One of the most difficult things that many families face is having only one parent who is active. Often this tends to happen after a couple has been married for several years. For several reasons one parent ends up being responsible for the bulk of the housework, and the care of the kids. So how can you cope if your spouse is an inactive parent? Below you will find several ideas, and suggestions. The first thing you can do is try to talk with your spouse to see what is preventing them from spending quality time with the kids. There has to be something that is interfering with their time. It could be that they are preoccupied with work, or their own interest.
Sometimes just simply taking the time to bring the problem to their attention will help them to become more active with not only the kids but with the entire family. There could also be a medical problem preventing them from being active with the kids. If this is the case than you will need to be more creative when it comes to helping the parent to be involved in family activities. If however you are not able to get the other parent involved you will need to try to come up with ways to keep your children entertained yourself. Often many spouses who are in this type of relationship say that it is similar to being a single parent. So why not sit down, and write out a list of activities that you can do with the kids. I have often found it to be a good idea to plan out the activities for each week. This can easily be done over the weekend. Take this time to search for any fun activities that might be occurring in your area during the week, and add this to your schedule. If you are going to need help taking the kids to an activity, why not have a grandparent, family friend, or another relative come with you.
The one thing that you don’t want is for the kids to sit around with nothing to do simply because one parent does not feel the need to do anything. Too many kids spend their days in front of the television instead of out in the yard, or on a fun trip. If you don’t have the money to spend in order to take the kids on a trip, why not plan something special to do at the house. Once a month you can plan a camping party for the kids. They can invite some of their friends over, and do a bit of camping out in the yard. Of course this is best to do during the summer months, but it can be a lot of fun. Also by having activities around the house you may be able to get your inactive spouse involved. Often when they see how much fun the rest of the family is having they can not wait to get involved in the fun.