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Jennifer Wolf

Stop Beating Yourself Up About Quality Time

By January 25, 2014

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Do you feel guilty about not being able to spend more time with your kids? You're not alone. Quality time can be hard to find in the midst of working, juggling school work, and everything else that falls on your shoulders.

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But there are hundreds of low-key, "everyday" ways to connect with your kids. For example, use commuting time -- on the way to day care or school -- to ask open-ended questions about what's happening in your kids' lives, or help them study for tests while you make dinner together. Turn off the TV for half an hour and play a family board game or dance to your favorite music.

The point is, take advantage of the whatever time you have together and stop worrying about whether it's "enough." Just start claiming those everyday moments, and additional opportunities for authentic, meaningful quality time will start to appear.

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