Quality Vs. Quantity Of Time With Kids

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Valorie Burton for Focus on the Family discusses why you can’t achieve a quality relationship without a sufficient quantity of time with your children.

    Valorie Burton: Maybe you've heard the argument that quality time with your kids is more important than the quantity of time you spend with them. Well, maybe the answer is somewhere in the middle; research shows that kids need both.

    In fact, you can't really achieve a quality relationship without sufficient quantity of time with your children. That's when you see them in a variety of situations, when they are happy, experience success or are frustrated and dealing with failure.

    You need the variety of those experiences in order to really invest in your child. And of course, you want to build in quality time where you have one-on-one moments with your children. It takes the liberate choices to work this time into your schedule, but the laughing, sharing stories and building memories will be worth it.

    When you can't give your kids the time they need with you, it may be time for some difficult choices and adjustments. If your job doesn't allow you to be there for your kids when they need you most, you may want to consider trying to adjust your hours or even finding a job that doesn't keep you from your family as much.

    Reprioritizing to spend time with your children can be a tough choice to make, but remember few people reach the end of life wishing they had spent more time at the office.