Do you feel pressure when you hear that you should be spending Quality Time with your kids? We often think that Quality Time means a day long adventure complete with a picnic lunch. Those kind of quality time days can be fun and nice, but aren’t always realistic.
Your kids do need Quality Time from you every day. But are you ready for the good news? Quality Time is defined by Triple P as small doses of quality interactions that are 30 seconds to 2 minutes long. That’s it!
Let me explain. When your child approaches you with a question or something to show you, pause what you are doing. Get on her level. Look her in the eye. Engage with her about whatever she is showing you or asking you. Give a compliment. Ask a follow up question.
I need to remind myself of this strategy very often. Let’s face it – life is busy. I feel like I am constantly trying to get the next thing done. If left to my own devices, I find myself half-listening to my child because I am finishing an email, or checking my phone, or folding laundry. When I remember to spend these small doses of Quality Time with my child, we are both boosted by the connection.
Try it. Watch your child’s face light up because they have all of you in that moment.
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