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Quality Time

Date: February 14, 2019 Author: hpelc Categories: Educators Blogs, Parenting Blogs, Reflection Blogs

By Alicia Edwards

 

We all live such busy lives trying to balance work, family, our homes and social lives. It’s something I’m sure we’re all constantly try to achieve; I know I am.

 

When it comes to spending time with our children, I’m a big believer in quality over quantity. Taking time to devote your attention to your child without technology and just play, talk, bake, dance, read and be in the moment with them, supports them better than trying to give them your attention while you finish that email or get some ironing done or multitask at the same time.

 

A great strategy for parents to use to give their child their time and attention is by finding out what your child wants to do and just immerse yourself in it.

 

I can recall a time when my two children, aged 6 and 4, wanted to do a craft experience that they had seen on Mr. Maker. There were an unbelievable number of steps and preparation that had to be done before we even started, but my children kept saying day after day “I want to make a ship in a bottle.”

 

So, we set aside some time one afternoon to make our ships in a bottle and we had so much fun! My son, whom doesn’t usually like getting his hands dirty, had his hands covered in clay. “I got my hands dirty because it was worth it”, he said.

 

For an experience that I was a bit apprehensive about, I ended up having a lot of fun and so did my children. The whole experience time span was around 1 hour.  I’m hoping that this is something that they remember when they get older and that it becomes one of the many memories that they treasure as much as I do.

 

It helped me reflect that giving them time and attention in this way, even just for one hour, meant so much to them.