1) Set aside specific time with each child one on one. Once per week, my son and I go on what I like to call “date night”. This serves the purpose of teaching him manners and how to be a gentleman as well as is a fun time for us to get away and relinquish the “real world” for a short time. This also seems to be where I hear most of his thoughts and feelings.
4) Lunch time at school! If your child is young enough these can be really special moments. Visit them at school on their lunch time and bring a special lunch that you both will share. I monthly surprise my son with his favorites at lunch time and I sit with him and his friends and enjoy lunch on his level. He loves it and while he isn’t embarrassed to have his mom sitting with him, I am taking this time for the memory he’ll have of us sharing in that time. This was thought of due to my own special times with my mom coming down to my level during elementary school lunches.