How much time you spend each day to be beside your children? Have you ever thought and asked yourself the same question?
Let’s do a simple calculating! In your twenty four-hour day, you spend eight hours for sleeping, eight for work, the rest eight for dining, entertaining and family. And in this eight hours, how many hours do you use to chat, or simply to play with your children?
1. Chating when taking children to school
Driving children to school is the daily routine of parents. Remember this is the precious time to be with children. Thus, parents should make the best use of this valuable opportunity to talk and share with children. For example, you can ask about the class: What did you learn today? Was it happy? How was your score? Instead of rushing to be home, you should slowly drive and make the way home an interesting jaunt.
2. Create opportunities to talk with children
Ms. Thanh Thuy (District 1, HCMC), said: “I go to work all day and prepare meals for the whole family at home so that I have not enough time to talk with my child.” Or as the case of Mr. Minh’s family: When he’s at home late after work, his daughter, Thy, has slept already. In the morning, he takes Thy to school so that he have no time to play with her.
Parents are usually very busy so sit and talk with children is too difficult. Hence, parents should take advantage of every opportunity such as mealtime, bathing for children, lulling, or going to the supermarket… to talk. For instant, in diner, parents and children can eat and talk about a favorite movie.
This is also an opportunity for parents to evoke children telling their stories.
3.Turn off all electronic devices when being with children
Technology brings human life with more and more convenience but it will replace the role of parents if being overused. Hence, parents should turn off all electronic devices, spend whole time to play and talk with children.