All the parents of the modern generation have gone through that phase of building frustration because they cannot spend enough time with their kids.
Because of the increasing demands at their respective jobs and the financial crisis that almost all the families are facing today, parents are away from home most times than not.
The kids come back from school to an empty house if they are old enough or they come back to the nanny or the caretaker.
And most days the parents are working late, the kids don’t even see them for the rest of the day because by the time the parents return home from work the kids have already gone off to bed.
How to correct the situation
It’s a difficult situation that most parents find themselves in. Wanting to spend time with their kids as they grow up on them but not managing to do so. Because most parents now only see their kids in school events like the children’s band festival or the drama competition and so on. And they are actually amazed that they did not realise their kids had such talents that were hidden to them. You never noticed that they were working on something or practising something at home. And before you know it they have outgrown the age where you can go and ask them what they are doing or what they want to do. By this time it’s too late to be starting off your parenting.
This why it’s important that parents quality time with their kid. But the definition of quality for most parents include taking their children out to an expensive restaurant for dinner or taking them to the movies. But does this actually help you strengthen your bonding with your children? Or do you do this simply to please them and earn some brownie points? Because actually quality time is not something that you can actually plan for. It can creep up on you at any time, like when you are driving your child to ballet practice, when you are busy frying pancakes for them or trying to fix a broken hairpin. The time when they are eager to engage in conversation with you is the time for you to capitalise on.
And if you fail to do so you will realise they have grown up in the blink of an eye and you have missed those many opportunities that you could have spent with them. So try and make the most of every moment that you have with your kids so that you don’t regret any missed opportunities later on.