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Quality Time with Children

With so many parents working outside the home, it is rare to find time to even sit and talk with your child for just a minute, let alone spend some quality time doing something you both enjoy. But, it is very important that you do find the time, and begin doing so at a very young age, as it can foster a much closer and much healthier parent-child relationship.

There are many simple things you can do to spend quality time with your child:

• Play a game—if you do this you should let the child pick at least every other time you sit down to play one. If you get to always pick, it won't seem very fair to your child. If you never get to decide, and are always playing a game that you don't enjoy, you are less likely to stick with it. This can also do more than just help you spend a fun time with your children, it can also help to teach your child, through experience, that everyone's feelings, even their parents', matter.

• One thing that may not seem a big deal to parents is for the child to get individual attention with each parent. This means that, no matter how difficult it may be to arrange, you can do something like take your child to the store without any of their siblings or the other parent. During day to day life, without even realizing it, you may not always be able to give your child your full undivided attention. There are other children (your child's siblings) that also need attention, as well as the other parent. by doing this little thing with your child, even though it may not be something that is particularly fun, it enables you to focus fully on that child alone for a while, and children need this at least every once in a while.

• One excellent way to spend quality time with your child is to find a common interest with them, such as a certain sport, etc. If you do this, you are given a lot more opportunities to bond with your child naturally.

• Acting like a kid with your children can provide some of the best-spent time, because it allows your child to view you as a friend or playmate for a while, as opposed to just their boss. You obviously shouldn't act like a child on a regular basis, but you should definitely get in the dirt or on the swings with your kids every once in a while. This is one of the rarely used options that can promote real closeness with your children.

However you decide to spend time with your child, there is one very important key point to remember: You should never do it unless you really want to. While you may not be in the mood to really play one day, but you get into it once you start, that's a little different. It's okay to start when you really need to be cleaning the kitchen or mowing the yard. When it's not okay to try to spend time with your child is if you really have no desire to at that time. If you won't get lost in the moment once you begin, and you won't be able to hide your irritation from your child. If this is the case, forcing yourself to spend time with your child will do more harm than good, since your child will be able to sense that you really don’t want to be doing it.

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