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Entering your child’s world

August 2, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says, “Quality time is defined by your state of mind, not by a set of activities. It’s time where you are really engaged with your child.” (p. 51)

In other words…

Really engaged, that is the key. Engagement happens when two people connect across their differences. They push distractions aside. Engagement requires us to enter the child’s world and understand the child’s preferences. When we do that, we can have quality time.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

The next time your child invites you into his or her world, see if you can set aside your agenda and your distractions so that you can fully enter the child’s world. You can almost be the child’s playmate—enjoying the company and activity as much as if you were best friends. Try it.

To find out more…

about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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