Quality time with the family

30 Oct

When both parents are working there is often a lack of time for the entire family to spend time together. Everyone’s scheduled is full. It is important for the family to be able to find some quality time.

Quality time does not make up for the lack of quantity time between parents and kids but it makes good memories and strengthens the ties. Quality time is concentrated, uninterrupted time. The entire family makes an effort to make it special by spending pleasurable time together, enjoying each other’s company through an activity or outing.

Planning a family night takes effort, but the payoff is well worth the time. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the “right” time to actually schedule quality time. A lot of parents have the mistaken perception that quality time means spending more money on their kids. Of course it is fun to go to the Zoo or nice restaurant but it is not necessary. The truth is that you don’t have to spend money just to have some quality time with your kids.

Ideas for quality time for the family that doesn’t cost money:

  • Read a book for your children or tel story’s.
  • Eat meal together – perhaps the whole family can help preparing it.
  • Play cards or board games
  • Watch movie together.
  • Take a walk together.
  • Go for a family bike ride along a cycle track or in a park.
  • Play ball games in the garden.
  • Play  classic games like Hyde and seek or word play.
  • Have a conversation where everyone share information about what’s going on in their life or talk about memories from your favorite holiday.
  • Family picnic is always nice, you don’t have to go far. You can have one in the backyard.

2 Responses to “Quality time with the family”

  1. Karina Rook October 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Our favorites are tickling on the bed, the physical contact is so essential, but it sometimes ends in tears. nother good one is looking through e family photo albums or watching home videos. The kids feel so loved and like to hear stories about them when they were younger. Ss parents you realize how far you have all come…..

    • momsopinions October 31, 2012 at 11:37 am #

      You’re right Katrina, thanks for the advice. My children love hearing stories about how they where when they were younger. Also to hear stories about how it was when mommy and daddy were growing up.

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