Kids spell love T-I-M-E.
Parents can sometimes feel that they are spending so much time meeting their kids needs and wants: cooking, cleaning, driving, volunteering, school; that there isn’t that much more time to give.
It seems that there is a disconnect between what parents are feeling, “Do you know how much I do for you?” and what kids are experiencing, “When will you be with me?”
Research shows that kids just want their parents’ presence. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, it just needs to be intentional time when your kids have you with them not doing things for them.
We found another very interesting statistic recently. It noted that in 1997 families spent 50% less time talking to each other than they did in 1981. The Smart phone made it’s debut in 1997 so we can only imagine how much less talking time there is now. It’s important to remember that you are not spending time with your children IF you or they are holding or viewing an electronic device – both parties have just become less important.
As you know, each year, Parenting Power’s work revolves around a central theme.
Our theme for 2017 is CONNECT.
We hope that you will join with us in setting an intention to connect.
Connect with yourself, with your family, with your children and with what is important to you. We’ll help you with our Thoughtful Thursday emails, along with all of the products and information we are making available throughout the year.
We are very excited about an upcoming Family Day project and we’ll let you know more about that next week!
Until then, consider this week’s questions:
How are you creating time to spend with your kids?
Did you notice anything about your kids’ behaviour while you were home with them over the break?
How will you connect with your kids this week?