Work, household chores and social activities all put a strain on your time with your child. It's really important to spend quality time together. This will help build a trusting relationship, and reassure your child that he can count on you. But you can't turn on quality time like a light switch. It comes sometimes when you least expect it, if you spend enough relaxed time and do enough things together.
You will, no doubt, start by looking for things that you can do to free up more time for family, such as:
- Deciding which household chores can be left undone or be done imperfectly in order to make more family time.
- Leaving certain things until after your child has gone to bed to make the most of your time together.
- Making some routines, such as driving to daycare or doing the dishes, into quality time by singing together or talking seriously about what is happening in your lives.
There will be times when your times together may have to be juggled around a bit, but try not to skip them entirely. Also, try to spend time alone with EACH of your children.
Remember that children like things that are predictable. So plan your quality times so that they can take place regularly. Maybe you can eat dinner together, or go to the park first thing every Sunday morning.
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