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Spend Time with Kids: The 8 Signs of Quality Time and Simple Ideas

Last Updated on August 26, 2021.

Quality time with kids is imperative for a healthy childhood. It can be hard to spend quality time with your children when you are busy at work or dealing with other responsibilities, but it’s important not to neglect the moments that are available. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of quality time with kids and share 8 characteristics of quality time as well as simple ideas on how you can spend more quality time with them!

What is Quality Time?

Quality time is the quality of giving your attention to someone or something. This can mean spending individual one-on-one moments with a child, talking and listening in an engaging manner, taking walks together, etc.

Meaningful moments with your kids can turn into lovely childhood memories for your kids! Quality time is also a way of showing your children that they matter to you.

How do you know if you’re spending quality time with kids? Here are 8 signs of true quality time.

8 Characteristics of Quality Time

  • You’re giving your undivided, undistracted attention (i.e. no distractions, including phones)
  • You’re laughing or acting silly together
  • You are engaged in a shared hobby or activity
  • You lose track of time
  • Your interactions are positive and respectful
  • You’re having meaningful conversations
  • It feels like playtime, not work!
  • You’re feeling energized and refreshed
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Why is it important to spend time with kids?

Kids benefit from quality time with parents by developing stronger relationships, developing a sense of belonging and security, and developing a sense of self.

Quality time with kids is essential for their mental health as well. Kids who feel connected to their parents experience less anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Research shows that quality time with parents is the most important factor in their psychological adjustment.

Simple ideas for quality time with kids

  • Snuggle up for a movie and popcorn night
  • Read aloud favorite children’s books together
  • Play board games
  • Go to the park and spend time playing on the swings or climbing up a tree
  • Take them out for ice cream (or another treat)
  • Play dress-up together
  • Have a tea party or make cookies with them
  • Make dinner together
  • Do a puzzle together
  • Color together

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The Bottom Line

Quality time is important to spend with kids! Spend quality time by giving them your undivided attention, laughing together, engaging in shared hobbies or activities, and having meaningful conversations. Quality time helps children develop stronger relationships, a sense of belonging and security, as well as developing their own self-worth. Furthermore, quality time has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues in children. Making quality time with kids a priority will help them have better relationships throughout their lives!

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