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Making time for your children

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We all lead busy lives and at one time or another you have been guilty of neglecting them when it comes to making time for your children. This isn’t always because we don’t want to, but just that other things always seem to get in the way. However, making time for your children on an individual basis can have a number of benefits.

It’s not the quantity of time that counts when you’re with the children, but the quality. You don’t have to lavish lots of money on them. Even something as simple as reading a book or doing their homework can be hugely beneficial.

Build self-esteem

Children who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to grow up to be confident adults. Developing a positive self-esteem is all about feeling confident in themselves and their surroundings, and this all starts with having a good role-model. Building a child’s self-esteem starts when they’re a baby; the earlier you bond with your child, the more secure and loved they’ll feel. They’ll also be more confident in themselves, so be less likely to give in to peer pressure or be bullied.

Limits behaviour issues

Many children who are naughty and mis-behave are often simply crying out for their parents’ attention. If they know that they’ll have the chance to spend time with you on a regular basis, then they’re less likely to act up in the first place. They don’t feel the need to do something wrong in order to get your attention. Creating this bond will make them feel loved and enable them to come to you first if they’ve ever got any problems or worries.

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Helps them achieve more

If a child is less worried and stressed about daily life then they’re able to concentrate more on their school work. It also helps them to know that you’re there if they ever need any help with their homework and that you’re not going to say you’re too busy. When you do assist them with their learning, it’s important not to simply give them the answer. By providing them with the necessary tools to work out the answer themselves, you’re helping them to develop problem-solving skills.

Good for you

Spending time with the children doesn’t just benefit them; it’s also important for your development too. Our hectic lives can be extremely stressful and sitting down with our children gives us the opportunity to sit back and relive our childhood. By seeing life through a child’s eyes we can become much happier and more relaxed.

It’s not hard

Setting regular time aside to spend with our children shouldn’t be a chore and it isn’t hard to do. Here are just a few simple ways you can increase your time.

  • Reading them a bedtime story is an opportunity to develop a routine and have some quality one to one time. By eating at least one meal a day together you can help everyone to keep in touch with their hectic lives and share events of the day. With older children it’s a good idea to create a weekly family night, where you take it in turns to decide on the activity.
  • Spending time with our children should be one of the most important parts of the week. Rather than just waiting for it to happen, try and set some time aside for each child and build it into your weekly routine.

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About Catherine Stern

About Catherine Stern

Catherine Stern is a freelance writer with a background in marketing and PR. She currently writes web content on a range of subjects, from finance and business to travel and home improvements. As a working single mum of two young boys she understands the pressures that today’s working parents face and the topics they want to read about.

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