Friday, 26 April 2013

T is for.............Time

                       

                          The most precious thing you can give your child, is  your time


Time is a precious thing. Many people struggle to find time to do the important things with work and school runs etc being such a huge part of their day. But  your time is something which all children crave, and can make such an impact on their development.

I have learnt a lot about this recently. My daughter has been playing up at dinner times, refusing to eat and demanding I feed her or cuddle her during her meal. When I thought about it (and with a little suggestion from my Mum!) I realised that it was the only meal in the day that I wasn't eating too, as I always eat with my husband when he comes in. She was seemingly craving my attention. She eats so well on weekends , when we all eat together, that I have now changed the routine around to ensure we eat together.

With people leading such hectic work lives, it is not always easy to find the time to be with our children. I am lucky in that I get to spend a lot of time with my daughter, but many people do struggle to find the time. The thing is, this time does not have to be long. A report today on www.femalefirst.co.uk claims that it only takes 12 minutes to fully connect with a child once home from school, with a few questions about their day and an activity without the noise of technology to disturb them.

This is a welcome read to many parents who find themselves feeling guilty about the amount of time they get to spend with their children. You can read the full article here.

Further to this, another report by the Daily Telegraph claims that children who spend more time with their fathers have a higher IQ! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/3110360/Children-who-spend-time-with-their-fathers-have-a-higher-IQ.html
Again, worth a read!

So are we spending enough time with our children without even realising it, and feeling guilty for no reason? I love the quality time which my daughter and I share, and we make sure that on weekends she spends lots of time with her Dad, either all together as a family or on a one to one basis. I do believe that this special time we share with her allows us to bond together emotionally and helps her to learn in different ways. Men and woman see and teach things to their children in different ways, so sharing our time where we can must be beneficial in the long run!

What do you think??

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