This is one of those things that I struggle with carving out time for the most. We each have our own idea of what quality time is. For me, it’s sitting quietly together and reading countless books. For my oldest it’s doing whatever is striking her fancy at the moment. I have yet to figure out what each of our triplets’ opinion is.
One thing our oldest and I can always agree on is reading, just before naps and bedtime. She’d like me to read for the entire time period, successfully avoiding sleep, while I have a bit more structure to the time frame.
The hardest thing with this is that it isn’t about us as the parent, it’s about our children and what speaks to them, what their love language is, and with children that is constantly changing, because they are c
hanging. It’s up to us, to put forth the effort to learn our children, to study them, and figure out how they tick.
I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve read that press the importance of just being there for and with your children, particularly upon entering the teen years.
What things are you doing in the home, that you can turn into a group effort? Maybe it’s raking leaves up, cooking dinner, or folding laundry. Perhaps it’s sitting together on the floor and playing with toys or doing puzzles. While this can be a very intense and lengthy process, and make tasks take much longer, the bottom line is still the same…helping your child to feel valued and loved by you.
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