so it’s simple to use.”
The boxes are created especially for parents of 3 to 7-year-old children, though Kendall said they’re great for grandparents, joy school teachers and teenagers who babysit.
The activities are reusable and customizable depending on a child’s maturity and interest level.
“When my kids were young … my husband would have loved this,” said Michelle Kendall, the creator’s sister-in-law who shares the same name.
She’s the company’s chief operating officer and manages its website and social media accounts.
Parents who work outside the home often look for ideas to maximize their time with their kids, she said. The bonus with these activities kits is that they can have fun while also teaching literacy, vocabulary skills, math and more.
“I think the Minutes with Me program is all about you and your child having fun and learning together,” she said. “I think you will benefit as well as your child.”
To learn more, visit minuteswithme.com.