Interesting comments follow a post in the Wall Street Journal titled ” Stamping Out the Chaos and Turning Homes Into Sanctuaries” by Emily Friedlander .
I gave my view through this comment: “As a coach I would give maximum importance to spending quality time together. It’s not the amount of time you spend but how you spend that time. 10 minutes of dedicated time means more to a kid ( or indeed any one else) than half an hour of distracted talk while doing many other things at the same time.
Just to listen to each other. To make them feel we are there for them. To share the ups and downs that everyday life brings. I believe these make a house a home!”
Many comments followed.
To clarify my comment, I added this today:”Interesting to read this thread. I don’t want to belabour the point. I gave an example of 10 minutes of dedicated time meaning more to a kid ( or indeed any one else) than half an hour of distracted talk while doing many other things at the same time.
I certainly did not mean that 10 minutes is adequate for a kid! I still maintain that time “dedicated” for any one activity -including for the kid- has more value for the recipient of that time.”
To me, dedicated time means “quality” time. Your views?