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The Importance of Spending More Quality Time with Your Kids

10 Apr , 2015  

Families are busy these days. After work, school, extra-curricular activities, meetings, housework and the other inevitable realities of life, there isn’t a lot of time leftover for quality time to spend with your children.

By spending quality time with your kids, they receive many benefits. Here are a few of them, why they are important, and how to make quality time.

Feeling Loved and Important   – This is important for any person at any age. Feeling loved, valued and important builds self-esteem and self-worth, which is necessary for a fulfilling life.

Model Good Behavior – Children often mirror their behavior after that of the people they spend the most time with. If they aren’t spending time with you and learning good behavior, habits and morals from you, who are they learning it from?

Learn Children’s Strengths– When you spend quality time with your children, you can start to identify their strengths, as well as begin to identify areas for improvement. Through this, you can help them grow as a person by building on their strengths and helping them reach their full potential.

Voice Thoughts and Feelings – Think back on the time when you were growing up. There are many things that happen throughout your child’s and teenager’s lives that they need to talk about. By spending quality time with your children, you are giving them the comfort level and time to share these things with you.

Develop Stronger Relationship – One of the best, and most obvious things about spending quality time with your children is developing stronger relationships with them. Be sure that both parents are spending individual time with each child. This will help not only build memories, but also build trust.

All of these weave together and are an integral part of having a healthy family dynamic and happy children. The benefits are endless, so set aside one-on-one, quality time with your kids.

Quality Time Ideas- What Does It Look Like?

  1. Cook or bake together.
  2. Work on homework.
  3. Play sports.
  4. Try their hobbies.
  5. Attend a concert, show or movie together.
  6. Shopping trip.
  7. Have a movie or game night.
  8. Go on a bike ride or walk together.
  9. Read a book together – this works great for younger children.
  10. Make a craft or start a project together.

These are just ten of the hundreds of things you can do together. Start making quality time for each child, this July during National Make a Difference to a Child Month. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

 

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