“We make it a point to eat together.”
“I always video-call home from office during lunch”
“We constantly text”
“I know everything about my children’s routine”
Endless to-dos, meetings, people to talk to, texts to respond to and responsibilities to fulfill - 21st century life is BUSY! Being a parent, on top of these tasks is something almost superhuman! And yet, parents take time out, make efforts, change their schedules around - just to be around their young ones. But is that enough?
When was the last time you really listened to your child? A parent and child can spend long days together, yet the parent's attention may be divided and the child's frustration builds as they yearn for attention and validation. This blog simply questions the quality of time that you are currently spending with your children.
All the shared meals, screen time as well as conversations that you have with your children may not be enough! A recent study in the Journal of Marriage and Family questions the impact the amount of time mothers spend with their children. In this study, they try to show that quality of time is more important than quantity of time. Children need a lot of time with their parents and caregivers to be healthy - This is what is best for them and what can have a positive effect on them as they grow up.
Benefits of Quality Time
- Builds Self-Esteem:
- Fostering a loving environment:
When there is love and harmony between parents and children, the effect is mirrored and makes the child feel safe, secure, and happy.
- Helps in developing positive behavior and academic performance:
Kids who spend a lot of time with their parents will be less likely to do risky things and more likely to engage in constructive activities such as reading, either by themselves or with the parents. This will help your children value education and be more likely to do better in school.
- Reduces Stress:
Spending time with your children reduces stress. Your daily humdrum gets monotonous but playing with your child can rejuvenate you and reconnect you with the child within.
- Helps in developing communication skills:
When you spend time with your kids, you're also setting the stage for open communication. To make your kids feel comfortable with what they say, you need to talk well with them. To make a big difference in your child's communication skills, all you have to do is ask them how their day went.
Learn With Your Child
Learning is a mutual journey.
Zigyasaw understands the importance of quality time and has thus come up with top-quality jigsaw puzzles, flashcards and other Edu games that are captivating as well as informative for the young ones as well as the parents. Spend time doing something you both will love with Zigyasaw!