In this time-starved world driven by technology, life is much more complicated than it was in
previous generations. Technology has shrunk the world and the flip side of this is that people need to be
available at all times. The only excuse is the 6 hours of sleep that still acts as a savior. It does not matter
if it’s a national holiday, festival or weekends. People are finding it increasingly difficult to break off from
work and work-related communication. Bringing work home is no more a concern, as it’s on our necks
24/7. How much can we shake it off to bring that element of happiness and bonding in our family life
and how much importance do we give for family time and shaping our children’s future is what
determines our parenting model.
Material gifts most certainly can never be replacements for our time with children. And neither
is time spent silently by ourselves in our own rooms glued to any screen a definition of quality time. The
definition of quality time has changed so drastically over time that what was considered as “Idiot Box” is
now actually one of the facets of quality time. Catching a kid’s favorite movie or TV show and sharing
laughs is now bonding time. But let’s not get too complacent about it. Time can be spent productively
with the child in more ways than one and by productivity I am not referring to the tangible or visible
effects but the long-term effects on the child’s personality by imbibing positive feelings of family
security, emotional availability, fall back promise and creating confidence in the children’s minds that
parents and family will stick together no matter what.
Sometimes, time and circumstances provide excellent opportunities to sink in those feelings, but
most often we need to create those moments. It is very easy to just fall into the flow of life and catch up
on pending jobs or lessons to complete. Remember, you only live once, and children grow up at the
blink of an eye.
Quality time does not have to be extensively complex to work out. Asking help to peel boiled
potatoes while we are at something else provides an excellent opportunity to chat up informally instead
of setting aside a preset timing and pressurizing each other to adhere to it. If preteens or teens show
reluctance in opening up at the question “How was school today” it is not time to give up, but rather
engage in a gentle narration of our own day be it at work or home so help them loosen up.
School projects and assignments are plenty and readymade ones are available at every nook and
corner and so are ideas on the internet. But it is time to forget technology for an easy way out and make
efforts to build or come up with ideas to build a project from scratch. Children have fun reminiscing
about the dough which went into shaping the intestine and the jewelry beads which became planets.
Ideas are aplenty but it’s the mind which matters. Love is also a form of investment which will
never face a recession. The only hitch is to catch is early.
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