Don’t feel guilty about the amount of “quality time” you spend with your family. Some experts are beginning to shun the quality time movement for something much more basic.
Here are some suggestions:
- Children want your undivided attention. When they talk, look at them, engage them in further conversation, show your interest.
- Listen to their music. Who knows, you might begin liking it.
- Ask them what they want to do. Is baseball their love? Play catch in your backyard.
- Establish new family traditions. Set a specific time each week for them, such as Friday pizza nights.
- Develop your family as a team. Give everyone chores. Do them together.
- Make one-on-one time with each child. Kids talk more freely when they’re with just one parent.
- Watch television shows they choose. Then talk about them.
Source:08-03-07 Montreal Children’s Hospital – SW
Heidi Pallett, School Nurse CLSC Huntingdon