Happy Valentine’s Day from One Place! No matter how you’re celebrating the holiday, spending quality time with your child is one of the best ways to connect—while also supporting your child’s overall happiness and development.
Many parents worry that they don’t spend enough time with their children or feel guilty about working full-time, pursuing hobbies, or going out with friends. Fortunately, however, spending time with your child is more about quality over quantity—and even just a few minutes of intentional, present time can go a long way in supporting your child.
Create a daily routine to incorporate quality time into your child’s schedule. This can be as simple as taking a few moments at the end of the day to ask your child how their day was or checking in over breakfast before school. Take time to find out how your child’s day was—what was their favorite activity at school? Who did they play with at recess? Did they have fun at lunch?
When you engage with your child during this time, keep the conversation natural and open-ended. Give your child the opportunity to share important details about their day and ask follow-up questions.
Special rituals not only give you a chance to spend quality time with your child—but they also pave the way for lifelong memories. Choose something simple you can do every day, like reading a book at bedtime or singing a song together.
You can also identify important rituals together. If your child particularly loves arts and crafts or spending time outdoors, brainstorm with your child fun ways to spend quality time together—while doing something they love.
While it might not be possible to eat every breakfast and dinner together, try to prioritize a shared family meal at least a few times a week. You can also make a ritual out of preparing the meal together, having your child set the table, or help with any meal prep decisions.
As a parent, it can be challenging to relinquish control over daily decisions to your children. But asking your child how they want to spend time together can be a great way to empower them—while learning more about their current interests or favorite hobbies.
Electronics are part of daily life—from checking emails in the morning to sending texts to family and friends. However, when spending intentional quality time with your child, make an effort to silence your phone notifications and stay present in the moment. Put your phone away and give your child your undivided attention.
Child mental health matters. It sets a strong foundation that helps them succeed in school and work, develop long-term caring relationships, and feel connected to their emotional selves. To help supplement your child’s growth, inside and outside of the classroom, we recommend the following resources: