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6 Ideas: Creating quality time with your child

Nandini Muralidharan
1 to 3 years

Created by Nandini Muralidharan
Updated on Nov 29, 2017

6 Ideas Creating quality time with your child

Whether it’s dirty diapers and sleep deprivation with a baby, or homework, school runs and music lessons with your older child, life can get so overwhelming sometimes that we forget to actually have a good time with our children. And whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working parent, quality time with a child is actually quite easy when you put your mind to it. Read on to find out how you can create quality time with your child.

Six Ideas For Quality Time With Your Child

We’re always connected – that bit is true. But who or what are we connected to? The digital world, mainly. Social media, work, errands, the list is endless. Sometimes, it takes a little disconnecting with other things, to truly connect with our children. Here are some ideas to create quality time with your child-

  1. Phone-free time: Every one of us is guilty of being glued to our phones while answering a child’s question or when we are supposed to be spending time with her.
    1. It takes a while to be free of this addictive habit, but in the end, it is completely worth it when we see that extra big grin on their faces when they have your 100% attention
    2. So put the phone aside, make eye contact and listen when your child speaks to you
    3. Make meal times phone free – no disruptions to family time, especially when dining together
    4. When it’s story time at night, make sure you leave your phone in a different room
  2. Walk the talk: Wherever possible, walk instead of drive. There’s something soothing about walking side by side, maybe holding their hands, and having a nice chat.
    1. It’s easier to get your child to talk openly when you’re walking, instead of asking pointed questions at a table
    2. It’s great exercise for both of you!
  3. Learn his jargon: Make an effort to find out what games your child likes, what books he likes, and what he watches on TV. He will love it when you know what he’s talking about.
    1. If video games or cartoons are anyway going to be part of the deal, you might as well be aware of what your child is playing or watching
    2. You can play with your child and sneakily keep the time spent on it to a minimum
  4. Encourage hobbies that you can be a part of: Some children like to play sports while others love music.
    1. If your child is involved in three different activities, try and be part of one
    2. For example, you can play tennis with her on Sundays, or have a jamming session at home on Saturday evenings
    3. Have a budding artist? Dip your hands in those finger paints and get creative together
    4. Singing or playing together is a great way of bonding
    5. You can also schedule a once a week cook-a-thon where your child helps you prepare a meal
  5. Get all the help you can get at home: Let’s face it – there’s always laundry to be done and food to be cooked.
    1. As far as possible, get help so that you are not stressed out all the time balancing house chores, children and me-time
    2. Stress is a horrible deterrent when it comes to spending time together. Even if you are physically present, stress can make you mentally absent
  6. Travel together: Travel is a wonderful way to get away from the routine and revive your bond with your child.
    1. Whether it’s a trek or an exotic holiday, children love anything new, and are naturally curious
    2. If a vacation is not possible, go on a Sunday picnic. A day out is a great opportunity to get away from the routine and have fun conversations
    3. If exposed to it right from a young age, travel helps to shape a child’s personality later

In the short while that I have been a parent, I’ve realized that "quality moments" are all about those spontaneous laughs, the warm hugs and meals shared. However difficult the parenting journey seems a lot of times, a little effort goes a long way in having a wonderful relationship with your children.

Have tips and ideas for spending quality time with children? Share them with us in the comments section!

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| Dec 08, 2017

Thanks for such a helpful suggestions

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| Dec 01, 2017

thanks for this information... very nice..

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| Dec 01, 2017

very nice article

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| Dec 01, 2017

thanks... nice blog.

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| Nov 29, 2017

It's very great idea for spending time with our little ones

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| Nov 29, 2017

Amazing suggestions to spend some exclusive moments with yr child. I am sure this quality time spent together would definitely strengthen the bond and make this parent child relationship even stronger.

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| Oct 08, 2017

As a Parents... no one can batter than you.. for your child..

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| Oct 08, 2017

nice article

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| Oct 08, 2017

.p

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| Oct 08, 2017

Thanks for sharing such useful tips. worth implementing.

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| Oct 08, 2017

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| Apr 23, 2017

wonderful advice , it's really helpful

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| Apr 23, 2017

wonderful advice...... Thanx a lot !!!

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| Apr 23, 2017

I appreciate ur advice.. Thank you

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| Apr 23, 2017

Its really great.... thanks for ur wonderful advice.

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| Apr 23, 2017

nyc advice

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| Apr 23, 2017

great suggestion.. will definitely help all the parents..

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| Apr 23, 2017

nice ideas

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| Apr 23, 2017

exact n apt

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| Apr 23, 2017

good one

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| Feb 12, 2017

thanks a lot.

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| Feb 12, 2017

nice ideas ..liked it

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| Feb 12, 2017

awesome

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| Dec 26, 2016

thanks

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| Dec 19, 2016

Very good tips to spend time with children and getting to know about our child's interests. A very good and useful article.

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| Nov 30, 2016

very true... n well explained

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| Nov 29, 2016

well explained.. really useful tips which would definitely play an important role.

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| Nov 29, 2016

nice article

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| Nov 29, 2016

lovely article :)

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| Nov 29, 2016

nice article with good ideas. as mentioned in article if there is mental stress physical presence doesn't workout properly. these tips will be definitely helpful for parents.

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| Nov 29, 2016

well said.... also very important is bed time memories -masti or story with parents and siblings esp. till 8-10yrs age.. try to make it an activity awaited for and habit would be worth.

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| Sep 28, 2016

You r absolutely right NANDINI. I agree with your all points. thank u.

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| Aug 15, 2016

best one

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| Jul 10, 2016

I like the the travel and the phone free time points the best ones. I remember the old times when we used to have landlines. Life was so simple. It was a good feeling when you had to wait for someone's call. I wish we could go back in time or bring that it back again. It's all upto us in the end.

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| Jul 07, 2016

in addition to this bonding between kids n parents may also be improved by a. telling the story before sleeping b. speaking with them while we give them bath c. playing d game thy like , stating from dishum dishum to cricket to mobile games. and on... d. ofcource best one as said above, walk d talk.. I love it..

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| Jul 06, 2016

good one! one can also include them in the household chores to an extent. like keeping their washed and folded clothes in their closets, watering the plants.

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| Jul 06, 2016

good one

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| Jul 05, 2016

good one

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| Jul 04, 2016

good one

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| Jun 29, 2016

Nice article

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| Jun 27, 2016

Nice Article!!

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| Jun 16, 2016

Very nice and useful

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| Jun 11, 2016

well said. ,

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| Jun 11, 2016

gud blog

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| Jun 11, 2016

very nice

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| Jun 08, 2016

Very nice nd useful tips... thankyou

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| Jun 08, 2016

Nice

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| Jun 08, 2016

nice

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| Jun 08, 2016

nice

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| Jun 08, 2016

Nice one

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| Jun 07, 2016

nice

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| Jun 07, 2016

really helpful.

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| Jun 07, 2016

That's really a useful one.. as many of us are not knowing the tricks

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| Jun 07, 2016

useful tips. Nice article....

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| Jun 07, 2016

Liked it

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| Jun 07, 2016

Such a nice article! Thank you so much!

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