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    Default Quality family time, how much?

    After a conversation with DS's psych, it got me wondering about what other families do in regards to family time. How much quality time do you spend with your children each week? I'm talking either outings, playing outside together, Playing board games etc. Not just sitting outside and watching them play or watching tv together, but actively getting involved with them?

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    I would say at least an hour more like 2 hours every day I love spending time doing things with my little guy, as he gets older I don't think it will be as much but while he is young I do as much as I can with him. Weekends we go out and explore heaps and do lots of day trips and go and see new things while his daddy is home

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    DD is 19mo and I spend quite a lot of time playing with her, reading to her and taking her places. DH gets less time because he works full time.

    I'd say on a work day I spend about an hour or so of one-on-one time (eating dinner, playing, bathing, reading) unless its a day that I get home after she's in bed. On my days at home during the week probably a few hours doing those things and shopping, going for a walk, she 'helps' me with household chores. DH and I try to do something fun, all three of us together, every weekend. That might just be playing in the paddle pool in the back yard or painting/craft, playing at the park, going to the pool, or it could be a trip to a more exciting activity like the aquarium or a kids concert or something. We're trying to do more of it as she gets older.

    Of course it varies a fair bit depending on what else is happening. We try to engage with her all the time even if we're trying to get something else done at the same time (especially since she's a bit behind with her speech so trying to talk/sing with her a lot).

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    Over half of the time they are awake, I will be playing or doing something with them.
    Fiancé at the moment isn't home a lot due to 12 hour days at work, 6-7 days a week. When we can though we do something together as a family.

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    We do heaps of quality family time. Every night me and DH both bath or shower DD then we all go in her room and play dollies/cars/lalas or whatever it is she wants to play then we all read a book before bed. Of a weekends we try to do heaps picnics, days trips, boards games.
    I hope when #2 comes we can keep a similar routine.

    Obviously me and DD do a lot more together too during the day.

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    When I first read the title I thought it said 'quiet' I thought omg ppl have quiet time!!! lol

    I always wonder the same though, I think I actually spend more time, well 'quality' time when I'm working pt.
    however, I'm being a SAHM at the moment, I make sure to get 30-60mins with each child alone, so with DS (2)it's usually late morning, and it's playing with Thomas, or drawing or something. With DD it's either after school or once DS is in bed, sometimes we play a game/ read sometimes we just sit in room and talk.
    Then there's of course the time we all spend together, walks/bath time/ dinner etc
    The weekend is when we try to do family stuff with all four of us.


 

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