Happy New Year! If you’re a parent, here’s one of the best New Years’ resolutions you can make. It’s giving your kids your TIME.
A few years ago, some so-called parenting experts who told us that our kids really need is QUALITY time, not QUANTITY time.
I’m convinced they came up with that slogan to make overworked, overcommitted parents feel better about themselves. They also wanted them to feel less guilty about sticking their kids in daycare from sunrise to sunset.
But the reality is you can’t have QUALITY time without QUANTITY time. Quality time only occurs in the context of QUANTITY time.
For some of us, that means we need to take a hard look at our schedules. We may need to cut back on some of the activities we enjoy or that we think are so important.
And yes, that might even mean cutting back on ministry activities, if they are interfering with our ability to be available to our kids.
And just because you are PHYSICALLY present, doesn’t mean you are truly present. Technology and entertainment are big culprits in that area.
Research shows that in the average American home, the TV is on 49 hours per week. But sadly, the average parent only spends 39 MINUTES per week in meaningful conversation with their kids.
And how much time are you spending on Facebook these days? In a recent survey of social media users, more than 40% of women referred to themselves “Facebook addicts.”
For more advice on spending quality AND quantity time with your kids, go to focusonthefamily.com.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.