In the hustle and bustle of modern day life there is always one of a hundred different things demanding time from us.
Whether it be work deadlines, house chores or helping friends and family, time is a premium commodity that we should spend wisely.
As Dads this can be particularly challenging to get the balance right.
Balancing between work commitments, family commitments and time for ourselves.
One of the first things to suffer during life overload can be spending regular and quality time with our children.
However, one way to address this is to schedule in our diary regular, uninterrupted and quality time with our children for which the benefits of doing so are many:
- Develops into a habit – research shows it takes approximately 21 days to develop a habit. Through regularly scheduling quality time with our children this will become a habit and mainstay fixture in the weekly calendar. This can be through regular time at the weekend, after school or through seeking flexible/condensed working from our employer to enable a day off each week/fortnight to spend time with our children.
- Will increase the bond we have with our children – spending regular quality time with our children will help to increase the bond we have with them and form connections that will last a lifetime.
- Bring us happiness and fulfilment – ask any Dad further down the parenting journey for advice and most will encourage us to make the most of the time we have with our children because it goes too quickly and children grow up fast. Through ensuring we spend regular scheduled time with our children we will improve our own self esteem and satisfaction through sharing in those many precious moments.
- Gain a break from the worry of everyday life – this can be considered an oxymoron given how demanding children can be, but through switching off the phone and focusing on enjoying spending quality uninterrupted time we can escape the pressures of modern day life for a few hours.
- We will never have a second chance – one of the worst things in life is looking back at something and feeling regret. This can never be more so in missing out on sharing in all those wonderful stages of our children growing up. We will never have the opportunity to turn back the clock so through scheduling regular time with our children we will ensure we are a present Dad, not an absent one.
Do you schedule enough regular quality time to spend with your children?
What steps could you take to improve this?
As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments below 🙂
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