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With today’s busy lifestyles, parents need to spend “quality” time with their children. “Quality time” is time spent doing an activity that is meaningful to the parent and child. It is time when family members really get to know each other. Quality time is spent focusing attention on the other person and sharing thoughts and feelings.
The Importance of Parents
The goal of parenting is to help your child become a responsible adult. To achieve this goal, parents help children learn about life and living in today’s society. The time a parent spends with a child is important.
Here are some of the ideas to spend time with your children:
Try to spend some time alone with each child every day. One mother takes a daily walk with one of her children. They have time to talk and they both get some exercise.
Talk With Your Child : Spend time talking with your child. Talk about any topic of interest to both of you. Talk about the day’s events and the child’s feelings about them. Through observation and interaction with parents, children learn how to communicate. Children learn to express their needs. They learn to listen. They learn to understand nonverbal clues.
Building a Story: Invite friends of your kids at home. Its easier to manage multiple kids, if you know the trick. Build a story collaboratively. A child starts the story. Next one continues it by adding another line. Then the next one takes it further & so on.
Cook: Every kid loves to help in the kitchen. Make or buy their own cookbook and apron, then let them pick a recipe and help them make it, and do this as a weekly thing. You will be surprised how much you learn from your child while spending the time together.
Life’s Lessons: Children learn about families from the time they spend in their own families. They learn about birth and caring for another person when a new baby comes home from the hospital. They learn about loss when a family member dies. They learn about marriage and relationships by watching their mothers and fathers interact. By living in a family, children learn to share, how to stand up for their own rights, and how to love another person.
Growing Up With Trust: Children learn about trust at home from their parents. They learn trust from being trusted. When parents trust children to accomplish a task on their own, they learn that it is okay to try to do the task. The children know that even if they fail, they can learn from their mistakes and try again.
Give Guidance: Children learn to be more responsible when parents help them learn to control their own behavior. A disciplined person has the ability to decide what appropriate behavior is and to act accordingly. Parents use discipline to help guide children as they become responsible adults.
Spending time with your children provides them with opportunities to learn and to be heard. Most of all, it provides you and your children with time to connect. It’s these connections that make your children feel loved. So leave the beds unstripped for another few minutes and put the coffee on an automatic timer. Take those extra moments to spend with your children. When you look back, you will be thankful for the memories.
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