September 13, 2011

Parenting Tips: Giving Your Children Quantity of Time

The quantity of time you give to your children is equally important with the quality of time.  The point here is that quantity of time matters just as much as quality time.  True, you can take your children to Disneyland, but this is not good enough to replace good parenting.

Parents’ presence is much needed.  They need to witness their children grow up.  This means spending good times with them.  But most importantly, it means being there when things get hard and tough. It means parents should be active participants in their child’s daily struggles.


This, of course, requires time, patience and willingness to participate in a long-term process. This is real quantity of time we’re talking about.  Quantity of time requires that we be there always for our children.   

There are things you can do together with your kids.  Here are a few examples:

1.      working with a troubled child to help him sort out his letters
2.      assisting a child who gives up easily to learn and to try again
3.      teaching a child who is quick to anger and how to divert his irritation into something positive
4.      helping a troubled kid learn how to correct an unacceptable behavior

What I want to point out here is spending quality time because we are in a generation where money and materials have ruled our lives. The answer to this is simple: create a decision that involves quantity family activities.

The moment you prioritize your family, it’s fairly easy to get rid of activities that take up too much of your time.  You can start creating parenting plans to serve your family’s welfare.  

It is part of parenting to create tight decisions and hard choices occasionally.  It may mean saying "no" to the people and activities that have become the core of our lives.  What we need is balancing things in life.  And the more we choose our children over other things, the higher they become our priorities.

In this fast-paced time, parents often neglect the importance of family relationship.  Spending time with children should not be considered an overwhelming job.  It is not a prison cell as many think of it. 

Playing with your kids is the utmost happiness every parent can ever experience.  It can relax your tired nerves and cells.  No matter what other people believe, children are gifts from God where parents can draw their strength from. This is true if your priority is your family and children. 


Parenting tips for spending longer time with your kids:
  • Parenting Tips # 1 -- Squeeze your schedule for your family.  Get activities you can work on together as a family. Provide each kid individualized thoughtfulness.  Start speaking with your child; find out his activities.  Be the one responsible for having a heart in his bosom. Be readily accessible, even during your busiest hours. 
  • Parenting Tips # 2 -- Spending time won’t mean doing special activities.  It means providing your interests and kindness. If you’re loaded with more chores, ask your kids to help—they are more than willing to help than you think.  Also, these are opportunities to start a conversation, bonding and connection with them.
  • Parenting Tips # 3 --Free time—quantity of time spent naturally— heals a struggling relationship.  Learn to take time with your children. Don’t worry about folding the laundry or about the many stuffs you have to do.  You can put them aside and give first your time to your kids.  You will wonder how your children receive happily the most valuable thing you own.
Remember, nothing can take place the genuine time, love, and care parents can give their kids.  Most parents believe that an hour spent with the kids is just enough, but this is a big mistake.  Kids who can play longer hours with their parents will create deeper relationship.  The value they can get is more than just watching TV, watching movies, or listening to music.  Make a big difference in the life of your children by spending more quality and quantity of time together!






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