Julie Almquist, M.S., LIMHP
Parents do all that they can to give their children good lives. They work to provide safe homes, warm clothes, healthy meals and the opportunities to join clubs and play sports. Unfortunately, giving your children all of these things can require some sacrifices.
If parents work full time, it can be difficult to spend quality time with their families. However, spending time with your children is one of the most important aspects of parenting. It provides the opportunity to build self-esteem and teach about caring for others.
Spending quality time with your child has a number of benefits.
Any time spent together is good, but the most effective time together is meaningful time. This means time without distractions, like TV, and taking part in an activity that more than one person will enjoy; it includes sincere conversations and genuine praise.
Here are some tips to establishing a fun, frequent and meaningful family time routine: