As technology advances, it appears that we have gotten onto this hamster wheel of time, and it is perpetually speeding up. This doesn’t just apply to adults, but also for kids--juggling between school, sports, rehearsals, and play dates, their social calendar leaves little time for meals, sleep and family interactions. So how do parents blend personal responsibilities while craving time for the parent-child relationship? Often questioning ‘how much is enough?’
Quantity vs. Quality
While it may be easy to say, quality has it’s advantage over quantity, it can be challenging to implement this mindset. Perhaps a beginning step of cultivating a sense of ‘quality’ within your relationship, begins in being aware to the moments you currently share with your child. For example, being in the car. This needn’t be only a parental taxi service for your kids. It can be an opportunity for a shared, quality moment. Perhaps you become engrossed in conversation, or play a game of ‘I Spy’, or karaoke to a song.
Use the following 3 examples to note how you can bring quality into you interactions.
While making dinner.
During bed time routine.
Change begins when we shift our frame of mind, thus creating a shift in our actions. Cultivating quality of interactions with your children doesn’t require more time, only a adjustment in your thinking.