Quality time

Quality time only happens on the foundation of quantity. Listen to Bruce Robinson share some insights on this topic, or read the transcript below.

Transcript

I’d like to talk about the notion of quality time. Sometimes people imagine that as long as you’ve got quality time with your children, that’s enough.

It’s been shown that it does not work – quality time only happens on a foundation of quantity: you cannot engineer time to talk to your kids, it happens better spontaneously in what we call teachable moments.

I remember, with a smile on his face, Tim Costello told me how he tried to do the quality time thing when he was mayor of St Kilda and running – well, Melbourne, basically – and he said pretty soon when he came in the door his kids noticed that what he called the “quality time look” in his eyes, and they scattered like cockroaches when you open a drawer!

You have to have quantity with kids and then you get those teachable moments. Create quantity time and those quality time moments can happen.

Tips:

Work around children’s busyness

As the kids get older, they will get busier with school, sport, after-school activities, friends, etc. Work around their other commitments as much as you can in planning time together.

Activities:

Jump rope

Jump rope with your kids – master the basics, then learn some new tricks!