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Quality time with family and work

Even if you are busy at work during the day, spending quality time with your family is easier than it seems at first glance. Simple, but meaningful things (such as reading at night or family dinners) are well suited for this. They are necessary for the child to develop and establish relationships in the future.

Parents want their children to study well at school, university, and then build a successful career. Spending time with them, you teach them to establish friendly and romantic relationships.

Even if work and household chores are taken away from you all the time, you still have plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with your family. Consider a few tips to help you with this. Remember them when spending time with your child.

1. Be yourself. Some parents feel guilty when they see on social networks how other families relax abroad or how other parents buy expensive toys for their children. Instead of comparing yourself to other parents, focus on activities that match your family budget and lifestyle. Children love and appreciate simple family activities, and you do not need to invent something special.

2. Pay attention. Your child should know how much you care about him. Listen carefully to what he tells you. When you are together, try not to be distracted by anything – not on your mobile phone, nor on your to-do list, nor on anything else. Everyday activities will always be in your life, but if you put them in the first place, you risk not noticing how your child grows.

3. Show your appreciation. Praise the child and use positive reinforcement in relation to him. For example, when he improves his grades in a subject that was difficult for him, be sure to praise him. Thank him for his patience with his younger brothers and sisters or for washing dishes without reminder.

4. Pay attention to what the child is interested in. Find out what he likes so that you too can take part in his favorite activities. For example, you can sometimes play computer games with him or listen to his favorite music. Do not refuse to try something new and interesting together.

5. Make changes as necessary. Remember that a child’s needs change over time. As they enter adolescence, children demand greater independence. But this does not mean that they will refuse to watch a movie or a football match with you.

6. Be always available for the child. Opportunities to spend quality time with your child appear when you are available for your child.

There are certain ways to spend quality time with your child. Let’s consider some of them.

1. Have family dinners. Get together as a family as often as possible for dinner. If you work late, you can have breakfast in the morning with your children.

2. Share household chores with your children. When you go shopping or plan to clean the apartment, ask the child to join you. In the process of doing such things, you will have the opportunity to talk and teach your child important life skills.

3. Plan the time you spend with your child. Spend some time with each child one on one. So you can learn more about the inner world of your children and get great pleasure from such communication.

4. Travel together. Whether you are going on vacation with your whole family or just taking your child to workouts in the sports section, you always have time to talk with your child on the road. Communicate whenever possible – and let your conversations happen naturally.

5. Share photos and pictures from the Internet. Nothing can replace live communication, but if you do not see your child during the day, this method will help you stay in touch. Send each other funny pictures throughout the day. This will cheer up the child.

6. Daily find time for communication. Even if you work until late and don’t see your child for days, it will help you to spend quality time with him. For example, you can talk to him daily for 15–20 minutes before going to bed.

Use quality time to build positive relationships with your child. This will help him become happy and successful in the future. Enjoy the moments that you live with your child, and both of you will have wonderful memories of this time.

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