Working parents spend a lot of energy trying to make up for their absence from their children. Research has shown that both the quality and quantity of time parents spend with their children are important.
If you interact with your child, actively listening to him, talking with him, and keeping it pleasant, that's quality time. Children need some quality time with their parents every day.
You can turn scattered moments during a typical day into quality time by following these guidelines:
If you're providing some of this quality contact every day, you're doing great.
A common mistake of working parents is to think that bed sharing is quality time. This isn't a good choice. If your child is asleep in your bed, we could call this neutral time. If your child is awake and crying, it's aggravating time. If you want to provide extra quality time with your child, set aside some special half days on the weekend for child-centered activities.